USAID Development Assistant Specialist (Child Health Advisor) 2 applications
- Salary Offer 100.000 Br ~
- Experience Level Senior
- Total Years Experience 7
- Date Posted January 12, 2020
- Deadline Date January 24, 2020
STATEMENT OF DUTIES
General Statement of Purpose of the Contract
The US Government is focused on ending preventable child and maternal mortality in Ethiopia. The country is one of the five countries responsible for over 50% of all under-five deaths and has received priority funding and attention from Washington. Improving the health of the Ethiopian people is one of the Development Objectives of the USAID/Ethiopia Country Development Cooperation Strategy and directly supports the Embassy’s Integrated Country Strategy. Ethiopia has made significant progress in child survival reducing under-five mortality from 123 to 67 deaths per 1,000 live births from 2005 levels during 2016 respectively. Despite significant reductions in overall under 5 mortality, newborn mortality remains high (29 deaths per 1000 live births) and now represents approximately an increased proportion of all under-five deaths (43%).
Since 2009, USAID, along with the GOE, has become the global leader supporting the movement to end preventable maternal and child deaths. In addition, the GOE has increasingly focused on improving the quality of health services for newborns and children. Supporting the implementation of these internationally proven high impact practices requires much more technical expertise than before. Thus, USAID/Ethiopia has moved away from a more generalized public health support to more technically focused high-impact practices.
In line with the new direction, the basic functions of the USAID Development Assistant Specialist (Health Advisor) will be the following:
- Technical leadership: The incumbent will spend the majority of his/her time managing the technical components of USAID/Ethiopia’s child health program, such as newborn health, management of childhood illnesses, immunization and/or systems strengthening. S/he will lead clinical and scientific discussions and provide technical expertise on highly complex child health information and guidance to USAID, GOE and other key stakeholders.
- Program management: The incumbent will provide oversight to the $25 million annual child health portfolio with a focus on the underserved areas of the developing regional states and nomadic communities. S/he will provide technical and management support to ensure the achievement of desired results through effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of child health programs.
- Clinical and operational research: The incumbent will strengthen USAID and partner capacity in clinical and operational research on child/pediatric issues. S/he will identify and develop cutting-edge clinical approaches, tools and interventions to improve the lives of newborns, children and families.
The incumbent will use his/her independent judgment and initiative to provide day-to-day technical and management and administrative oversight for selected USAID programs with minimal supervision. As a highly technical specialist, s/he is expected to be a leader and active contributor on relevant child health issues. S/he will collaborate and coordinate with other health teams, other USAID/Ethiopia offices, the broader US Embassy, GOE and other development partners to improve the health status of newborns, children, mothers and families in Ethiopia.
Statement of Duties to be Performed
Technical Leadership (50%)
- Represent USAID/Ethiopia as a chair or member at scientific and highly technical medical meetings.
- Provide authoritative clinical and scientific guidance to USAID, the GOE and key stakeholders on child/pediatric health issues.
- Provide technical and clinical expertise on highly complex child health information, such as:
- Oxygen use for neonatal intensive care units;
- Oxygen use for both inpatient and transfer of sick pediatric patients;
- Medication dosing for major childhood diseases;
- Treatment guidelines for inpatient pediatric care;
- Clinical guidelines for sick newborn care; and
- Annual newborn and child health quantification of essential commodities (e.g., amoxicillin for pneumonia or ORS and zinc for diarrhea).
- Develop technically sound, cost-effective, and innovative approaches for reducing child deaths, such as new technologies.
- Provide strategic child-health focused technical advice on key internal (e.g., Country Development Cooperation Strategy and Project Appraisal Document) and external (e.g., Ethiopia Health Transformation Plan and district health plans) planning and budgeting documents.
- Assist the Ethiopian government in the development of national child health policies, standards for minimum package of care, etc.
- Coordinate the multitude of players in the child health field to ensure a harmonized response.
- Lead USAID’s pastoralist health interventions.
- Advise and guide discussions with the Government of Ethiopia’s Pastoralist Health Directorate;
- Serve as USAID’s chief POC with all the four pastoralist regional health bureaus;
- Represent USAID/Ethiopia on the GOE’s national bodies such as the pastoralist health technical working groups;
- Represent USAID/Ethiopia at international meetings concerning public health; and
- Advise USAID/Washington on matters concerning pastoralist health.
Program Design and Management (30%)
- Manage key aspects of the child health portfolio of approximately $25 million per year.
