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Technical Officer – Preparedness and International Health Regulations (IHR) Capacity Development – Amref Health Africa

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Technical Officer – Preparedness and International Health Regulations (IHR) Capacity Development – Amref Health Africa, September 13 2022




Organization: Amref Health Africa

Position: Technical Officer Preparedness and International Health Regulations (IHR) Capacity Development
Employment:  Full-Time, Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Salary: $35,044.83

Application Deadline: September, 25/2022





Job Description



JOB TITLE: Technical Officer – Preparedness and International Health Regulations (IHR) Capacity Development

REPORTING TO: Head of Division, Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR)

DIVISION: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

DURATION: 18 Months (Fixed-Term)


DUTY STATION: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Amref Health Africa was founded in 1957 and has since grown to become the largest African-based international health development organization, currently implementing more than 150 programs that directly reach more than 20 million people across 35 countries in Africa. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, Amref has fully-fledged offices in Ethiopia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, South Sudan, and Zambia; eleven advocacy and fundraising offices in Europe and North America; and a staff complement of over 1,500.

Our vision is to bring about ‘Lasting health change in Africa’, and our mission is ‘To increase sustainable health access to communities in Africa through solutions in human resources for health, health service delivery, and investments in health’. We believe that the power to transform Africa’s health lies within its communities, and therefore strive to ensure that health systems are not only functional but that communities are empowered to hold these systems accountable for the delivery of quality and affordable health care.

1. Partnership Between Amref and Africa CDC

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), a specialized technical institution of the African Union (AU), has partnered with Amref Health Africa in pursuit of its vision, mission and strategic objectives. The ultimate objective of this partnership is to redefine Africa’s health security strategy in order to improve the public health systems on the African continent and in the global community by extension. This collaboration seeks to achieve but is not limited to the following:

a.) Develop and strengthen the African health systems.

b.) Enhance and strengthen African response capacity to public health emergencies.

c.) Strengthen regional integrated surveillance and laboratory networks (RISLNET) in Africa.

d.) Facilitate programmatic and scientific collaboration benefiting Member States.

e.) Facilitate enhancement and strengthening of the programmatic and technical capacities via the deployment of human resources.

f.) Facilitate and enhance private sector engagement in the African health sector and other partnerships concerning workforce development, emergency response and public health networks.

This partnership has the ambition to strengthen Africa CDC capacity to improve public health systems across Africa, to enhance the continent’s readiness to respond to disease threats, including the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be achieved by scaling up the capacity of the five Africa CDC Regional Coordination Centres (RCCs) to support the continent to respond to health emergencies at the point of need, amplifying the capabilities and reach of the HQ team across all strategic pillars.

Job Purpose

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Head of Division, Emergency Preparedness and response (EPR), the Technical Officer – Preparedness and International Health Regulations (IHR)Capacity Development will carry out a variety of technical and programs management and implementation activities in the area of preparedness and other public health programs implementation.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and recommend frameworks for multisectoral regional pandemic preparedness.
  • Support in efforts to build the pandemic preparedness capacity of Member States.
  • Participate in the Incident Management Structure (IMS) during any disease outbreaks or pandemic.
  • Work closely with the Member States through its National Public Health Institutes (NPHI) and the Regional Coordination Centres (RCCs) in particular, in pandemic preparedness within the region.
  • Build and maintain strong partnerships and relationships with partners interested in emergency preparedness and response on the continent.
  • Support the development, utilization and maintenance of the Africa CDC Hazard and Threat – Atlas Map, for identifying and mapping continental threats and hazards; and defining burdens and impacts.
  • Develop operational guidelines, tools, and manuals for preparedness capacity building in collaboration with partners on the continent.
  • Provide technical support in simulation exercises on emergency preparedness jointly with member States and other partners.
  • Support IHR core capacity building and collaborative activities with country teams.
  • Provide technical support for the conduct of IHR monitoring and evaluation framework activities and the development and revisions of National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS).
  • Provide technical advice and expertise to strengthen country preparedness capacities for public health emergencies at all levels, including workforce development, through the organization of workshops, training programmes and assessments of country performance in liaison with appropriate internal and external stakeholders.
  • Performs any other duties/responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.


Required Qualifications

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Academic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Science, Health Services Research or related health discipline with two (2) years of relevant experience Or
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Medicine, Health Science, Health Services Research or related health discipline with five (5) years of relevant experience.


Required Professional Work Experience

  • Experience in supporting the implementation of public health programs related to Emergency Preparedness activities.
  • Demonstrable experience and knowledge of operations of the Africa CDC and RegionalCoordination Centres.
  • Understanding of the African Union’s way of working and managing associated relationships with the Member States and partners is a valuable asset.
  • Experience with engagement and interaction with senior-level officials and other key stakeholders in both public and private-sector organizations.

Personal Skills

  • Strong analytical capacities
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and personal qualities of integrity and credibility
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details
  • Ability to work under pressure, stay on track and meet deadlines
  • Analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Proven ability to produce precise and intelligible reports and office briefs in line with the requirements of the African Union.
  • Able to operate in a multicultural environment
  • High level of autonomy at work, yet with profound team-spirit
  • Adaptive, patient, resourceful, resilient and flexible
  • Pro-active and solutions-oriented
  • Knowledge of results-based management

Language Requirement

  • Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French, Swahili, Spanish and Portuguese) is required.
  • Knowledge of one or several other working languages would be an added advantage.


For internationally recruited staff, the indicative basic salary is US$ 35,044.83 (P2 Step 5) per annum plus other related entitlements, including post adjustment (46% of basic salary), a housing allowance of US$ 22,932.00 (per annum) and gratuity (15% of gross salary).

For locally recruited staff, the indicative basic salary is US$ 35,044.83 (P2 Step 5) per annum plus other related entitlements, including post adjustment (46% of basic salary), a housing allowance of US$ 6,879.60 (per annum) and pension (15% of gross salary).


How to apply

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Interested? Please visit our website to make your application. You will be directed to our online portal where you will need to create an account in order for you to be able to submit your application. Your application should include a cover letter (in English) detailing why you are the best fit for this position and your CV (in English) with relevant skills and experience.

The closing date will be September 25, 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Duly note that Amref Health Africa does not require applicants to pay any money at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process and have not retained any agent in connection with recruitment.

Although Amref may use different job boards from time to time to further spread its reach for applicants, all open vacancies are published on our website under the Vacancies page and on our official social media pages. Kindly also note that official emails from Amref Health Africa will arrive from an address.

Amref Health Africa is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Amref Health Africa is an equal opportunity employer and has a non-smoking environment policy.




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