CARE seeks a Sr. Organizational Capacity and Transition Advisor (Sr. Advisor) for the anticipated USAID-funded Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) in Sierra Leone. The goals of the activity are to improve the quality of Family Planning and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (FP/RMNCAH) and malaria services and increase the adoption of selected key optimal behaviors to improve health in selected districts.

The Sr. Advisor will prepare 2-3 local partners to receive USAID funding during year 3 of the project. The Sr. Advisor will strategize and guide the integration of local partners in program planning and execution, ensuring alignment with USAID’s development objectives. The Sr. Advisor will mentor internal teams, manage project transitions, and enhance local organizational capacities to meet compliance standards.

This activity is expected to be a five-year, $45 million program.

This is a Key Personnel position, subject to USAID approval. It is also subject to project award and funding. National and international candidates are encouraged to apply. This position will be based in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

· Collaborate with other project leadership to cultivate a culture of teamwork, with concrete mechanisms of communication, joint planning, and experience sharing within and between technical and geographic teams.

· Ensure all staff clearly and comprehensively understand USG rules, regulations, and compliance issues, including financial monitoring and reporting, and branding across the program.

· Ensure that select local organizations have a strong Human Resources management system with the relevant staff, knowledge, skills, and abilities to implement selected health components of the SIHSA-supported health services: Family Planning, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Adolescent Health, and Malaria.

· Ensure that select local organizations have proficient financial management systems, IT systems, and internal controls.

· Ensure that select local organizations are registered in all applicable USG systems and have in place a system to maintain all registrations (for example, System for Award Management). Local organizations have well-defined indicators of success and the ability to monitor their own program performance in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

· Ensure that select local organizations have demonstrated ability to manage specific technical programmatic areas, such as but not limited to, health governance and advocacy, community level Strategic Behavior Change, clinical mentoring and supportive supervision.

· Ensure that select local organizations demonstrate working relations and active engagement with host country government officials, in particular, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health, multilateral and bi-lateral development partners, and USG agencies to build collaborative working relationships.

· Local organizations are able to pass Non-U.S. Organization Pre-award Survey (NUPAS) or a similar detailed analysis in accordance with ADS 303.3.9.1(b)(2) that achieves the same objectives as the NUPAS.

· Draft and implement transition plans. Provide technical support to improve the organizational and program management capacity according to the plan.

· Coordinate across USAID to implement and support locally-led development, utilizing local systems to meet development objectives.

· Identify risks and challenges that affect staff engagement and performance and propose and implement measures to mitigate and address them in a timely fashion.

· Represent SIHSA in national planning meetings and policy discussions, particularly those involving local partner engagement in service planning, delivery, and evaluation.

· Engage in social contracting aspects and involve local partners in planning, delivering, monitoring, and evaluating relevant services.


· University degree required. Master’s degree in administration, public health, social sciences, or organizational development preferred.

· 6-8 years of relevant experience managing projects, preferably focused on accountability and governance with experience in health systems strengthening.

· Strong familiarity with USAID Localization Agenda, Local Capacity Building Policy, and New Partners Initiative.

· Experience building the capacity of local organizations and preparing prepare them to be direct recipients of U.S. Government funding.

· Experience working in Sierra Leone preferred.

· Experience in recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams.

· Demonstrated skills in building and maintaining relationships with project stakeholders, local partners, and local organizations.

· Fluency in English required (spoken and written).

· Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated intercultural, interpersonal, and negotiation skills.

· Demonstrated commitment to PSHEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Harassment, and Abuse).

· Demonstrated commitment to principles of Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion (DEBI).

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Deadline: 3 Apr 2024