OPEN TO: All Interested CandidatesPOSITION: Global Health Security Agenda SpecialistOPENING DATE: 01/10/2017CLOSING DATE: 01/31/2017WORK HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours/weekSALARY RANGE: FSN-10 (Salary Range: CFA 19,181,721 – 30,298,933 p.a.) depending on qualification and experience.
The U.S. Mission in Yaounde, Cameroon is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Global Health Security Agenda Specialist, in the Cameroon field office of USAID/West Africa.
BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITIONThe Global Health Security Specialist, working with the USAID / Cameroon Health team, will provide technical expertise to the Mission and USAID/W to manage and coordinate activities associated with the USAID/GHSD portfolio as it relates to human and animal health and the environment. The Specialist will liaise with the Agency’s GHSD Unit (Washington, D.C.). S/he will ensure that the Mission’s planning and response to GHSA and EPT-2 is carried out in accordance with Agency and State Department directives.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Program management and technical input for EPT-2 and GHSA activities in Cameroon (40%) a. As Activity Manager for EPT-2 activities in Cameroon, perform all duties of an AOR/COR as delegated, and report back to the AOR/COR. This includes review work plans, quarterly reports, and other contract and agreement deliverables by EPT-2 implementing partners. Regular financial and program monitoring and communication on behalf of the AORs/CORs as appropriately delegated.b. Serve as AOR or COR or Alternate for activities in Cameroon, perform all duties of an AOR/COR to ensure compliant implementation of the activities. Ensure that the EPT program is carried out in accordance with USAID directives.c. Represent the activity as appropriate to USAID/Cameroon, USAID/West Africa and within the USG. Respond to communication requests and other taskers related to this project.d. Support development of USAID/Cameroon indicators and performance monitoring plan as it relates to GHSA. Monitor progress according to this plan, including compilation and some analysis of indicators.e. Facilitate the liaison of EPT-2 and GHSA implementing partners with the government of Cameroon and other USG offices and their partners to facilitate coordinated implementation.f. Liaise with USAID/West Africa on regional GHSA efforts as needed to ensure best implementation and coordination of activities.g. Document and track lessons learned in Cameroon which will help guide the implementation of the EPT program.2. Technical Advice on Infectious Disease Surveillance and Response, GHSA policy implementation, Emerging Pandemic Threats, and One Health (25%)a. Provide information to USAID/Cameroon, USAID/West Africa and USAID/Washington on infectious disease preparedness, prevention, detection, and response context and capacities in Cameroon, including zoonotic diseases, One Health approach, and Global Health Security.b. Work closely with USAID/Cameroon country team to engage in high-level advocacy with various ministries from host government to ensure effective USAID support to the implementation of GHSA in Cameroon, including advocacy to promote One Health approach to addressing existing and emerging pandemic threats. Represent USAID/Cameroon to high level USG diplomats and VIPs, Senior Government of Cameroon Officials, and other external partners as appropriate - this includes both speaking and written.c. Provide technical support/guidance to the host government in establishing effective and improved roadmap to achieving GHSA targets. Ensure the EPT program is aligned with the Government of Cameroon’s priorities and GHSA requirements.d. Keep abreast of new developments and emerging issues that affect USAID‘s priorities related to GHSA via literature review, attendance at technical meetings, workshops, and participation in relevant training events. Share relevant information and recommendations with USAID and other USG colleagues. This includes current information on outbreaks globally and in the region.e. Technical representation on One Health Working Groups.3. Coordination and Integration (25%)a. Facilitate the coordination of USAID and USG-funded activities in Cameroon - this includes close collaboration with CDC and DOD-funded work to ensure the most cost-effective, and diplomatic approach to supporting the government of Cameroon’s and the USG’s goals.b. Ensure good coordination and information-sharing between USG partners and facilitate collaborative work togetherc. Reinforce the role of Government of Cameroon to establish and maintain a coordination network among partners in the country whose activities are related to EPT activities. Such partners include: bi-lateral donors, international organizations (WHO, FAO, OIE, etc.), National governments and their relevant ministries, private sector, international and local NGOs, etc.d. Develop and maintain relationships with relevant ministries in the country to ensure that assets can be coordinated and provided as support if needed.e. Ensure integration of EPT activities with the broader USAID portfolio: Work closely with USAID country team in Cameroon and USAID West Africa Regional Mission to identify areas of convergence (e.g., common partners, similar streams of work, and key opportunities for linkages) across the USAID development portfolio (e.g., economic growth and trade, environmental conservation, food security, education, governance, health).Work with in-country EPT partners to ensure that linkages and coordination with the broader development portfolio are understood and integrated.f. During disease outbreak situations ensure that EPT assets are tightly coordinated with interagency leadership in supporting the national government.g. Seek opportunities to bring new partners into GHSA programming, including private sector or other donors.4. Cameroon Health Office Support (10%)a. As member of the USAID/Cameroon Team, support the Team in its strategic planning, communication, monitoring and evaluation, official representation responsibilities (including service as control officer for VIPs when/if needed) and participating in team meetings and events.b. Support the team to ensure health office coverage at meetings and in the office as needed.c. Take relevant USAID training in project and financial management and other required training, and stay current in these areas.d. Where need and/or opportunity arises, seek coordination of work between health sectors for a more cost-effective approach.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE
Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.
Minimum of Master’s degree in public health, public policy, epidemiology, or similar related discipline are required. Health clinical degrees (MD, veterinary medicine, RN or similar) and/or degrees in a laboratory science in addition to the above Masters are strongly preferred. Additional studies/certificates or training may be an advantage.
b. Prior Work Experience:A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in administrative support for health or development-related work, which has included working with teams to develop solutions and using program data to improve program effectiveness.
c. Language Proficiency: Fluency in French (level III) and English (level III); in both oral and written communication in professional, technical and policy communication with host country government representatives and partners across sectors
d. Job Knowledge:(1) Specialized knowledge and demonstrated expertise in Infectious Disease Surveillance and Response, policy implementation, Emerging Pandemic Threats, coordination of multiple stakeholders and One Health approach (2) Demonstrated ability to understand the strategic purpose and goals of multiple organizations from different sectors (e.g. public health, animal health, and environment), identify and solve problems, and coordinate and support activities that lead to mutual success across the different sectors. (3) Significant knowledge of program management strategies and monitoring and evaluation methods; (4) Ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders (GRC and donor counterparts, U.S. Government personnel and implementing partners, etc.) in a culturally sensitive manner; (5) Excellent organizational skills in order to multitask and stay organized in a complex, frequently changing environment; (6) ability to operate independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day activities.
(2) Skills and Abilities:(1) Knowledge of USAID policies, procedures, and reporting requirements is desirable. (2) Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment is required (3) Demonstrated ability to communicate highly technical information related to human health, animal health, and environment to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences, including representationally, is mandatory (4) Excellent leadership, communications and interpersonal skills (5) High degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity, and originality to interpret strategy and to analyze, develop, and present work results
HOW TO APPLY: Interested individuals should submit a signed cover letter, relevant certificates, CV with references to:
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