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Health Policy Specialist

Calabar, Nigeria

12 Months | Start Date between Apr - Jun 2019

Location: Ottawa

City  Calabar, Nigeria

Start Date Apr - Jun 2019  (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


The purpose of this placement is to support the development, review and implementation of a robust Primary Health Care plan.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Review the Primary Health Care Operational Plan.

- Align the operational plan with the State Health Strategic Development Plan

- Support partners to develop organizational capacity.

- Ensure gender mainstreaming and social inclusion are integrated into activities and plans.

-Support the capacity of the organization to implement Cuso International's Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning framework.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Degree in Global Health, Health Management, Social Sciences or relevant degree

- Education, certification, training and / or course work in business administration, project management, monitoring and evaluation and/or strategic planning

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience in the development of operational plans and strategies

- Strong writing skills; reports and policy briefs

- Professional and/or volunteer experience or educational background related to gender

- Demonstrated success in partnership engagement

- Strong research and analysis skills

- Experience using monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems in a health care context


About Our Partner


Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency

Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency is the coordinating agency for Primary Health Care in Cross River State, Nigeria. They started as Roll Back Malaria (an initiative to reduce the prevalence of malaria). In 2000, transitioned into Department of Community and Primary Health dealing with community and primary health in the state. After they became self-accounting, they worked to ensure access to interventions at the community level, established facilities closer to communities to increase access, trained staff across the state and equipped new facilities.

The Cross Rivers State Primary Health Care Development Agency entered into collaborations with other partners to train doctors and midwives in the primary health sector; trained health workers at the community level on obstetrics care, trained 1,200 Traditional Birth Attendants across the state in a bid to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the state.

In December 2015, the organization transformed into the Primary Health Care Development Agency.


Terms and Conditions


Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months



We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.



Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.


Residency and Citizenship  



The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.



Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.