Workforce Development Advisor

1 month ago(12/8/2017 8:26 AM)
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The Workforce Development Advisor will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the areas of workforce performance, regulation and educational standards to the project. The Workforce Development Advisor will provide technical assistance at the national level. This project aims to enable a resilient and responsive health system in South Sudan. The project will operate over a four-year period. Coordinate country capacity-building in microplanning and prioritization of primary health care activities in continuing professional development and to advocate for and obtain the adequate HR necessary for delivery of high-quality services, and improving strategic HRH. Engage professional associations to advocate for quality, integrated models of care.


The position will operate under the leadership of the Project Director and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of all project activities. In collaboration with project team and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence


This position is contingent upon award from HRSA. South Sudanese nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities
  • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of project activities
  • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems needed for implementation of the Project to meet the needs of HRSA and the Republic of South Sudan
  • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to: licensing mechanisms and regulations; accreditation, continuing professional development,
  • Provide technical assistance for conducting assessments of scopes of practices, in-service and pre-service education, and mentoring
  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support to conduct activities
  • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Jhpiego
  • Work with health care providers, local authorities, professional association and project team members to identify issues that impede regulation and continuing professional development
  • Identify training needs for clinical providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
  • Work closely with the Project Director on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
  • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to workforce performance and strengthening to inform adjustments in project implementation
  • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations
  • Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation as well as reports of project activities and results to the project and donor, including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested
  • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for workforce performance, development and strengthening
  • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences
  • Maintain excellent relationships with HRSA and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses
  • Advocate for approval of other policies which may influence the work of the project
  • Lead staff in identifying and documenting policy barriers, as well as linking information and evidence with other regional stakeholders and HRSA partners for policy and advocacy
  • Lead team in translating and disseminating lessons learned from adaptation and implementation

Required Qualifications

  • A Medical Degree (doctor or nursing), and Master of Public Health preferred
  • At least 5 for Advisors years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance in human resource for health, particularly continuing professional development, in-service training and workforce performance
  • At least 7 years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance of $1 million per year in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in the East Africa Region
  • Demonstrated experience training clinical healthcare workers and educators on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and/or establishing continuing professional development
  • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels
  • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery projects; training; pre-service education; performance and quality improvement; monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills in human resources for health at the regional and/or national-level
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the South Sudanese healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in South Sudan preferred
  • Familiarity with USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
  • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with HRSA host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English; and a local language preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel nationally to project sites


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