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Health Advisor for the Emergency Response mechanism
Health Advisor for the Emergency Response Mechanism (fluent in French and English)
LEVEL OF EFFORT: Full-time
LOCATION: London. Possibility of working remotely after successful completion of the six-month probationary period, with regular travel to the UK. To be discussed with the potential candidates.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Program (TDDAP) aims to save lives and reduce the impact of disease outbreaks and epidemics.
The program addresses weak public health services, surveillance, cross-border coordination, communication, behaviours and infrastructure affecting the spread of disease. Delivered by WHO AFRO, DAI and a third-party monitoring supplier, TDDAP will strengthen health systems and institutions, including the World Health Organisation Africa Regional Office (WHO AFRO), to deliver better health security, and improve disease preparedness and response.
DAI Global Health is responsible for implementing the four-year TDDAP Project, a segment of the larger program, funded by the U.K Department for International Development, in six countries (Cameroon, Uganda, Côte D’Ivoire, Niger, Mali, Chad). The TDDAP Project will also provide an emergency response contingency mechanism should a pre-crisis situation arise across sub-Saharan Africa.
The DAI-led TDDAP Project will support country leadership and accountability for integrated health security planning using infectious diseases as an entry point for improved adherence to International Health Regulation standards. Specifically, DAI and partners will provide technical assistance to the four of the five TDDAP Outputs:
Core partners include ICI-Santé, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Fondation Mérieux along with the Operations Partnership and UK-Med supporting ERM development in addition to resource partners, Institute of Development Studies, EHealth Nigeria, and DAI Global Health affiliate IntraHealth.
SCOPE OF WORK
A dedicated ERM desk and grants-management team is established in the UK (London) to support the ERM fund for the TDDAP program lead by the grants manager. the Team also has an emergency operations manager, who will lead on operational delivery of Output 5, working with the Health Advisor ensuring technical standards of the responses. The grants manager and grants coordinator will in turn support the grant processes, awards, donor reporting and grant administration for the ERM and ensure overall accountability towards DFID’s contract terms and conditions.
The ERM team will collectively undertake and support information gathering of alerts and make recommendations for the approval and release of any funding grants where appropriate, and as per agreed ERM protocols for identified in-country partner agencies/organisations (both national and international). The ERM activities will mitigate against the escalation of a potential or actual pre-crisis to that of a crisis outbreak scenario. Funding supports for activities under ERM by partners will be within the spectrum of assessment, investigation to control measures activities and will aim to develop the capability and capacity of identified partners, thus ensuring greater preparedness planning and resilience for any current identified or future outbreak alerts. The ERM team report further into an agreed ERM Committee, whereby the final decisions and approval for the release of ERM funds are made by DFID and Epi-Threats (which is a technical advisory group that convenes on a regular basis with DFID).
The DAI Health Advisor (HA) will provide overall technical direction and oversight to the ERM team and their associated activities. They will be responsible for the provision of technical input, which includes the review of proposals and their associated budgets; relevant ERM processes and protocols that are health focused; any grant activity recommendations and the validation of the decision making and reporting requirements. The HA will also be required to support on other TDDAP activities beyond the ERM based on needs.
They will manage multiple streams of work that are being implemented by the ERM team within the six priority countries. When required, the HA as the technical resource within the ERM team, will guide and support technical activities proposed by partners, that are related to surveillance, further assessment of alerts, investigations, control measures and community engagement activities etc., that are required to be implemented to mitigate against the potential escalation of an identified outbreak from a pre-crisis to a crisis scenario.
They will also play a central role in assessing and building the local technical capacity of identified partners, , in areas related to the ERM response. This will include the facilitation off the direct delivery of technical trainings in country and the coordination of any external technical trainings when required and agreed by each of the country coordinators of the six priority countries.
Fluent in English and French, both written and spoken, the post holder will be based in London with the ERM team and their position will involve some overseas travel, mainly to the six priority countries identified. However, there is a possibility of working remotely with frequent travel to the UK. They will support the country coordinators and the ERM team with technical assessments and training supports of identified partners both national and international within the priority countries and international partners for the other countries within the region.
The HA will liaise with all partners identified, to ensure that the activities undertaken are sound and they will provide advice and management support to the country coordinators and the ERM team during any pre-crisis scenario. They will brief the ERM team and when required the committee, on any pertinent technical issues and any changing circumstances, as and when they arise.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: October 18th 2019. Screening of applications will be done on a rolling basis
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