Infectious Disease Advisor

at Local Company
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted March 23, 2022
Category NGO
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB

Description

 

The successful candidate will be the International Medical Corps Infectious Disease Advisor, based at the national level, for an anticipated USAID funded Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) project in Ethiopia. The PHEM activity’s objective is to strengthen public health emergency management to mitigate the impact of disasters on the health system and primary care and, strengthen the capacity of Ethiopia’s institutions and communities to effectively manage disaster risks. The position is contingent upon successful bidding and donor agreement.

Job Summary:

The Infectious Disease Advisor will be responsible for providing technical leadership and assistance across the specific project and its consortium partners. S/he will be the infectious disease subject matter expert and will work in close collaboration with fellow Technical Advisors to define thematic priorities and guide corresponding interventions based on global standards and latest evidence. This role includes strategic planning, technical leadership, capacity building, internal and external coordination, representation, and reporting.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Technical Leadership and Project Management
• Provide technical assistance and leadership related to enhancing detection and response to infectious disease threats across all components of the project.
• Work in collaboration with the project management and technical leadership team to ensure the project’s implementation and management plans are consistently technically sound and aligned to global best practices for preparedness and response to public health emergencies.
• Provide technical expertise to senior team members’ periodic review of the health project’s framework, performance, and implementation plans to ensure strategies and recommendations align with the project’s needs and inform any necessary decision making related to prevention, detection, and response to emerging disease threats.
• Act as the infectious disease subject matter expert for the direction and development of all capacity strengthening initiatives with segments of the health workforce, key stakeholders, government institutions (national and sub-national levels), and consortium partners; lead relevant trainings, workshops, and mentorship of staff.
• Undertake analysis of technical trends, both globally and in country program, as it relates to best practices for infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response practices and systems.
• Provide project team members technical assistance for interventions implemented at national and sub-national levels that include disaster preparedness, risk management, and disease surveillance, as well as improve capacity of key stakeholders on the planning, leadership, coordination and operations management of response and recovery programming.
• Support project’s health workforce development initiatives with technical expertise for training of clinical and non-clinical service providers.
• Lead the development of infectious disease preparedness and response technical materials and resources for the project’s activities and its consortium partners.
• In collaboration with consortium partners, provide technical assistance for the planning and implementation of emergency response interventions, including assessing, designing, and/or adapting emergency response activities to the specific health crises, as well as use of Rapid Response Team mechanisms.
• Undertake analysis of technical trends, gaps in services, and IMC’s capacities to guide the highest quality of implementation across all components of the project and in all targeted geographic locations.
• Contribute necessary technical assistance to effectively support project monitoring and quality assurance.
• Contribute to production of regular project reporting per donor and project requirements.
• Support the project leadership in ensuring compliance with donor regulations.

Coordination and Representation
• Represent the project and consortium, as well as International Medical Corps, as needed in relevant forums, technical working groups, clusters, and with health technical focal points from other institutions and projects.
• Coordinate and collaborate closely with IMC’s broader mission-level health and multi-sectoral programming to ensure the project’s plans, interventions, and achievements are well connected with and integrated into the broader technical and strategic priorities in the country.

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.
Code of Conduct
As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Staff are also responsible for preventing violations to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any violations to the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Safeguarding Policy, you have an obligation to report.

If this is a supervisory position, one must set an example of ethical behavior through one’s own conduct and oversight of the work of others; ensure that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to follow the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct & Ethics; monitor compliance of the people you supervise; enforce the Code of Conduct & Ethics and International Medical Corps’ policies, including the Safeguarding Policy and the Protection from Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, consistently and fairly; support employees who in good faith raise questions or concerns.

Safeguarding
It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk, or LGBTI individuals; and any form of trafficking in persons.

Equal Opportunities
International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

Qualification
• Typically, a Medical degree, with a Master’s degree in Public health preferred. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.**

Experience

• Typically, 8+years of relevant and progressive experience managing health projects, providing strategic technical assistance for high-value, multi-partner complex projects implemented in international development and/or humanitarian settings, including 6+ years of international humanitarian experience.
• Experience providing technical leadership for health service delivery and health systems strengthening programming, specifically.
• Experience with health systems strengthening in fragile and insecure settings is strongly preferred.
• Previous experience in a similar, dedicated technical leadership role for a multi-year project preferred.
• Demonstrated experience designing and managing projects with focus in the areas of infectious diseases management and prevention, health systems strengthening, and capacity development at national and local levels; experience with health projects employing diverse implementation modalities and technical strategies or approaches for development settings preferred.
• Experience leading and/or supporting capacity strengthening initiatives with local stakeholders in diverse health technical areas, particularly with government stakeholders.
• Recognized achievements in cultivating and maintaining internal and external relationships to achieve project goals.
• Demonstrated experience managing technical teams, employing both in-person and remote management approaches to supervision of staff in various locations.
• Demonstrated skills in coordinating, facilitating, and managing complex processes with diverse team members, across a large consortium of partners and/or across consecutive years of multi-year health project.
• Strong knowledge of standards and guidelines for health programming and protection against SEA, coordination, and data management.
• Demonstrated strategic thinking, creativity, acute problem solving, and analytical skills.
• Knowledge of foreign aid architecture, including humanitarian and development funding mechanisms.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
• Strong familiarity with USAID rules and regulations, including policies and procedures regarding human resources, grants management; financial management and reporting, and procurement processes strongly preferred.

Misconduct Disclosure Scheme

All offers of employment at International Medical Corps are subject to satisfactory references and background checks. International Medical Corps participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme from the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR). In accordance with this, we will request information from an applicant’s previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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