Humanitarian Health Advisor (GS 12/13 Equivalent)

Job Type
Full Time
Job ID
Date Posted
Washington, DC-USA
Company Information
Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTP)

Summary Statement
The Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the office within USAID responsible for facilitating and coordinating US Government (USG) humanitarian assistance overseas. As part of USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), OFDA provides humanitarian assistance to save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the social and economic impact of humanitarian emergencies worldwide. Within OFDA, the Preparedness, Strategic Planning and Mitigation (PSPM) Division provides technical assistance and support for a variety of humanitarian sectors.

Job Requirements
The Humanitarian Health and Advisor will serve as part of the PSPM Health Team, which consists of advisors in health, nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and pharmaceuticals and medical commodities. S/he will also work with other elements of the PSPM Division including advisors in agriculture, protection and vulnerable populations, and shelter and settlements, to provide a multidisciplinary approach to disaster response and risk reduction. S/he will lead OFDA’s approach to health activities within a team and formulate sector strategies and recommendations for both response and disaster risk reduction, and provide technical support for OFDA, other offices within USAID, and to the interagency. The Advisor will receive day to day guidance from the Team Lead for Health. S/he is will work in close coordination with the Lead Sector Advisor for Public Health.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Providing support on humanitarian health intervention during a disaster response to USAID and OFDA staff based in Washington, DC or in field offices. Following reports of natural disasters or large-scale conflict, assisting in providing recommendations to OFDA staff regarding potential responses in health sector
• Providing recommendations on the formulation of USAID/OFDA’s health technical and policy position and communicating the outcome through interactions with NGO partners, other donor agencies, the international humanitarian community, and other USAID staff.
• In collaboration with the Team, conducting humanitarian health assessment of affected populations and recommending appropriate relief activities, while facilitating and coordinating USG emergency technical response activities with USAID Missions, other donor agencies, and the US Embassy.
• Attending pertinent meetings and other events as appropriate such as participating in the Global Health Cluster.
• Reviewing and advising the Team on providing guidance on proposals submitted by NGO and United Nations’ partners for humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction for health.
• Participating in assessment teams, Disaster Assistance Response Teams, Response Management Teams, and other office duties as requested.
• In collaboration with the Team providing “in-service” brownbag presentations to USAID and OFDA staff on current public health related topics.
• In collaboration with USAID/Washington and regional field office staff, supporting the team on the development of regional and country programmatic strategies and guidance related to humanitarian programming in the public health sector.
• Participating in appropriate OFDA general or sector specific training either as a participant and/or possibly trainer.
• Monitoring OFDA funded activities and assisting in making recommendations on the proper use of OFDA program funds.
• Identifying emergency public health mitigation and prevention measures that could be linked to disaster response activities. Reviewing mitigation principals and with collaboration with the Team Lead, recommending course(s) of action to OFDA/Washington staff.
• As appropriate, for cross-training purposes to enhance operational awareness, may serve on temporary details, not to exceed three months, within the office. Duties performed, while on detail, will be directly related to the duties and responsibilities outlined in the scope of work.
• Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
• Complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
  • Master’s degree and 5+ years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of experience in humanitarian health related field.
  • Recent experience working in a technical capacity for an international nongovernmental organization, public international organization, or USG agency working in humanitarian relief and response in emergency public health, and at least two (2) years’ experience working in a humanitarian setting.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience with two or more BS 50 technical disciplines (such as Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and infectious disease); job duties/responsibilities specifically related to SOW requirements.
  • Fluency in critical concepts of emergency public health interventions in developing countries and ability to develop programming to reflect those standards.
  • Understanding of key health issues related to displaced populations, refugees and other vulnerable populations and ability to represent the humanitarian perspective.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret strategy; to analyze, develop and present work results; and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs.
  • Background in implementing and managing operational research in emergency health program in humanitarian settings.
  • Experience with design, implementation, and technical oversight over nutrition programming is a plus.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environments.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, including the ability to write technical documents and give high level presentations to colleagues in and outside of USAID.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working effectively independently and as a member of a team.
  • Short-to-medium term field experience or exposure to resource-challenged settings required.
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time.
  • US citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain secret security clearance is required. Application closing date: Open until position is filled.