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  • Health Systems Advisor

    Location CI
    Posted Date 7 months ago(10/15/2018 3:10 PM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Country Office - Ivory Coast
    Education Requirement
    Position Type
  • Overview

    The Health Systems Advisor provides technical leadership to the Côte d’Ivoire country program focusing on health systems, community development and stigma reduction, midwife capacity building, and comprehensive abortion care including contraception, health system provider/site performance, and Ipas training efforts. The Health Systems Advisor guides and manages the team, ensuring implementation of quality health systems activities, aligned with Ipas’s organizational strategies, standards and goals. The position shares knowledge on technical innovation, lessons learned, and best practices across regional/country teams, technical staff and with external partners.


    • Designs, plans, organizes, implements, evaluates, and documents trainings and workshops on high-quality comprehensive abortion care and contraceptive services.
    • Collaborates and builds partnerships with key implementing partners including various Ministry of Health departments and staff, medical training institutions, medical associations, commodity and supply agencies, and non-governmental organizations.
    • Contributes to the development, dissemination, and implementation of national standards and guidelines and training resources for abortion and contraceptive care.
    • Ensures supportive supervision and program mentoring to program sites and providers in accordance with organizational guidelines and standard operating procedures.
    • Supports improvements in service health facilities, infrastructures, and processes to optimize the quality and effectiveness of safe abortion and contraceptive care.
    • Provides technical input to link research program, development of regulations, approval and implementation of regulations, protocols, standards and guidelines related to the implementation of the comprehensive abortion care model.
    • Prepares reports on training events and other program activities to document project progress.
    • Monitors progress of health systems activities, including analyzing service delivery data; identifying issues and trends and working with partners to develop solutions to address challenges and improve service delivery.
    • Identifies opportunities to document and share health systems technical innovation, lessons learned, and best practices from the Côte d’Ivoire context within Ipas and external audiences.
    • Oversees and provides guidance to country office employees.
    • Represents Ipas at local, provincial, national and at times international meetings as needed.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    • Master’s degree in a Health Training or related field.
    • 3-5 years’ Health Systems strengthening related experience in SRH in Côte d´Ivoire
    • Excellent knowledge and understand of SRH and public sector strategies and context in Côte d´Ivoire.
    • 2 or more years of program management experience.
    • Experience working in a clinical environment.
    • Training, facilitation and mentoring experience.
    • Ability to work in a diverse environment.
    • Willingness to travel up to 50% and work additional hours when needed.
    • Fluency in written and spoken French as well as relevant local languages.
    • High level of written and spoken English

    Preferred Skills

    • Excellent interpersonal communications and presentation skills
    • Experience working in a non-profit organization.


    Decisive Risk Management & Problem Solving

    Anticipate challenges and find solutions.  Seeks the necessary inputs, analyzes the data at hand, identifies potential risks and takes a decision.  Can move forward even when information is imperfect.  Documents analysis, intentions and desired outcome of key decisions. Reviews the impact and consequences and openly learns from mistakes

    Communication & Collaboration

    Actively listens and communicates -connects easily with her/his team and gains their trust and respect.  Works well across all organizational teams. Demonstrates clear and concise information and idea sharing

    Critical Guidance and Conflict Management

    Has the skills to face conflict and provide critical guidance with empathy and facts. Can deliver difficult feedback with care. Encourages team members to directly share their concerns and helps develop the skills to make it a productive and valued experience.  Understands the benefits of conflict and supports colleagues to embrace different perspectives, learn from others, to understand themselves and co-create new ideas.

    Take the Work Seriously but Not Yourself

    Strive to do your best but know no one is perfect, you can laugh and learn from your mistakes.    You also know when the search perfection will have a negative impact on the women and girls we are trying to serve.


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