The Community Health Academy ("Academy") is seeking to reinvent the training of community health workers and the leaders who support them for the digital age. The Academy has established the world's first digital Continuing Education (CE) platform tailored for community health workers and the supervisors, managers and policymakers who support them.
In partnership with governments, the private sector, philanthropic and non-governmental organizations, the Academy enables community health workers to receive the very best in continuing clinical education resources like video lessons on promoting family planning and podcasts on identifying the next outbreaks, and will support countries to develop accreditation programs for community health workers so they don't remain an undervalued group, but become a renowned, empowered profession like nurses and doctors.
In parallel, the Academy will also develop a continuing professional education platform creating a free, open, online continuing professional education platform leveraging massive open online courses and supporting local communities of practice - for policy makers, managers, supervisors working to build stronger systems to support these community health workers.
Watch Last Mile Health CEO Raj Panjabi's TED Prize Talk, which articulates the vision for the Academy to contribute to the training of hundreds of thousands of community health workers and the leaders who support them - from the forest communities of West Africa to fishing villages of Alaska, from the hilltops of Appalachia to the mountain tops of Afghanistan.
The Deputy Director of Health Systems Leadership Development (Deputy Director), Community Health Academy (Academy), is a visionary, high-performing leader who provides support for the design and management the Academy’s Health Systems Leadership Development program.
Community Health Worker (CHW) programs are critical for attaining Universal Health Coverage and could save 30 million lives by 2030. However, in order to be successfully scaled and sustained, CHW Programs must be effectively integrated into national health systems with strong institutional capacity. These systems are complex and dynamic, and health systems leaders must be able to navigate this complexity as they design, manage, and strengthen CHW programs. This requires that leaders not only have strong proficiency in program components related to each of the health system building blocks, but also have the ability to anticipate and solve problems that cut across different areas of the system. This program aims to accompany and assist health systems leaders as they work to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of large-scale, government-led CHW programs that are integrated within their health systems. The program will enroll and train at least 15,000 community health leaders – current and next-generation policymakers, managers, supervisors – within 4 years.
The Deputy Director will support the Director of Health Systems Leadership Development (Director) on management, representation, and direct implementation of the Health Systems Leadership program, including:
Support direct implementation of program initiatives for the Health Systems Leadership Development (HSLD) Program:
The Deputy Director will work flexibly to support all aspects of direct implementation for the program, but is expected to play a lead role in the following program areas:
Support overall management and representation of the Health Systems Leadership Development (HSLD) Program:
The Deputy Director will work flexibly to support all aspects of management and representation for the program but is expected to play a significant role in the following management and representation areas: