The Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center (SPARC) is a new resource hub aimed at strengthening strategic purchasing capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa by connecting existing regional expertise and matching it with country demand to make better use of resources for health. Our vision is to empower countries with knowledge and practical tools to make access to affordable and quality health care a reality for all. SPARC is creating a network of regional experts who can support the development of practical, home-grown solutions that meet countries’ strategic purchasing needs.
SPARC is hosted by Amref Health Africa and benefits from the organization’s reach across sub-Saharan Africa. This relationship supports SPARC’s commitment to developing strong partnerships across the continent and building expertise in strategic purchasing and brokering support based on country demand. Through these partnerships, SPARC promotes evidence-informed policy making that leads to better health spending and facilitates learning and sharing of best practices in health purchasing.
Under the leadership of the Executive Director, the Program Coordinator for Francophone Africa (FA**)** will provide strategic management of SPARC’s programmatic pillars (coaching/mentoring program, country engagement, and knowledge management) and business operations in FA, as well as pilot the SPARC approach in Francophone countries. S/he will ensure the initial work plan for FA is coherently implemented and SPARC achieves its mission of becoming the “go-to” resource center for strategic purchasing in sub-Saharan Africa. The Program Coordinator will provide day to day management and oversight of program activities in FA and will be responsible for the development and execution of project deliverables, lead project planning, monitoring and budgeting. S/he will also advise on overall project strategy and design, contribute technical expertise to specific health system challenges, and oversee implementation of activities. S/he will be responsible for ensuring effective coordination with the Nairobi hub, other actors, monitoring and evaluation and quality assurance, representation and partnership development, proposal and resource development; and organizational learning.
MINIMUM EDUCATION: · Advanced degree in public health, Health Economics, Social Sciences or other relevant field.
EXPERIENCE: · At least 7 years’ experience providing program support to similar initiatives or in a health-related setting.
· Strong international development and program/project management background in FA; knowledge of UHC, health financing and/or health economics a bonus; In-depth knowledge and understanding of the complexities and nuances of designing and carrying out health programs in FA; Demonstrated leadership skills and expertise in the management of health programs; · Willing to travel within the region and across the African continent Fluent in speaking, reading and writing in French and English