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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

National One Health Technical Advisors

Posted By on Tuesday, November 08, 2016

DAI is actively recruiting for National One Health Technical Advisors to be based in Rwanda.The Advisor will provide technical, managerial, and operational support to the project’s activities in that country. The Advisor will work closely with the project’s regional office and may also be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with USAID, local NGOs, and government officials.

This position will support the strengthening of National One Health Platforms in country, which provide the basis for ensuring that core capacities are in place for preparing, detecting, reporting, and responding to emerging pandemic threats.

Project Description

The Preparedness and Response (P&R) Project, a component of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT 2) program, supports the strengthening of National One Health Platforms (NOHPs).  NOHPs are the mechanisms for multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral collaboration in the areas of human, animal, and environmental/wildlife health. NOHPs ensure that core capacities are in place for preparing, detecting, reporting, and responding to emerging pandemic threats. At a minimum, a NOHP is composed of public health, animal health, and environment/wildlife ministry representatives. The NOHP may also include additional ministries (e.g. trade, tourism, education, or finance), parastatal organizations (e.g. national laboratories, research institutes, etc.), representatives of universities, the private sector, NGOs. Multilateral and bilateral stakeholders and partners, such as WHO, FAO, OIE, and CDC may also participate. The P&R project also supports the role of the NOHPs in National Preparedness and Response Planning.

Illustrative Tasks/Responsibilities

  • Oversee and facilitate the planning, implementation, and reporting of P&R technical and logistical activities in the country according to DAI and USAID rules and regulations.
  • Liaise with relevant government officials and partners, including the USAID Mission/Office, on a continuous basis to ensure awareness, coordination, buy-in, and cooperation for the successful planning and implementation of P&R activities.
  • Represent P&R in the country and coordinate with focal persons for other EPT 2 partners.
  • Provide on-site technical and organizational development support to the existing coordination agencies/mechanisms (NOHPs)to strengthen multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary collaboration on disease outbreaks in coordination with appropriate international health agencies (e.g. WHO, FAO, OIE, US CDC) and key stakeholders.
  • Assist with the identification of technical assistance needs to improve the management capacity and efficiency of NOHP.
  • Identify opportunities to promote the convening of appropriate technical, capacity building, and coordinating meetings to promote multidisciplinary discussions and assessments of human and animal health data related to emerging zoonotic diseases (EZDs)/EIDs and the results of disease outbreak investigation.
  • Collaborate with senior P&R technical, organizational development and operations (OPS) leadership and staff, including at regional P&R offices, to plan activities that will facilitate the assessment of strengths and capacities, and to address gaps identified in the NOHP.
  • Contribute to the analysis of public health, animal health, wildlife and environmental services to identify vertical and horizontal linkages useful to support EZD/EID field investigations, and work collaboratively to maximize efficiencies and cooperation.
  • Communicate regularly within the project, and with appropriate government counterparts to create activity maps, update and refine activity maps to identify new needs, and highlight success stories that can be shared to inform stakeholders nationally and regionally.
  • Identify and share best practices and tools to inform data-based decision making and build capacity.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate with other EPT 2 projects on activities aligned with project objectives and country priorities.
  • Collaborate with other project staff (as appropriate) to prepare reports, develop materials to respond to information requests and otherwise fulfill project information sharing responsibilities.
  • Respond to requests for information from USAID, other USG representatives, EPT 2 partners and representatives of government;


  • Advanced degree in one (or more) of the following areas: veterinary medicine, medicine, epidemiology, public health, and/or preventive medicine or related disciplines depending on the needs of the country. Candidate should have at least one the following degrees:
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of progressive work experience in public health with prior management/organizational experience regarding outbreak preparedness and response planning and systems; experience with field investigation of disease outbreaks or epidemics and data analysis skills preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply the principles of public health, epidemiology, disease prevention and control strategies to support and strengthen disease surveillance and response systems and implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) and/or the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Tool.
  • Ability to apply the principles of the scientific process to properly interpret findings useful for disease prevention, disease control and to determine risk; ability to understand data-based decision making strategies.
  • Experience with mentoring and sustainable capacity building.
  • Professional, technical, and/or management skills required for collaborative implementation, including providing and/or identifying technical assistance and subject matter expertise to support coordination agency/mechanism performance.
  • Practical experience working effectively in an advisory capacity with government health agencies, multilateral health agencies, and national and international nongovernmental organizations.
  • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to liaise, consult, and interact professionally with technical and managerial staff, mid- and senior-level government officials, and direct supervisor—as well as with external agencies, service providers, and client/project (USAID, P&R technical and operations staff).
  • Ability to employ critical thinking skills and work independently to solve problems and contribute to achievement of deliverables.
  • Familiarity with USAID rules and regulations preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively (speaking and writing) in English. Facility with the official working language of the country where the position is based preferred.

Location: DAI has one Advisor vacancy in the following country: Rwanda

Reporting: The Advisor will report to the Senior Technical Advisor  for the respective region.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates are invited to send your application letter stating how they meet the qualifications and skills and a detailed CV. Please, indicate country of citizenship, and desired work location.

Interested and qualified candidates should apply online at:

or by email to:

Application Deadline: November 15, 2016.

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