Technical Advisor, CRVS Improvement Program, Africa

Ethiopia Vital Strategies

The Position

This position supports the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative which aims to enhance public health data collection and use in low- and middle-income countries. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that a billion more people live in countries where data are used to steer public policy and program decisions. Under the Initiative, Vital Strategies, in partnership with other global public health organizations, is implementing a multi-year program to improve civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) in numerous countries and municipalities in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific. Vital Strategies has full responsibility for provision of technical assistance to several of these.

The CRVS Improvement Program involve interventions designed to improve the registration of births and deaths; improve the availability and quality of cause of death information for both facility- and home-based events; and improve the timeliness of available vital statistics information and reports.

The Technical Advisor – CRVS Improvement Program, Africa will lead technical assistance provision in two or three countries in Africa, including planning and implementation of work plans, and managing Country Coordinators and Country Implementation Teams. The Technical Advisor (TA) will also provide limited technical assistance to CRVS awardees of our Global Grants Program grants in the region or elsewhere. The TA will work under the supervision of the Project Director.

Specific Duties:

  • Participate in Outreach and Engagement visits to enroll new countries into the Initiative
  • Establish relationships and collaborate with senior government officials to develop country-owned work plans
  • Work with government counterparts to develop detailed budgeted implementation plans and prioritize activities to maximize local impact
  • Manage the allocation of available resources (e.g. staff time, money, materials) to maximize country results
  • Manage the identification and engagement of at least one country coordinator and of a local fiscal agent in each country, where required
  • Manage the development and signing of collaboration agreements, MOUs and grant agreements with governments and fiscal agents
  • Manage the implementation of activities in a way that promotes country ownership and leadership, leads to the institutionalization and sustainability of CRVS system improvements, and builds local capacity
  • Manage and coordinate the provision of all topic specific technical assistance to the country by communicating with government officials, internal technical advisors and external consultants
  • Manage drafting and ensure execution of agreements with relevant in-country stakeholders and external consultants (e.g., Memorandum of Understanding, Sub-grant agreements, and other contracts)
  • Manage Program Assistants to coordinate operational, logistics, and financial support to the implementation of activities in the assigned countries
  • Manage Country Coordinator and Country Assistant teams to facilitate in-country implementation of activities
  • Monitor progress of the implementation of country level activities and track impact against key project milestones and deliverables (e.g. institutionalization of interventions)
  • Travel in-country as needed (up to 30%)
  • Perform other duties for the Director, Deputy Directors, or Regional Manager

Qualifications and skill set:

  • Post-graduate degree in relevant field (e.g. public health, epidemiology) from a recongnized university
  • At least 8 years’ experience working on international development projects, ideally on projects in multiple low- and middle-income countries and on projects with strong data and information or M&E components
  • Previous experience in CRVS strengthening or mortality surveillance a major plus
  • Strong project management skills including financial and technical oversight
  • Experienced in working collaboratively and remotely with internal and external team members to meet expectations and deliver the necessary technical assistance in a timely manner
  • Ability to work independently and self-directed as well as across cultures and in a team of a broad range of government, academic and other stakeholders
  • Proven ability to manage multiple ongoing tasks
  • Patience and adaptability to rapidly changing environments
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Capable of quickly understanding and analyzing complex problems and situations and identifying solutions to achieve objectives
  • Detail-orientated, self-starter with a positive attitude, and willingness to learn
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), familiarity with Smartsheet or MS Project a plus
  • Possess a genuine interest in the mission and vision of Vital Strategies
  • English proficiency required. Amharic proficiency a plus
  • Work experience on multiple continents a plus

This Vacancy Advertisement is open to Ethiopian Nationals and candidates holding a valid work resident permit for Ethiopia. Vital Strategies strongly encourages qualified female candidates to apply.

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter through the Vital Strategies Career Center.

Closing Date for Applications: April 17, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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