Programme Advisor (Francophone)

Who we are

Our vision is a world free of preventable disease, in which everyone everywhere can reach their full potential. We were founded in 2002 with a £20m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and started life at Imperial College London as the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. Consistently ranked globally as one of the most cost-effective non-profit initiatives, we have received significant funding since our inception including from the UK Department of International Development, USAID and philanthropic investors.

In 2019 we became an independent organisation, and the SCI Foundation continues to work across multiple sectors in numerous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to deliver effective and robust health programmes that have a lasting impact.

What we do

Working in partnership with Governments, the SCI Foundation supports and facilitates public health programmes that reduce the impact of preventable diseases like schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis.

We provide technical and financial support to Ministries of Health, in line with their own strategies and plans, to enhance sustainability and strengthen health systems within countries affected by these diseases. We work to scale up their government-implemented deworming programs by providing advisory support and conducting research and analysis on the outcomes.

To date, our team has supported up to 60 per cent of all global schistosomiasis treatments being delivered annually and we are broadening our reach to coordinate with health programmes for other preventable diseases, as well as supporting  disease prevention measures such as water, sanitation and hygiene and the management of the impacts of these diseases on individuals.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for an exceptional Programme Advisor to join our friendly and dynamic team to provide maternity cover from May 2020. As the Programme Advisor, you will work closely with government teams in French-speaking countries in West and Central Africa.

Reporting to the Director of Programmes, the Programme Advisor will be responsible for the provision of all technical assistance required to support endemic Country Programme Managers within their Ministry of Health and/or Education to implement mass drug administration (MDA) programmes for the control of neglected tropical diseases, specifically schistosomiasis and intestinal helminths, and all associated monitoring activities.

The post holder will ensure that programme activities are delivered in a timely, comprehensive and cost-efficient way by planning, finalising and executing workplans according to strict deadlines and within budget. Work plans will be developed based on MDA activity goals and targets, and implementing evidence-based interventions, as well as new technologies and practices. As a Programme Advisor you will liaise regularly with in-country NTD teams to ensure programme delivery in line with SCI objectives and Key Performance Indicators.

You will have experience of working in sub-Saharan Africa and effectively managing daily priorities in a flexible and adaptable manner. You must be fluent in French (both verbal and written) and have excellent communication and organisational skills. A willingness to travel regularly is essential coupled with a sound technical knowledge of the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases.