Health Systems Strengthening Lead

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The Health Systems Strengthening Lead will lead day-to-day and will be working at large on a global project supporting five countries (number and names of countries to be confirmed at time of award) to strengthen the capabilities of host country governments and non-governmental organizations to plan, manage, and monitor sustainable programs and systems to respond to HIV, TB, and other diseases and conditions of public health concern. As countries reach HIV epidemic control, a key priority is sustaining low levels of HIV incidence while supporting greater country ownership and management, facilitating the transition of programs to local oversight, and strengthening financial, operational, technical, and programmatic controls.

Purpose of the Position
The Health Systems Strengthening Lead will oversee initiatives across country programs ensuring the sustainability of health systems. This includes providing technical expertise across health information systems, laboratory systems, and human resources for health all matters contributing to a successful health system. The Health Systems Strengthening Lead will work closely with the program Principal Investigator and Project Director, respective Ministries of Health, and key population organizations. S/He will work with all stakeholders to maintain national-level health policy compliance. S/he will also support the management of the supply chain for health commodities and build the capacity of the district and facility teams to achieve effective and sustainable access to health commodities. S/He will develop measures of performance and coordinate all activity for health systems strengthening across countries. This position reports to the Principal Investigator.

Specific Responsibilities (included but not limited to)
In your role as Health Systems Strengthening Lead you will:

  • Provide technical leadership and advisory services on Health Systems Strengthening
  • Support respective Ministries of Health at national, provincial district, and facility levels to strengthen capacity and systems for efficient delivery of essential health services, including planning and budgeting
  • Continuously assess facility needs in liaison with the Principal Investigator and project team, and recommend solutions to achieve program objectives and technical needs
  • Coordinate capacity assessments for facilities and state and develop targeted capacity development plans
  • Effectively source and manage a team to support health systems strengthening activities
  • Work closely with all colleagues despite department to ensure staff coherently understand strategies to deliver on health systems strengthening needs
  • Facilitate cross-learning for all program stakeholders
  • Ensure implementation of work plans and achievement of results across all countries
  • Utilize innovative training methodologies, and adapt curricula to support training on relevant topics at facility, district, and provincial levels to improve health supply chain systems
  • Lead the development of strategies to improve the management of health products and technologies
  • Support the establishment of medicine and commodities security functions in the provinces
  • Guide, lead, mentor, and support related program staff
  • Manage related stakeholder relationships
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned


  • Master’s Degree in Public Health related field
  • Master’s Degree and/or Ph.D. in Health Systems Strengthening a plus

Experience & Skills

  • At least 8 years of experience in health systems strengthening
  • At least 5 years of experience working on the African continent
  • Proven ability to establish strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders including government representatives, non-profit associations, donors, media, academic and research institutes, and other stakeholders
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Personal Qualities & Behavioral Competencies

  • Stakeholder centered mindset
  • Strong sense of introspection, self-awareness, and ability to foster positive working
    relationships and work collaboratively across the organization to optimize the client experience
  • Solutions-focused, open-minded, creative, and innovative whilst being extremely decisive, action and results-oriented
  • High adaptability and ability to endure failure, learn rapidly from it, get back on track, and meet targets
  • Socially and culturally respectful, aware, adaptable, and adept at finding acceptable and productive ways forward through complex constellations of stakeholders, interests, and agendas
  • Strong sense of maturity, discernment, and able to maintain confidentiality when required