Public Health Emergency Response Specialist Summary
The Public Health Emergency Response Specialist (PHER) at FHI 360 will be based in Accra, Ghana and will involve in-country travel.
Public Health Emergency Response Specialist Details
The Public Health Emergency Response Specialist (PHER) will support the emergency response capacity
building work for the US-CDC funded Enhancing Global Health Security: Expanding Efforts to Protect and Improve
Public Health Globally project that serves the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and other related initiatives.
The project supports select governments and their relevant ministries to implement complementary strategies and
activities, building on previously made investments, to achieve the desired International Health Regulations (IHR)
and GHSA capacities using the One Health (OH) approach to strengthen in-country diagnostics and surveillance
In addition, the project will help to strengthen the capacity of countries in the West Africa region to detect
priority infectious diseases and improve Joint External Evaluation (JEE) scores.
Our work under this project in Ghana has three key goals:
Support Ghana to develop an organizational manual for the public health emergency operations centre (PHEOC)
Support the Ministry of Health (MoH) to develop disease-specific response operating procedures Update the
national multi-hazard public health emergency response plan
The Public Health Emergency Response Specialist will be required to work with a diverse group of national organizations including the Government and
other health security and response leaders, development partners, other regional and global project staff and local
CDC staff to implement agreed-upon strategies to enhance infectious disease emergency response and management
systems and activities in the approved project work plan.
Responsibilities of thePublic Health Emergency Response Specialist :
Provides technical assistance to project staff to implement activities/interventions to support enhancements in
support of the country national action plan for health security and improve joint external evaluation (JEE) scores.
Participates in the implementation of in-country emergency response enhancement activities.
Helps coordinate emergency preparedness planning, exercises and training, evaluation of incident response, exercise
performance and coordinating with stakeholders on public health emergency planning and response.
Supports national stakeholders in developing or updating national emergency response and management strategic
plans, disease-specific response operating procedures, and policies.
Supports the development and enhancement of operational plans, procedures and capabilities that support
emergency operation centres.
Support the updating and implementation of the national multi-hazard public health emergency response plan.
Provides support and training to facilities as part of overall capacity building and continuous improvement programs.
Assists with technical development and documentation guidelines in the form of SOPs, process documents, and other related tools as required
Assists with emergency communications and drills for public health emergency events for infectious diseases.
Support the preparation of a compendium of existing and new guidelines and tools for the management of COVID-19 and other outbreaks.
Provides administrative support to technical components of country-level project activities.
Contributes to a variety of financial, administrative, and logistics support needs as requested by the project.
Contributes to the annual work planning and budgeting processes.
Masters degree, plus a minimum of five years of experience in emergency operations management, public health,
infectious disease response and management or related area; Masters degree preferred
Prior experience with:
Emergency management principles, response operations, and the fundamentals of establishing and implementing
emergency management and response effort, or developing, providing TA to an organization/MOH Emergency Operations Center.
Emergency response management, administration, and event/emergency management system policies, plans, protocols, and procedures.
Outbreak response planning and operations; and managing outbreak information
Understanding of evidence-based priority actions based on JEE and National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) to improve health security.
Awareness of the mechanisms and strategies that are being deployed under the GHSA and other similar mechanisms to combat emerging infectious threats.
COVID-19 experience is a plus
Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
Demonstrated experience in developing and providing effective training and capacity building
Excellent writing skills and experience in the development of strategic documents, briefing documents, protocols, survey tools, and reports.
Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English.
Authorized to work in Ghana.
Travel Requirements: Minimum of 25 % local travel.