Health Policy Specialist, Accelerator

Organization
Evidence Action
Location
Yaoundé, Centre, Cameroon
Job Type
Part-Time, Contract
Deadline for Applications
12/31/2022
How to Apply
Please apply using this link: https://apply.workable.com/evidence-action/j/00F47AB9E6/apply/
Where to Apply
https://apply.workable.com/evidence-action/j/00F47AB9E6/apply/
Tags
Contract, Part-time

Description
About Evidence ActionEvidence Action is a global nonprofit organization with an approach distinctive in international development – we exclusively scale interventions that are backed by strong evidence and can be delivered with exceptional cost-effectiveness. Our programs have grown since our founding in 2013 to reach over 280 million people annually. We deliver high impact for every dollar spent, as recognized by GiveWell, The Life You Can Save, and Charity Navigator.We do development differently. We take a data-driven approach to identifying, scaling, and continuously improving programs which deliver immense impact, ensuring these solutions measurably improve the lives of millions. Our Deworm the World Initiative has helped governments in Africa and Asia deliver over 1.4 billion childhood deworming treatments, improving health, education, and incomes. Dispensers for Safe Water provides sustained safe water access to over 4 million people in rural Africa, preventing childhood illness and deaths.We drive innovation: Our Accelerator builds the next generation of exceptional programs, taking an approach most similar to a venture capital model. We are ruthless in exiting programs which do not meet our criteria; those that advance deliver outsized impact for millions of people.We are global. Across eight countries in Africa and Asia, our 400+ people are united by a tremendous passion for our mission and impact. We are strong because of our diversity of experience, geography, and background – with over 90% of our people in the countries where our impact is focused.

We have big ambitions. Our goal is to double our impact by 2024, to fulfill our vision of a world where hundreds of millions of people in the poorest places have better opportunities and their lives are measurably improved. We believe in bold and urgent action – because poverty doesn’t wait, and neither should we.

We need great people. Our success to date is due to the collective work of our amazing staff. To achieve our ambitious goals, we are looking for people who share our passion for evidence, cost-effectiveness, and scale. We seek individuals who take an entrepreneurial approach, enjoy tackling hard problems, and have a bias to action and results. If our vision and approach excite you as much as it does us, we invite you to join us.

About the Maternal Syphilis team

One of the Evidence Action’s newest initiatives is the Maternal Syphilis Screening and Treatment Program in which we partner with Ministries of Health (MoH) to increase syphilis screening and treatment among pregnant women in an effort to prevent mother-to-child transmission of syphilis. Without effective and timely treatment, syphilis infections in pregnancy carry a significant risk of stillbirth, neonatal death, and cognitive and physical disability. Across the globe, syphilis infection in pregnancy leads to over 200,000 stillbirths and neonatal deaths – more than is attributed to mother-to-child transmission of HIV – and over 100,000 instances of disability in newborns. Our aim is to close syphilis screening gaps via introduction of HIV/syphilis dual testing and to close treatment gaps by implementing strategies to address context-specific treatment barriers for women who test positive for syphilis. We launched our maternal syphilis program in Liberia in 2020 and are now expanding the program to Cameroon.

In Cameroon, a country with one of the highest prevalence rates of maternal syphilis in Sub-Saharan Africa, twice as many pregnant women get tested for HIV as get tested for syphilis during antenatal care. Our ambitious program aims to support the government to adopt the HIV/syphilis dual test into policy, scale it nationwide across all ANC facilities, and close any gaps in syphilis treatment, thereby enabling pregnant women to finally get the care they need.

We are seeking a part time Consultant, Health Policy Specialist to work on behalf of Evidence Action to support the Cameroon Ministry of Health, namely the National AIDS Control Committee, in the adoption of the HIV/syphilis dual test into national policy.

Candidates must have prior experience working in developing countries and preference will be given to citizens or permanent residents of Cameroon. Candidates must also be fluent in English and French

Key Responsibilities:

1.Policy Adoption of the HIV/Syphilis Dual Test

Support the Ministry of Health, specifically NACC, to review protocols, develop trainings materials, conduct trainings, and identify any other areas of support as needed related to the three-test HIV algorithm operational study, with a particular emphasis on the HIV/syphilis dual test and syphilis treatment;
Support the Ministry of Health to assess any gaps in facility-level data recording and reporting tools on syphilis indicators in preparation for the three-test HIV algorithm operational study and subsequent policy adoption;
Support the Ministry of Health, specifically NACC, to draft a normative policy covering the integration of the HIV/syphilis dual test into antenatal care settings and into the HIV testing algorithm;
Support the Ministry of Health, specifically NACC, DLMEP, and FHD, to draft an operational guide for the dissemination and implementation of the HIV/syphilis dual test normative policy;
Collaborate with key stakeholders and other partners to develop strategies for policy adoption of a dual HIV/Syphilis testing policy;

2.Supply Chain

Collaborate with the MoH and other partners to develop strategies to identify solutions to addressing the challenge of fee-based syphilis treatment;
Support NACC with inputs to the Global Fund application for procurement, if needed.
3.Coordination

Represent Evidence Action at any meetings or workshops in Cameroon related to HIV and syphilis prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs;
Arrange logistics ahead of any in-country visits by Evidence Action program staff
Organize any workshops deemed critical to the adoption of the HIV/syphilis dual test into national policy;
Communicate project progress effectively to internal stakeholders;
Additional areas of work may be defined as activities proceed. Any expansion to the agreed upon scope of work will be negotiated in writing and agreed upon by both parties (Evidence Action and the Consultant).

Requirements
-5+ years of relevant professional experience in demanding and results-driven environments, such as management consulting or a fast-paced international NGO;
-Oral and written fluency in English and French;
-Demonstrated experience working in the Cameroonian health sector, with a preference for experience in the area of HIV;
-Demonstrated experience working directly with government and non-governmental stakeholders, preferably on health policy adoption;
-Must be based in Cameroon with the ability to travel to different parts of the country as needed.
-Ability to work effectively in a remote environment, with a direct supervisor based in another geography;

Evidence Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.