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Technical Advisor, COVID Oxygen Ecosystem

Credence Management Solutions, LLC
Washington, Ohio, US
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Oct 15, 2022

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The Global Health Training, Advisory and Support Contract (GHTASC) delivers effective global health programming to advance the mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Global Health (GH) through institutional support and workforce development services from junior, mid-level, senior and expert advisory and administrative professionals.

Credence and its partner, the Public Health Institute (PHI), are both employers for GHTASC, and are seeking a Technical Advisor, COVID Oxygen Ecosystem in USAID under GHTASC.

Note: This is a term-limited position through September 30, 2023

Summary Statement

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)s Bureau for Global Health (GH) serves as the agencys primary source of technical expertise, leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector, including HIV and AIDS, infectious diseases, child and maternal health and nutrition, family planning and reproductive health, and health systems strengthening and reform. GH is responsible for advancing field-relevant, state-of-the-art research and the transfer of new technologies and approaches to field programs. Through its staff, programs and country teams, GH provides critical support to USAID missions and field programs in more than 70 countries.

Over 6.2 million people have died from the COVID-19 pandemic. It has further disrupted access to essential services including immunization and put tens of millions at risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. The Biden Administration has called on the world to collectively end the COVID-19 pandemic as soon as possible, and has introduced ambitious targets in three critical areas for ending this pandemic and preventing and preparing for the next: Vaccinate the World; Save Lives Now; and Build Back Better. As noted in the COVID-19 Global Response and Recovery Framework (GRRF), the U.S. government (USG) has committed to supporting the target of vaccinating 70% of the world population by the end of 2022.

To meet the ambitious goals set by the Biden-Harris Administration and the GRRF, the Bureau for Global Health joined forces with the Agencys COVID-19 Task Force (CTF) to launch USAIDs COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Delivery Initiative (VADI) to support the USAID Administrators Global VAX commitments including: overseeing the historic rollout of more than a billion vaccine doses; working closely with USAID Missions to coordinate, supply, and strengthen country readiness and delivery; and managing our partnership with COVAX; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF); the World Health Organization; and others.

The key to controlling the pandemic lies in implementing a comprehensive public health and clinical strategy in every country. To prevent transmission and expand access to evidence-based, high-quality care and treatment for patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 infections, the Global Health Bureau has launched the Saving Lives Now agenda. The work under the existing Global Health Bureau Technical Working Group Objective 2 has been rebranded and focused on Saving Lives Now. Saving Lives Now aims to reduce morbidity and mortality, mitigate transmission, and strengthen health systems, including to prevent, detect, and respond to pandemic threats to respond to COVID more broadly. As USAID pursues the critical goal to vaccinate the world, there will also need to be a strategic shift from a focus on emergency pandemic response to management of ongoing COVID-19 as an endemic disease and future pandemic preparedness. USAID will build on the major investments already made in human resources and health systems to prepare for and manage COVID-19 and incorporate novel treatments and approaches rapidly, effectively, and equitably.

Since COVID began, USAID has implemented a series of programs aimed at strengthening oxygen ecosystems. Even prior to COVID-19, access to medical oxygen was inadequate to meet the needs of health systems in most low- and middle-income countries. Oxygen is an essential treatment for severe COVID-19 - 75 percent of people hospitalized can survive with oxygen therapy. Without oxygen, these patients cannot survive. As such, access to oxygen has become a key plank of the COVID-19 pandemic response. As of May 2022, USAID has invested more than $100 million in funding for oxygen support to 50 countries and is in the process of implementing major bulk liquid oxygen programs in over 10 countries and market shaping activities for bulk liquid oxygen.

Job Requirements

The Technical Advisor, COVID Oxygen Ecosystem will advance the Saving Lives Now agenda, with a focus on oxygen.This position sits within USAIDs Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN), in the Child Health and Immunization (CHI) Division. USAID is a global leader in maternal and child health, and partners with governments to meet the health needs of their women and children. The Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, within USAIDs Bureau for Global Health (GH/MCHN), serves as the Agencys technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health; child survival; immunization; and nutrition, with a focus on preventing child and maternal deaths. MCHN works to ensure that all women and children have the same chance of a healthy life, regardless of where they are born. Our efforts focus on 25 priority countries, that together account for more than two-thirds of maternal and child deaths worldwide. While the position sits within MCHN, it works primarily with the Saving Lives Now Team in the Bureau for Global Health.

The Technical Advisor, COVID Oxygen Ecosystem (COVID Advisor) will support the GH bureau/Saving Lives Now Team COVID-19 response, with a focus on oxygen. The person provides programmatic and clinical technical assistance for the Agencys COVID-19 response, focusing on programming for critical oxygen support . This may also include support for broader USAID-coordinated TA for COVID response to multiple operating units, regions and countries.

The COVID Advisor is a member of the Global Health Bureaus Saving Lives Now Team and will also work closely with Oxygen Team Lead, the overall Technical Lead for Saving Lives Now and colleagues across the Agency. The COVID Advisor will closely work on day-to-day basis with the Saving Lives Director.

Specific Duties:

The COVID Advisor will serve as an subject matter expert within USAID for programming focused on the COVID-19. Specifically, the COVID Advisor will:
  • Act as a backstop to COVID-19 oxygen-related related issues across GH.
  • Work closely with other technical advisors to ensure appropriate support and coordination of COVID-19 technical expertise.
  • Serve as a coordinator for USAID oxygen ecosystem efforts, helping the Saving Lives Now Team achieve its intermediate results of exercising global leadership in the COVID-19 response.
  • Provide support to the field to implement effective and sustainable oxygen programs to achieve the overall objective of leading expanded access to quality COVID-19.
  • Support implementation of existing oxygen-related programming.
  • Coordinate oxygen ecosystem efforts with partners external to USG.
  • Support the Saving Lives Now team with coordination efforts outside of oxygen as needed, for example coordinating Global Fund TA.
  • Other duties as needed.

Broad Duties
  • Develop expertise in key global health core competencies focused on development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease.
  • Deepen technical expertise in COVID-19 programming, with a focus on oxygen ecosystems.
  • Masters degree and 6 years of relevant experience, Bachelors degree and 8 years of relevant experience in public health, social work or related social sciences field (clinical or non-clinical), or equivalent combination of education and experience in related fields, all candidates are expected to have experience in international health programming.
  • At least three years experience working on health care programming in an international or resource-challenged setting and at least one year working on strengthening oxygen ecosystems in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
  • Experience with USAID programming at the international level.
  • Demonstrated experience in and understanding of issues relating to COVID-19 within LMIC country settings preferred.
  • Experience with USG preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to use data to improve programming.
  • High degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate the implementation of programs.
  • Ability to travel to LMICs approximately 40% of the time is required.
  • Computer literacy in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • US citizenship or US permanent resident with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access required.

Competencies/Performance Criterion
  • Creativity: Employee takes initiative to propose new ideas/approaches, and demonstrates ability to find new and better ways to accomplish work.
  • Customer Service: Handles customer questions and complaints, communicates with customers, handles service problems politely and efficiently, always available for customers, follows procedure to solve customer problems, understands company products and services, maintains pleasant and professional image.
  • Interpersonal Relationship: Employee demonstrates ability to work in cooperation with others and communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, clients and other outside contacts.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of work responsibilities and holds high standards. Keeps commitments and takes appropriate actions to ensure obligations are met. Pursues efficiency and effectiveness and adheres to Organization policies and procedures.
  • Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues professional development that is aligned with organizational role, contribution, and goals. Proactively shares knowledge with others to foster learning across the Organization.

Job ID: 2022-6054

External Company Name: Credence Management Solutions, LLC

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