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Program Management Specialist (PMS)/Health System Strengthening Specialist (HSS)


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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 


Economics-Development, Health Care, Human Resources

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Job Description:

USAID/ETHIOPIA is accepting applications from interested individuals for the position Program Management Specialist (PMS)/Health System Strengthening Specialist (HSS).

Location of Work: USAID/US Embassy Entoto Road
Final Closing Date: December 13, 2017
Salary Range: FSN-11 (USD 22,927 to USD 41,263) per annum depending on the candidate’s earning history, qualifications and experience.
Vacancy Announcement No.: 20/17
Number of Positions: One

Basic Function of Position: The incumbent will give strategic direction, technical guidance and administrative expertise to the Health office’s Health System Strengthening (HSS) efforts and linkages to the USAID Mission as a whole, other U.S. Government (USG) agencies, the Government of Ethiopia (GOE), donors, and other Implementing Partners (IPs). The incumbent will work closely with USAID team members supporting key health systems strengthening areas with more focus on human resources for health (HRH), leadership and governance, and institutional capacity building.

Specifically, the incumbent will provide highly specialized technical and professional leadership to plan, implement, monitor, and oversee selected Health Office activities related to improved health systems. The incumbent will have responsibility for ensuring coordination of USAID-funded programs through a variety of governmental and non-governmental partners at national, district, and community levels. The role of the incumbent will include planning, designing, organizing, directing, managing and coordinating development projects and arranging for monitoring and evaluation of activities implemented by NGOs and other partner organizations through grants, cooperative agreements, and/or contracts..

Minimum Requirements: In order to qualify, the applicant must possess the following:

EDUCATION: Master’s degree in public health, human resource for health, health economics, social sciences, public policy, or other field related to international development and/or public health is required.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the health field with at least five years working specifically on health systems strengthening, including issues of human resources for health, leadership and governance, institutional capacity building, and project design and management.
Experience working with health systems and/or health care reform at the national and/or local (district/community/ service facility) level is required. Experience in project design, strategic planning, project management, implementation, and evaluation of health projects with demonstrated technical expertise in health systems strengthening, particularly in a developing country context is required.
LANGUAGE: Level IV English and Amharic for reading, writing and speaking is required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of challenges faced by Federal Ministry of Health and health programs in Ethiopia, and in particular, human resources for health, leadership and governance, institutional capacity building, and health systems management. A comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques & practices of HSS is required. Strong technical skills and demonstrated experience in providing technical support and capacity building for health systems strengthening, especially in the area of human resources for health, leadership and governance, and institutional capacity building. In-depth knowledge of state-of- the-art approaches that strengthen human resources for health and governance systems in developing countries, is required. Working knowledge of the USG programming, process, documentation and business practices is desirable.

Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy, are required to establish and maintain a wide range of senior-level and working-level contacts with health projects in governmental, non-governmental, and private-sector circles is required. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams and collaborate in a multi-agency setting is required. Demonstrated leadership ability and interpersonal skills including flexibility, patience, facilitation, team building and conflict/ problem solving skills in a cross-cultural environment is required. Demonstrated success in working in complex office operations, often under pressure of short deadlines, and multiple demands is required. Demonstrated outstanding writing and speaking/presentation skills in English, and in preparing analytic briefings for key USG and other leaders/decision makers is required. Strong management and analytical skills required to strategize, develop, manage, implement and evaluate complex health systems strengthening activities is necessary.

Strong financial management and administrative skills are necessary to track the performance of implementing partners. Computer literacy, including ease and skill in using word processing programs, email, spreadsheet applications, and presentation software; and familiarity with the worldwide web.

APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS: All applicants must submit a completed form {Universal Application for Employment (DS-174)} along with the credential documents to USAID/Ethiopia, Human Resources Office via the email address addisusaidjobs@usaid.gov . Each applicant must fully explain his/her job-related duties and qualifications on the application form in order to provide for an accurate evaluation of his/her education, training, and experience. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, or membership in an employee organization. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process please notify the Agency. Applicants who are not contacted within thirty days after the final filing date are to assume that their applications were not accepted.

How To Apply:

All applicants must submit a completed form {Universal Application for Employment (DS-174)} along with resume to USAID/Ethiopia, Human Resources Office via the email address: addisusaidjobs@usaid.gov.
For your application to be considered, the following documents must be submitted:-
Letter of Application/Cover Letter;
Completed and Signed Application for Employment Official Form DS-114 found here https://et.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/ ; Current Resume/CV;
Application must be submitted ONLY via addisusaidjobs@usaid.gov  and the email subject must say— Vacancy 20/17 Program Management Specialist (PMS)/Health System Strengthening Specialist (HSS).
Please submit the application only once; and
Late and incomplete applications will not be considered; the application must be submitted before or on 5 p.m. Ethiopian time of the vacancy closing date.
The official application, form DS-174, must be signed by the applicant, in ink, not typed, and dated prior to submission. This requires the applicant to print, sign, date, scan and attach the DS-174 form to the email mentioned above. If an a5plicant does not sign, in ink, the applicant will not be considered by USAID/Ethiopia. Please take note of this requirement and please ensure you follow these instructions

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