Title: Senior Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Public Health Advisor
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Title: Senior Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Public Health Advisor
Location: Washington DC
GS: 14 Equivalency
Application Deadline: Open until Filled
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USAID’s Bureau for Global Health supports health programs in partner countries, advances research and innovation in areas relevant to overall Agency health objectives, and transfers new technologies through its own programmatic work, coordination with other donors, and a portfolio of grants. Global health is a global good with consequences that not only affect the people of developing nations, but also directly affect the interests of American citizens.
This position is located within USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Disease (GH/ID) Global Health Security (GHS) portfolio, and will primarily contribute towards implementing the Agency’s Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) activities. The GHSA, an essential element of the United States Government’s GHS Strategy (GHSS), focuses on preventing, detecting, and responding rapidly and effectively to outbreaks. The GHSA implements a multi-sectoral and multilateral approach to accelerate progress toward implementation of the International Health Regulations, the legally binding instrument adopted by 196 States Parties that set requirements for public health emergencies of all types. Ultimately, GHSA seeks to achieve a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberately released.
The Senior GHSA Public Health Advisor will serve in the GH/ID Emerging Threats Division (GH/ID/ETD) supporting the GHSS and reporting to the USAID GHSA Team Lead. In coordination with the GHSA Team Lead, the Advisor will lead the GHSA core team and lead the GHSA country programming process. As part of this task and with appropriate oversight, the incumbent will manage, lead, and provide technical assistance and operational guidance to country programs and ensure that these programs align with the overall objectives of the initiative and are appropriate to the country context. The Advisor will design new technical and country programs that broaden USAID’s impact on global health security in consultation with the USAID GHSA Team Lead. He/she will also lead program planning and provide thorough technical review of country projects and mechanisms and lead the strategic GHSA budget process with the GHSA Team Lead.
Lead effective outreach, communication, and implementation of GHSA processes within the ETD team and the GH Bureau in coordination with GHSA leadership.
* Develop and support regular updates for senior leadership to effectively and efficiently implement the GHSA.
* Provide technical assistance to implementing partners on technical areas related to GHSA, such as risk communication, behavior change communication, emergency supply chain management, zoonotic diseases and other GHSA Action Package areas.
* Provide technical assistance on the development and implementation of broad programs based upon new or revised legislation in consultation with the USAID GHSA Team Lead.
* Provide technical assistance on the development of new program objectives to facilitate the achievement of new and/or existing Agency/USG goals.
* Ensure programming is consistent with the current guidance, benchmarks, funding levels, and pipeline guidelines.
* Serve as activity manager for GHSA investments in the following projects: Core Group Polio, MTAPs, and IFRC, as well as others, as needed.
* Develop the monitoring and evaluation plans and metrics for activities under the GHS) with the Monitoring and Evaluation lead for the GHS Program and ensure alignment with the overall GHS portfolio.
* Serve as the primary point of contact for monitoring and evaluation for the GHSA team.
Lead the preparation and/or review of strategies and program plans to address policy and implementation issues at the global level.
* Facilitate and guide the development of strategies, plans, program guidance, and dissemination of results for Agency-wide application and incorporation into public health programs.
* Serve as a primary liaison within the GHS Program, GH/ID, GH, and other parts of the agency (FM, P3, OAA, GC, IG, etc.) and interagency (DOD, HHS, CDC, State, etc.) on all issues related to the day-to-day business of GHSA Implementation.
Serving as a subject matter expert to USAID and its partners.
* Serve as a subject matter expert to USAID and its partners on the GHSA portfolio.
* Participate at GHSA regular meetings, briefings, and/or presentations within USAID, USG interagency, and international partners as appropriate and in coordination with GHSA senior leadership.
* Serve as subject matter expert at GHSA multilateral meetings, such as GHSA Steering Group meetings, Ministerial events, and GHSA 2024 planning calls and meetings.
* Serve as a technical advisor on the GHSA portfolio, including on Administration/National Security Council policy directives and the USG interagency policy and implementation approach.
* Track and monitor GHSA programs and provide regular updates to relevant stakeholders.
