Senior Advisor, Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 14 October 2020
  • Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 20 November 2020
  • Current

Job Description

The Senior Advisor, Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) will work closely with the CGPP Director, Deputy Director and Secretariats to strengthen the GHSA program. She/he will be responsible for:

Technical Guidance

· Supporting alert investigation and response planning at district level

· Conducting GHSA trainings and workshops for CGPP staff, local NGOs, and other community-based stakeholders (e.g. epidemic control, community engagement, social mobilization, community-based surveillance and reporting)

· Providing support and analysis, as needed, for after-action reviews of outbreaks to capture lessons learned and update preparedness plans accordingly.

· Providing technical guidance for the design and implementation of GHSA program activities with the goal of ensuring that program design and implementation will achieve planned results and goals.

· Providing technical guidance at the country level for the development or adaptation of:

· Materials for community-based surveillance (CBS), including passive, active, and events-based modules

· Training modules and assessments on epidemic preparedness and response for CHVs

· GHSA job aide templates and risk communication materials that can be adapted for outbreaks

· An evaluation checklist to review outbreak response

· Frameworks for monitoring and assessing progress of CBS, Risk Communication and Community Engagement, and Emergency Preparedness

· Other products and tools as needed

· In collaboration with the CGPP Secretariat Directors, supporting the MOH, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, and Ministry of Environment to make more rapid, visible progress in improving technical capacity and strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation pertaining to the nexus between human and animal health, of particular relevance to the GHSA/One Health Platforms at national and sub-national levels

· In collaboration with the CGPP Secretariat Directors, advising and collaborating with relevant local government officials on implementation and policy issues. Contributing expertise and guidance to the national government and county health teams to strengthen systems necessary for implementing activities.

· In collaboration with the CGPP Secretariat Directors, supporting the MOA’s efforts to roll out a national strategy for animal health surveillance, to build local capacity for animal health surveillance (e.g. priority zoonotic diseases surveillance) and integrating it into national surveillance systems as part of the One Health Platform and National Action Plans for Health Security.

· Participating in, coordinating, and organizing evaluations and assessments that are conducted in conjunction with Kenya/Ethiopia, other donors, international organizations and local partners.

· Compiling, analyzing, and disseminating, on a regular basis, reports to the CGPP Director, USAID/Washington on GHSA, One Health and infectious disease issues and accomplishments.

· Serving as a technical advisor and supporting project oversight, monitoring and evaluation.

Collaboration and Partner Relationships

o In collaboration with the CGPP Secretariat Directors, actively engaging with government, other donors and organizations involved in the sector within Kenya/Ethiopia, in order to promote collaborative planning toward long-term sustainable solutions.

o Establishing and maintaining productive collaborative relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, USAID, the MOH, MOA, county governments, multi-lateral partners such as WHO, FAO and UNICEF, IFRC, and donors such as the World Bank, and civil society groups and NGOs

o Participating in and contributing to GHSA technical and coordination meetings at the global or local levels

o Serving as a champion for community partnerships in global health security programming by participating in, designing, and/or leading high-level global discussions, roundtables, and virtual conferences

o Liaise between global and local partners during outbreaks such as COVID19, Yellow Fever, Ebola, and others so that the experiences, insights, and recommendations from the countries and partner communities are inform global response


The Senior Advisor, Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) must have:

· Minimum of a Master’s degree or higher in public health, or other allied field related to public health and/or animal health is required.

· Demonstrated responsiveness and professionalism when interacting with donors, government partners, community members, and others.

· A strong background in disease surveillance.

· Minimum ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience working with US Government-funded programs, with at least five years of experience in an international setting, supporting health, infectious diseases or development programs is required.

· Demonstrated technical experience/expertise related to infectious diseases is required. Experience in training development and resources for developing countries is necessary.

· Prior experience working on zoonotic diseases is highly desirable.

· Technical knowledge and understanding of Global Health Security Agenda and US policy related to GHSA is required.

· Knowledge of USG initiatives related to development assistance, USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation requirements for strategy and project design, implementation, management, and evaluation is a strong asset.

· Experience with monitoring and evaluation methodologies including frameworks, data quality assurance, analysis reporting and best practices in data dissemination in international/resource poor settings.

· Knowledge of the Joint External Evaluation (JEE 2.0) process is necessary.

· Prior extensive experience with USAID and/or one of its implementing partners in least developed country settings would be highly desirable.

· Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment is a must.

· Demonstrated strong teamwork, cultural competency, diplomacy and interpersonal skills are essential.

· Demonstrated strong written and oral communications skills in English and ability to communicate complex technical information to a variety of audiences and stakeholders including senior-level managers, country-level health officials, UN, senior level USG delegations, inter-agency partners and host government counterparts is required.

· Willingness to travel to field sites approximately 50% of the time.

About the Organization

We are a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.

Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, we serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

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