Organization: Amref Health Africa
Employment: Full-Time, Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Application Deadline: September, 25/2022
JOB TITLE: Technical Officer – African Volunteer Health Corps (AVoHC)
REPORTING TO: Head of Division, Emergency Preparedness and Response
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.
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 the 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 through scaling up the capacity of the five Africa CDC Regional Coordination Centers (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.
2. Job Purpose
Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Head of Division, Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR), the Technical Officer – African Volunteer Health Corps (AVoHC) will carry out a variety of technical and programs management and implementation activities in the area of continental, regional and national workforce development for health emergency response through the AVoHC program.
3. Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with AVoHC Program Manager/Officer and Africa CDC’s Division of Management and Administration to define the strategy for building and maintaining the AVoHC roster.
- Perform online directory management of the African Volunteer Health Corps (AVoHC) database and deployment of Emergency Response Teams (ERTs).
- Participate in interview panels for potential rapid responders (RR).
- Define the strategy for managing Rapid Responders’ performance during deployment and ensure that the strategy is properly implemented by staff at Regional Coordination Centres (RCCs).
- Work with EPR Division’s Knowledge Management, Data and Research Team to build a library of best practices and lessons learned from AVoHC operations.
- Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the AVoHC Program Manager.
4. 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.
5. 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 Regional Coordination Centres.
- Demonstrable experience and knowledge of operations of the African Volunteer Health Corps is a valuable asset.
- Understanding 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.
- Strong analytical capacities
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and personal qualities of integrity and credibility
6. Personal Skills
- 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
7. 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.
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
Interested? Please visit our website by clicking 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 has 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