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Infectious Disease Technical Advisor, Ebola Preparedness and Response

Employment Type:Other
Department:International Programs
Description:Health and rural livelihoods are intrinsically linked. A family in poverty can scarcely afford health care. A sick breadwinner may be unable to earn income. To increase our impact on breaking the cycle of poverty and promoting healthier families and communities, IMA World Health and Lutheran World Relief (IMA&LWR) are excited to announce we are joining forces. The two humanitarian nonprofits are integrating IMA\'s global health expertise and Lutheran World Relief\'s work in rural economies and emergency response, creating a unified organization that will help millions more enjoy a healthier, more prosperous tomorrow.

IMA&LWR are seeking applications for an Infectious Disease (ID) Technical Advisor for a six-month contract with the potential to renew for one year and beyond. The role of the ID Technical Advisor will be to represent IMA&LWR in the health sector in Uganda and facilitate the start-up of health projects related to Ebola preparedness and response.

Currently, IMA is supporting the emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In partnership with local communities, IMA has rapidly mobilized to respond to the outbreak in at-risk health zones. IMA and its partners are implementing a community-based prevention and response approach in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, where more than 387,000 people are at risk of exposure to Ebola. IMA\'s program ensure high-risk and difficult-to-access communities and health facilities have the training, financial support, equipment and oversight to effectively address the Ebola outbreak. Specific program goals include reducing transmission; providing community-based surveillance and care; supporting contact tracing and addressing WASH-related issues.

Epidemiologic models forecast a high likelihood that the outbreak will move across the DRC/Ugandan border into Ugandan communities. In light of this forecast, IMA is mobilizing to support the Government of Uganda (GOU) in its efforts to plan, prepare for, and respond to an Ebola outbreak. The Infectious Disease Technical Advisor will be IMA&LWR\'s senior health staff in Kampala and will work with the Country Director and IMA&LWR headquarters teams to identify GOU priorities in the preparedness efforts and develop a plan of action for response.

This is a short term, local contract. Relocation expenses will not be provided.


  • Represent IMA&LWR to the National Task Force, Ugandan government, other donors and multinationals, technical agencies and other partner organizations on health sector related matters.
  • Conduct review of the current Ebola response in Uganda, gaps, and potential opportunities.
  • In coordination with the Country Director and IMA&LWR Vice President for Health, develop an Ebola readiness/response effort.
  • The Infectious Disease Technical Advisor will have dual reporting lines. S/he will report to the IMA/LWR Vice President in Washington, DC for all technical and programmatic issues and to the LWR Country Director in Kampala for all matters related to administration, security, high level government relations, history of LWR, and connections to LWR's network
  • Provide expert technical advice regarding proposal and program development for Ebola response efforts, including developing portions of technical proposals and program tools/documents.
  • Ensure visibility of IMA&LWR as a health actor in Uganda through attendance and presentations at the National Task Force and other events as assigned/appropriate.
  • Lead future health project start-ups as they come on line.


The position requires an experienced public health professional with the following minimum qualifications:
  • Master\'s Degree or higher in epidemiology or a related public health field; a medical doctor is preferred.
  • Previous experience with infectious disease outbreak response, specifically health system and community-based response.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in countries with health systems similar to Uganda; experience working in East Africa and particularly Uganda will be strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in concert with team, partner organizations, and key government stakeholders to achieve results; experience in partnership building especially with the Government of Uganda, USAID, CDC, NGOs and private sector a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal, representational, and communication skills; high degree of political savvy in interacting with senior government and civil society stakeholders.
  • Previous experience managing rapid project start-up in the context of a health emergency preferred.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Ugandan nationals are highly encouraged to apply.

This is a short term, local contract. Relocation expenses will not be provided.

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