Technical Advisor, CRVS Improvement Program, Africa
Vital Strategies is an international public health organization. We develop and oversee programs to strengthen public health systems and address leading causes of morbidity and mortality, providing expertise in project implementation and management, strategic communications, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities. Our specific programs include road safety, obesity prevention, tobacco control, and activities to strengthen public health data systems and the use of public health data to guide policy and decision-making. Activities are based in low and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.
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.
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 recognized 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.