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New Country Lead


Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own? 

Living Goods works to reinvent how we improve the lives of the under-served. We think big, but operate small and nimble. We train community health workers to bring life-saving products and health services to families’ doorsteps.   Services like prenatal assessments and well baby visits. Products like medicines, fortified foods, and modern contraceptives.  

We also empower community health workers through mobile phones.    We teach them how to detect and treat common illnesses like pneumonia, malaria, malnutrition, and diarrhea. We develop smart phone apps to guide home visits and create predictive algorithms to make the best use of community health workers' time.  And we test new cool tools like paperless referrals to clinics and biosensors to monitor infant and child growth.

At Living Goods, you will have the chance to apply your ideas and creativity at work every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, and meet challenges with determination and a sense of humor, you’ll thrive here at Living Goods.

The Team

The Community Health System Strengthening Team consists of seven savvy specialists.  People who understand the challenges of community health and work tirelessly to help governments deliver high impact, low cost community health.  

Your charge

Your mission as the New Country Lead at Living Goods is to go to places we’ve never gone before.  To steer our ship into unchartered waters: countries with great potential and great need. You will start with 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 referring people with symptoms and educating families on how to protect themselves. The government has since recognized the crucial role that these 15,000 community health workers played.  They’re looking to Living Goods to better train and motivate them.

Clarify strategy. You will go into new countries that Living Goods has formed a partnership with to help them meet their community health goals. You will refine goals and identify activities and benchmarks that Living Goods will be judged by.

Develop alliances.  You will manage Living Goods’ entrance into new countries.  You learn the landscape and cement relationships with government and NGO stakeholders at the district and national level. You will build new relationships with institutional funders, corporations and other community health stakeholders in the country.

Launch Living Goods operations. You will find office space, hire key staff, and do the groundwork necessary to ensure Living Goods has a solid operations foundation.  You will build the technical assistance & government relations teams and set up the human resources, finance, information, and accounting systems.  You will adapt Living Goods’ health assessment tools, protocols, and training modules to meet the needs of the new country.  Since a country’s needs vary, your duration in each country will vary too – usually from 1-6 months.

Open doors to opportunity.  Your success in the field will open doors to new relationships in more countries, enabling Living Goods to become a global leader in community health and spreading life-saving, sustainably- financed community health across the developing world.

Your background

  • Experience & education credentials.  You have a decade (10+) or more of work experience in management consulting, international development, or public health and an MBA or other relevant masters degree. 
  • 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.
  • Resourcefulness.  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
  • By land and sea.  Although you will be based in Nairobi, Kenya or Kampala, Uganda, you are eager to go where necessary, when necessary.  You always keep a suitcase packed.
  • 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.   
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