Programme Officer (Improved Health Systems Governance)

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is an advocacy and grant making Foundation that forms part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA is based in Dakar, Senegal with country offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry. OSIWA’s work supports the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, and rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. Our primary objective is to make democracy deliver on good governance and economic development and ensure that state resources work for the benefit of the ordinary citizen. The Foundation works in the following thematic programme areas: economic governance and advancement; political governance and democratic consolidation; and gender, equality, justice and human rights.

 One of the key thematic areas of OSIWA’s work is ensuring greater citizens’ involvement in the governance of public services delivery and systems. The goal of this strand of work is to promote improved governance, inclusiveness and quality to deliver health in the way states promote health and provide health services for citizens. To do this, OSIWA focus on scaling up existing work on anti-corruption in the management of public funds and procurement related to health services; support the strengthening of oversight tools and mechanisms including greater citizens’ engagement, as well as initiatives that provide avenues for redress for citizens’ grievances related to access and quality of health services. To coordinate and lead this strand of work OSIWA is seeking to hire a Programme Officer.

Role Overview

The position will be responsible for the planning, management and implementation of improved governance, inclusiveness of health systems within the Economic Governance and Advancement programme to ensure better health for the West Africa region. S/he will be required to inter alia identify opportunities for grant making, manage grants, convene meetings and network with OSIWA partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in the development of overall programme strategy and execute programme design and implementation;
  • Assist in the planning, development, management and monitoring of the programme’s annual budget and oversee administrative management functions;
  • Work with the Programme Manager to ensure close collaboration with other OSIWA and Open Society Foundations programmes and to identify opportunities for complementary programming where a shared approach might have the potential to create a broader impact;
  • Encourage collaboration and strategic alliances among organizations and fields with related goals, constituencies, and interests, cultivating and maintaining institutional relationships with grantees, other donors and allies, and participating in programme-related meetings;
  • Carrying out all stages of relevant grant making, managing relationships with other entities including potential and current grantees and other civil society and social change organizations
  • Coordinate work on advocacy to support rebuilding of health systems and policy reforms in West Africa;
  • Support planning, implementation and coordination of activities;
  • Coordinate OSIWA’s work on integrating human rights concepts into health sector;
  • Work to support innovative financing and improved governance of universal health coverage plans in selected geographies;
  • Work with partners and stakeholders to ensure implementation of health policies and practices;
  • Manage public health related communications through media relations, social media etc;
  • Keep updated records and create reports or proposals;
  • Maintains a strong sense of focus on results, driving tasks and projects to completion;
  • Promote teamwork, collegiality and effective communication within and between programmes and support units;
  • Integrate the organizational values into the performance of tasks within and across programmes;
  • Ensure consistent standards of excellence within the programme; and
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Key Qualifications and Competencies

  • MSc/MA in Social Sciences, Public Health Administration, Epidemiology, Health Economics, Political Science or relevant field with at least 7 years post qualification experience;
  • Proven experience in managing health systems and/or projects;
  • Knowledge of social, economic and health policy issues in West Africa;
  • Ability to work with diversity and multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Knowledge of French language is essential; and
  • Detail-oriented and efficient.

To Apply: send resume, cover letter, detailed CV including 3 references, writing sample, list of publications and salary expectations by cob January 15, 2017 to: [email protected].  

No phone calls, please. OSIWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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