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Technical Advisor: Public Health Workforce Development – British Embassy, December 10 2022

Technical Advisor: Public Health Workforce Development


Organization: British Embassy

Position: Technical Advisor: Public Health Workforce Development

Location: Addis Ababa

Employment: Contract

Deadline: December 21 2022





Job description


The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Category: Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)

UK Health Security Agency


Main purpose of job:

This post is located within UKHSA’s Global Operations Division, led by the Director of Global Operations. Global Operations supports the delivery of UKHSA’s Global Health Strategy. It provides a corporate service to UKHSA supporting the oversight, coordination and delivery of UKHSA’s international activity and working with UK government departments and other UK partners to build and strengthen international public health links. The division also maintains its own extensive portfolio of global health programs and projects, focusing on technical capacity building and health system strengthening in partner countries.

The International Health Regulations Strengthening (IHR-S) Project is an Official Development Assistance (ODA) funded project designed to improve IHR capability in selected countries and regions with medium and long-term activities taking place through partnerships with institutions including the National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) in several countries in Africa and Asia.

We are recruiting a public health expert to join the UKHSA’s IHR-S project regional team based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The post holder will be responsible, under the direction of the IHR-S Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Lead, for coordinating the regional workforce activities.

The project’s workplan in Africa CDC will build on the success to date but also provide an opportunity to strengthen capacity at African Union Member States and regional levels. The post-holder will provide expert advice and technical support in public health workforce development, to ensure a holistic approach to strengthening IHR compliance,, working within the Africa CDC, a public health technical agency of the African Union, based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia,

The post holder will work under the Africa CDC Senior Public Health Advisor as part of the UKHSA team in Ethiopia.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Working under the guidance of the Project’s Africa CDC Lead and the Lead for workforce development within the Africa CDC’s Institute of Workforce Development (Africa CDC-IWD), the post holder will:
  • Support the strengthening of public health workforce development in African Union Member States
  • Support the implementation of Africa CDC’s Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Program
  • Collaborate with the Senior Public Health Advisor and the leadership team in Africa CDC to identify needs, develop and deliver workforce development programmes
  • Work closely with the workforce development team in Africa CDC and partners to progress the continental workforce under the New Public Health Order for Africa and the African Union Agenda 2063
  • Provide technical advice to, and participate in relevant Technical Working Groups and committees at Africa CDC Regional Coordinating Centres (RCCs) as required
  • Ensure compliance with planning and reporting practice required for the UKHSA IHR-S project including monitoring, reporting, evaluation, and learning (MREL)
  • Provide practical project management oversight of Africa CDC public health workforce development workplan activities to ensure timely and effective delivery
  • Contribute to any Africa CDC cross-programme workforce development initiatives as and when required
  • Contribute to the development of IHR-S Africa CDC team as may be required and as directed by Africa CDC IHR-S Lead.
  • Contribute and support  the X-HMG activities relevant to Global Health Security and the X-HMG Country Plan
  • Carry out other duties as may reasonably be required in the role.
  • You will be a highly organised, creative team player who is a self-starter and has excellent written and verbal communication skills.  You will have a thorough understanding of a broad range of public health health topics especially relevant to public health workforce development and initiatives in Africa, and their role in global health security in general and, Africa’s health security in particular.  You will have a thorough understanding of the complex interactions in public health between leadership, capable workforce, sustainable development, improved population health and health security. You will have excellent negotiation skills, enabling you to deal sensitively with stakeholders with complex and sometimes conflicting interests. You will be expected to show strong drive to complete and evidence progress, recognising the importance of compliance and reporting.
  • This role is subject to change, removal or amendment from advert at short notice.


Job requirements


  • Postgraduate qualification in Public Health and or other relevant professional qualification or experience
  • Experience of devising, implementing and delivering public health workforce initiatives across various countries and/or organizations
  • Extensive experience of working in the field of public health workforce development in Africa, preferably in a multilateral organization
  • Proven track record of cross-team and cross organisation collaboration, ability to build and nurture key relationships and maintain effective networks

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  • Experience of organizing and managing events at a regional and global levels
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest in the health sector and cultural in Africa
  • Experience of working in or with senior stakeholders in government  ministries, departments, or agencies and similar institutions in Africa
  • Experience in an organisation with complex stakeholder interactions
  • A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges.
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships, both in terms of day-to-day working practices, but also in relation to management systems
  • Excellent computer skills and proficient in excel, word, outlook, PowerPoint
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace to include equity and inclusion principles

  • Working knowledge of the African Union and Africa CDC
  • Experience of managing projects with multiple partners
  • Experience of leading change management and/or workforce planning processes


Making Effective Decisions, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together

1 December 2022

Grade 7 (G7)

Fixed Term

36 hours

24 months


Location (City): Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


SD 2,118.83 (gross monthly)

3 January 2023

31 March 2025

Annual Leave and Public Holidays:

Locally engaged staff of all grades will be entitled to paid annual leave as follows:
Up to 2 years 22 days
After 2 years services 25 days
After 5 years services 30 days

In addition to annual leave, the British Embassy observes up to a maximum number of 14 Ethiopian, British and Religious public holidays each year. A list of such Embassy holidays will be published each year. Office Staff required to work on these holidays will be granted time off in lieu or overtime where circumstances permit.

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

  • Undertake all mandatory training as required
  • The successful candidate will get access to a range of learning and development opportunities, including on the job training and workshops. They will also be able to benefit from the wide range of training run by the British Embassy including on management and leadership, cross-cultural communication, and understanding the UK.

Working hours:

Monday – Thursday 08:00 – 16:45, Friday 08:00 – 14:00

  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • The British Embassy will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • The current legacy DFID Terms and Conditions of Employment will apply to all internal locally employed staff on promotion and new entrants subject to local employment labour law.
  • Candidates may need to apply for a valid certificate of good conduct when applying and should be no older than 6 months.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • The British Embassy does not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.
  • Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.
  • Information about the Civil Service Success Profiles can be found on this link:
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
  • Please log into your profile on the application system on a regular basis to review the status of your application.
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