The Senior GHSA Consultant will be responsible for technical and programmatic oversight of a multi-sectoral, complex portfolio, providing leadership and technical support to the full range of GHSA investments as they relate to the development context of Côte d’Ivoire. He/She will also lead the USAID/Cote d’Ivoire Health Office’s COVID-19 response in collaboration with the Government of Cote d’Ivoire (GoCI), the Health Office in CDI, USAID/Washington leadership, project management, and technical staff and other development partners.
The consultancy will be remote with possible short-term travel to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire as needed, once travel restrictions are lifted. Assignment duration is 3.5 months with 92 days of overall effort. Estimated start date is on or about July 13.
The assignment is through the USAID-funded Global Health Technical Assistance and Mission Support Project (GH-TAMS). GH-TAMS is a $70 million five-year contract designed to provide USAID operating units working on health-related activities with short- and medium-term technical services of consultants with expertise in health technical areas and program cycle activities.
In today’s globalized world, the speed with which newly emergent diseases can surface and spread, as illustrated by the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak and the COVID-19 pandemic, raises serious public health, economic, security and development concerns. It also underscores the need for the global community to act pre-emptively and systematically to improve individual country capacities abilities to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. The ability of the Agency to meet the expectations of the White House and Congress for implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda at the country level is dependent on having staff in-country to provide technical support the USAID health office, US Embassy, and the host government as well as assist with work planning and reporting.
The Senior GHSA Advisor in Côte d’Ivoire will be responsible for programmatic and technical oversight of a multi-sectoral, complex portfolio, providing technical support to the full range of GHSA investments related to COVID-19 and other diseases of epidemic potential. Under the direction of the GHSA Team in Washington and relevant A/CORs the advisor will ensure consistency in approach in-country level implementation of GHSA activities.
The primary objective of this position is to provide the USAID/Côte d’Ivoire Health Office with backstopping, coordination and programmatic support to assist in successful implementation, monitoring of, and reporting on the USAID GHSA portfolio. Successful completion of this objective will require working with a wide array of US Government partners, ministries, economic entities, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other implementing partners. Of special consideration is a focus on rapid, effective, and coordinated oversight of GHSA activities in-country
Major Tasks and Activities
The Senior GHSA Consultant, working under the supervision of the USAID Health Office Director, will under the direction of the USAID/Washington GHSA Team and relevant A/CORs provide technical expertise to USAID to manage, coordinate, and monitor activities associated with the infectious disease outbreaks as these relate to human and animal health and the environment. S/he will ensure that the USAID/Côte d’Ivoire planning, response, and reporting on GHSA are carried out in accordance with Agency and Congressional directives. S/he will have responsibility for coordination with the other USAID Health Office Teams (HSS, SI, and Community Health) as well as with the broader USAID Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa Regional multisectoral development programming implemented in Côte d’Ivoire on GHSA-related programming.
Preference for citizens of the United States or persons who at the time of contracting are lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States are eligible for selection. Candidates will be evaluated and scored based on the criteria below, as well as interview information and performance and references.
Education: Master’s degree in public health, public policy, veterinary medicine, epidemiology, or related field is required.
Work Experience: A minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional experience in Public Health, Animal Health or Epidemiology, five of which must be in developing countries. Experience with infectious disease surveillance, detection and/or response is required, as is practical experience in working with international development agencies. At least three years of experience managing high-level coordination and relationships across sectors with public sector entities, bilateral and multilateral donors and NGOs is required.
Communication: Fluency in French, level II or preferably III. Given the nature of the position, effective written and oral communications are critical to perform successfully in this position. The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to produce professional quality analytical pieces and make oral presentations. The incumbent must be able to communicate effectively and persuasively with Mission employees; within the USG interagency, counterpart government officials at the Senior Minister level; international and local organizations, donors and other embassies; and various Washington based U.S. Government agencies.
Skills and Abilities: The applicant must possess strong management, collaboration, team building, networking, cross cultural and interpersonal skills. Candidate must have a proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Strong interpersonal skills are required to establish and maintain strong contacts with counterparts both inside and outside of USAID and in order to explain USAID objectives and procedures to government officials, private businesses, corporations, foundations, NGOs, and other non-traditional development organizations. The incumbent must also have a high degree of technical, analytical, and quantitative skills in scientific approaches and in analysis of development activities and policies. Demonstrated ability to lead and to work as a member of a team and to foster teamwork is required as is the ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships at all levels. S/he must be able to work in a demanding and often high-stress environment to meet deadlines and ensure consensus. Must be a self-starter with strong diplomatic and leadership qualities.
Knowledge: Professional knowledge of a broad range of infectious disease, one health, antimicrobial resistance, and development issues; knowledge of the sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in Francophone cultural/work environments. In-depth knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices of development project management including planning, budgeting and monitoring is required. Knowledge is preferable in the infectious disease field from either in public health and/or animal health. Knowledge of how to work with stakeholders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors is an advantage. Knowledge of the Ivorian public health system and/or animal health system is desirable. General knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is also desirable.