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Borja Cuervo Alonso

4.53 (1 review)
Access to health services
Currently based in Amman

Borja Cuervo Alonso is a humanitarian aid and public health professional with +18 years of experience assisting vulnerable populations in low-income countries and crisis-affected scenarios. Borja has worked for the Red Cross, UN, USAID, the Global Fund, NGOs and DG ECHO (TA Southern Africa & Indian Ocean 2007 – 2011).

Borja is specialised in designing, implementing and evaluating interventions aiming at providing life-saving, recovery and preparedness interventions to respond to natural disasters. He has a strong track record in emergency aid logistics and distribution; Disaster Risk Reduction and mitigation; response to outbreaks; scaling-up and improvement of HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention and treatment services and access to primary healthcare to vulnerable groups. Borja is experienced in participatory qualitative research; resources and stakeholders mapping; gap analysis; grants performance appraisals and institutional assessments.

Borja is full professional proficient in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish and has a basic level of Arabic. He holds an MSc Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Masters in Humanitarian Aid from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and a Bachelor of Law from the University of A Coruña (Spain).

I consider my strengths to be:

- Disaster Risk Reduction: Contingency planning for natural catastrophes, outbreaks; strengthening of civil protection services at institutional and community levels

- Post-disaster restoration of health services, continuation of HIV care and treatment

- Response to outbreaks (cholera, measles, malnutrition); malaria control and HIV/AIDS (prevention, treatment).

- Humanitarian Aid: emergency logistics & distribution, WASH; early recovery, natural disasters; refugees

- Livelihoods resilience to disasters: dissemination of hazard-proof crop varieties, infrastructures (granaries, dikes)

- M&E, Oversight: participatory qualitative research; definition of indicators, grant performance dashboards, M&E frameworks; M&E capacity building (training, manuals, tools)

- Facilitation of change: organizational mapping; institutional assessments, improvement of SOPs

- Strategic advice to local Ministries, donors, CSOs, UN: needs assessments, gap analysis; Aid Effectiveness; elaboration of proposals; stakeholders’ mapping; workshop facilitation; knowledge sharing; analytical desk review

- Native Spanish; Full Professional Proficiency in English, French & Portuguese. Basic Arabic

I enjoy working on:

As consultant (2011 - current): Angola, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, Zimbabwe. Clients were UNICEF, Global Fund, Medicines for Malaria Venture, GIZ

Regional Technical Assistant for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean, European Commission (2007 - 2011)

Senior M&E Advisor, Rwanda, Social Impact (2007)

Deputy Country Director, Mozambique, the Clinton Foundation (2005 - 2007)

Health Coordinator, Angola, CARE (2004 - 2005)

Operations Manager, Mozambique, Management Sciences for Health (2002 - 2004)

Delegate (Algeria, Mauritania, Mozambique, Western Sahara), Spanish Red Cross (1998 - 2002)

Borja's skills

  • Institutional Capacity Building
  • Mentorship & Coaching
  • Organisational Capacity Building
  • Health Care Assistance
  • Data Analysis
  • Evaluations
  • KPI development & tracking
  • Needs Assessment
  • Organisational M&E
  • Participatory Methods
  • Project M&E
  • Community Development
  • Direct Delivery
  • Partnership Management
  • Project Closure
  • Project Design & Development
  • Project Implementation
  • Project Oversight
  • Project Reporting
  • Project Start-up


• Expertise in health policy analysis and health systems strengthening:

• Designing operational plans and HIV/AIDS program implementation strategies: needs assessments, gap analysis. Introduction of ART and treatment protocols, analysis of lab requirements, supply chain of ARVs.

• Improving access and delivery of Malaria prevention, care and treatment: Scale-up of ACT and treatment protocols, analysis of lab requirements, supply chain of IRS commodities and bednets

• Developed management and leadership skills, procurement, grants management and scale-up capacities within Ministries of Health at central, provincial and district levels

• Successful track record in institutional assessments and capacity building of Ministries of Health, Civil Society Organizations and Corporate Social Responsibility programs

• Access of Key Affected Populations and marginalized communities (MSM, sex workers, rural and urban poor) to healthcare and prevention services

• Experienced in Global Fund Funding Model, capacity building and Eligibility and Performance Assessments of Country Coordinating Mechanisms; capacity building in M&E of GF Principal Recipients

• Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM): Expertise in designing and implementations of the Hyogo Framework Convention; participatory risk assessment of natural catastrophes, risk mapping; strengthening of national civil protection; small-scale mitigation infrastructures (floods-proof granaries, community refuges). Coordinated regional Disaster Risk Reduction program DIPECHO I and II.

• Strong track record in emergency logistics, aid distribution, Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience to climate hazards
  • HIV & AIDS
  • Maternal & Infant Health
  • Preventative Health & Health Behaviour
  • Reproductive Health & Family Planning
  • Sexual Behaviour
  • Specific Diseases - including Malaria & TB
  • Civilian Security
  • Disaster Relief
  • Shelter & Resettlement

Cross cutting expertise

  • Conflict Afflicted
  • Indigenous Groups
  • Sexual Minorities
  • Ultra Poor


Full proficient in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, basic Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Geographical Expertise

  • Comoros
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Somalia
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Algeria
  • Western Sahara
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Namibia
  • Swaziland
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ghana
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Mauritania
  • Togo

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1 Review

George Jagoe
Clinton HIV-AIDS Initiative

Overall rating

I have known Borja professionally since 2005, when he joined the country team that I was heading for the Clinton HIV-AIDS Initiative (CHAI) in Mozambique. We were undertaking ground-breaking new work supporting the scale-up of the national government plan to begin providing life-saving anti-retroviral treatment to African patients with HIV-AIDS. Until that time, these patients had had no access to these life-saving medicines. Borja became my right-hand project lead on much of our rural access-to-treatment work, specifically spearheading a first-time program to deliver rural treatment at a site over 2.000km from the capital city of Maputo. He was the leader of this work in the Moma district of Nampula and he performed his role admirably.

Describe your time working with Borja.

In working with Borja, I came to appreciate his high degree of autonomy in managing complex situations and creating viable, implementable work plans. He helped put order in rather chaotic settings and ultimately was able to craft a local working team that began to deliver both improved primary health services as well as more complex pre-screening for HIV-AIDS treatment. Borja and I have had the opportunity to work again recently in a unique collaboration that my current employer, Medicines for Malaria Venture, has undertaken with two extractive industry partners in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Borja has supported these collaborations by undertaking field assessments of minimum project requirements to improve malaria prevention and treatment in remote rural corners of PNG. Additionally, he has helped us benchmark best practices from other oil and mining companies that have undertaken such collaborations regarding malaria in similar environments. Borja has quickly established his credibility with our industry partners, and has been a source of reliable and thoughtful inputs/outputs within our project team.

Is there anything Borja could do to improve?

Borja's English is very good for presentations and status reporting; for a consultant-type final project write-up, he may tap native English speakers to polish the prose.


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