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Consultant Resilience Advisor

Country and Location: MIHR Office, Gao, Mali (with travel)

Contract Duration: 1 year (renewable) -; consultancy basis

Essential Requirement: Malian National based Gao (or long-term residency holder with pre-existing permission to work and live in Mali)


General Description

GOAL is an international NGO established in the late 1970’s and has worked in more than 50 countries in Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Asia. GOAL has been implementing health programming for more than 40 years across emergency, chronic crisis and development contexts and gained a strong reputation in developing effective solutions to building inclusive resilient health systems. GOAL has taken a leading role in developing new thinking to development challenges and has published innovative and practical guidance on measuring resilience and systems thinking for effective and sustainable programs.

The Position

GOAL seeks a dynamic and experienced candidate for the Resilience Advisor position for MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience (MIHR) project in Mali. This project is part of a global health program awarded to IMA World Health and its consortium, of which GOAL USA is a member. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the project will build health system resilience in fragile settings and improve outcomes of maternal, neonatal and child health services, and reproductive health and family planning care. MIHR is designed to include a comprehensive, flexible package of support for countries like Mali as they overcome context-specific health challenges and progress towards the achievement of self-reliant health systems.

Purpose of Position

The Mali MIHR Resilience Advisor will sit in the MIHR project office in Gao as part of a wider MIHR technical team following a ‘One Project’ approach in implementation. As such and for all day-to-day activities the position will report into the MIHR CoP with a secondary administrative reporting line to GOAL HQ in Ireland. The Resilience Advisor will be fully embedded within the Mali MIHR in-country ensuring technical quality of the resilience component of the MIHR project whilst closely monitor progress towards meeting the goals and objectives of the project.;

;Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support and leadership on contributing to the achievement of Strategic Objectives of the Mali MIHR project and in particular relation to Result 2: Increase Accountability of district and other local governance structures to absorb, adapt to, and recover from health systems shocks and stresses.
  • Lead on the application of the project’s Resilient Health approach, including ARC-D Health at community level and support resilience planning capacities of district and Centres de Santé Communautaires (CSCOMs) facilities by assessing preparedness and resilience capacities of health facilities and CSComs to deliver quality services during disruptions, crisis, and when under severe stress (using selected tools from the R4S Health, WHO and others as relevant) and design training curricula and conduct or support training and capacity building of local stakeholders (district officials, national MOH, local NGOs and communities) to map and analyze risk scenarios (i.e. combinations of shocks and stresses) together with the health system stakeholders.
  • In coordination with MIHR MERL team, to establish monitoring of resilient health indicators in Mali.
  • Cultivate strategic relationships with USAID, team members, donors, private sector entities, government ministries, and other stakeholders relating to advancing the resilient health approach of the MIHR project.
  • Represent MIHR at key project meetings and demonstrate the highest standards of commitment and professionalism.

;Person Specification

  • Demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children and vulnerable adults both in your private and professional lives.
  • Able to work in difficult and remote areas for prolonged periods of time.
  • Fluency in French and English (oral and written) and excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills are required.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree, at least a Master’s level in public health.
  • At least 8 years of experience in the management or implementation of international development activities in/for low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
    • Of the above 8 years, at least three of them must have been while physically based in the country/region of implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience operating within the global health community on matters related to MNCH/FP/RH service delivery in fragile contexts, emergency health preparedness and response and building health system resilience.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in the general area of resilience an advantage including applying resilience analysis tools.

;Accountability within GOAL:

  • A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability: 1) Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols; 2) Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area; 3) Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.


  • Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Equal Employer Statement

  • Consistent with GOAL’s core values of humanitarianism; integrity; respect; partnership and courage, we place a significant emphasis on equality in our working environment.
  • GOAL is committed to treating all its employees with dignity and respect and values diversity, which it believes enriches an organisation. To reinforce this commitment, all company activities, policies, practices and procedures are to be carried out in accordance with this global standard.
  • All employees share in the responsibility for fulfilling GOAL’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and equal treatment. GOAL does not discriminate against any employee or volunteer; or any applicant for employment or volunteering on the basis of age, gender identity, ancestry, political opinion, civil status, medical condition, ethnic background, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.
  • GOAL believes that our strong commitment to equal opportunity and equal treatment helps to ensure that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, compensation, benefits, retention, and discipline of staff and volunteers.
  • GOAL aims to provide a work environment that fosters fairness, equity, and respect for social and cultural diversity, and that is free from discrimination, harassment [and vilification] as determined by applicable laws.

General Terms and Conditions

  • This Terms of Reference (ToR) only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.


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