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Technical Advisor, mHealth

mHealth is the biggest health transformation of our lifetime.  All around the globe, mobile phones make a difference between life and death.  They allow families to call for medical help in emergencies.  Help rural pharmacists locate lifesaving drugs.  Enable health workers to identify potential pandemics. 

In developing countries, mobile phones have also transformed community health at the grassroots level.

At Living Goods, every community health worker gets a smart phone on day one.  They use it to conduct well baby visits, monitor infant growth, track maternal health, and diagnose and treat common childhood ailments like diarrhea, malnutrition and pneumonia.

Our belief in the power of technology, mobile phones and phone apps is not unique.  These days, everywhere you look, health care executives and Ministry of Health leaders are talking about mobile health.  But at Living Goods we’ve done more than talk.  We’ve created trainings, tools, and technology. 

Now we want to bring our knowledge to Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone

Three years ago, Ebola swept through Sierra Leone, infecting 14,000 people and killing 4,000.  Community health workers played a vital role in halting the outbreak by identifying people with symptoms and educating families on infection prevention. The Ministry of Health & Sanitation has since adopted policies to improve community health even more.  We want to join them in this quest.

Our tech team will provide mobile health tools to improve data collection and community health worker effectiveness.  Our procurement staff will help Ministry of Health staff develop systems to ensure that high quality products and medicines are in stock.  Our health teams will help the government transform community health.

In a country with poor network connectivity, limited electricity and a weak rural healthcare system this is not going to be easy.  That’s why we need you.

Your Role

mHealth is at the heart of how we drive impact.  We use mobile phone tools to gather reliable data, provide consistent and accurate diagnoses, and deliver high quality cost-effective community health care everywhere.  

We’re looking for a Technical Advisor for mHealth.  A technology guru eager to find mHealth solutions to improve community health and to infect others with mHealth enthusiasm.

  • Create the strategy.  Develop Living Goods’ strategy for digitally empowering every community health worker in Sierra Leone.  Determine the optimal mhealth platform in Sierra Leone and the most effective means of providing support to the MOH.
  • Build relationships. Develop and maintain strong relationships with the solution providers and innovators in the mobile and health industry. Represent Living Goods in external high-level meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Develop new mHealth programs.  Lead the design of the new initiatives and the technical set-up of mHealth operations in Sierra Leone.
  • Advise.  Advise the Sierra Leone government and other community health partners in designing and implementing mhealth solutions. Support Living Goods’ Business Development team in preparation of proposals to support community health in Sierra Leone.

Your background

  • Technology creds.  You have 5+ or experience identifying and bringing new technologies to scale – cool tools and approaches to solve problems and meet needs, ideally in the public health space. You can engage in discussions with NGO and MOH partners that lead to solutions.
  • Innovation. You have a broad understanding of mHealth technical frameworks and trends. You have experience of initiating the change process of technical solutions and managing innovation to implementation. 
  • Project management skills.  You know how to develop and implement mHealth solutions from start to finish.  Your methodical nature and organizational skills enable you to manage many mHealth activities simultaneously.
  • Resourcefulness.  You have a track record bringing ideas to fruition – matching needs to solutions. 
  • A strategist.  You have a strong interest in private-sector approaches to development and a proven ability to produce results.  You can apply what you’ve learned in the tech field, and what we’ve learned in Kenya and Uganda, to the Sierra Leone context.  
  • Gets our model. Living Goods is a hybrid model.  We’re a nonprofit organization with a business minded approach.  We use business practices to achieve social goals.  Candidates with for-profit and nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Lives our values. You can thrive in the Living Goods culture: you can demonstrate inclusion, integrity, innovation, quick footedness, collaboration, and accountability.   

Compensation

A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity.  The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

(This position is contingent upon funding)

Living Goods is an equal opportunity employer and will consider every qualified applicant for employment. Living Goods does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Our current job openings are displayed on our website, where you can search for open positions and apply directly.  Living Goods does not offer any positions without an interview and never asks candidates for money.  If you are asked for money, we strongly recommend that you do not respond and do not send money or personal information.

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