Speak up Africa recrutis 01 Consultant

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Speak up Africa recrutis 01 Consultant to support the creation of a regional network on digital health policies in francophone Africa.

Project Summary

The World Health Organization defines digital health as the cost-effective and secure use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in health and health -related fields. Digital health has the potential to contribute to health systems strengthening by making available fast, reliable and updated health information. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital development across all Africa. The crisis has highlighted the urgent need for universal digital access to ensure that people can be reached, that they can stay informed, and that they are able to work and communicate. A study by the European Investment Bank has examined digital solutions that have since been implemented across the Africa region and those that can help Africa in managing the current and future crises. These include collaborative tools, contact tracing apps, large communication tools, health-related tools, such as self-assessment app, use of drones and robots, etc. Despite the increase in growth rates over the past decade in Africa, this growth is still not inclusive. Inequalities persist at different levels such as gender inequality and urban/rural inequalities. In terms of access to basic social services, including health, inequalities also persist, and their reduction is essential to contribute to inclusive growth. necessary to set up Universal health coverage system is therefore needed for health access to all.

Speak Up Africa and Baobab Institute collaborate with Transform Health Coalition to explore the need for the creation of a West African regional network, which would contribute to ensuring sustainable change at scale through improved policy, regulation and investment, increased political will and action, and finally in order to hold governments accountable to their digital health commitments.

About Speak Up Africa

Speak Up Africa is a policy and Advocacy Action Tank dedicated to catalyzing leadership, enabling policy change, and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa. Through their platforms and relationships and with the help of their partners, they ensure that policy makers meet implementers; that solutions are showcased and that every sector – from individual citizens and civil society groups to global donors and business leaders – contributes critically to the dialogue and strives to form the blueprints for concrete action for public health and sustainable development.

About Baobab Institute

The Baobab Institute supports dynamic African organizations and leaders to develop and implement context-appropriate and scalable solutions to address national and regional challenges. Baobab’s mission is to foster a neutral and enabling environment to develop the human capital required to create a prosperous region. We promote local ownership, inclusivity, equity of outcomes, cooperation between sectors and nations, and collaboration as critical mechanisms to achieve sustainable development goals.

Purpose of the consultancy

The consultant will act as the project’s focal point within its collaboration with Transform Health.

Planned timeline

Start date: Immediate
End date: July 30, 2022 with a possibility of extension depending on needs

Scope of work and deliverables

Output 1 : Leveraging the knowledge and experience of the network to develop policy positions and recommendations for governments, multilateral institutions, regional bodies and others.

Map out stakeholders who could potentially join the Transform Health West Africa network.
Expected by: March 1, 2022

Survey members to ask about the most pressing issues related to digital health in the region.
Expected by: March 30, 2022

Act as focal point for the design of a regional engagement strategyto boost representation and strategic positioning of the network
Expected by April 29, 2022

Develop a messaging framework outlining advocacy messages on digital health
Expected by April 29, 2022

Liaise with a selection of regional bodies (develop introductory letters and send calls to action to WAHO, AfDB, ECOWAS and Africa CDC)
Expected by May 31, 2022

Publish a position statement authored by a high-profile supporter to present the network’s position on key digital health issues ahead of the World Health Assembly, based on the survey results and members’ perspectives.
Expected by: April 29, 2022

Output 2 : Encouraging countries in francophone West Africa to support and sponsor a resolution on health data governance at the World Health Assembly, that are underpinned by the health data governance (HDG) principles

Support the HDG advocacy strategy design and implementation in collaboration with Baobab Institute and Speak Up Africa.
Expected by: Ongoing

Output 3 : Supporting the case for investment in the digital transformation of health systems in the region

Develop two policy briefs addressing recommendations to governments and tools to track the evolutions of commitments made by governments, donor organizations and partners on digital health.
Expected by June 30, 2022

Support a selection of francophone countries as they develop their national digital health strategies in order to ensure they include a costed plan to accelerate digital health transformation at national and regional levels.
Expected by July 29, 2022

Output 4: Coordination with Speak Up Africa and Transform Health

Provide support to Speak Up Africa in the development of the regional network’s knowledge library on DH.

Technical supervision

The selected consultant will work under the direct supervision of Pape Gaye, CEO of Baobab Institute.

Profile for the consultancy

Qualifications required

Graduate degree in social sciences, international relations and/or public health.

Experience required

  • At least three years of experience working in global health policy, mobilization and meaningful engagement with health networks.
  • At least three years of experience advancing public health with a particular focus on francophone West Africa.

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge

  • Technical experience in digital health policy
  • Strong verbal and writing skills
  • Proven experience of coordination with external and internal partners

Language requirements:

Fluent in English and French

Place of assignment

Given the current COVID-19 situation, the consultant will undertake the tasks remotely. Depending on the evolution and if it is possible to reside in West Africa, this would be preferred.


Applications must be submitted no later than February 18, 2022 time to  [email protected] , with a copy to  [email protected]  and include: CV, cover letter (including fees per day), a short writing sample on digital health in Africa, as well as a list of two references with contact details.

The application will be assessed based on the proven qualifications, experience, skills/knowledge and language requirements listed in the application. Please state the following in the subject line of the email: Consultancy Application.

Closing date : 2 March 2022.