View Vacancy - International Health Regulations Strengthening programme – Technical Advisor One Health (Ethiopia) D6 (19/21 ADD)

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Public Health England

Main Purpose of Job:

This post is located within Public Health England’s (PHE) Global Public Health division, led by the Director of Global Public Health. The Global Public Health division supports the delivery of PHE’s Global Health Strategy. It provides a corporate service to PHE supporting the oversight, coordination and delivery of PHE’s international activity and working with UK government departments and other UK partners to build and strengthen international public health links. The division also maintains its own extensive portfolio of global health programs and projects, focusing on capacity building and health system strengthening in partner countries.

The post-holder will provide in-country public health expert level input to PHE’s Global Public Health division work focused on the delivery of the DHSC-funded International Health Regulation (IHR) strengthening programme. The IHR strengthening programme work is in 5 countries, one of which is Ethiopia.

This post is suitable for an experienced practitioner with extensive experience of working across the human, animal and environmental sectors. The role will include advising on multisector working across the animal human interface and supporting the One Health work being undertaken with EPHI and WHO in Ethiopia, and in collaboration with AFRO. It also includes building and managing key partnerships and networks.

The post mainly will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but travel across the continent may be required. The post-holder will work closely with the IHR Strengthening Programme lead in Ethiopia.

Diplomatic skills and cultural intelligence are critical, as engaging with senior leadership, ministers, senior government officials and other donor or development agency representatives will be critical to the role. We are seeking individuals with both technical knowledge and international relations capability, able to demonstrate both PHE’s and Civil Services competencies and ways of working. Key to this is the ability to influence and negotiate in order to manage key relationships with local and other international stakeholders.

The post-holder will be managerially accountable to the IHR Programmes Ethiopia Lead, and to the IHR Head of Programme. An initial job plan will be agreed with the successful candidate at commencement of the post. This job plan will be reviewed as part of the annual job planning process.



  • Familiarisation with Global Health Security and International Health Regulations
  • Experience of working at a senior level in animal and human health
  • Experience of working across institutions and different sectors
  • Capacity building and development
  • Experience in developing and supporting training courses and workshops
  • Experience (3 yrs min) in One Health working
  • Experience in chairing and facilitating meetings/workshops with numerous stakeholders

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The post-holder will work with the IHR Project One Health Team to provide expert input to the IHR Strengthening Programmes work in One Health in Ethiopia. In particular, this role will support the IHR Programmes project collaborations in the One Health Agenda with the WHO country office in Ethiopia, in collaboration with AFRO. The individual should have experience working across animal, human health and environment sectors, with the technical knowledge to be able to support, initiate and lead One Health work at a senior level. The post holder will also facilitate collaboration between national and regional institutions with a role in global health security.

Specific work plans will be agreed in consultation with PHE IHR Programme One Health Leads and the Lead for Ethiopia. However, main duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Contribute to delivering the PHE IHR programme One Health Workplan agreed with Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) and WHO (country Office and AFRO)
  • Maintaining cross-working, relationships between PHE support for Ethiopia/EPHI and WHO (country Office and AFRO) will be essential
  • Advising on and providing technical support for One Health in accordance with the IHR Programmes core mandate. This may include specific areas including the delivery of a number of training courses and simulation exercises in collaboration with AFRO.
  • Provide technical in-put and capacity-building to the WHO One Health Team in the country office in Ethiopia, and in their support for the National One Health Steering Committee.
  • Report writing and communication of activities and deliverables as required by Programme Lead/Project Manager and in line with Ways of Working document/timelines e.g. quarterly reporting, input to weekly meetings, quarterly technical working group meetings, etc.
  • Host technical experts from across PHE, HMG and external partners on their visits to deliver specific technical expertise for aspects of the project as required/identified.
  • Possible additional general responsibilities such as mentoring public health professionals in EPHI and other organisations as relevant.
  • Carrying out other functions in line with professional capabilities as agreed with line management.

You will be a highly organised, resourceful, creative team player with a strong background of working across the animal, human health and environmental sectors. You will be a self-starter with excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will have a thorough understanding of a broad range of communications and engagement skills and issues gained through experience in the field, and you will have excellent negotiation skills, enabling you to deal sensitively with stakeholders with complex and sometimes conflicting interests. You will be expected to show strong drive to complete and evidence progress, recognising the importance of compliance and reporting.

This role is subject to change, removal or amendment from advert at short notice.

  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject.
  • At least 3 years’ experience of public health systems in developing countries and demonstrable experience in disease surveillance, emergency preparedness and response and across human, animal environmental health
  • Recognised practitioner with a proven track record of technical competence across these sectors
  • Understanding of global health including the health challenges of low- and middle-income countries and the international health architecture and knowledge of global health security architecture such as the WHO International Health Regulations (2005), and integrated disease surveillance and response systems
  • Training and development experience
  • Knowledge of international bodies such as WHO
  • Experience of partnership working - linking with staff across varied organisational functions to address inter-dependencies and ensure alignment
  • Experience of working within a multi-stakeholder international environment
  • Experience of working with information technology using Microsoft Office packages (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges.
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships, both in terms of day-to-day working practices, but also in relation to management systems
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace
  • Demonstrate commitment to own Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  • Additional qualification or relevant experience public, animal or environmental health or other relevant field or equivalent experience. 
  • Experience of participation in research and development projects
9 September 2021
Grade 7 (G7)
Fixed Term, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
37.5 hours
6 months
Addis Ababa
British Embassy
ETB 96,724.51
1 October 2021
31 March 2022

Annual Leave and Public Holidays:

Locally engaged staff of all grades will be entitled to paid annual leave as follows:
Up to 2 years 22 days
After 2 years services 25 days
After 5 years services 30 days

In addition to annual leave, the British Embassy observes up to a maximum number of 14 Ethiopian, British and Religious public holidays each year. A list of such Embassy holidays will be published each year. Office Staff required to work on these holidays will be granted time off in lieu or overtime where circumstances permit.

  • Please note this is a (06 months) fixed term contract with possibility of renewal.
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  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Addis Ababa are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Ethiopia.

  • Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount. 
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.    

    • Obtain the relevant permit
    • Pay the fees for the permit
    • Make arrangements to relocate
    • Meet the costs to relocation
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