Government Engagement Specialist

Government Engagement Specialist
VillageReach (International Postings) , Congo

1 Year
0 - 0
Job Type
Job Shift
Job Category
Requires Traveling
Career Level
Total Vacancies
1 Job
Posted on
Jun 12, 2021
Last Date
Sep 12, 2021

Job Description


VillageReach transforms health care delivery to reach everyone, so that each person has the health care needed to thrive. We develop solutions that improve equity and access to primary health care. This includes making sure products are available when and where they are needed and primary health care services are delivered to the most under-reached. Radical collaboration with governments, the private sector and other partners strengthen our ability to scale and sustain these solutions. Our work increases access to quality health care for more than 46 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. VillageReach in incorporated in Washington State and has offices in Seattle (USA), Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and Mozambique.


The Government Engagement Specialist will work closely with VillageReach’s Senior Manager, Private Sector to support the government to incorporate private pharmaceutical distributors into their supply chain strategy and plans and to develop management mechanisms that enable on-going collaboration. This position is cross-cutting and will require working with government projects (PDSS and the MNHIMultisectoral Nutrition and Health Initiative), government agencies (FEDECAM, DPM, PNAM, DPS), donors such as the World Bank, and key FEDECAM members such as Association Régionale d'Approvisionnement en Médicaments Essentiels (ASRAMES). This role will be part of the Private Sector Engagement team and will be based in Kinshasa. A successful candidate will have significant experience developing government capacity to work with the private sector.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

• Government - distributor collaboration (40%): Define a collaboration strategy based on learnings to date and government priorities. Support development of collaboration agreements between Government and distributors/wholesalers, including Service Level Agreements. Contribute to the development of a performance evaluation framework for private sector distributors and participate in private sector distributor performance evaluations in collaboration with the DPM and the IGS. Ensure a continuous analysis of risks.

• Government capacity building (40%): provide technical assistance (TA) to strengthen central government and provincial collaboration with private sector distributors/wholesalers; provide technical assistance to DPS in the project scope so that they can optimize their supply chain by integration private sector distributors. TA will include definition of skills development plans; assessment of skills and provision of training. Organize and conduct provincial-level workshops using the Africa Resource Center-managed Outsourcing Toolkit (OSTK) to develop government awareness on how to work with private sector distributors.

• Private sector distributor advocacy (20%): Assess perception of private sector distributors by government departments. Identify achievements and lessons learned to date from PDSS implementation. Develop advocacy plan and conduct advocacy with the Ministry of Health to integrate private for-profit distributors into the national supply system for essential medicines (SNAME). Work closely with VillageReach’s Senior Manager Private Sector Engagement to develop policy proposals and action plans.


The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.

  • Personal Motivation and Drive: Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization
  • Collaboration amp; Effective Communication: Establishes and maintains effective relations with coworkers, partners amp; stakeholders and external parties; works collaboratively with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives; works actively to resolve conflicts; expresses ideas and thoughts effectively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods and maintains meaningful communication with virtual coworkers and other parties to keep them informed
  • Commitment to Diversity amp; Inclusion: Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach
  • Commitment to Excellence: Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach
  • Solution Orientation amp; Innovation: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making


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.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities

Education amp; Experience:
  • Have a Pharmacist qualification
  • Master of Public Health, Health Economics specialization
  • Minimum 10 years’ work experience, with 5 years’ experience in government capacity building
  • Understand of the DRC public health system
  • Understanding of the general challenges of integrating private sector capacity into public health systems
  • Experience in change management and in stakeholder management
Other Qualifications:
  • Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated understanding of challenges with working in rural, underserved and low-income context; experience living in and/or working in a low-income country a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and comfortable in a fast-paced technical environment.
  • Fluent in French and English at a professional level with excellent written French.
Environment and Physical Demands

VillageReach has no private offices, employees work in a shared, open environment with task and conference rooms accessible to employees for privacy and meetings. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Due to the time zone differences between our Seattle office and our Country Offices and location of other global staff, US based staff are expected to be available for early morning meetings starting at 6am. In addition, our global HQ and Country office staff are expected to be available for late afternoon/evening meetings up to 6pm.


This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until July 5th. To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to our online portal:


VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. We believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align our values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.


VillageReach has an established compensation structure that is based on the relevant market and internally transparent. We hire people into the established range based on one’s experience and education and considering internal equity. We do not inquire about salary history.

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