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Global Health Security Agenda Technical Advisor - CONSULTANT
at Social Solutions International, Inc.
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- GHSI - Public Health
Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions), is a Hispanic- and woman-owned consulting firm dedicated to the creation of solutions to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations worldwide. Since 2005, we have worked in more than 70 countries to provide quality monitoring and evaluation; training and technical assistance; program development and implementation; and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization and were named the top USAID women-led business partner in 2018.
Overview of the Position
The USAID/Uganda Office of Health and HIV/AIDS (OHH) is managing a global health security portfolio valued at approximately $20 million (2018). The Uganda health program supports programs in HIV and tuberculosis; maternal, child, neonatal, adolescent health and family planning; global health security; health system strengthening; neglected tropical diseases; and malaria. Uganda has one of the largest and most complex portfolios among Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) countries. Due to its geography and biodiversity, Uganda is at increased risk for a number of zoonotic diseases with epidemic potential. With the ongoing outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda’s vulnerability is heightened due to porous and active borders near the DRC EVD epicenter. In managing its extensive GHSA portfolio, OHH faces a constant demand for reporting and information from the Mission, USAID headquarters, the U.S. Interagency, the Government of Uganda and development partners. In addition to reporting, OHH is responsible for providing high-level technical guidance and analysis of the global health security situation to all levels of the USAID Mission, the US Embassy and the Government of Uganda (GoU), including the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Ministry of Water and Environment (MoWE). Staff also participate in frequent donor and interagency coordination and management of bilateral and centrally based activities. The DRC EVD outbreak and related preparedness activities in Uganda have only compounded these responsibilities.
A consultant STTA is needed to oversee and manage the Mission’s GHSA activities for an estimated 6-months through the end of 2019. The consultant will be expected to take initiative in carrying out roles and responsibilities but will work under the supervision of the USAID/Uganda OHH Director or designee, and will not serve as a Point of Contact (POC) or supervisor of OHH staff.
Working in partnership with a GHSA Specialist and the OHH team, USAID/Washington, and liaising with USG agencies, key duties will include:
Program Management and Coordination
- Assist in coordination across the USAID/Uganda GHSA program, in collaboration with USAID/Washington, US Embassy Interagency, and regional GHSA team, technical backstops and project AORs.
- Assist in coordination among key stakeholders in Uganda: USG agencies in Uganda, including but not limited to US Embassy, CDC, DOD-Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DOD-DTRA); GOU ministries; United Nations (UN) organizations; donors; private sector; international and local non-governmental organizations, etc.
- Assist in proactively communicating on GHSA activities, plans, and results to the USAID/Uganda health and program offices and share with appropriate teams at USAID/ Washington, including technical advisors and project AORs, and with the East Africa Regional Emerging Threats Advisor, USAID IPs, other USG agencies, and the GOU.
- Provide technical advice and guidance on the USAID Uganda GHSA program, as appropriate, in collaboration with project AORs.
- Keep abreast of new technical developments and emerging issues that affect USAID’s priorities via literature review, attendance at technical meetings, workshops, and participation in relevant training events. Share relevant technical information and recommendations with USAID and other USG colleagues.
- Assist in ensuring that state-of-the art technical approaches are incorporated into all program activity designs and implementation approaches in consultation with project AORs.
Program Monitoring and Reporting
- Assist in regular communications with USAID/Washington GHSA leadership team and the East Africa Regional Advisor to report on, and discuss, Uganda’s GHSA portfolio.
- Assist in monitoring implementation progress, ensuring that actions are completed on schedule or adjusted to meet changing conditions and identifying constraints to activity implementation as well as proposing solutions for their resolution.
- Attend relevant meetings and events where USAID presence is required to ensure programmatic quality is maintained.
- Contribute to the preparation of key USAID Mission reporting documents.
The STTA will be a senior-level professional with:
- At least a Master’s degree in Public Health and 10 years of relevant experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Five years or more experience living/working in Africa, a plus.
- At least 15 years of experience in foreign assistance with USAID and/or other agencies
- Five to ten (5-10) years of demonstrated experience working on some combination of infectious disease prevention and control, pandemic preparedness and response, and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), a must.
- Effective interpersonal and communications skills.
- Excellent written and verbal English language skills
- Ability to qualify for a Facility Access Level security clearance
- Physically able to travel internationally and within Uganda
Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.social solutions.biz.
Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.