University of Washington School of Public Health
Associate, Health Systems - VillageReach
Closing Date: February 23, 2018
Posted: February 7, 2018
VillageReach is an NGO that develops solutions to critical health system challenges in low-resource environments, with an emphasis on strengthening the “last mile” of healthcare delivery. VillageReach combines expertise across public health, technology, and business to bring life-saving innovation – new systems, programs and technologies – to scale and sustainability in the world’s most underserved communities. VillageReach is headquartered in Seattle, WA with offices located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique.
VillageReach invites qualified French speaking candidates to apply for the position of Associate, Health Systems. The Associate position is based in the Seattle headquarters office of VillageReach and reports to the Senior Manager, Health Systems. The Associate, working in collaboration with global and Seattle-based staff, will support both the development of new business opportunities as well as existing programs. This position will play a key role in managing grants in pre-award phases, from identification of opportunities to development and submission of proposal materials. Additionally, this position will assist in the documentation of evidence and program learnings across existing programs in VillageReach’s portfolio across sub-Saharan Africa. The successful candidate will be a person motivated by mission, by a highly dynamic and entrepreneurial environment, and by the understanding that her or his contribution can and will impact the success of VillageReach.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
- Provide support to health systems strengthening programs across VillageReach’s strategic areas and geographies, including, but not limited to, conducting needs assessments, developing reports, tracking milestones and deliverables, and supporting monitoring and evaluation efforts;
- Coordinate production of program deliverables and communications materials including providing basic graphic design support, and ensuring time-sensitive deliverables are met;
- Support assigned programs in documenting and sharing results and lessons learned in order to disseminate VillageReach’s experiences both internally and externally;
- Develop PowerPoint presentations or other collateral for oral presentations, as needed, with strong attention to formatting, consistency, and graphic layout;
- Other duties as assigned by the program and group leads.
New program development
- Work closely with management to identify, develop and pursue new opportunities for VillageReach with a specific eye toward innovation opportunities;
- Contribute to proposal and grant development including; conducting background research, generating new ideas, and writing proposal and grant narratives.
- Manage multiple proposals/projects at a time and adhere to strict deadlines;
- Ensure that proposal materials adhere to requirements specified in RFPs;
- With support from management, oversee proposal teams to ensure that all members accomplish tasks on time to complete high-quality responses to funding opportunities.
The following competencies reflect both what is expected of all VillageReach employees and of an individual in this specific role.
- Interpersonal Skills: Conduct oneself with sensitivity, awareness and respect when working with diverse groups of people, including VillageReach staff, beneficiaries, donors and partners. Experience working with a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies, in the areas of program design, implementation or evaluation is strongly preferred.
- Dependability: Act at all times as a reliable and effective team player, volunteering to help without being asked.
- Initiative and Results: Proactively enhance the quality of programs, outputs, workplace environment and relationships.
- Representation: Represent VillageReach and its programs by demonstrating a personal commitment to the mission and values of VillageReach and a sound knowledge of the organization, its principles and its programs
- Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship: Demonstrate leadership by being a positive example to others, a positive force programmatically and organizationally; foster a culture of innovation.
- Commitment to Learning and Growth: Demonstrate commitment to develop, acquire, document and apply best practices in related fields, and apply solutions to obstacles to organizational effectiveness.
- Consistency: Demonstrate consistent and productive attendance and work record.
- Compliance: Follow VillageReach policies and procedures.
- Writing and analytical skills: Superb writing skills and the ability to assemble, distill and analyze all necessary information for proposal writing, reporting, and presentations. Strong grant-writing experience with a record of accomplishment in winning grants for non-profit organization is a must.
- Problem solving, creative thinking, and analytical skills: Ability to collect and analyze information quickly and efficiently to identify issues and provide solutions that are feasible and appropriate to the local context. Confidence to share innovative best practices and opportunities for change with a diverse group of peers.
- Experience working and/or living in low-resource settings: Demonstrated understanding of the ways in which limited resources and infrastructure can impact the performance of health systems and health outcomes. Ability to account for logistical challenges in such settings, such as poor telecommunications and transportation infrastructure, in program design, implementation, and evaluation.
- Cultural competency: Demonstrated effectiveness in collaborating inclusively with racially, culturally and linguistically diverse groups. Self-awareness of one’s own worldview and ability to respectfully and thoughtfully account for changing historical and social power dynamics in interactions with others.
- Personal qualities: Energy, intelligence, diplomacy, sound practical judgment and the ability to work independently without supervision. Resilience and flexibility in responding to setbacks and challenges.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities
Education & Experience:
- A MPH, MPA or equivalent degree and at least two to five (2-5) years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and work experience is required;
- Proficiency in data analysis, spreadsheet, presentation, and word processing programs;