Country Engagement Team Programs Liaison

Who We Are

 Mercy Ships is a global faith-based charity that uses hospital ships to bring life-changing surgeries and transformational medical training to people in some of the most challenging contexts along the African coast. For over 40 years, Mercy Ships has been delivering lasting hope and healing through safe surgical care, while working alongside partners and stakeholders to strengthen local healthcare systems in more than 55 countries. Since the inception of this dream by founders Don and Deyon Stephens in 1978, Mercy Ships has served more than 2.7 million direct beneficiaries without regard for race, gender, or religion.

The Opportunity

 Do you have a heart for the hurting and a desire to invest your talents and experiences into a mission with eternal significance? For every transformative surgery that takes place onboard one of our Mercy Ships, there are dozens of men and women being used of the Lord to prepare through their vocational gifts and talents!

**Compensation Range for This Position Is $45,000 - $50,000

Mercy Ships is seeking a Programs Liaison to serve on-site in our Ghana office. In this position you'll have the opportunity to support Africa Service Center initiatives of Mercy Ships to ensure continued delivery of hope to those in need through development of relationships with the host government, local hospitals, local businesses, NGOs, and religious institutions to collaborate on programmatic activities and garner commitment for different services in support of vessel operations.

How You’ll Contribute

  • In collaboration with Assessment Leadership, develop relationships with public, private and community entities to share Mercy Ships’ vision, including but not limited to representatives of the Ministry of Health, key hospitals, medical universities, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations.
  • Help with search for buildings to be used as off-ship sites during the field service (such as for dental and eye clinics and HOPE Center), if requested.
  • Continue building relationships with local partners, especially those who are integral to the success of the field service and overall CEP.
  • Coordinate with the host government (Ministry of Health) for the fulfillment of the protocol agreement: recognition of medical personnel, medication import licenses, legal age of consent etc.
  • With guidance from hospital leadership and ship operations, coordinate with local health providers to fulfill requirements for the pharmacy, lab, and radiology services on board the vessel.
  • Identify local hospitals and/or clinics, ambulances and medi-vac services that can be utilized by crew in case of an emergency or health concerns not supported by the ship.
  • Identify key contacts and potential care arrangements in case of an infectious disease outbreak on board.
  • Once vessel arrives, engage with relevant colleagues on board to provide handover; publish handover report as reference to be used throughout the field service.

The Ideal Candidate Will Bring

  • Supports the organization's mission, vision, and values.
  • Must ascribe to the Mercy Ships Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct
  • Able to live in and contribute to community life, requiring stable and healthy interpersonal skills.
  • Strong Christian commitment
  • Strong understanding of African culture and able to demonstrate high cultural sensitivity.
  • Frequent travel between Mercy Ships locations and requires primary work location in a host nation.
  • Excellent People and Networking skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Independent thinker as well as a team player.
  • Works well under pressure.
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and time management skills.
  • Possesses initiative, good judgment, and the ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Possess a strong customer service mindset including attitude and approach.

Education & Experience

  • One to two years cross-cultural experience working in developing nations and managing projects in the field, preferably with Mercy Ships.
  • One year of experience on a Mercy Ships vessel and/ or ISC or national office experience preferred.
  • A good understanding of Mercy Ships programs, including DMS and ETA, preferred.
  • University degree in medical field required.
  • Work experience in global/public health preferred.
  • Fluency in English is required, and International B2 level of French is strongly preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive manual transmission vehicle preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • The following are to be completed within a year of starting the role:
  • Mercy Ships On Boarding & Country Engagement Team Training Programs to be completed within the first year.

Pour your God-given talents into a mission with eternal return on investment -- join the Mercy Ships Crew, today!

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**Compensation range listed is for U.S. hires only. Actual compensation may vary dependent upon location of hire.