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Technical Advisor: Emergency Preparedness, Resilience & Response, British Embassy Vacancy Announcement

Technical Advisor: Emergency Preparedness, Resilience & Response, British Embassy Vacancy Announcement; August 25 2023




Organization: British Embassy

Position: Technical Advisor: Emergency Preparedness, Resilience & Response

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Employment: Full-Time

Salary: USD 2,118.83

Deadline: September, 14 2023




Job description


The main purpose of the job:

The post-holder will lead on public health emergency preparedness, resilience, and response (EPRR) under the direction of the Senior Public Health Advisor.

The post holder will play a crucial role in delivering the various priorities within the EPRR work at the country level, agreed with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) and other partners supporting the coordination and delivery of identified EPRR outputs for the International Health Regulations Strengthening Project (IHR-SP).

This post is suitable for someone experienced in health protection and ideally with experience and knowledge of public health emergency management systems. The role will include supporting technical and organizational development activities and building and managing key partnerships and networks.

The post-holder will provide key in-country situational awareness for the UK-based EPRR team and on-the-ground day-to-day project delivery. Ensuring the maintenance of key stakeholder relationships and providing in-person representation for EPRR-relevant meetings, workshops, or ad-hoc events. Diplomatic skills and cultural intelligence are critical, as engaging with senior leadership, ministers, senior government officials and other donor or development agency representatives will be critical to the role. We are seeking individuals with both technical knowledge and international relations capability, able to demonstrate both UKHSA’s and Civil Services competencies and ways of working. Key to this is the ability to influence and negotiate to manage key relationships with local and other international stakeholders.

This post offers an excellent opportunity to gain exposure and experience working in a fast-paced and innovative environment and is an ideal chance for someone looking to advance their career in Public Health project coordination.

The ideal candidate must have a flexible approach to meet the needs of the service, be able to work to tight deadlines, be a good multitasker and be able to handle several competing priorities at any one time.

This post will be based in Addis Ababa with possible travel to other areas of Ethiopia as relevant.

Roles and responsibilities: 

  • Coordinate IHR-SP EPRR activities as appropriate at the country level
  • Maintain key stakeholder relationships
  • Provide in-person representation for EPRR-relevant meetings, workshops, or ad-hoc events
  • Provide technical input to the design, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of activities to strengthen EPRR capability in Ethiopia, including but not limited to:
    • Supporting the establishment of sub-national emergency operations centers
    • Supporting the establishment of a national EPRR simulation exercise programme
    • Supporting the development, testing, and validation of EPRR policies, plans, and SOPs
  • Maintain key in-country EPRR situational awareness and keep UK UK-based EPRR team informed of relevant activity and opportunities

The above is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. You will carry out any other duties as may reasonably be required by the directorate.

The job description and person specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of the organization.

Professional Development

  • Identify, discuss and action your own professional performance and training/development needs with your line manager through an appraisal / individual development plan. Attending internal/external training events
  • To participate in all mandatory training as required, i.e. fire safety, information governance and all other mandatory training.



Job requirements


Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Degree qualification or equivalent experience in a public health-related topic
  • Demonstrable experience working in at least one area of emergency preparedness, resilience, and/or response, ideally in public health
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest in the health sector and cultural context in Ethiopia
  • Demonstrable experience of good stakeholder management and working with government departments and agencies
  • Experience in delivering presentations, training, or participating in emergency exercises
  • Understanding of and demonstrable experience in applying monitoring and evaluation principles to project delivery
  • Understanding of global health including the health challenges of low- and middle-income countries and the international health architecture
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships
  • Experience in organising and managing events
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills on complex matters, often requiring persuasion and influence
  • Demonstrate commitment to own Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  • Ability to analyze and interpret information and recommend appropriate actions
  • Ability to work on own initiative and organize own workload without supervision working to tight and often changing timescales
  • Adaptability, flexibility and ability to cope with uncertainty and change.
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  

  • Qualification or equivalent experience in the field of emergency preparedness, resilience, and response
  • Previous experience in similar roles in the public sector or with bilateral/multilateral organizations
  • Understanding of UKHSA

Required behaviours  

  • Communicating and Influencing, Working Together, Developing Self and Others

Application deadline: 14 September 2023

Grade: Grade 7 (G7)

Type of Position: Fixed Term

Duration of Post: 18 months

Region: Africa

Country/Territory: Ethiopia

Location (City): Addis Ababa

Type of Post: British Embassy

Salary: USD 2,118.83

Start Date: 1 November 2023

Additional information  

  • Must be able to legally work in Ethiopia
  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during the screening
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit it, as no changes can be made once submitted
  • The British Embassy will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position
  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Addis Ababa are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Ethiopia
  • 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 responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;
  • Obtain the relevant permit
  • Pay the fees for the permit
  • Make arrangements to relocate
  • Meet the costs to relocation
  • 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
  • Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a reserve list. If during the reserve period of 6/12 months, the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate




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