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Job Description

                  Vacancy Announcement
Job title:   Program Specialist
Work Location:Kono District ( Partial time in Freetown)
Reports to: Director of Nursing
Line Management No
Duration of ContractTwelve (12) Months with possibility of extension
Application StatusExternal Advert
Organisation Profile 
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change. Our delivered services in the field are based in our partnership with the Governments and Ministries of Health and the support to education, training and mentorship to Health care workers and students is one of our pillars for the Health care system strengthening.

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world. 

Our Work In Sierra Leone: Partners In Health (PIH) began supporting the government of Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola epidemic in October 2014. Recognizing the large need for continued investments in the health system after Ebola, PIH is committed to long-term health system strengthening in support of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), guided by the same principles as our emergency response and our work around the world: public sector accompaniment, integrated and comprehensive services, social justice, nimbleness and flexibility, partnership, community ownership, and evidence-based interventions. In the aftermath of the epidemic, PIH is committed to supporting the delivery of comprehensive health services in Sierra Leone, from the community level to the health center and to referral hospitals.
Position Overview
The Program Specialist for the PEN Plus Program will support PIH-Sierra Leone’s work to scale up the Package of Essential Noncommunicable Disease Interventions (PEN Plus) through goal setting, program planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting, among other things. The Program Specialist will support the development of a 3-year plan that has 3 focal areas on intervention: development of an advanced NCD clinic at KGH (Kono district); expansion of care to primary health facilities for non-advanced NCDs; and development of training programs on NCD care in the areas of operation, clinical approach(es) as well as monitoring and evaluation tools with local and national attendants.

He/She will work with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and other partners to support implementation and provide technical support in strengthening the country’s approach to financing, treatment, and prevention of severe NCDs.  The Program Specialist will support program development and guide the definition of PIH’s interventions in addressing NCDs in collaboration with the Program Manager, Clinical Manager, Training Manager, etc. Reporting to the Program Manager, the Project Specialist will serve as a key administrator of the PEN Plus program and will work closely with the PEN Plus team to ensure project implementation proceeds and succeeds and deliverables are submitted on time and in compliance with donor standards, coordinating within a broader PIH team across the organization.

They will organize key meetings, capture supporting documentation, and hold important working-level relationships with MOHS staff. They will organize travel across the country, and support trainings and other meetings, spending a significant portion of time travelling across project sites in Sierra Leone.  This is an exciting growth opportunity to join PIH-Sierra Leone on a critical project for a strong all-rounder with relevant experience. This project is contingent on final confirmation of donor funding.  
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

*Support organization, coordination, and documentation of all aspects of the PEN Plus program, including program development, implementation, reporting, meetings, trainings and travel
* Provides significant input and guidance to work planning and reporting processes from an operational perspective,
* Monitor implementation of the project’s work plan; provide support to action planning and execution in line with the project’s budget
*Review and monitor internal procurement and supply chain processes to ensure availability of supplies and medicines, identifying gaps and opportunities and recommendations to improve program implementation
*Support the development, structuring and presentation of quantitative and qualitative data analysis required to communicate results of the implementation of PEN Plus in pilot sites, including documentation of achievements, success stories, lessons learned and best practices
*Work with various partners including MOHS to adapt and/or develop strategic and implementation plans to promote awareness on severe NCDs and the PEN Plus approach through technical working groups, etc
*Supports development of data reports documenting project achievements, lessons learned, and other findings, including monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports to the donor per contract specifications
*Produces routine and ad-hoc information products and data queries – including data visualization graphics – to support program management and evidence-based decision-making
*Support and review key analyses on major program deliverables including identifying project risks and help develop solutions
*Collaborates with other project staff to provide support in the development of programmatic reports
*Build strong relationships with key counterparts in Ministry of Health and Sanitation to drive effective project implementation and alignment with Ministry activities
Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment
At Partners In Health, we are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work- including our patients, families and community members – as well as our staff are treated with dignity and respect and protected from sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Partners In Health’s PSEAH policy. Partner In Health will request information from applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.  By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures
Education and Work Experience Requirements 
*Required Minimum bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline e.g., Business Administration, Public Health, Social Sciences or similar
* Between 2-3 years relevant work experience, e.g., with international NGOs, in healthcare, in business etc.
*Demonstrated ability in managing competing tasks and priorities
*Skilled in using Microsoft Office software, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
*Strong writer; highly numerate Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principle Flexible,
* enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
*Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
*Energy and stamina to withstand long working hours and often stressful conditions Interest in social justice, healthcare, and a preferential option for the poor Professional proficiency in English is required Must not hold dual employment Preferred
* Previous experience working in a role that
interfaces with Ministry of Health and Sanitation
*Previous experience working on health systems strengthening and/or reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health and nutrition
* Previous experience on high-compliance donor-funded projects with donors such as USAID, CDC, FCDO, Global Fund,
* World Bank, EU, GAC etc. Previous experience working across multiple districts in Sierra Leone Advanced coursework in public health, project management etc.  
Method of application
Interested candidates are required to apply through our website:   In your application, please ensure to include names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) referees not later than 12:00pm GMT (Midnight) on Wednesday, 25th May, 2022.