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Team Leader – African Health Diagnostics Platform (Sub-Saharan Africa) August 2021 - Jobvacan

Team Leader – African Health Diagnostics Platform (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Team Leader – African Health Diagnostics Platform (West Africa)

Company Overview
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with childre n. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role
Palladium is seeking a Team Leader (TL) to support the management and delivery of a technical support facility to the African Health Diagnostics Programme – a joint initiative by the European Investment Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen diagnostics across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Their intention is to co-finance a new health-financing platform to improve laboratory and diagnostic services for low income populations in Sub-Saharan Africa, through the creation of functioning partnerships, possibly in the form of public-private partnerships (PPPs).

This 48-month programme will support the identification, preparation and implementation of investment projects related to improving health diagnosis in Sub-Saharan Africa including carrying out studies and technical assistance at various stages of the project cycle (gap analysis, studies, support to the establishment of partnership agreements, support to project implementation, etc.). It will identify any potential gaps between women and men’s access to diagnostics, the availability of diagnostics for diseases that are particularly prevalent among women (e.g. HPV, cervical cancer, anaemia, HIV/AIDS, other forms of cancer, etc.) and the feasibility and market opportunity for expanding the availability of such diagnostics.

Based in francophone West Africa the TL will serve as the central point of technical and strategic leadership for the programme. As such, the TL will be responsible for overall programme management, including timely and cost-effective delivery of all outputs/deliverables and milestones, risk mitigation, and oversight of a regional team, consortium partners, in-country staff and shor t-term technical assistance. The TL may also contribute technical inputs toward the delivery of milestones. This individual will serve as the main point of contact for, and liaise regularly with consortium partners, ministries of health, planning and others depending on need, Palladium corporate staff and, as required, representatives of the EIB and BMGF.

* Establish and maintain good working relationships with host government at the national, provincial and district levels and local partners.
* Take the overall responsibility for ensuring the delivery and quality of the project deliverables, results and milestones.
* Represent Palladium to the client and other donor groups, ministries, sub-national government at provincial and district levels, community organisations, and other key stakeholders.
* Provide guidance, oversight and quality assurance for all project activities, outputs and deliverables.
* Develop and implement plans for results measurement, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management and communication management.
* Lead on maintaining programme’s awareness of EIB policies and procedures and ensure the programme complies – especially to areas such as safeguarding policies, disabilities, social exclusion, gender, and environment.
* Direct and coordinate the programme team to ensure achievement of programme objectives and milestones.
* Visit project offices and sites where necessary.

Required Qualifications – Master’s degree or equivalent academic degree in a relevant discipline such as health economics, health policy, or health systems.
* Proven multi-country health programme leadership experience and success managing staff and consultants. Specifically, experience of working in a senior expert/management position on DFI/donor financed TA operation projects.
* Professional experience as a technical expert having implemented at least 1 health sector project in the last 3 years
* Experience of working closely with governments to identify health challenges and develop effective, innovative approaches to addressing them, including performance-based funding structures, financial and partnership structures.
* Significant experience in the delivery of health sector programmes in Francophone Africa and specific knowledge of Sub-Saharan African healthcare markets and public sector work practices and culture.
* Public health expertise, preferably on diagnostics and systems strengthening, including public sector engagement.
* Good understanding of health sector policies within Sub-Saharan African countries.
* Strong pre-existing relationships in the diagnostics industry in Francophone Africa.
* Experience of mobilising technical experts across a range of countries.
* Expertise in building and managing programmatic relationships with high level stakeholders from government, civil society and donors in Sub-Saharan Africa.
* Experience in design and implementation of assessments for health sector projects including in the delivery of diagnostics in Sub-Saharan Africa.
* Fluency in written and spoken English.
* Working level knowledge of French.

Please submit a CV with a covering letter.

Applications close on 7/09/2020

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