Basic Function of the Position
The Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Advisor functions as Chief of the PEPFAR CI HSS Branch (office) and will assist PEPFAR CI to transition to a more sustainable country. S/he is one of six senior-level specialists/Branch Chiefs and reports directly to the USAID PEPFAR Country Director. The incumbent will design and oversee implementation of health sector reform and related systems strengthening activities supported under the PEPFAR CI program. Such activities aim to reinforce basic systems, practices and tools that are necessary for optimal institutional performance, improved health outcomes, and sustainable programs. These include sound leadership and governance, health financing, management information systems (MIS), human resources management, decentralization, policy and regulatory mechanisms, and commodities and supply chain management. The HSS Advisor will also have major responsibility for securing CI “ownership” of the USG-GOCI PEPFAR Partnership Framework Implementation Plan, and for its timely execution and conformance with the terms of the Plan. This position is located in the PEPFAR Office, American Embassy, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The HSS Advisor/Branch Chief will function as the PEPFAR/CI senior technical advisor for health sector reform and systems strengthening activities, including the development of planning and management capacities. S/he will liaise and work with other PEPFAR CI Branches (Care and Treatment, Prevention, Strategic Information, Laboratory, Project Management) and with GOCI counterparts, to identify needs, set priorities, and propose strategies, options, interventions and activities to be supported by PEPFAR. S/he will promote and facilitate the application of best practices in health sector reform and planning; health financing; legal and regulatory mechanisms; decentralization; human resources; governance and leadership; supply chain and commodities; and health management information systems (HMIS).
The HSS Advisor/Branch Chief will take the lead in proposing activities and benchmarks, deliverables and timetables under the PEPFAR Partnership Framework (PF) and Implementation Plan and work with GOCI counterparts to ensure timely execution of the Plan. The purpose of a Partnership Framework is to provide a five-year joint strategic framework for cooperation between the USG, the partner (“host”) government, and other partners to combat HIV/AIDS through service delivery, policy reform and coordinated financial commitments. The PF should be developed with transparency, accountability and the active participation of other key partners form civil society, the private sector, other bilateral and multilateral partners (e.g. Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, GFATM), and international organizations, and should support and strengthen national HIV/AIDS strategies.
The incumbent will also produce written documents for use in PEPFAR CI communications related to health systems activities. This includes preparation of the HSS section for the annual PEPFAR CI Country Operational Plan (COP), analytical reports, briefing papers, press releases, etc. S/he will produce required USAID and PEPFAR CI reports for submission/distribution to the PEPFAR CI team, USAID/Washington, OGAC, USAID/West Africa, and other USG agencies.
The HSS Advisor/Branch Chief will also review and provide input into PEPFAR partners’ work plans, activity proposals and other program documents regarding systems strengthening activities. S/he will be a member of the PEPFAR CI Management Implementation Team (MIT) and Strategy and Policy Team (SPOT). S/he will mentor PEPFAR CI staff and provide guidance on HSS strategies to PEPFAR CI implementing partners and GOCI counterparts.
SUPERVISION/OVERSIGHT OVER OTHERS
The PEPFAR HSS Branch, when fully staffed, will consist of a permanent staff of 4, including a senior supply chain advisor, an advisor for decentralized supply chain management, a private sector advisor. The HSS Team is comprised of professionals from different USG that are responsible for the direct supervision and evaluation of their respective employees. Nonetheless, the Team functions as a single unit, implementing one cohesive program. Within this context, the Branch Chief will coordinate Branch members’ work assignments and expected deliverables with the staff and their respective agency supervisors. S/he will provide technical direction and guidance for the entire team, and will provide input for team member’s periodic employee evaluations. S/he will directly supervise any USAID staff assigned to the Branch. In sum, in consultation with agency supervisors (primarily the Agency Heads), the Branch Chief will oversee the work of all HSS Branch employees, as well as the work of the many short-term technical assistance providers and consultants who provide ad hoc support to the HSS team.