Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH) Counselor – USAID Sierra Leone Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) – Sierra Leone

IMA World Health, a member of Corus International, is seeking applications for the position of Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH) Advisor for the 5 year USAID-funded Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) years in Sierra Leone.

SIHSA’s goal is to contribute to the Government of Sierra Leone’s overarching goal of improving the health of adolescents, pregnant and postpartum women, and children under five. The objectives of SIHSA are 1) to sustainably improve the quality of family planning, maternal, newborn, adolescent health and malaria services; 2) promote the adoption of critical health behaviors, and 3) strengthen the stewardship and governance of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, both at central and district levels, so that it is better prepared to plan, budget, allocate resources and monitor health programs. SIHSA seeks to promote the integration of health services, including malaria services, to rapidly scale up evidence-based interventions to address preventable causes of maternal, neonatal, child morbidity and mortality and teenage girls. SIHSA seeks to demonstrate innovative models to catalyze community-driven solutions and show models to promote private sector engagement.

Corus International was formed by the strategic merger of IMA World Health (operating as a public health organization since 1960) and Lutheran World Relief (operating as a livelihoods organization since 1945), and today includes small entities of CGA Technologies, Ground Up Investing, and Farmer’s Market Coffee. Corus International works in over 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, focusing primarily on health, livelihoods and emergency response.

Today, IMA offers extensive expertise in the management and implementation of highly successful and complex donor-funded programs in the areas of nutrition, maternal and child health, health systems strengthening (HSS) , malaria, HIV/AIDS, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). IMA has managed an average of $100 million per year over the past four fiscal years, through grants and contracts from FCDO, USAID, BHA, CDC, World Bank, Global Fund, UNDP, MCC and private donors.

Based in Freetown, the FP/RH Advisor will provide overall technical direction, strategic support and operational oversight of the project in the areas of family planning and reproductive health. He/she will implement and oversee reproductive health activities that aim to increase the availability and use of family planning. S/he will provide vision and leadership for the country’s scaling up of effective, integrated and sustainable interventions.

The PF/SR Advisor will be based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Actual hiring is dependent on successful award of agreement and USAID approval. Sierra Leonean nationals and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Implementation of FP/RH activities, including coordination of technical assistance from international and national experts.
  • Provide technical leadership to increase access, use, quality, and integration of FP/RH services.
  • Provide leadership, management, and technical assistance in the development and use of policies and technical guidelines related to improving FP/RH.
  • Provide strategic and technical support to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in policy development and FP/RH interventions
  • Identify and implement appropriate strategies to address service delivery gaps
  • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scaling up targeted services in fragile and complex contexts
  • Monitor FP/RH activities based on the monitoring and evaluation framework and assess whether expected results have been achieved
  • Provide regular reports to DCOP and programmatic and technical staff, including successes, challenges and lessons learned
  • Work closely with partners to plan activities and respond to requests for support from local partners and USAID. Liaise with other organizations and projects working in the field of FP/RH
  • Promote and support the development and sharing of best practices and lessons learned with key stakeholders (MS, technical and financial partners and other employees)


  • Masters or higher degree in public health, nutrition or closely related field is required; a doctor is strongly preferred
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in international health programming, including at least five (5) years of experience in senior clinical/technical positions and experience in design, implementation, teaching and/or management of FP/RH services in a facility and community level and public or private sectors.
  • Experience with behavior change communication strategies and activities aimed at improving FP/RH outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with team, partner organizations and key government stakeholders to achieve results; experience building partnerships, particularly with the Government of Sierra Leone, USAID, NGOs and the private sector an asset.
  • Proven technical knowledge in FP/HR, including knowledge of project indicators, quantitative and qualitative data to track overall project performance.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (including making presentations); high degree of political acumen in interacting with senior government officials and civil society stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, team management, leadership and decision-making skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully across cultures.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

IMA/Corus International prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and provides equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by U.S. or international law.

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