Country Engagement Lead (CEL)

Job Purpose

SSLN will be implemented in the three sub-Saharan African regions including Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, and the West and Central African Region. We are looking for a Country Engagement Lead (CEL) to join the Eastern Africa hub. The CEL will be responsible for engagements with the assigned countries, onboarding onto the SSLN, completion of PSATs, and overarching activities relating to drafting reports and communication of the various engagements between countries, promising practices, and country narratives for improved sharing and knowledge impartation among countries.


Key Responsibility

Country progress tracking and actively tracking and following up with countries to implement their learning agendas in a timely manner;
Learning activity outputs to support the development of outcomes in preparation for learning events and post-learning events;
Ensure countries complete the PSAT on an annual basis for all relevant prevention pillars and develop their learning agendas and action plans based on the PSAT results;
Link the country teams with other initiatives in other countries;
Actively and routinely engage country champions to build personal relationships and rapport;
Support country teams to implement their learning agenda/action plans including the development of case studies, virtual tours, and webinars;
Support the countries to track and monitor implementation of the action plans and provide support where needed to fast-track implementation or address gaps;
Follow-up on the participation of the country champions in all learning opportunities created by SSLN and other allied networks;
Support the countries to access technical support and other resources to implement their country HIV Prevention priorities;
Provide direct support to countries in the region or link them with available resources;
Increase the visibility of the countries in the region by finalizing the technical products/best practices documentation from the countries;
Share relevant technical documents, and information tools with the countries on a periodic basis;
Meet with the country champions (virtually or physically) to support the country and assess progress against the action plans; and
Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the SSLN Lead


Qualification and Experience

A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (epidemiology, development economics, public health, or other appropriate social science discipline);
Strong technical expertise in HIV prevention and/or sexual and reproductive health and rights;
At least 5 years of experience working in the area of HIV prevention, and/or sexual and reproductive health and rights will be highly advantageous;
Demonstrable experience managing and working with multiple stakeholders and strong relationship management skills; and
Experience working in and/or with stakeholders from multiple countries in the region


Skills and Attributes

Ability to work as part of a multicultural team as well as independently;
Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal delivery;
Strong organizational and management skills with high attention to detail;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Ability to maintain strict ethical standards and client confidentiality;
Willingness to travel 30% of the time;


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Applications from qualified and interested candidates should be sent . Applications should consist of an updated CV with current daytime telephone contact and a Cover letter indicating the position applied for in the subject header and stating the EXPECTED SALARY. All applications must be received no later than May 28 th , 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About Partners for Health and Development in Africa

Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA) is a non-profit organization registered in Kenya, working in the health and development fields in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa. PHDA is affiliated to the University of Manitoba and builds on a 30 year legacy of successful HIV/AIDS research, prevention and care programs that have been implemented by a collaborative group of scientists and public health professionals from the University of Manitoba, the University of Nairobi, the Government of Kenya and other partners. PHDA works closely with governments, scientists, and partners in key related thematic areas to deliver excellent results in community led, participatory development programs in health and other field