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Position: International Health Strengthening Project, Africa CDC –Technical advisor: Public Health Workforce Development
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ababa Abeba - Ethiopia
Salary: USD 2,118.83
Posted date: 1 month ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

The main purpose of the job:

This post is located within UKHSA's International Health Strengthening Project which is one of the GHS programs in the UKHSA Global Operations Division. Global Operations supports the delivery of UKHSA's Global Health Strategy. It provides a corporate service to UKHSA, supporting the oversight, coordination and delivery of UKHSA's international activity and working with UK government departments and other UK partners to build and strengthen international public health links. The division also maintains its extensive portfolio of global health programs and projects, focusing on technical capacity building and strengthening health systems in partner countries.

The International Health Regulations Strengthening (IHR-S) Project is an Official Development Assistance (ODA) funded project designed to improve IHR capability in selected countries and regions with medium and long-term activities taking place through partnerships with institutions, including the National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) in several countries in Africa and Asia.

We are recruiting a public health expert to join the UKHSA’s IHR-S project regional team based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Under the direction of the IHR-S Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Lead, the post holder will be responsible for workforce activities. Africa CDC is the public health technical agency of the African Union (AU), headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The project’s work in Africa CDC will build on the success to date but also provide an opportunity to strengthen capacity at African Union Member States (MS) and the African Union Regional Coordinating Centres (RCCs). The post-holder will provide expert advice and technical support in public health workforce development to ensure a holistic approach to strengthening IHR compliance, working within the Africa CDC.

The post holder will work as part of the UKHSA IHR-S team in Ethiopia. under the IHR_S team Africa CDC Senior Public Health Advisor.

Roles and responsibilities:

Working under the guidance of the Project’s Africa CDC Lead and the Lead for workforce development within the Africa CDC’s Institute of Workforce Development (Africa CDC-IWD), the post holder will:

  • Support the strengthening of public health workforce development in African Union Member States
  • Support the implementation of Africa CDC’s Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Program
  • Collaborate with the IHR-SP Senior Public Health Advisor and the leadership team in Africa CDC to identify needs, develop and deliver workforce development programs
  • Work closely with the workforce development team in Africa CDC and partners to progress the continental workforce under the New Public Health Order for Africa and the African Union Agenda 2063
  • Provide technical advice to, and participate in relevant Technical Working Groups and committees at Africa CDC Regional Coordinating Centres (RCCs) as required
  • Ensure compliance with planning and reporting practice required for the UKHSA IHR-S project, including monitoring, reporting, evaluation, and learning (MREL)
  • Provide support to the Africa CDC public health workforce development work activities
  • Contribute to any Africa CDC cross-program workforce development initiatives as and when required
  • Contribute to the development of the IHR-S Africa CDC team as may be required and as directed by the Africa CDC IHR-S Lead.
  • Contribute to and support the X-HMG activities relevant to Global Health Security and the X-HMG Country Plan
  • Carry out other duties as may reasonably be required in the role

You will be a highly organized, creative team player who is a self-starter and has excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will have a thorough understanding of a broad range of public health topics especially relevant to public health workforce development and initiatives in Africa and their role in global health security in general and Africa’s health security in particular. You will have a thorough understanding of the complex field of public health, cutting across leadership, capable workforce, sustainable development, improved population health and health security. You will have excellent negotiation skills, enabling you to deal sensitively with stakeholders with complex and sometimes conflicting interests. You will be expected to show a strong drive to complete and evidence progress, recognizing the importance of compliance and reporting.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Postgraduate qualification in Public Health and or other relevant professional qualification or experience
  • Experience in devising, implementing, and delivering public health workforce initiatives across various countries and/or organizations
  • Extensive experience working in the field of public health workforce development in Africa, preferably in a multilateral organization
  • Proven track record of cross-team and cross-organization collaboration, ability to build and nurture key relationships and maintain effective networks
  • Experience in organizing and managing events at regional and global levels
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest in the health sector and culture in Africa
  • Experience working in or with senior stakeholders in government ministries, departments, or agencies and similar institutions in Africa
  • Experience in an organization with complex stakeholder interactions
  • A positive, resilient, flexible, and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships, both in terms of day-to-day working practices, but also concerning management systems
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Excel, word, outlook, and PowerPoint
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace to include equity and inclusion principles

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Working knowledge of the African Union and Africa CDC
  • Experience in managing projects with multiple partners
  • Experience in leading change management and/or workforce planning processes

Required behaviours

  • Making Effective Decisions, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together

Application deadline: 5 April 2024

Grade: Grade 7 (G7)

Type of Position: Fixed Term

Working hours per week: 36

Duration of Post: 10 months

Region: Africa

Country/Territory: Ethiopia

Location (City): Addis Ababa

Type of Post: British Embassy

Salary: USD 2,118.83

Start Date: 1 May 2024

Other benefits and conditions of employment 

Learning and development opportunities:

  • Participate in all mandatory training as required.

Working patterns:

The post will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but will involve some short-term international travel (typically less than two weeks at a time) across the continent and may impact working hours. Taking back time in lieu will be encouraged and agreed with the line manager

NB: This position is a fixed-term contract until 31 March 2025

  • Must be able to legally work in Ethiopia
  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during the screening
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit it, as no changes can be made once submitted
  • The British Embassy will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position
  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Addis Ababa are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Ethiopia
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;
  • Obtain the relevant permit
  • Pay the fees for the permit
  • Make arrangements to relocate
  • Meet the costs to relocation
  • Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount
  • Information about the Civil Service Success Profiles can be found on this link:
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/success-profiles
  • Please note: AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates
  • Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a reserve list. If during the reserve period of 6/12 months, the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate