Volunteer, Health Workforce

Sierra Leone
Volunteer, Local
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Country Teams


The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org


The team in Sierra Leone has been engaged by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to support the health sector's recovery in the wake of the devastating Ebola crisis and has evolved that support to a broader health system strengthening approach. This is a unique moment for Sierra Leone as global attention offers the country an opportunity to build a more resilient and robust health system. The MoHS has taken this opportunity to think strategically and ambitiously about their plans for the future and CHAI has supported these efforts, with a particular focus on dramatically improving the number, skill, and distribution of its health workforce across Sierra Leone. The national Human Resources for Health (HRH) Strategy 2017-2021 is currently being implemented and CHAI is supporting decentralization of HRH management, increasing rural retention, and developing continuous education plans, as well as increasing quality of training.


CHAI has been working with the Directorate of HRH of the MoHS and related agencies, such as the Health Services Commission and key HRH working groups, to assist the MoHS in:

  • Clearly articulating the HRH challenges;
  • Generating data and analysis around the health workforce to inform decision-making and planning;
  • Developing specific plans and policies in response to those needs; and
  • Improving data management processes and structures to enable informed decision-making on an ongoing basis


The volunteer will be hired with a fixed term contract for six months, to support the fast tracking of decentralization of HRH management. The volunteer will initially be based in Freetown, with subsequent frequent travel to districts.


The volunteer will report directly to the HRH Program Manager and will be an integral member of the CHAI Sierra Leone HRH team, contributing to critical projects, especially the ongoing decentralization of HR management. Because of the fluid nature of our work, specific responsibilities may change over time.


The volunteer will be responsible for the following outputs:

  • Assisting the Directorate of HRH to roll out the integrated Human Resources Information System to all districts and other stakeholders for data to be used for decision-making
  • Mapping trainings happening at district and central level, to be analyzed and used for improved coordination of in-service training
  • Contribute to a Rural Retention action plan, to rapidly increase rural retention of health workers 


Other activities might include:

  • Supporting the Human Resources Directorate to develop specific HRH plans and policies
  • Providing strategic and administrative support to the Human Resources Directorate in the management of all HRH-related working groups and coordination of partners
  • Assisting with the development and execution of robust quantitative and qualitative analyses to assess impact of all priority interventions
  • Providing knowledge management support to ensure appropriate documents/materials are available/accessible to team members and key partners
  • Other responsibilities as requested by manager


CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a desire to be part of a team delivering quality results with limited resources. The individual must be able to function independently and flexibly in a swift manner. The ideal candidate will possess cultural sensitivity skills and demonstrate high emotional intelligence, as they will be working closely government and external partners.


Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree; initial work or volunteer experience
  • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity and work in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
  • Proven ability to build relationships in cross-cultural contexts
  • Ability to handle multiple work streams simultaneously and work independently
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and quantitative skills
  • Attention to detail and strong organization skills
  • Ability to innovate and adapt for changing project need
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations, or willingness to learn
  • Experience living and/or working in the Global South
  • Familiarity with global health issues
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word



  • Work experience in a related field


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