- Provide technical expertise in the design of child health activities, including preparing solicitation documents, serving on technical evaluation committee(s), and performing other procurement-related tasks.
- Serve as an Agreement/Contract Officer’s Representative and activity manager for several activities.
- Provide technical advice and direction to grantees and contractors on management and implementation of activities, such as on work plans, performance monitoring plans, progress reports, etc.
- Participate in the monitoring, reporting and evaluation of child health activities.
- Manage financial aspects, including budgeting; reviewing financial reports; preparing accruals; and facilitating funding actions, of assigned activities.
- Contribute to the child health sections of the annual Operational Plan/Health Implementation Plan, Performance Plan Report, and other key documents.
Clinical and Operational Research (15%)
- Serve as the mission scientific and technical resource to translate clinical research on pediatric health into actionable programming.
- Develop innovative clinical approaches, tools, policies and/or interventions to improve the health status of newborns, children, and families, particularly in low-resource settings and for underserved populations.
- Coordinate the operational research agenda and assessments with relevant implementing partners.
- Provide clinical review of GOE and other partner research protocols, scopes of work, questionnaires, etc.
- Identify and disseminate information on the latest innovations, including technological advances, in reducing child deaths.
The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the “Foreign Service National” Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy.
Works under the general supervision of the Child Health Cluster Lead, but carries out his/her responsibilities with minimal technical direction. Incumbent is accountable for results in his/her area to the FHID Team and the Mission. His/Her performance is evaluated annually, based on the achievement of work objectives and performance measures.
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC). Cooperating country national means an individual who is a cooperating country citizen or a non-cooperating country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country.
The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
- EDUCATION: A Doctor of Medicine (i.e., MD, DO, MBSS,) degree is required. In addition to the MD, a Master in Public Health is preferred.
- PRIOR EXPERIENCE: A minimum of seven (7) years of public health implementation experience (with a focus on child health program design, management, and evaluation), including five years of clinical experience is required. Demonstrated related work experience in at least one of the four developing regional states (Afar, Somali, Gambella, and Benishangul-Gumuz) and/or the agro-pastoralist/pastoralist parts of the agrarian regions in Ethiopia is required. Experience working with international and national donors, NGOs and the GOE is preferred. Experience managing donor-funded activities is desirable.
- LANGUAGE: Level IV (Fluent) English. The ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Amharic Level IV (Fluent) is essential and knowledge of one or more other major Ethiopian languages is desirable.
BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES:As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:
- BENEFITS:Group life insurance, medical coverage, annual leave and sick leave.
- ALLOWANCES:Meal allowance and miscellaneous benefit allowance.
MARKET VALUE: FSN-12, $27,642 to $49,770 annual basic salar
In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of
[USAID/Ethiopia]. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Five (5) years. The services provided under this contract are expected to be a continuing nature that will be executed by USAID through series of sequential contracts, subject to the availability of funds.Estimated to start on 05/23/2020.
PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: US Embassy, Entoto Road, Addis Ababa with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.
How to Apply
CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: January 24, 2020 before and/or on 5:00PM Ethiopian local time (close of business).
POINT OF CONTACT: [email protected]; Fekadu Tamirate, HR Specialist.
- Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form DS-174 Application for U.S. Federal employment along with a cover letter and resume written in English. The DS-174 Application form can be found in the U.S. embassy website https://et.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/; https://www.usaid.gov/ethiopia/work-with-us/careers/ds-form-174-ccn-application.
- Copies of credential documents (i.e., degree, training certificates, etc.);
- Application must be submitted ONLY via [email protected] and the email subject must say– solicitation, 72066320R10001 – USAID Development Assistant Specialist (Child Health Advisor). This solicitation can also be accessed by https://www.usaid.gov/ethiopia/vacancy-announcement/fsn-child-health-advisor-jan-2020. Be sure to include your name and the solicitation number at the top of each page.
- Please submit the application only once; and
- Late and incomplete applications will not be considered; the application must be submitted before or on the date of filing at 5 p.m. (Close of Business).
- To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.
LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES
Once the Contracting Officer informs the successful Offeror about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide the successful Offeror instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms.
- Medical History and Examination Form (Department of State Forms)
- Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85)
- Finger Print Card (FD-258)
USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING TO PSCs
USAID regulations and policies governing CCN/TCN PSC awards are available at these sources:
- USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf
- Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms
- Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs
- Ethical Conduct. By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635. See https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations
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