Reviewing and synthesizing information about USAID programs and recommending adjustments in program direction as needed.
* Lead efforts, with the GHSA Team Lead, to develop and assess technical program approaches for preventing, detecting, and containing outbreaks as related to the GHSA including the technical and operational coordination of USAID field Missions, cooperating agencies, host countries, and NGOs.
Assessing current medical and public health literature, clinical and international guidelines, and providing recommendations to USAID.
* Keep abreast of new developments and emerging issues that affect USAID’s technical priorities via literature review, attendance at technical meetings and workshops, and participation in relevant training events, and formulate recommendations for responses to these developments and share with colleagues and, as appropriate, regional missions.
Lead routine technical assistance, including providing technical updates, briefers and other documents that describe USAID’s activities, research and progress; preparing portfolio reviews and reports; reviewing documents such as annual reports and operational plans; and preparing responses to Q&As and other requests for information.
* Lead the draft of responses to ETD/GHSA-related taskers, cables, Bureau-specific briefings, non-papers, and other short-fuse informational/analytical program relevant requests as needed, in coordination with GHSA senior leadership.
* Manage the process for USAID Health technical advisors/regional coordinators to draft, edit and prepare relevant documents, including the Annual Performance Reports (PPR), Country Operational Plans (COPs), Quarterly GSHA Reporting, Project Activity Documents (PAD), Evaluations and other relevant processes.
Assisting countries in developing their capacity to plan management activities.
* Coordinate country backstops, provide country backstopping support to GHS country teams, and ensure that GHSA efforts are fully reflected in roadmaps, annual work plans, and other related program planning tools to assure USG assets are leveraged to the greatest extent possible.
* Manage technical and programmatic assistance to Missions, in collaboration with other technical team members, on GHS project and program activities, specifically, as it relates to the GHSA and other USAID or partner related activities.
* Lead support to USAID field programs in the design, evaluation, and implementation of GHS project and program activities as it relates to the GHSA.
* Review and provide GHSA-focused guidance to Missions and other GHS country program managers on health program scopes of work, strategic plans, and related health program statements.
* Provide specialized expertise and analysis support to individual country programs in program planning, monitoring, and review.
* Conduct regular consultation for country backstops and teams on new guidance, technical and programmatic policy relevant to global health security program implementation.
Provide technical guidance to international and local partners at the country level.
* Provide technical guidance and support to country and regional-level activities and initiatives, as required.
Providing technical advice to ensure that country programs are consistent with current practice, international standards, and recommendations.
* Liaison between the GHS team, Agency leadership, GHSA Mission staff, other USAID teams working on GHSA, and the USG interagency GHSA teams on overall status, new or revised policies and procedures, and overall day to day implementation.
* Engage with the interagency planning and analysis process at headquarters and in-country in connection with prospective changes in USG policies, and programs.
* Proactively identifies and participates, along with leadership, on relevant partner coordination and planning discussions on relevant GHS programming to define opportunities for coordination and accelerating progress with the GHSA.
Contributing public health expertise and participating in working groups and task forces.
* Lead technical working groups such as supply chain, outbreak response, and health data management.
* Serve on interagency technical working groups contributing to USG GHSA policy/strategy formulation and implementation.
* Serve on USG policy formulation task teams on behalf of USAID.
* Participate in global forums, as part of a broader USG delegation, developing recommendations, new standard operating procedures, and strategies for refining, improving implementation and structure of global health security initiatives.
* Convene working groups with internal and external stakeholders to address implementation and overall policy issues and processes both internally and within the wider global partner community.
* Master’s degree and 9+ years’ relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Expertise in the fields of public health, animal health, infectious diseases or related fields.
* Familiarity with managing USAID grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.
* Knowledge of the USG’s Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) programming, particularly the country-level programming.
* Communication skills to convey complex information to multi-cultural, non-technical and technical audiences with diverse views.
* Skill in applying innovative and independent thinking, planning and problem solving.
* Ability to obtain secret-level security clearance.
* Must be a US citizen.
This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.
CAMRIS International offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at https://www.camris.com/. CAMRIS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law.