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Africa Health Organisation

Africa Health Organisation (AHO) is an international health agency providing health and social care in Africa and the Diaspora such as the UK. Its main activities are disease prevention, treatment and medical research and development. Our mission is to lead strategic collaborative efforts among countries in Africa and partners to promote equity in health to combat disease, to improve the quality of life and lengthen the lives of the peoples in Africa.

Application deadline: 

Could you help an international health charity produce a Strategic Plan 2020 – 2030 by helping the President/CEO to write the plan that will guide its direction and have positive impact for the health in Africa for the next ten years?

Africa Health Organisation (AHO) is an international health agency providing health and social care in Africa. Its main activities are disease prevention, treatment and medical research.

AHO is looking for dedicated Policy and Strategy Volunteer to support the President/CEO on the design and writing of the Strategic Plan 2020-2030 for the delivery of capacity building programmes and anticipating future as well as current health and social care needs in Africa.

The volunteer role is flexible with time commitment agreed with the Manager. The opportunity will take place in Central London.

For this role, we are looking for people with good business planning and budgeting skills, excellent writing skills, and broad knowledge of health and social determinants of health. You should have the ability to work independently.

You should be proud of working for Africa’s only international health agency and to contribute to knowledge that will be used to find solutions to Africa’s health problems.

Role Aim: 

We are looking for a dedicated Policy and Strategy Volunteer to work with the President/CEO on the design and writing of the AHO Strategic Plan 2020 – 2030 for the delivery of capacity building programmes and anticipating future as well as current health and social care needs in Africa. The role provides expert evidence and policy advice to the President/CEO in writing Strategic Plan 2020 – 2030 and develops clear evidence-based policy positions on health issues in Africa. The role is responsible for shaping the development of the charity’s incipient Strategic Plan 2020 – 2030 for international health work.

Duties: 

A. Policy

1. To research and analyse information relevant to inclusion in the Strategic Plan 2020 – 2030.

2. Analyse and review all available information and recommend options of policies in the Plan.

B. Strategy

1. To support the President/CEO to write Africa Health Organisation (AHO) Strategic Plan 2020 – 2030 covering details of our Strategic Objectives as the plan’s chapters covering:

• To combat Communicable Diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS, malaria, cholera, diarrhoea,etc

• To tackle Noncommunicable Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, etc

• To address determinants of health and risk factors such as gender, equality, alcohol, etc

• To modernise health system and health service such as modernisation agenda, quality care, etc

• To improve preparedness, surveillance and response such as risk assessment, crisis, etc

• To provide high quality care for all such as personalisation agenda, participation, etc

• To improve nutrition, food safety and food security such as climate change, drought, etc

• To build a skilled health workforce such as availability, quality, specialists such as cardiologists etc

• To improve access to medical products and technology such as essential medicines, imaging, etc

• To develop good governance and corporate services such as leadership, procurement,

2. To produce the final copy of the plan and send to UK government, African governments, embassies and to captains of industries

Skills needed: 

• Studying business and social science degree such as business studies, economics, international development, public health, epidemiology, etc

• Experience of writing business plan or other plans as part of a degree course

• Strong budgeting skills for international projects

• Experience of writing reports at school or authoring/contributing to publications

• Good broad knowledge of the wider health and social determinants of health

• Familiarity with basic Business Planning and Strategic Planning

Training: 

Business planning and budgeting

Location: 
43 Berkeley Square Mayfair London W1J 5FJ
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
The role is flexible and the days are agreed with the Volunteer Manager
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