Senior Country Engagement Officer (Anglophone Africa)
Overview of the Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Centre (SPARC) The Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center (SPARC) is a resource hub aimed at strengthening strategic purchasing capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa by connecting existing regional expertise and matching it with country demand to make better use of resources for health. Our vision is to empower countries with knowledge and practical tools to make access to affordable and quality health care a reality for all. SPARC is creating a network of regional experts who can support the development of practical, home-grown solutions that meet countries’ strategic purchasing needs. SPARC is hosted by Amref Health Africa, a foremost Africa based NGO, as part of its strategic move to support health financing reforms in Africa. SPARC’s core partner – Results for Development – provides technical support to SPARC. Since launching the initiative in November 2017, SPARC has been on a journey to build momentum and capacity for strategic purchasing across sub-Saharan Africa, by expanding and connecting the growing critical mass of expertise, understanding and sharing practical experience on the continent and supporting countries to overcome political and technical barriers to using limited resources to promote equitable access to quality primary healthcare services. Building on its learnings so far, SPARC aims to scale up its impact, by strengthening its network of expertise, generating and sharing more practical tools and experiences on the continent and as a result, helping more countries advance strategic purchasing. In addition, SPARC is strengthening its strategic partnerships to expand its reach and sustain its impact in Africa. For example, SPARC is a member of the implementing network of the USAID supported Frontier Health Markets Global Technical Assistance project, a 5-year project led by Chemonics International aimed at supporting governments and private sector actors to holistically develop robust and resilient health markets. SPARC is also working in partnership with WHO to scale up the use of the Cross Programmatic Efficiency Analysis tool (CPEA) in Africa. Job summary: Senior County Engagement Officer (Anglophone Africa) Under the leadership of the Technical Lead, the Senior Country Engagement Officer, Anglophone Africa will co-lead SPARC’s country engagement pillar with the Senior Country Engagement Officer for Francophone Africa. S/he will be responsible for managing the lifecycle of a country engagement, including the smooth onboarding of selected partners, scoping and design of the engagement, and technical guidance throughout the engagement process in Anglophone African countries.
This role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, with frequent travel across Africa and occasionally beyond.
Co-lead development of SPARC’s country engagement strategy
Co-lead the development of annual workplans and budget for the country engagement pillar
Provide guidance, management support, mentorship and effective leadership to direct reports
Lead country scoping and other stakeholder engagements upon country requests and propose bestfit approaches to provide support to the country
Develop concept notes, terms of references, presentations and other relevant documents during the country engagement process
Work collaboratively with the coaching and mentoring officer to identify suitable experts/ “Coaches” that can provide support to the country engagement
Support the “Coach” in providing technical assistance to policy makers and stakeholders to ensure streamlined and effective country engagement activities
Provide day-to-day management of specific country engagements, ensuring work is completed against the scope, timelines, and budget
Document the country engagement process to facilitate regional learning across engagements, teams and pillars working with the Evidence Generation and Learning (EGAL) team
Support the design of new projects and contribute to business development proposals
Contribute to new and existing projects such as the USAID supported Frontier Health Markets and the CPEA work
Support program reporting as required
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES
SPARC is a small team with an ambitious work plan and team members must be able to work in a fast-paced, results-driven environment. The ideal candidate is highly-motivated, entrepreneurial, resourceful, flexible, independent, energetic, with excellent communications skills, cultural sensitivity and has demonstrated experience supporting technical assistance projects.
Degree in Public health, Health Economics, Social Sciences or other relevant fields.
At least 7 years’ experience providing program support to health financing related technical assistance projects in preferably anglophone Africa.
Excellent knowledge of UHC, health financing and/or health economics landscape in Africa
Good experiential understanding of the complexities and nuances of designing, deploying and managing technical assistance/country engagement programs in anglophone Africa
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills working with cross cultural and multi diverse teams
Demonstrated team leadership and program management skills
Excellent analytical skills, as well as the ability to express facts and ideas in a clear, convincing and organized manner
Highly organized and able to set priorities and handle multiple competing time and resource demands
Proficiency in Microsoft Office products at intermediate level
Willing to travel across Africa
Fluency in speaking, reading and writing in English. Proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in French is appreciated.
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About Amref International University (AMIU)
Amref International University (AMIU) was established in 2017 as a Premier Pan African University of health sciences fully owned by Amref health Africa. AMIU is founded on the experience and intellect of Amref Health Africa, which is reputed with over 60 years of quality and innovative public and community health interventions in over 30 countries in Africa. With this work, the need to train health workers in communities was evident and the response was short tenure training courses by the Amref Training Centre (AITC) and later the Directorate of Capacity Building (DCB), the predecessor of AMIU. These Amref training programmes run for over 40 years have produced alumni spread throughout the world who have created the name recognition, reputation and brand that Amref is today. It was then evident that there was a need to train people who would occupy higher levels thus influence health policy, regulation and legislation. The University was thus established.