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Deputy Director, Community Health Strengthening


Living Goods was born out of the spirit of innovation.  A decade ago, after accompanying Avon saleswomen in rural African villages, Chuck Slaughter created Living Goods using community health workers to sell medicines and lifesaving products door-to-door.  Seven years later, we replicated Living Goods in Kenya.  The following year, we expanded to Zambia and Myanmar. 

But Living Goods is about more than expansion.  It’s also about invention.

That’s why we worked with software and biotech partners to create smart phone aps for community health workers to screen mothers and young children for health problems and treat common ailments.  Many of these same community health workers now test new techniques, like paperless clinic referrals, and health technologies, like biosensors to track infant growth, HIV self-testing kits, and self-injectable contraceptives.

But Living Goods is about more than invention.  It’s also about transformation.

That’s why we’ve broadened our model from equipping and educating community health workers to transforming the entire system of community health.  We now partner closely with Ministries of Health, helping them incorporate mobile technology, collect and analyze data, stock essential medicines, train and coach supervisors in performance management, and help guide and incentivize community health workers to make the biggest impact possible.


The Community Health System Strengthening Team

The Community Health System Strengthening Team consists of seven savvy specialists. People who understand the challenges of community health and help governments deliver high impact, low cost community health services. The team has a captain.We’re looking for a first mate.


The Opportunity

Living Goods works with governments and nonprofit partners to build networks of motivated and effective Community Health Workers. Right now these networks help 6 million people across in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, and Myanmar.  We need your help to quadruple that. 

The Deputy Director of Health System Strengthening will serve as the “first mate” to the Captain of the Health System Strengthening Ship.She/he will support the ship’s crew: the partnership managers, who identify new opportunities; and the government advisors, who provide technical guidance and support.

Identify best practices.  Living Goods multiplies its impact through partnerships with government and nonprofit organizations.  These are our Assisted Networks.  We need you to determine the best ways create and sustain them.  In some cases, partnerships may be a contracting arrangement for us to deliver our Direct Operations.  In other cases, we will help improve a Ministry’s stock and supply of medicines and other health products, mobile health implementation, or collection and use of data.

Open doors to opportunity.  We need you to build on your network – to promote Living Goods’ work to national and county ministry of health leaders and to help Strategic Partnership Managers broaden their reach and focus on the biggest opportunities. 

Motivate the managers. You will help the Strategic Partnership Managers and Government Partnership Advisors draw lessons from their experiences, hone their techniques, and solve problems along the way. You will also help team members learn from and support each other.

Mobilize internal resources.  Living Goods (LG) in-house experts include mHealth technology specialists, communication experts, health experts and innovators.  You will help the team identify who at Living Goods can help an LG partner and how.


Your background

  • Experience & education credentials.  You have 7+ years of work experience in management consulting, international development, or public health and an MBA or other relevant masters degree. 
  • People management skills.  You are a seasoned, collaborative manager who can motivate and guide a team as a whole, and team members as individuals.
  • Project management skills.   You know how to break a job down into manageable parts.  You are methodical, organized, and driven to achieve results.
  • Connected.  You have assisted governments through technical assistance and built lasting relationships with government ministries, NGOs and/or international donors.
  • Resourceful.  You have a track record identifying opportunities and bringing ideas to fruition.  You have successfully started projects or initiatives in developing countries before, preferably in health.
  • Emerging market experience. You’ve worked in developing countries, preferably sub-Saharan Africa
  • Culturally adaptable.  You are eager to work with people of different cultures and different sectors: the private sector, social entrepreneurial sector, nonprofit sector and public health community.
  • Team player.  You play well with others enjoy seeing the impact of our work as a team.
  • Multi-tasker.  You’re able to juggle multiple tasks at once while ‘keeping calm and carrying on.’  You think strategically, handle ambiguity and work well in a multicultural environment.


How to Apply

To apply for this position please visit our career page and apply for Deputy Director, Community Health Strengthening through our applicant tracking system. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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