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Knowledge Management & Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) – Amref Health Africa

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Knowledge Management & Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) – Amref Health Africa, September 13 2022
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Organization: Amref Health Africa

Position: Technical Officer – Knowledge Management & Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR)

Employment: Full-Time, Contract

Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Salary: $35,044.83

Application Deadline: September, 25/2022 


 

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Job Description

IDENTIFICATION

JOB TITLE: Technical Officer – Knowledge Management & Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR)

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)

GRADE: AU P2/5

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.

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 Africa 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.

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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.

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 Job Purpose

Under direct supervision of the Head of Division, Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR), the Technical Officer – Knowledge Management & Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) will be responsible for carrying out a variety of technical and programs management support services in the area of risk assessment and risk ranking, researches, public health evaluations and early warning systems.

 Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with EPR workstream leads in the dissemination of baselines, monitoring and evaluation information and learning.
  • Develop operational guidelines (SOPs/TORs) for conducting After Action Reviews/Intra-Action Review to assess and improve the emergency response in the African Continent.
  • Conduct and coordinate After Action Reviews (AARs) activities post epidemics and Intra Action Review (IAR) during protracted public health emergencies.
  • Coordinating operational research across work streams for process improvement.
  • Develop operations research proposals and guidelines for implementation in collaboration with division work streams.
  • Provide technical guidance to member states on scientific writing, big data collection and documentation.
  • Facilitate dissemination of research results at regional and international conferences in collaboration with member states.
  • Work closely with NPHIs and Research Division to compile Africa CDC EPR research priorities.
  • Conduct regular event monitoring and risk assessment and emergency grading and provide technical recommendations.
  • Provide technical guidance on risk assessment, risk ranking and event grading processes and activities to member states.
  • Facilitate the establishment of early warning systems and indicators for event detection in collaboration with Preparedness and Response work streams.
  • Develop guidelines and SOPs on risk ranking and event grading in collaboration with Division for Surveillance and Disease Intelligence.
  • Archive and maintain a database of public health events on the African continent.
  • Support Member States to conduct operational studies during disease outbreaks and other Public Health Emergencies.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by Supervisor.

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Required Qualifications

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Academic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Health or a related field from an accredited academic institution with at least two (2) years of relevant professional experience in research, public health, emergency preparedness and response and global health security Or
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or a related field from an accredited academic institution with at least five (5) years of relevant professional experience in research, public health, emergency preparedness and response and global health security.

Required Professional Work Experience

  • Minimum of two (2) to five (5) years of experience (based on academic qualifications) in supporting the implementation of public health-related activities and programs
  • Experience working with an international organization is a valuable asset
  • Previous experience working in Africa that reflects in-depth knowledge of public health issues and the public health workforce in general
  • Demonstrable experience and knowledge of operations of the Africa CDC and Regional Coordination 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 engaging and interacting 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 detail
  • 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’s working languages (Arabic, English, French, Swahili, Spanish and Portuguese) is required.
  • Knowledge of one or several other working languages would be an added advantage.

Remuneration

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 by the below apply button 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 @amref.org 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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