Simplice Kamdem, Sr Health Systems Strengthening Advisor, USAID

Alumni Service

In order to help current students and recent graduates to find their way in the working world, many of our alumni shared their career story. Here the story of Simplice Takoubo Kamdem, Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor for USAID, Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire). USI degree: Executive Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management, 2014.


How did you start your career?

Started as a trainee in a Central Medical Store in Cameroon Joined USAID implementing partner on a a regional health project in West Africa At the end of the project, I got hired by USAID in Benin.

Why did you choose a career at USAID?

I was interested in international development. I always have.

What is your current role/duties?

In collaboration with USAID staff, USG interagency colleagues and Ivorian Government counterparts, I provide technical guidance, identify and develop health care financing initiatives, key health sector policy initiatives, and other health systems strengthening activities to be supported by USAID in Côte d’Ivoire.
I ensure that USAID’s HSS activities are designed to support and strengthen GOCI’s national health programs and promote a sustainable approach to service delivery likely to result in better health outcomes.

In your opinion, what are the qualities necessary for a successful career at USAID?

Hardworking, forward thinking and problem solver.

What are USI’s positive featuresand qualities?

Rigorous program and international experiences.

What competences and/or skills acquired in your USI Study Program have been useful/are useful to your professional career?

Holistic approaches, Critical thinking, Systems Thinking and Problem solving.

What is your advice to USI students entering the job market?

Be curious, be solution oriented, be open minded and flexible.