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Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health MDG Financing and Malaria

Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health MDG Financing and Malaria

Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health MDG Financing and Malaria

The Office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria (UNSEO), and its affiliate, the MDG Health Alliance, is seeking volunteer project managers to su...


New York, United States

18 Sep 2013

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Frontline Delivery / Backpack PLUS Project Manager

volunteer project manager with in-depth experience in global health strategy

New York, United States

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Job Type:
Contract / Short-term
Mid Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
Project Management
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This role will provide the volunteer project manager with in-depth experience in global health strategy, financing, and project management. The volunteer project manager will have a chance to engage with senior leaders from across many leading organizations in global health, including USAID, UNICEF,  Save the Children, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, PATH, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Where and when:

The position would be based in NYC and start immediately. We hope to be able to recruit a candidate for 3-6 months, either volunteering, on sabbatical from another position or seconded to the team from another organization.

Project Description

Backpack PLUS (BP+) is a collaboration between UNICEF, Save the Children, the MDG Health Alliance/Office of the UN Special Envoy, frog design, the One Million Community Health Worker Campaign, and many other partners.  The collaboration focuses on innovative approaches that enhance frontline delivery. Phase 1 efforts produced a holistic framework and physical prototype kit (bag and box) that can serve as a reference point for Community Health Worker (CHW) program strengthening, in conjunction with other tools.

Visit  http://chwplus.tumblr.com/ to learn more. To achieve the objective of expanding and improving CHW programs globally, three primary activities are required that together form a comprehensive scope of work. Efforts by all actors – including the BP+ collaboration partners - are necessary to take forward ongoing initiatives that fall within these activities and to make additional progress against the overall objective:

  1. PLANS: Help high-burden countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia develop costed, comprehensive plans that deliver effective, high-impact CHW programs (where CHW programs are a government priority)
  2. RESOURCES: Identify and leverage additional sources of funding (e.g. vertical funding streams and new funding mechanisms) for CHW scale up and for bringing health care close to the community; create an ‘investment case’ for donors
  3. TOOLS: Provide countries with existing best practice tools for CHW programs and iCCM delivery and invest in new approaches (e.g. “Operations Room” for data collection and live monitoring; training materials; physical bags and storage boxes)

Project manager tasks:

  • Support development of Backpack PLUS pilot in Uganda and additional countries (drafting proposal, aligning partners)
  • Assist with team’s effort to help prepare countries and partners for upcoming Community Health Worker Evidence Symposium (creating workshop materials, etc.) in Nairobi
  • Help team create additional media and advocacy for BackPack PLUS / frontline delivery
  • Support development of partnerships with corporations and foundations
  • Support the BackPack PLUS Steering Committee and cross-organizational working team (UNICEF, USAID, MDG Health Alliance, 1m CHW campaign)

Skills required:

  • Entrepreneurial attitude, including ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Excellent analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong writing skills and fluidity with MS PowerPoint and Excel
  • Management consulting or other private sector experience a strong plus
  • At least 2 years work experience
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