SUMMARY OF ROLE
Three Country Liaison Associates (CLAs) will each assist all nine OP countries in the implementation of their costed implementation plans (CIPs) and will serve as boots on the ground for the OPCU and OP donors in each country.
A CLA based in Dakar, Senegal will likely cover Senegal, Guinea, and Mauritania; a CLA placed in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso will likely cover Burkina Faso, Benin, and Niger;
a CLA placed in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire will likely cover Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, and Togo. However, these assignments may be adjusted based on candidates’ experience and countries’ needs, and CLAs will prioritize in-country assistance based on level of engagement (e.
g., a particularly energized Ministry of Health). In addition to focusing on a subset of OP countries, CLAs will work with the OPCU’s leadership to develop and pursue regional strategies and activities.
As the OPCU office is based in Dakar, Senegal, the CLAs placed in Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire will be hosted by an international organization (e.g., UNFPA).
Education & Experience
Master’s degree required; advanced degree in relevant field preferred (e.g., Public Health, International Development, Public Policy)
Minimum of 7 to 10 years of relevant work experience, with experience in public health policy in the OP region
Experience leading and managing multiple, complex projects in fast-paced, entrepreneurial and ambiguous settings
To be a national from one of the OP countries
Demonstrated interest in and understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights and family planning policies of West African countries, and national and regional health systems policy
Strong analytical mindset; able to deconstruct large, complex health policies into clear and actionable strategies and initiatives
Inspiring leadership and relationship building; able to quickly build trust and credibility with both internal and external stakeholders
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, for a variety of audiences
Demonstrated strategic agility and diplomacy with conflict management, team building, and interpersonal skills to ensure internal coherence among diverse team members and sub-partners, as well as external relations with the Ministry of Health, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders.
Fluent in French, and near-fluent in English
Experience using Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)