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Talent Lab Limited

Role Title: Program Associate
Job location: Guinea Bissau (Oio and Cacheu)
Duration: 18 months
Travel requirement: Up to 40% (Local)
Language proficiency: English and Portuguese (Both compulsory. French is an advantage)

Our client is a health systems consulting firm founded by professionals with decades of experience in health care
and health system consulting with top-rated firms; as well as in design and management of large health care
programs including health insurance programs, HIV care and treatment programs, maternal and child health
programs and immunization programs. Their work seeks to chiefly benefit disadvantaged and under-served

Role Summary
We are seeking to engage a Program Associate to support the EPI team in enhancing EPI management
within Guinea Bissau; Oio and Cacheu regions. The primary objectives include boosting Routine Immunization
coverage and reducing zero dose alongside strengthening EPI management capacity at both regional and sanitary
area levels.

Technical Responsibilities

The Program Associate will collaborate with the in-country Guinea Bissau team to provide technical assistance to
health facilities and regional stakeholders to achieve the following:
– Support EPI teams in Cacheu and Oio to establish technical working groups with ToRs
– Support the regional teams in Cacheu and Oio to develop annual EPI workplans incorporating key
interventions and facilitate quarterly workplan performance reviews
– Lead the engagement and onboarding of private facilities to provide RI services to communities
– Support the efficient management of vaccine supplies to maintain optimal stock levels and mitigate vaccine
stock outs
– Engage regional stakeholders to ensure maximum participation in the implementation of proposed
– Collate and analyze EPI data across key performance indicators to monitor and evaluate service delivery
across facilities
– Conduct mentoring visits to prioritized facilities to assess immunization session conduct

Other Job Responsibilities
i. Participate in routine joint problem-solving sessions with Client team (Both in-country and Nigeria team)
ii. Provide routine updates and progress reports on the implementation of the program interventions

Required competencies

i. Demonstrated strong strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities;
ii. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Portuguese (Communication skills in French is
and Creole is an added advantage). Communication skills include active listening, negotiation, and influence,
giving and receiving critical feedback and public speaking;
iii. Average computer usage skills with proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and Power point.
iv. Fast learner, open to learning from peers, subordinates, and supervisors collaboratively and at a rapid pace;
v. Results oriented performer, experienced in developing and tracking self and team with clear KPIs;
vi. Must be resident in Guinea Bissau (Preferably Oio or Cacheu region)

Required Education and Experience
i. Minimum of Bachelors’ degree in science or social science courses (degree in Public Health, or health related
course is an added advantage)

ii. Minimum of 5 years of experience in the Expanded program for Immunization (EPI) planning and
implementation (critical requirement), Health system strengthening, Health program management, or a related
field with demonstrated track record in successfully implementing and coordinating health programs, focusing
on improving health system efficiency and effectiveness.

iii. Experience in data management, electronic reporting systems and data use for decision making

Terms of Engagement
The Program Associate will be engaged for an 18-month period over which s/he will support the Client team in
implementing the program deliverables. The work will mostly be executed in close collaboration with the Guinea
Bissau team. The Program Associate will receive a monthly fee/salary for their effort based on defined KPIs.

How to Apply

Interested and Qualified candidates should send CV and cover letter to [email protected].

Equal employment opportunity statement
Talent Lab is an equal employment employer. We do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person
employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status,
genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable laws.

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