Health Security Lead

  • Executive-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 15 April 2021
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Closing on 15 May 2021
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Job Description

· Executive leadership position

· Open to national and international applicants

· Long-term, based in Port Moresby

Program Overview

The Papua New Guinea Australia Transition to Health (PATH) Program is one key way in which Australia is investing in PNG’s security, stability and prosperity by delivering support to PNG’s health sector. PATH supports locally generated and scaled health systems reform, working in partnership with the Government of PNG on high priority health issues including health security, communicable disease, family planning, sexual and reproductive health, and maternal and child health. This strong partnership is supporting PNG to improve the health and well-being of its citizens in line with PNG’s National Health Plan. PATH looks to attract staff who are committed to this vision, and who are also able to work in collaborative, creative and adaptive ways to contribute to better health outcomes for people in PNG.


PNG has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with the Australian Government providing broad based support including through its funded health program. The pandemic has magnified the already well understood health system weaknesses. However, it also provides an opportunity to address some of these weaknesses, moving from short term response, to strengthening health security capacity – benchmarked against core capacities under International Health Regulations. More information included in the attachment.

Position Summary – Health Security Lead

The Health Security (HS) Lead will be required to develop a strategic approach to a range of health security issues in collaboration with the NDoH, GoA, WHO, multi-lateral partners and other PATH workstream leads. The HS Lead will build a team and draw on expert advice as required to develop and implement this strategic approach. Concurrently, the HS Lead and team will be required to provide advice in relation to the existing delivery of health security responses in PNG. The HS Lead will also be required to use an Adaptive Management and Thinking and Working Politically Approach (AMTWP) in addressing Health Security issues at both the national and provincial levels

Duties include but not limited to:

· Develop and implement a strategic approach for the PATH investment in HS (e.g. TB, malaria, lab strengthening) in collaboration with NDoH, AHC, PATH team and other key stakeholders and with reference to the International Health Regulations.

· Support any future process for the conduct of a Joint External Evaluation (JEE)

· Fully develop the HS workstream in accordance with the strategy including disease surveillance and control and the prevention, mitigation and response to epidemics and pandemics

· Provide strategic direction, technical leadership, management, expert advice and support to the delivery of HS activity currently being delivered through PATH such as TB, STI’s and malaria and also including to the COVID 19 response

· Collaborate with other PATH workstream leads to ensure effective delivery of PATH HS services.

· Use health security concerns including the COVID response to advance broader objectives of PATH including PHA strengthening, service delivery improvement and partnerships, identification and entry points to resolve bottlenecks/advance other reforms, and GESI.

· In partnership with the AHC Health Security team collaborate with and provide support to WHO as required

· Ensure participation of the PATH HS team in relevant health cluster and other sectoral coordination meetings

· Implement a process of evidence gathering, lessons learned and continuous learning for broader application in PNG

· Promote GESI and women in leadership throughout aspects of leadership, management, strategy and service delivery.

The successful candidate will bring:

· Masters or PhD in epidemiology, medicine, public health, or health security

· Minimum of 10+ years of program experience in leading health security, infectious disease surveillance and control, epidemic or pandemic control, or bio-threat reduction

· Demonstrated experience designing and implementing large complex health security service reform and/or improvement programs in resource constrained countries; considering systems, legislation, policy, governance, resourcing, financing and decentralisation.

· Comprehensive understanding of International Health regulations

· Demonstrated experience in successful leadership of multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams at a senior level

· Multi-stakeholder engagement across large and complex cross-program environment, preferably in a developing country context

· Strong written communication and analytical skills with demonstrated experience preparing high quality reports and professional documents for senior and executive audiences

· Demonstrated experience in managing and delivering on a portfolio in a multi-faceted and complex program against established contractual requirements

· Demonstrated understanding of the health sector in Papua New Guinea

· Experience with project management and time management systems including MS Project or similar

· An understanding of the public diplomacy requirements of the Australian and PNG Governments

· Experience working in PNG or Pacific Region will be highly regarded

Applications should be submitted online via the Careers page of Abt Associates’ website and MUST include a CV and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria listed.

Further details for this opportunity can be found in the Information for Applicants available from the Careers page of Abt Associate’s website at:

Go to ‘Apply Now’, ‘Aus/UK Postings’ and by searching ‘By Country/ Region’ for Papua New Guinea, you will find this and all other roles currently being advertised for Abt Associates in PNG. Applications should be submitted online and should include a current CV, cover letter and a response to the key selection criteria, including questions of due diligence.

The closing date for applications is Friday 30 April 2021 (Mid-night Port Moresby local time).

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, gender and people with disabilities.

We welcome and thank all applications, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

About the Organization

About Abt Associates

Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women. Abt Associates is a child safe organisation and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

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