HSSA Program Officer (Democracy, Rights, Governance)

from Results for Development Institute
Closing date: 26 Oct 2019


R4D’s health portfolio leverages extensive networks and expertise to improve health and achieve equity in health outcomes for all people around the world. Whether it's assessing policies that can support research and development on new drugs and vaccines, exploring innovations in healthcare and connecting innovators to each other or to investors, supporting the growing global movement for universal health coverage, or producing on-demand research and forecasting to help countries and global institutions plan their healthcare futures, R4D’s global health work unlocks new possibilities for global health actors worldwide.
R4D is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic Program Officer (PO) to join our Global Health Team and provide technical and program management support to the Health Systems Strengthening Accelerator (HSS Accelerator). This 5-year USAID-funded project will develop a global platform to connect locally-driven health system innovations with global knowledge, accelerate countries’ journeys to self-reliant health systems, and improve the institutional architecture for evidence-based and sustainable health system strengthening.
This position is based in Washington, DC and will report to the Program Director.
Responsibilities: The Program Officer will be responsible for a variety of technical and programmatic tasks that include, but aren’t limited to:
Program Management and Technical Implementation Support

  • Provide project management and support for the design, creation and revision of HSS activities such as trainings and supportive supervision visits.
  • Develop detailed implementation plan and schedule for development of HSS country-level activities.
  • Monitor implementation progress, activity budgets and make revisions as needed to meet targets and objectives.
  • Anticipate potential challenges and identify proactive measures to mitigate against them.

Coordination, Networking and Representation

  • Establish and maintain productive relationships and linkages with key stakeholders including health institutions, government officials, NGOs and private sector.
  • Represent R4D and the Accelerator project in meetings, workshops and events.
  • Work with relevant stakeholders, partners, leadership and staff in the development and implementation of HSS activities.

Communications, Reporting and Knowledge Management

  • Ensure accurate and appropriate reporting of all project activities including plans, implementation progress, annual reports, and workshops.
  • Lead the development of communications materials including quarterly reports, success stories, and blogs to highlight key issues, achievements, challenges, and lessons learned.
  • Collaborate with the program and M&E team members to ensure appropriate monitoring and evaluation of HSS activities.
  • Support the translation, dissemination and use of knowledge products.

The Program Officer must be able to function flexibly and independently and have a strong commitment to excellence and attention to detail. The ideal candidate for this position will be a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials, analytical ability, and communication and presentation skills.


  • University degree in relevant professional field (public health, management, economics, political science, public policy, international affairs)
  • An MA with a minimum 3 years’ or BA with a minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience in a research institution, government, bilateral or multilateral development agency, consulting firm, NGO, or think tank
  • Experience collaborating with partners to provide technical assistance and implement program activities
  • Knowledge of health systems strengthening activities
  • Familiarity with mental health, psychosocial support services, and rehabilitative services within health systems
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) required; other languages considered an asset
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team, and deliver high-quality results within tight timeframes
  • Excellent analytical skills and comfort working with data
  • Willingness to travel to developing countries up to 25%
How to apply:

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