The Technical Advisor will play a strategic, programmatic and support role in CRS’ response to the COVID pandemic. S/he will provide technical input to the CRS COVID-19 Agency Strategy and support agency-wide efforts to design or modify project activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. S/he will facilitate the widespread understanding and adoption of new health-related learning and global guidance as we learn more about the virus and its potential impacts on our staff and work. S/he will backstop regional technical advisors and provide direct support to COVID-19 projects with public health components. S/he will collaborate with IDEA colleagues, senior technical staff in PIQA and HRD and others on COVID-specific donor engagement and relationship cultivation, to ensure CRS carves out and maintains a space in public health response. The Technical Advisor will also liaise with the COVID KML committee and promote a strong learning agenda as countries adapt programming and take on new programming.
- Contribute to a one-agency response to the pandemic by actively participating in internal coordination forums and sub-groups to address specific needs.
- Support other teams and sectors to mainstream public health considerations within existing or new projects.
- In collaboration with regional point persons, HRD and PIQA, support the identification of necessary agency-wide guidance and policies with regards to effective COVID-19 response.
- Ensure that the CRS COVID-19 Agency Strategy - focusing on mitigating health impacts - and accompanying guidance / tools (e.g., Menu of Options framework) is aligned with external guidance from WHO, IASC and best practices emerging from the public health response
- Support advisors and field staff on quality implementation of COVID-19 activities.
- Develop internal guidance to assist regions and country programs in disseminating and applying.
- Provide technical leadership to global business development efforts.
- Support internal and external communicators, as needed, to ensure harmonized clinical and public health messaging
- Represent CRS at global and DC public health COVID meetings and events including with the Global Health Cluster.
- Serve as a resource for advocacy and IDEA colleagues to identify and develop donor engagement approaches.
Knowledge Management and Learning
- Consolidate public health-related learning and findings across regions and programs.
- Liaise with COVID KML committee on compilation of information relevant to whole-of-agency response.
- Support knowledge management, learning, and program adaptation efforts - and strong coordination efforts across departments and regions.
- Advanced degree in public health, behavior change or health-related field.
- Minimum of 10 years overall work experience with a minimum of 5 years working internationally in public health either as a technical advisor or health program manager, preferably in Africa, Asia or Latin America.
- Excellent leadership and coordination skills and capabilities with high-level of personal motivation and initiative
- While travel is not envisaged in the short term, it may be required (up to 50%) when it is deemed safe to do so.
*Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
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Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
About the OrganizationCatholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world.
Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential.
As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.
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