Health Advisor

USAID, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th August, 2020

Job Description


The OFDA Health Advisor will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  •  Provide expert technical advice for humanitarian health interventions for disaster response to USAID and OFDA staff based in Washington, D.C. and field offices.
  •  Conduct public health assessments of vulnerable populations and make expert recommendations for appropriate relief activities.
  •  Facilitate and coordinate USG emergency technical response activities with the USAID Bureau for Global Health, Missions, other donor agencies, and the U.S. Embassy.
  •  Develop and implement evaluations to determine the effectiveness of OFDA- funded public health projects with implementing partners.
  •  Represent OFDA in emergency public health discussions and activities, serve as a USG emergency health sector resource, and provide technical and organizational leadership in sectoral activity as the primary technical expert for emergency health interventions.
  •  Lead OFDA's approach to health activities, formulate sector strategies and recommendations for both emergency response and disaster risk reduction, and provide technical support for OFDA field offices, other offices within USAID, and to OFDA's PSPM Division.
  •  Exercise independent judgment and decision-making related to humanitarian health and/or nutrition activities, both in the U.S. and in the field.
  •  Interact with NGO partners, other donor agencies, the international humanitarian community, the health and/or nutrition cluster and other USAID staff as well as the Interagency working in the various public health sectors; attend meetings and other relevant events and forums.
  •  Contribute to technical review of proposals submitted by NGO and UN partners for humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction activities. Incorporate new developments in the emergency health and/or nutrition sector into OFDA programming.
  •  Lead assessment teams or guide and coordinate the work of other technical staff within the health sector.
  •  Coordinate, plan, implement, evaluate, and prioritize emergency health activities to ensure that efforts in assigned program areas meet needs of affected populations and satisfy the goals and objectives of the response program.
  •  Liaise with response actors to determine the capacity of the affected community and ensure that adequate resources are available to the international response effort. Brief host governments, the U.S. Military, U.S. Embassy and USAID Mission.
  •  Identify emergency public health risk reduction and prevention measures that could be linked to disaster response activities. Review risk reduction principles and make expert recommendations on course of action.
  •  Develop various types of country/regional strategies for field offices, DARTs and assessment teams. Provide briefings and written reports.
  •  Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.
  •  Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.
  •  As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.
  •  As needed, may serve on temporary detail within the office to meet operational needs during staff shortages, not to exceed six months. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities as well as directly related to the scope of work provided.


(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

  •  Offeror is a U.S. Citizen.
  •  Complete resume submitted. See cover page for resume requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.
  •  USPSC Offeror form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
  •  Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.
  •  Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance.
  •  Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (
  •  Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.


The offeror rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. Offerors must demonstrate the rating factors outlined below within their resume, as they are evaluated strictly by the information provided. The rating factors are as follows:

Professional Experience (15 points)

  •  Demonstrated experience as Public Health Advisor and/or implementer in field humanitarian relief settings, developing and implementing programs with NGOs, UN, IOs, and/or USG.
  •  Demonstrated experience in assessing, designing, and/or reviewing technical health proposals for best practice and technical merit.
  •  Demonstrated knowledge of and familiarity with the humanitarian stakeholders (e.g. NGOs, PIOs, clusters, USG) including operations and practices.

Skills and Abilities (25 points)

  •  Demonstrated experience representing and providing technical input in a coordinating unit or technical body such as the Health Cluster or sectoral meetings.
  •  Demonstrated ability to interact and liaise with high ranking officials at national and international level in unstructured settings; as well as in formal settings and briefings for host nations, USG, and UN entities.
  •  Demonstrated experience in coordinating, planning, implementing, and evaluating emergency health activities to ensure that efforts in assigned program areas are meeting the needs of affected populations, align with humanitarian principles, and satisfy the goals and objectives of the response program.
  •  Demonstrated ability to determine the capacity of the affected community and ensure that adequate resources are available to the international health response effort.
  •  Demonstrated ability to develop various types of country/regional strategies for field offices, headquarters staff, and assessment teams. Included with this is the demonstrated ability to provide briefings and written reports associated with the strategies.


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