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Liberia Office Overview:
In 2006, CHAI was the first international NGO to help Liberia’s government rebuild after a decade-long civil war in Liberia, which had killed an estimated 270,000 people, decimated the nations’ health infrastructure and hindered the country’s ability to deliver vital health and social services. The partnership between Liberia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and CHAI evolved from being HIV specific to addressing cross-cutting health systems challenges. CHAI has since supported the MOH in strengthening supply chain management, accreditation and capacity-building program, setting-up the national diagnostic unit, infrastructure unit, health workforce, health financing, and provided technical assistance across various vertical programs including HIV, maternal and neonatal health, sexual and reproductive health, malaria, cancer, essential medicines, and assistive technology.
CHAI Liberia is seeking a Deputy Country Director to oversee a number of work streams including the following:
Liberia has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, and it has nearly doubled over the last two decades. In 2018, CHAI Liberia commenced a sexual reproductive health (SRH) program which focused on reducing maternal mortality by increasing uptake of services. Building upon the trusted and close partnership with the MOH, and progress made during the first phase of CHAI’s SRH program CHAI will continue to support Ministry counterparts to increase access to comprehensive SRH services for women and girls. CHAI will take an integrated approach working across multiple MOH units to ensure system-strengthening activities are embedded in the broader program objectives. In 2021, CHAI aims to institutionalize and sustain routine capacity-building in health facilities, strengthen supply chain and health information systems, and implement national strategies to increase access to the full spectrum of SRH services.
The delivery of high-quality oxygen therapy has long been a challenge in Liberia, with access to oxygen impeded by gaps that span across the health system: availability of biomedical equipment (BME) and supplies, and their procurement & supply management (PSM); health facility infrastructure and set-up; human resources for health (including availability of clinicians and biomedical personnel); national strategy and financing; and the overall complexity of integration and coordination. In many low and middle-income countries (LMICs) including Liberia, these challenges have been exacerbated and amplified by the current global pandemic and emergence of COVID-19 – an acute respiratory tract disease that lead to hypoxic respiratory failure, and in the most severe form, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). In light of these challenges, CHAI has commenced a partnership with the Ministry of health to scale-up access to oxygen in Liberia.
Assistive technologies (AT) or assistive devices are those whose primary purpose is to maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence, to facilitate participation, and to enhance overall well-being. AT can improve mobility, hearing, vision, or communication capacities, with examples such as wheelchairs, prostheses, hearings aids, spectacles. Between September 2019 and January 2020, CHAI Liberia was contracted by the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub, under the AT2030 programme with funding from UK aid, to conduct a country capacity assessment (CCA) aimed at understanding the landscape of AT in Liberia. CHAI Liberia is committed to supporting the MOH and other government agencies (Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection [MGCSP], National Commission on Disabilities [NCD]) in the operationalization and implementation of priority activities laid out in the CCA report.
Reporting to the Country Director (CD), the Deputy Country Director (DCD) is responsible for managing all programmatic work streams as well as providing oversight for all country team operations. The DCD will support the CD to set strategy and direction for all program areas, including SRH, Assistive Technologies and Respiratory therapies. They will directly manage the team’s programmatic work areas and support team members to achieve program objectives. They will act as a technical and program advisor to the government, attending technical working groups and liaising closely with Ministry officials leading the respective programs.
The Deputy Country Director will manage relationships across all stakeholders including government counterparts, implementing partners, bi-lateral organizations and donors. The DCD will work with CHAI’s global teams to resource mobilize for existing programs in addition to identify funding opportunities for new programmatic areas. The Deputy Country Director will escalate key priorities and challenges for the Country Director’s input and decision-making.
The Deputy Country Director will directly manage the Associate Director of Finance and Administration and provide oversight to all operational functions including safety, logistics, human resources and finances. In addition, the DCD will flag operational and programmatic risks for the country office to CHAI’s global leadership teams and develop mitigation strategies in consultation with the Country Director.