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Canadian Public Health Expert

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Alinea International
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Application Deadline: August 17, 2022

Job Title: Canadian Public Health Expert

Job type: Short-term, temporary

Initiative Name: Strengthening Capacity for Quality RMNCAEH+N programs, projects and services n Nigeria under the Technical Assistance Partnership - Expert Deployment Mechanism (TAP-EDM)

Location of Position: Canada (remote) with travel to Nigeria

Reporting to: Project Manager, TAP-EDM

Remuneration: Fees are subject to negotiation and shall not exceed established market rates.

Indicative LOE/Time Frame: 20-25 days over 2 month period with the possibility of an extension

Language Requirements: Proficient in English


Application Instructions:


  • We welcome applications from individuals and from governmental, non-governmental and private organizations.
  • A cover letter is mandatory to be considered. Cover letters should detail how you fit the opportunity, your daily fee and current availability.
  • Click the APPLY NOW link to apply.
  • Only successful candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.


At Alinea International we value equity, diversity, and inclusivity in everything we do. We are an equal opportunity employer opposed to all forms of discrimination. We actively seek and encourage applications from people of diverse backgrounds recognizing that an inclusive workforce enriches our organization and achieves smarter, more innovative results.


Alinea is committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Due to the nature of our work, all candidates will be subject to due diligence checks and extensive background checks where appropriate.


TAP-EDM Description:


The Technical Assistance Partnership - Expert Deployment Mechanism (TAP-EDM) Project provides targeted, short-term (up to 12 months) technical assistance to National Government Entities (NGE) from eligible OECD-DAC countries. The Mechanism is expected to deploy over 250 Canadian experts via 120-150 technical assistance initiatives designed to resolve capacity gaps to bring about the desired changes of the recipient NGEs. Fully aligned with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Strategy (FIAP), these initiatives will integrate gender equality, climate action/environmental sustainability, human rights, and good governance as key objectives. Canadian experts will come from all walks of life, proudly representing world-class technical human resources but also the diversity and multi-culturalism that is Canada.


TAP-EDM is a four-year C$18,750,000-million-dollar project funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and managed by Alinea International.


About the work


Almost half of Nigeria’s 200 million people live in poverty and health outcomes and indicators, particularly among women and girls, are among the worst in the world. Nigeria has the fourth highest rate of maternal mortality and is tied with Somalia for the worst under-five mortality rate in the world. In 2018, the Government of Nigeria launched an ambitious National Strategic Health Development Plan (2018-2022) focused on strengthening primary health care, particularly access to quality RMNCAH+N. The implementation of this plan and associated policies, however, has been challenged by the highly federalized nature of Nigeria’s political system, which transfers the larger responsibility for health care delivery to individual states. Poor communication between federal and state levels, as well as between health institutions at the federal level, has led to a weak health system where policy development, sharing of best practices, and service delivery are often highly disconnected. This TAP initiative would deploy a Canadian public health expert to the Department of Family Health to help strengthen the Department’s capacity to coordinate the dissemination, adoption and implementation of RMNCAEH+N policy and guidance at national and sub-national levels; with the end goal of improving access and quality of RMNCAEH+N services, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Role:


The Public Health Expert provides content-specific advisory, facilitation, training, mentoring and coaching services to DoFH personnel (and others). The objective is to strengthen the capacity of the Department to align all available national and sub-national resources with policy, program and service objectives.


NOTE: The work is divided into two phases: an inception phase and an implementation phase. Recruitment is for both phases.


Specific duties and responsibilities of this position include:


Following a systems approach and using GBA+, undertake a SWOT/C + process analysis of the delivery of RMNCAEH+N services in rural areas of Nigeria; ideally tracing the flow of resources ($). Focus shall be given to the legal/regulatory, financial, structural, organizational and operational factors that affect: (i) the efficacy of a multi-stakeholder coordination platform; (ii) the consistency with which national quality of care standards are applied from state to state; and (iii) the use of a maternal, perinatal child death surveillance and response system. Key to this analysis is a review of the political economy; identifying new or existing levers, mechanisms (e.g. RMNCAEH+N Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Coordination (MSPC) Platform) and/or barriers (legal, regulatory, systems) available to DoFH to improve coordination, collaboration and monitoring on the RMNCAEH+N policy implementation. Outline the findings using a process map.

• Identify examples of successful multi-stakeholder coordination in other sectors in Nigeria that are achieving results and, if relevant, from other jurisdictions. Identify success factors and lessons from these examples.



• Based on the findings, determine remedies/solutions potentially to include training, workshops and simple change management tools (theory of change/logic model) to integrate and connect the desired results outlined in the TA request with specific TA activities/outputs. The logic model shall highlight the vertical and horizonal inter-relationships between these elements (as well as other system elements) in support of national/subnational coordination.

• Collaboratively, with relevant DoFH personnel and other stakeholders, co-design, develop and cost a suite of interventions to achieve the desired outputs. Organized these into an action plan, these activities may include training/capacity building, technical/policy advisory support, mentoring and/or coaching.

• Develop performance metrics to monitor the action plan.

• Provide technical advice and guidance to the DoFH leadership, management and technical personnel as they rollout initiatives designed to improve multi-stakeholder coordination/collaboration.

• Prepare a TAI work plan, technical and progress reports.

• Organize/participate in public engagement activities in Canada and in Nigeria.


Required Qualifications:


• Post-graduate degree in public health systems with specific training on federal public health systems

• Minimum of 15 years’ experience working within a federal public health system

• 7-10 years’ experience analyzing, leading/managing/improving complex health systems; eligible applicants must have a working/comprehensive knowledge of universal health care systems within a federal political system (e.g. Canada). Preference is given to those with experience in public health systems in Africa/Nigeria.

• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of international examples of innovations and advances in public health care system management and coordination

• Preference for those who have demonstrated success in isolating, articulating and facilitating the development of solutions for multi-stakeholder/hierarchical policy implementation (i.e. service delivery) gaps and challenges

• Capable facilitator/trainer with a history of successful capacity development for adult learners; preference for those with previous experience delivering experiential learning practices

• Prior experience undertaking complex systems or process analysis

• Knowledgeable of RBM, GBA+ as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning approaches within federal public health systems

• Experience delivering evidence-based policy advice to senior levels of government.

• Strong interpersonal, teamwork and communication (verbal/written) skills (English)

• Comfortable leading TA in a multicultural environment; adaptable, flexible and at ease in dynamic environments.

  • • Ability to be creative and work independently and proactively


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