Sub Regional Network Coordinator

United Nations Office for Project Services

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

The  Sub Regional Network Coordinator - West and Central Africa will  support the sub-regional approach to ensure that collaboration by stakeholders is effective at the sub-regional level. This approach will be operationalized with sub-regional support to Western and Central Africa, in close collaboration with existing structures and partners.  The West and Central Africa sub-regional unit  will consist of a Sub-Regional Network Coordinator and a Senior Assistant working under the auspices of the CRSPC, to coordinate and facilitate communications and support between national malaria control programmes (NMCPs) and partners within the sub-region.

  • Convene, coordinate and facilitate NMCPs and partners to create a vibrant network at sub/regional level, working with core regional partners including through Regional Economic blocks; 
  • Support countries on sub-regional and country level to improve access to, absorption and effective use of funds;
  • Collaborate with WHO country and regional offices to facilitate countries to develop, review and/or align Malaria Strategic Plans, update gap analysis, Malaria Information Systems, program reviews, strategies, develop Business Plans; 
  • Facilitate the CRSPC technical assistance support to countries for resource mobilization activities including the developing of Global Fund funding request proposals; 

Convene various small and large scale meetings on sub regional level:

  • Undertake joint missions as necessary with regional partners such as the Global Fund Fund-Portfolio Managers, the President’s Malaria Initiative with the Malaria Operational Plans and in-country partners to identify  and resolve implementation challenges;
  • Facilitate the operationalising of an early warning system which is an integral part of the CRSPC work plan to identifies bottlenecks, and implement a rapid response mechanism to support countries to overcome implementation bottlenecks including enhancing absorptive capacity, addressing emergencies accelerate programme implementation, and; 

Strategic Engagement with Sub-Regional Stakeholders:

  • Strategically explore opportunities for the RBM Partnership leadership team to engage with key stakeholders at the highest levels within the sub-region countries.
  • Foster diplomatic relationships and partnerships with government officials, international organizations, and other relevant bodies to advance malaria control initiatives.
  • Exercise strong leadership and diplomatic skills to ensure bottlenecks, challenges, and the needs of National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) managers are effectively addressed and resolved.
  • Collaborate with NMCP managers to identify and implement strategic solutions, demonstrating diplomacy and leadership in overcoming obstacles.
  • Continuously monitor and identify opportunities at the country level to strengthen malaria control efforts.
  • Utilize diplomatic channels to establish connections with local authorities, healthcare providers, and community leaders, fostering a collaborative approach to malaria elimination.

Monitoring and Progress Controls:

Sub-regional network operational in West and Central Africa:

  • 75% of country support requests addressed within 2 weeks, through a triage mechanism (TA addressed primarily at country level, then regional and then global level)
  • 70% of countries in the sub-regional supported to mobilise sufficient resources to cover implementation of essential malaria control interventions
  • 75% of countries supported to secure domestic resources for malaria control in line with economic grouping
  • At least 50% of countries have high level malaria councils operational


  • Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) preferably in Public Health, Political Science, International Relations, Development Studies, Public Administration, Business Administration or related fields.
  • A Bachelor degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.


  • Minimum 7 years of experience in coordination and management within the public health sector is required
  • Experience working in West or Central Africa is desired 
  • Experience of working with International Coordination focusing on Malaria is desirable
  • Knowledge of malaria control and or other public health programmes in the West and Central Africa region is desirable


  • Fluency in oral and written French is essential.
  • Working knowledge of English is required. 
  • Knowledge of other UN language/s would be an asset.