The Community Health Specialist is a full-time member of the Office of Health Team (OH). S/he serves as the Mission’s principal technical adviser in the areas of community health, advising the Country Representative, the OH Director, and OH staff on community health, and ensuring that Mission policies and programming reflect current international best practices. The Specialist has primary responsibility for the management of a complex portfolio of community health activities. The Specialist represents USAID and works closely with USAID implementing partners, other health donors and partners, and high-level Government of Benin (GOB) counterparts. The Specialist is expected to exercise leadership through open communication and diplomacy in carrying out day-to-day work with these partners. S/he will provide program support in the form of capacity assessments, organization development and leadership skill transfer to government and other local civil society partners. The Specialist will lead the procurement process to establish local grants and support systems for capacity building, reporting and information sharing for community health activities. S/he shall report directly to the OH Director while consulting extensively with other OH staff. Since community health is an integrated portfolio and includes elements from many technical areas, s/he must coordinate effectively with Advisers in many technical areas, for example: malaria, family planning, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS. This requires effective leadership, teamwork, and diplomacy skills.
Last updated: March 09, 2017