• Ebola Technical Advisor and Information Officer (Consultant)

    Job Locations CD-Democratic Republic of Congo
    # of Openings
    1
    Type
    Contract (STTA Consultant)
  • Overview

    Opportunity in Democratic Republic of Congo

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through ZemiTek partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire a qualified individual for the following position:

     

    Title:  Ebola Technical Advisor and Information Officer (Consultant)

    United States Agency for International Development/USAID Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo

     

    With more than 30 years’ experience providing information technology (IT) and management consulting services worldwide, Rosa Caldas, formed ZemiTek in 2007. Based in the Washington, DC metro area, ZemiTek delivers solutions to the federal government by supporting agencies such as USAID, US Patent and Trademark Office, US Department of Justice, US Department of Agriculture, and Department of Homeland Security, among others; and internationally to their missions in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

     

    CAMRIS International is among the top 20 USAID contractors for the third year in a row. CAMRIS realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective programs and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, CAMRIS combines proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

     

    BACKGROUND:

     

    The USAID/DRC Health Office (HO) is managing a portfolio valued at $176 million in 2018. It is one of the largest and most diverse Health Offices. Its array of programs address HIV; tuberculosis; maternal, child, neonatal, and adolescent health; family planning; global health security; NTD, and malaria. The most recent Ebola outbreak in the Nord Kivu province began less than a week after DRC was declared Ebola free following an outbreak in Equateur province. With this latest outbreak, the staff is facing a heavy reporting burden and countless requests for information from headquarters, donors, partners, the Government of DRC, and other stakeholders. In addition there is also an increased demand for mission staff to participate in the many Ministry of Health and donor coordination meetings.  In addition to reporting, the Health Office is providing technical advice on preparedness to the MOH, WHO, UNICEF, and other partners and is managing an IPC/WASH preparedness activity implemented by UNICEF. The Mission is also exploring the expansion of disease preparedness interventions across its health portfolio.

     

    With this increased burden on mission staff time, a consultant is needed who can provide long term, exclusive, and continuous support to the Mission’s Ebola preparedness efforts.

    Responsibilities

    ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Working closely with the HO Director/Team, AID/W, and liaising with the USG Interagency, key duties will include:

    • Provide technical expertise related to Ebola preparedness.
    • Attend and participate in relevant national technical coordination meetings, including the preparedness TWG, provide technical oversight and guidance on areas including IPC, Communications, Case Management, and Coordination.
    • Meet at least weekly with USAID/DRC and other USG counterparts (i.e. the DART) to coordinate activities, provide information to US Embassy and Headquarters leadership and to better advise USG assistance to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
    • Attend interagency meetings including Embassy briefings, NSC calls, and other technical meetings to ensure that USAID’s equities, contributions, and expertise are presented.
    • Meet with the GoDRC and other organizations including, WHO, UNICEF, DfID, and other donor agencies, to identify needs and work with the HO and AID/W to identify areas that USAID can support.
    • In coordination with USAID/W, confirm and design reporting requirements for implementation of Ebola preparedness efforts.
    • Draft technical content for presentations, talking points, cables, and SitReps.
    • Work closely with USAID/DRC staff engaged in the Ebola response to monitor partner activities, particularly during the transition to resilience and preparedness planning, and to identify additional technical TDY needs/timing and programming considerations.
    • Field visits may be coordinated while in-country to fit the mission’s needs.
    • Facilitate communication between field and mission on ongoing communication and outreach needs (press, media, social media, etc). Support the DOC, PAO, and LPA to be in communication and in sync.
    • Support USAID/DRC to monitor in-country implementation of Ebola preparedness activities focused on resilience/medium to long-term activities looking for opportunities for leveraging existing programs and provide guidance on technical direction of activities.
    • Prepare mission for After Action Review (AAR).

    ACTIVITIES:

    • Liaise with the interagency operating in DRC to ensure USAID Health Office remains aligned and coordinated.
    • As needed, brief US Embassy and Mission leadership on the current state of the outbreak and USAID’s preparedness activities, in conjunction with the USAID/DRC Health Office.
    • Deliver information regularly between Washington DRC Ebola TWG and the Mission.
    • Share updated partner workplans and other information for the resilience and preparedness activities with relevant in-country and HQ colleagues to ensure alignment with overall agency direction on this topic

    DELIVERABLES:

    • Submit a trip report including recommendations to the mission before departure from country
    • Submit a final trip report to the DRC Ebola Technical Working Group (TWG)
    • Debrief the mission and DRC Ebola TWG
    • Weekly verbal reports to Health Office Director or designee
    • Attend 20 weekly interagency meetings
    • Attend 10 NSC calls
    • Attend 10 Preparedness TWG meetings
    • Give one presentation on the Ebola and preparedness to the Health Office

    Qualifications

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Master in Public Health or a related field.
    • 5+ years of experience in USAID programming and management.
    • Must have previous Ebola experience.
    • Must speak French fluently.
    • Must have an active facility access clearance or a secret clearance

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