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DAI is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

Health Advisor, Global Health

Location: United Kingdom

Location: United Kingdom

Job Code: 5628



Funded by FCDO, the Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Programme (TDDAP) aims to save lives and reduce the impact of disease outbreaks and epidemics. The programme addresses weak public health services, surveillance, cross-border coordination, communication, behaviours and infrastructure affecting the spread of disease. TDDAP will strengthen health systems and institutions to deliver better-integrated health security and improve disease preparedness and response. As part of this programme, DAI Global Health is responsible for providing intensive technical assistance in six high-risk countries (Cameroon, Chad, Côte D’Ivoire, Mali, Niger and Uganda). The DAI component of TDDAP, Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa (TDDA) will also manage an Early Response Mechanism (ERM) to ensure a more timely response to pre-crisis and other events in the six countries.

Role Purpose

The DAI Health Advisor (HA) will provide overall technical advice and oversight to the TDDA project, including the ERM team and associated activities. They will be responsible for the provision of technical input, which includes the review of proposals and their associated budgets; relevant processes and protocols that are health-focused; including grant activity recommendations and the validation of the decision making and reporting requirements.

They will manage multiple streams of work that are being implemented by the project within the six priority countries. The HA will serve as a technical resource within the ERM team, will guide and support technical activities proposed by partners, related to surveillance, further assessment of alerts, investigations, control measures and community engagement activities etc. This may include supporting work to fill critical gaps in national COVID-19 control plans. They will also play a central role in assessing and building the local technical capacity of identified partners, both national and international. This will include the organisation and facilitation of technical training in-country and the coordination of external technical training when required and agreed by each of the country coordinators of the six priority countries.

Key Accountabilities

Fluent in English and French, both written and spoken, at this time the post will entail distance management. Preferably based in London and may involve overseas travel, primarily to the six countries, as travel policy permits. They will support the project, country coordinators and the ERM with technical assistance, quality assurance and training support.

The HA will liaise with all partners identified, to ensure that the activities undertaken are sound and they will provide advice and management support to the country coordinators and the ERM team in planning and delivering of routine activities as well as ERM activation or pre-crisis events. They will brief project management, the ERM team and when required the ERM committee, on any pertinent technical issues and any changing circumstances, as and when they arise.

Description of duties:

Act as the home office technical focal point for TDDA, working with Technical Leads, the MEAL Team, Country Coordinators and the ERM team;

Ensure project activities are consistent with established evidence-informed good practice, including relevant international and national standards;

Ensure that project communications reflect that same attention to evidence-based practice and prevailing norms;

Help ensure project activities are developed with reference to principles of aid effectiveness and national ownership;

On the ERM, per se, appraise and feedback on grant and activity-related documents – i.e. proposals and reports, both narrative and financial, assessments, evaluations, reviews, etc.

Possess a high level of adaptability and be able to adjust to the constantly changing programmatic and working environment;

Undertake technical and capacity assessments of identified partners.

Develop and contribute to trainings in the priority countries, through the participation and facilitation at country level workshops, to help build the local capacity of partners in areas related to their response activities;

Coordinate with the Country Coordinators of the six focus countries, to identify local technical training service providers;

Maintain regular communications, include field visits when possible, country partners.

Participate in external representation of TDDA as appropriate with groups such as WHO, Africa CDC and Country stakeholders and partners.

Perform other related duties, as assigned.

Program Implementation, Monitoring and evaluation:

Participate in planning and development of project plans, including guidance on ERM grantee projects;

Document processes and achievements across the project including oversight of grant response activities to ensure learning is captured and disseminated;

Contribute to and quality assure quarterly and monthly reports and ensure appropriate follow up and decision making ;

Participate in the preparation of any reporting to FCDO and contribute to any internal reports as requested; and.

Reports on any field visits and training deliveries undertaken.



aid effectiveness


child protection


economic development

global health

health services

health systems

humanitarian response

infectious diseases

monitoring and evaluation

program implementation

project management

technical training


universal health coverage

Facilitate the provision of technical assistance and capacity building with team and partners as appropriate;

Help ensure partners and team members with DAI’s policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

Desired Requirements

Medical/health background including familiarity with tropical and infectious diseases, and the interventions that are used during an outbreak response.

Health background including familiarity with evolving thinking on the relationship between health security and universal health coverage, the architecture of international and national humanitarian response;

Experience in overseeing development and adaptation of training and capacity building approaches and their delivery to a variety of audiences; and,

Experience working in insecure environments.

Essential Qualifications


Health professional degree including Masters’ Degree in Epidemiology with at least five years of field experience, or an MPH with extensive epidemiology training and at least five years of field relevant experience.


Provision of technical assistance and quality assurance services including overseeing and conducting assessments, analysing and interpreting health data;

Track record of providing technical advice in a respectful and persuasive manner;

Capacity building related to institutions, organisations and systems and individuals

Familiarity of African contexts and able to travel for short periods of time, when required; and

Proven experience working in cross cultural team setting s as a leader and a participant .


Excellent verbal and written communication in English and French required.

Strong organizational and critical thinking/analytic skills, with the ability to prioritize.

Proficiency with MS Word and Excel (minimum requirement).


Able to carry out the responsibilities of the role that they are assigned to, in a way which reflects DAI’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable groups and is in accordance with the organisations ‘Safeguarding Policy’.

Is committed to dais vision, mission, values and approach.

Understands that the management of risk is not just solely DAI’s responsibility but is equally the responsibility of every staff member, and it is expected that they will play their part in:

Finding out what DAI mean by risk, and by identifying, reporting and managing the risks associated with your role; and

Operate within the policies, procedures and controls laid out by the DAI from time to time.

Submission of applications:

Early submission is encouraged, screening of applications will be done on a rolling basis.


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