Health Policy Specialist, Accelerator
- Evidence Action
- Yaoundé, Centre, Cameroon
- Job Type
- Part-Time, Contract
- Deadline for Applications
- How to Apply
- Please apply using this link: https://apply.workable.com/evidence-action/j/00F47AB9E6/apply/
- Where to Apply
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
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;
Collaborate with the MoH and other partners to develop strategies to identify solutions to addressing the challenge of fee-based syphilis treatment;
Represent Evidence Action at any meetings or workshops in Cameroon related to HIV and syphilis prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs;
Evidence Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.