Program management training for capacity building
Resolve to Save Lives is launching a new initiative dedicated to building the capacity of mid- level managers involved in the implementation of International Health Regulations in Africa.
Note: Applications for the first Program Management for Epidemic Preparedness course are currently closed. Please check back regularly for our next application period.
The Program Management for Epidemic Preparedness (PMEP) initiative is particularly focused on managers who oversee and implement the day-to-day activities involved in the implementation of the National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS). The aim of the training program is to ensure managers who are responsible for project management and implementation of NAPHS have the skills and abilities to successfully implement multi-sector, multi-partner programs that will enhance national capacity to stop, find and prevent public health threats.
This 12-month program will run March 2019 through February 2020 and will include face-to-face training as well as mentoring and coaching to ensure practical support that is directly applicable to real time implementation of the NAPHS. It is designed to be immediately applicable to trainees’ roles in the following areas: program planning, partner coordination, monitoring and evaluation, budget and finance management, practical leadership skills and conducting effective trainings.
Objectives of the PMEP initiative
The implementation of NAPHS is a complex task. It involves 19 technical areas and the coordination of multiple government departments and implementing partners and donors. The effective and rapid implementation of NAPHS is critical to ensure countries are ‘Epidemic Ready’ and able to meet the challenges of the increasing risk of public health emergencies.
PMEP aims to support country implementation teams to effectively plan, implement and evaluate the diverse range of projects that are required to address gaps identified by the Joint External Evaluations or other assessment methodologies. The training aims to strengthen teams coordinating and overseeing the implementation of multiple projects within the NAPHS and ensure that progress against milestones are met.
Methodologies of PMEP
The PMEP will take place over 12 months and will include 5, one-week face-to-face trainings. Between trainings, participants will have access to online learning, mentoring and coaching support. The Resolve to Save Lives team will also be available to provide in-country support to teams that require additional help in planning or implementing components of the NAPHS.
After the 12-month training program is complete, country teams will have the opportunity to present roll- out plans to replicate the training at the district or state level in support of the expansion of NAPHS projects. Resolve to Save Lives will support a limited number of proposals for implementation, ensuring that the training and capacity building is cascaded to the district or state level.
Resolve to Save Lives will cover all costs related to the training including travel, visa and accommodation. Per Diem for costs incurred during the training will also be provided. Payment for attending the training will not be provided.
The training will be delivered by Resolve to Save Lives partner The Union. The Union has extensive experience in delivering program management and leadership courses across Africa. The Union’s International Management Development Programme (IMDP) has been running for many years and strengthens health systems by training and educating public health professionals in the specific management competencies that are essential for public health programs. The IMDP addresses challenges faced by national program managers and health administrators in limited-resource settings to help countries improve the management of health programs.
PMEP has adapted the IMDP to meet the specific challenges of planning and implementing NAPHS in low- resources settings.
The following course objectives are illustrative examples of what PMEP will cover, however the programming will be adapted based on the experience and feedback of participants.
Who should apply?
- Managers who are currently tasked with planning implementing or supporting the NAPHS process. This includes Ministry of Health, Agriculture or Environment staff.
- Candidates who have at least 5 years of work experience.
- Available for 5 one-week face-to-face trainings, with travel to East Africa (exact location to be announced).
- 2-4 candidates per country will be accepted, so applying as a team is preferable.
- Candidates with the support from your line manager and the agency tasked with overseeing the NAPHS i.e. the One Health Platform or NAPHS coordination committee.
- Proficient in English.
Note: Applications for the first PMEP course are currently closed. Please check back regularly for our next application period.
PMEP current class
PMEP graduates are the epidemic preparedness leaders of tomorrow. Competitively selected, they represent their countries’ strongest front against disease outbreaks. Together, they will form a global network of experts effectively managing their countries’ ability to find, stop and prevent epidemic threats. Here are some of their profiles: