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Technical Advisor, Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Program Vital Strategies / Resolve to Save Lives Secondment to Federal Ministry of Health Ethiopia
Vital Strategies is a US-based international public health organization working in more than 70 countries to strengthen public health systems and address leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) is a global health initiative of Vital Strategies that since 2017 has worked closely with low- and middle-income country governments, the World Health Organization, academic and other civil society partners to strengthen national capacity to prevent, detect and respond to epidemic threats and build capacity for and implement a core package of interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease. In partnership with the World Health Organization and Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), RTSL has been supporting the implementation of a hypertension control program in 70 government primary health care facilities in five regions and two city administrations since March 2020.
The role: The Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with World Health Organization and Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, is implementing a cardiovascular health program focusing on Hypertension Prevention and Control in five regions and two city administrations. The program interventions include hypertension prevention through screening, treatment, care, and health education at point of care on service uptake and for treatment adherence, as well as salt reduction campaigns at community level and in schools. The Technical Advisor will be responsible for providing overall technical guidance and support on NCDs, including cardiovascular disease, to the Diseases Prevention and Control Directorate of the Federal Ministry of Health.
The position is a secondment to the Ministry of Health, accountable to the Diseases Prevention and Control Directorate. The Technical Advisor will perform duties listed below:
Support the MOH-Ethiopia and NCD team to develop strategic and annual plans on prevention and control of cardiovascular disease with a special focus on hypertension and related disorders
Participate in the development of guidelines, treatment and prevention protocols, training materials, tools and patient education materials on prevention and control of cardiovascular disease
Monitor progress of implementation of the Hypertension Prevention and Control program being implemented by Resolve to Save Lives as well as other NCD activities
Participate and lead on the planning and implementation stages of trainings on cardiovascular disease prevention and control for program managers and health facility staff
Plan and conduct supportive supervision and mentoring visits to RHB and Zonal Health Department/ Sub-cities to support implementation of cardiovascular disease prevention and control
Participate/Lead in the planning and execution of annual review meetings with RHBs and partners on non-communicable disease prevention and control
Work with the policy, planning and monitoring and evaluation directorate to improve data collection and analysis of NCDs with a focus on hypertension and use the data for program improvement
Coordinate and monitor drug availability and timeliness of drug delivery to all health facilities in the project sites with MOH and RTSL regional coordinators
Support overall salt reduction initiative, campaigns, and health education programs across the regions
Support the dissemination of unhealthy diet control proclamation and follow bottle necks for implementation
monitoring and evaluation
primary health care
Participate in national surveys, assessments and program reviews on cardiovascular disease and their risk factors
Work in collaboration with other co-workers at federal, regional and woreda health bureau levels
Provide technical support to the State Minister’s office on NCD programs, when requested
Qualification and Experience:
Required: Applicants should have degree in Medicine and Master’s degree in public health and/or related discipline. At least 10 years of related work experience, including having worked within central and regional government in Ethiopia.
Experience with NCD projects/programs is an added advantage.
Required Skills and Competencies:
Thorough understanding of the technical and programmatic aspects of a cardiovascular public health program, including the ability to identify and quickly address any challenges or obstacles
Excellent leadership and program management skills
Strong analytical skills and proven ability to use data for decision-making and program improvement
Mentoring and supportive supervision skills and experience
Excellent inter-personal skills, to include the ability to communicate and coordinate effectively at all levels of the FMOH
Excellent computer skills, to include MS Office applications, particularly MS Excel
Willingness and ability to travel to different regions of the country
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