Programme Officer – Partnership Management Team (1 Role)

Addis Ababa
Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Features

Closing Date12th August
LocationHQ (Addis Ababa)

Job Description

About Saving Lives and Livelihoods Programme

The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing a new partnership worldwide. Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) was officially launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on January 31, 2017. The Africa CDC is Africa’s first continent-wide public health agency and envisions a safer, healthier, integrated and stronger Africa, where Member States are capable of effectively responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases and other public health threats. The agency mission is to strengthen Africa’s public health institutions’ capabilities to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease outbreaks and other health burdens through an integrated network of continent-wide preparedness and response, surveillance, laboratory, and research programmes.

Africa CDC has been at the forefront of the continent’s fight against the pandemic. The agency has set a goal to vaccinate 60 percent the continent’s population before the end of 2024. To achieve this ambitious and critical goal, the Africa CDC and the Mastercard Foundation are launching “Saving Lives and Livelihoods,” “partnership for COVID-19 Vaccination in Africa.” The planned Saving Lives and Livelihoods partnership is a unique initiative due to its scope and scale, the critical topics it focuses on, as well as the way it will be governed.

The Role

The Programme officer will provide day-to-day support to the Programme Manager. The Programme Officer will serve as a principal advisor and will provide technical support to the Programme Manager in internal and external affairs of the Africa CDC.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Programme Officer shall:

  • Advise the Programme Manager on all activities that affect the vaccine rollout programme including policy, programmes, projects, and initiatives;
  • Support the Programme Manager in developing, preparing, and presenting guidelines, presentations, memoranda, briefings, staff papers and other materials;
  • Coordinate or directly prepare presentations, talking points and briefing materials for meetings of the Programme Manager;
  • Organize all information that flows to and from the Programme Manager and prioritize according to need and urgency to ensure efficiency in decision-making;
  • Oversee and coordinate the daily activities of the Programme Manager including determining the Manager’s schedule based on  greed priorities;
  • Attend meetings and discussions on behalf of the Programme Manager;
  • Address emerging concerns or delays in a timely manner, and if it is not possible to resolve, escalate to the Programme Manager;
  • Represent Africa CDC in a professional manner, which creates a positive image and enhances the credibility of the organization; and
  • Perform any other duties as requested by the Programme Manager

Qualifications and skills required

Bachelor’s degree in public health, business administration, public administration or related field and minimum of 5 years’ experience. Supervisory experience is an advantage.
Master’s degree in public health, business administration, public administration or related field and minimum of 2 years’ experience. Supervisory experience is an advantage.

Required skills and competencies

Functional skills:

  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills
  •  Excellent technical writing skills
  • Ability to prepare and facilitate negotiations with senior stakeholders and partners
  • Clear understanding of African health systems and implementing partners
  • Excellent computer skills, including word-processing capabilities, proficiency with e-mail and internet applications as well as experience in using office software applications such as MS Excel, Power Point and Word

Personal abilities:

  • Strong problem solving abilities
  • Ability to plan and predict potential and emerging barriers
  • Ability to build strong relationships internally and with external stakeholders
  • High level of autonomy at work with a profound team spirit
  • Ability to work under pressure, with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work and thrive in a culturally diverse team
  • Adaptive, patient, resourceful, resilient, and flexible

Language requirement

Applicants must be proficient in at least one of the African Union working languages (English, French, Arabic, Spanish or Portuguese). Knowledge of two or more of African Union working languages would be an added advantage.

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Job Features

Closing Date12th August
LocationHQ (Addis Ababa)
Angeline Siparo
Angeline Siparo

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