Technical Advisor, Community Health

Living Goods, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th September, 2018

Job Description

Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own?

Living Goods works to reinvent how we improve the lives of the under-served. We think big but operate lean and nimble. We train community health workers to bring lifesaving products and health services to people’s doorsteps.

We also transform community health through mobile phones. Using the disruptive power of mobile technology, we’ve equipped and deployed 7,500 community health workers across Africa. These community health workers treat common illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. They also provide ongoing care to 6 million people at a fraction of the cost of doctors and nurses. In the countries where we work, Living Goods has reduced child mortality by 27 percent.

The secret to our success is a winning team. One comprised of people with high standards and big ideas. If you work well in a dynamic culture, meet challenges with determination, and a have a sense of humor, come work for Living Goods.

Sierra Leone

Three years ago, Ebola swept through Sierra Leone, infecting 14,000 people and killing 4,000. Community health workers played a vital role in stopping the outbreak by identifying people with symptoms and educating families on infection prevention. The Ministry of Health & Sanitation has since adopted policies to strengthen their community health program further. We want to join them in this quest.

Our tech team will provide mobile health tools to improve data collection and community health worker effectiveness. Our procurement staff will help Ministry of Health staff develop systems to ensure that high quality products and medicines are in stock. Our health teams will help the government transform community health.

In a country with poor network connectivity, limited electricity and a weak rural healthcare system this is not going to be easy. That’s why we need you.

The Opportunity

Living Goods, Sierra Leone will form a talented chamber music group. But together, with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, it will be a full-fledged orchestra. And like every great orchestra, ours needs a musical director. Someone to ensure that our community health programs hit the high notes. Reflect the latest evidence on what works. Save lives and improve people’s health.

  • Train and advise. Help the Ministry of Health incorporate new systems to track and analyze community health indicators.
  • Manage rollout. Guide mhealth, community health, and evaluation teams through design and implementation of the national and district-level community health program.
  • Develop tools & techniques. Create training, job aids, and other diagnostic tools, ensuring they comply with global health standards and best practices.
  • Ensure technical credibility. Ensure that our community health programs and mhealth solutions are technically sound and rooted in the most current evidence.
  • Ensure program quality. Design the quality control system. Ensure that data we glean is robust and reliable. You will also help develop indicators to measure community health worker performance and client satisfaction. Finally, you will help analyze data and use it to improve programs.
  • Influence externally. Participate in Technical Working Groups in Sierra Leone to learn from implementing partners and to align our work with other NGOs and health organizations. You will build strong relationships with Ministry of Health officials.

Your background

  • Technical creds. 5+ years’ experience in Sierra Leone or other West African public health organization and an MBA, MPH or other relevant degree. Experience building capacity of government health systems.
  • Project management skills. You are disciplined, methodical and organized. You keep your eyes on the main prize but also set and achieve collective goals with others along the way.
  • Information systems guru. You know how to implement data management and reporting systems. In fact, your love for data is contagious and you know how to infect others with it.
  • Team player. You play well with others enjoy seeing the impact of our work as a team.
  • Multitasker. You’re able to juggle multiple tasks at once while ‘keeping calm and carrying on.’ You think strategically, handle ambiguity and work well in a multicultural environment.


A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity. The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.


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