Senior Global Health Security Advisor

Posted Date 2 months ago(3/27/2023 2:07 PM)
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International Positions
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Jhpiego seeks a Senior Global Health Security Advisor to provide programmatic leadership on infectious disease and malaria while supervising and mentoring technical staff for an upcoming USAID integrated health project. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of host-country institutions and local organizations to improve equitable access and utilization of quality, evidence-based, and respectful public health services in maternal, newborn, child, adolescent health, family planning, reproductive health, and malaria. The project will also support strengthening capacity to detect, prepare and respond to health emergencies. The project will operate over a five-year period.


The Senior Global Health Security Advisor will be a subject matter expert in Infectious Disease or Clinical Epidemiology, with extensive experience in programmatic management of large health programs on a global level. The ideal candidate will have experience in global health emergencies, large-scale malaria programs or related infectious diseases programs. S/he will be the focal person for global health security related and malaria activities under the ISDA. This position will have supervisory and mentorship roles of select ISDA technical staff, and will therefore have the depth of knowledge, skills and experience in mentorship and teaching/healthcare training.


This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Rwandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.




  • Provide technical oversight for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public health policies and programs pertaining to the surveillance of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases particularly those with epidemic and pandemic potential
  • Support technical assistance/expert inputs to the Ministry of Health/Rwanda Biomedical Center to strengthen their capacity to provide equitable access to and utilization of evidence-based public health services
  • Provide strategic leadership and management of activities while working with all partners to strengthen coordination and collaboration to ensure the quality and sustainability of GHS interventions
  • Ensure GHS activities are technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of Rwanda, its people and donors
  • Collaborate with project team to build capacity within MNCAH/FP/RH/malaria as they relate to GHS
  • Participate in the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID, MOH/RBC, district and project teams
  • Provide activity progress for the preparation and timely submission of quality project reports to donor and government entities
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of select technical staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Provide guidance and capacity development, in collaboration with staff, to subcontractors and sub-grantees
  • Write and/or review project materials and publications
  • Work closely with Jhpiego home office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation
  • Undertake other leadership, coordination and management activities relevant to the project as needed
  • Ensure compliance with USAID and Jhpiego operational policies and regulations.

Required Qualifications

  • A Master of Medicine degree in Infectious Diseases or a Master of Science or Public Health Degree in Epidemiology with a Bachelor’s Degree in relevant health sciences
  • Previous experience working in Rwanda or East Africa, with intimate understanding of local health system and reproductive, maternal, newborn and/or child health gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships at government agencies
  • 7+ years’ experience, at national level, in quantitative epidemiology and the implementation of public health surveillance, outbreak investigation and response
  • 3+ years’ experience in leading and managing donor funded programs and teams
  • Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving program needs
  • Technical expertise in disease surveillance of infectious diseases
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English. Language skills in Kinyarwanda and/or French preferred.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national programs and technical staff
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability and willingness to travel in Rwanda


Preferred Qualifications



Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package.

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Applicants must submit a single document for upload to include: cover letter, resume, and references.

 For further information about Jhpiego, visit our website at

Note: The successful candidate selected for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

Jhpiego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer



Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. Jhpiego promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans.


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