Vacancy: Programme Lead for Catalysing Policy Improvement in Africa (CPIA)

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  • 2022•07•25     Kuala Lumpur

    Programme Lead: Catalysing Policy Improvement in Africa (CPIA)

    UNU-International Institute for Global Health is one of 13 research and training Institutes that comprise the think tanks in the UNU system. UNU-IIGH was established in 2005 with the mission to advance evidence-based policy on key issues related to sustainable development and global health. UNU-IIGH aims to build knowledge and capacity for decision-making by UN agencies, UN programmes and the Member States towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Leveraging its position within the UN, UNU-IIGH works with a network of academic, policy and civil society experts to serve as a platform for critical thinking and the exchange of knowledge and tools for policy influence and consensus-building. Its goal of UNU-IIGH is to advance equitable and evidence-based policymaking on crucial issues related to sustainable development and public health, through three pillars of work:

    1. translating evidence into policy,
    2. generating policy-relevant analysis related to gender and health, and
    3. strengthening capacity for local decision-making.

    The current work of the Institute includes conducting research, promoting policy change and facilitating policy implementation around a number of global health topics including gender and health; decolonisation and global health governance; health systems policy; implementation research in health; digital health; communicable disease control; and the commercial determinants of infant and young child feeding; and health equity.


    Role and Responsibilities

    The successful applicant will be responsible for managing a multi-country programme of work in five Sub-Saharan African countries: Senegal, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique. The programme will be delivered with and through a core partner organisation in each country as follows:

    • Senegal – West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO)
    • Burkina Faso – West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO)
    • Uganda – School of Public Health, Makerere University
    • Tanzania – Ifakara Health Institute
    • Mozambique – Universidade Eduardo Mondlane

    The aim of the programme is to promote and produce maternal, newborn, sexual and reproductive health (MNSRH) policy improvement through a model of external assistance that is: a) nationally led and considerate of the need to strengthen local research and policy-making systems and institutions; b) positively synergistic with other externally-driven initiatives, and c) committed to prioritising equity in terms of both processes and outcomes.



    1) Partnership management

    A key responsibiity is managing and optimizing a variety of relationships involving UNU-IIGH, and the core partners organizations and policy stakeholders in each country. This will include:

    • Helping to manage and nurture the relationship between UNU-IIGH and each of its core partners
    • Strengthening and help sustain effective relationships between the programme and government policy-makers
    • Enabling effective relationships between the programme and other key stakeholders

    2) Development and implementation of programme methods and work plans

    The programme lead will also be involved in the development of methods to assess and analyse the MNSRH policies, programmes and needs in each country and support country partners to develop and implement their workplans for making policy improvements.

    3) Evaluation

    The programme lead will be primarily responsible for helping to develop, lead and implement an evaluation of the programme and produce country case studies of the efforts to improve MNSRH policy.



    Education and certification

    • Minimum qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Public Health, Public Policy, or related field

    Work Experience

    • At least 7 years of work experience in public health or public policy or development or health systems strengthening, including experience of work with government policy makers
    • Experience of project management and leadership
    • At least 5 years of work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Track record of being able to work independently with little supervision
    • Track record of build positive working relationships with and between multiple stakeholders
    • Track record of first-author publications


    • Team player with skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
    • Ability and willingness to adhere to the standards of conduct as expected by the UN


    • The programme lead would need to be based in Sub-Saharan Africa, ideally in one of the five countries listed above


    • Bilingual language skills are a requirement, with fluency in English combined with an ability to work in French; or vice versa.



    The successful candidate will be employed under a PSA contract. UNU will provide a monthly salary of up to USD 6,203.00 commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Benefits include 30 days of annual leave and a health insurance scheme.

    UNU is not liable for any taxes that may be levied on the remuneration you receive under this contract. Payment of any such taxes remains the sole responsibility of PSA holders.

    Duration of contract

    This is full-time employment for a duration of 18 months. Expected start date: As soon as possible

    How to Apply: 

    Visit UNU Careers. Application Deadline: 14 August 2022