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.
Position Summary – Senior Manager Health Security
The Senior Manager Health Security will manage the operations of the Health Security team and provide high level support and advice to the Health Security Lead in relation to the delivery of health security responses in PNG. The Senior Manager Health Security 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:
· Lead the development and implementation of a strategic approach for the PATH investment in Health Security (e.g. TB, malaria, lab strengthening) in collaboration with NDoH, GoA, 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)
· Work closely with the Health Security Lead to develop the Health Security workstream in accordance with the strategy including disease surveillance and control and the prevention, mitigation and response to epidemics and pandemics
· Manage and oversee the delivery of Health Security activity currently being delivered through PATH and our partners through management of grants including in TB, STI’s and malaria and also including to the COVID 19 response
· Collaborate with other PATH workstreams to ensure effective delivery of PATH Health Security strengthening initiatives. .
· Use health security priorities including the COVID19 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, lead collaboration with and support to WHO as required
· Drive participation of the PATH Health Security team in relevant health cluster and other sectoral coordination meetings
· Capacity build the Health Security team across relevant operational and strategic program activities
· Implement a continuous process of evidence gathering and learning for broader application in PNG
· Promote Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and women in leadership throughout all aspects of management, strategy and service delivery.
· Develop a costed year 1 workplan for Health Security workstream in collaboration with the Health Security lead and team
· Effectively manage an adaptive and politically informed health security program which delivers inputs, milestones, budgets and mitigates risks
· Deliver quality reporting, ensuring milestones, KPIs and other deliverables are submitted on time and meet internal (Abt) and external (NDoH, GoA) requirements
· Deliver specific reporting and data collection requirements for upstream work as specified in PAF/MELF (once developed)
· Create and maintain an enabling environment (in terms of strategy, management, operations, partner/client buy in)
· Incorporate innovative approaches into the design and delivery of the health security program
· Actively contribute to technical working groups and stakeholder meetings
· Support counterparts to understand and apply AMTWP approaches to policy making and program delivery
· Support counterparts to understand and apply GESI approaches to policy making and program delivery
· Ensure PATH delivery address issues of women’s leadership, disability inclusion and security through integrating GESI principles and objectives across all activities and as defined in annual workplans
· Build and maintain open, productive and outcome-oriented relationships with key internal and external stakeholders including the AHC, GoPNG and development partners.
The successful candidate will bring:
· Master’s in Public Health, Health Security or Business Administration
· Minimum of 12+ years of experience in managing health programs; including health security, infectious disease surveillance and control, epidemic or pandemic control, or bio-threat reduction, with experience in TB highly desirable
· Demonstrated experience in managing large, complex health service reform and/or improvement programs in resource constrained countries, considering systems, legislation, policy, governance, resourcing, financing and decentralisation
· A thorough knowledge of International Health regulations
· Demonstrated experience in the successful management of multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams at a senior level
· Demonstrated experience in 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 a portfolio in a multi-faceted and complex program against established contractual requirements
· Demonstrated understanding of the health sector in PNG
· 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 Wednesday, 5 May 2021 (Mid-night 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.