Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information.
The team in Sierra Leone has been engaged by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to support the health sector's recovery in the wake of the devastating Ebola crisis and has evolved that support to a broader health system strengthening approach. This is a unique moment for Sierra Leone as global attention offers the country an opportunity to build a more resilient and robust health system. The MoHS has taken this opportunity to think strategically and ambitiously about their plans for the future and CHAI has supported these efforts, with a particular focus on dramatically improving the number, skill, and distribution of its health workforce across Sierra Leone. The national Human Resources for Health (HRH) Strategy 2017-2021 is currently being implemented and CHAI is supporting decentralization of HRH management, increasing rural retention, and developing continuous education plans, as well as increasing quality of training.
CHAI has been working with the Directorate of HRH of the MoHS and related agencies, such as the Health Services Commission and key HRH working groups, to assist the MoHS in:
The Program Assistant will report to the HRH Program Manager, supporting the Senior Program Officer across workstreams as an integral member of the CHAI Sierra Leone HRH team and contributing to critical projects—especially the ongoing decentralization of HR management. Because of the fluid nature of our work, specific responsibilities may change over time. The Program Assistant will be hired fulltime to support general program administration. The role will be based in Freetown with potential travel to districts.
The Program Assistant will be responsible for the following tasks:
CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a desire to be part of a team delivering quality results with limited resources. The individual must be able to function independently and flexibly in a swift manner. The ideal candidate will possess cultural sensitivity skills and demonstrate high emotional intelligence, as they will be working closely government and external partners.