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ORGANIZATION: Africa Health Organisation (AHO)

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Role Description

Africa Health Organisation (AHO) plans to influence global and local markets collaboratively with other partners for existing and future products/services by advocating fit-for-purpose product profiles, accelerating R&D and scale-up, and addressing issues of access, affordability and value for money, ultimately to improve the lives of all people in Africa and the Diaspora.

How can you make a difference?

The Innovation Specialist will provide technical advice to AHO on health and social care management for innovative products. The role will enable accelerated identification of Africa’s health needs, appropriate alignment with country, regional, and global-level actors, and a clear definition of the most efficient means of accelerating and incentivising relevant innovation.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Manage AHO’s health product and service innovation projects, documenting and communicating developments to management, donors, and the innovation review board.
  2. Manage the various steps of product and service innovation, including user-needs research, market research, communication with developers, field trials, impact and cost-effectiveness analysis, health strategy, medicines supply chain strategy, and scale.
  3. Contribute to field trial design and support roll-out of new innovative products and services.
  4. Provide technical and advisory support to AHO/national systems, including capacity development in close collaboration with programme colleagues to strengthen the supply components of health systems for innovative products and services.
  5. You will lead innovation grant applications and fundraising activities and drive innovation funding proposal development to increase financial resources to enable product innovation within the health technology space.
  6. Drive interagency collaboration in developing Target Product Profiles (TPPs), technical specifications, and terms of references (TORs) to drive product and service innovation and subsequent procurement of relevant products and services.
  7. Create tools and frameworks to optimise and document best practices for driving product and service innovation within the Health Technology space.


  • A completed advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in one of the following areas: Public Health, Policy, Nursing, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Device Engineering, or a field relevant to Health Technology.


  • Minimum five (5) years of progressively relevant professional experience in product development or scaling Health Product Innovations.
  • Demonstrable experience in driving product innovation, preferably within private companies, ideally as a business developer or a buyer of new innovative products.
  • Experience using procurement, financial incentive structures, or strategic partnering to drive innovation toward solving a specific problem is highly desirable.
  • Experience conducting user-needs assessments, field trials/end-user assessments, and market research is highly desirable.
  • Experience developing TORs, technical specifications and/or Target Product Profiles is highly desirable.
  • Communicable, non-communicable, social determinants of health, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and medical technology and experience are assets.
  • African country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies is considered an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official AHO language (Arabic, Italian, Chinese, German, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.


  • Ability to create a clear scope for projects and facilitate the decision-making process to ensure only projects with the potential to lead to products with a strong value proposition are pushed forward.
  • Ability to reduce complexity and create clarity within high levels of ambiguity.
  • A proven record in selling a product, or a proposition to donors, buyers of the products or others.
  • Ability to think through complex processes and argue clearly for a route ahead.
  • Strong stakeholder and donor management skills.

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About Africa Health Organisation (AHO)


43 Berkeley Square, City of Westminster, LONDON, Greater London W1J 5AP, GB

Mission Statement

To lead strategic collaborative efforts among countries in Africa and other partners to promote equity in health, to combat disease, and to improve the quality of, and lengthen, the lives of the peoples of Africa


Africa Health Organisation (AHO) is an international health agency for Africa. It is the newest and most recently established international health agency covering the whole African continent and the diaspora. Our main aim is to help African people attaining and maintaining optimum health and quality of life. Our vision is delivering high quality sustainable health service and be the major catalyst for ensuring that all the peoples of Africa enjoy optimal health.


Disaster Relief
Health & Medicine
Disaster Relief, Health & Medicine, International


Thu Jun 20, 2024 - Wed Sep 18, 2024
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


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  • Must be at least 18
  • This role is flexible.

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