Department for International Development - DFID A2 Health Adviser Jobs in Ethiopia

Department for International Development - DFID A2 Health Adviser Jobs in Ethiopia

  • This represents an opportunity for an experienced and ambitious Health Adviser to join FCDO as the technical lead for the largest bilateral health donor in Ethiopia, at a crucial period in the programme cycle.

    Key responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Acting as Health Adviser to FCDO Ethiopia’s two current health programmes (SAPHE and FPbC):
    Provide high level technical leadership and oversight to FCDO’s health and health-related programme portfolio (with a focus on health systems strengthening and resilience, reproductive, maternal, new-born, child health and nutrition), ensuring high level technical performance across both the financial aid and technical assistance components;

  • Actively engaging in the design and commissioning of a new 5-year health partnership between Ethiopia and the UK:

  • Form part of a small team finalising a new “business case” laying out high level options for the delivery of a new 5 year programme of support to strengthen the health system and end the preventable death of mothers, new-borns and children in Ethiopia;

  • Lead the design, commissioning and management of a technical assistance project to support the above.

    Acting as the FCDO Covid-19 health focal point:

  • Stay on top of and provide regular updates on the epidemiology of Covid-19 in Ethiopia and surrounding countries;

  • Engage with the cross-HMG team to translate the evidence in to policy and programme recommendations for UK’s engagement in Ethiopia’s Covid-19 primary and secondary responses;

  • Lead efforts to engage MoH and donor networks on the health sector Covid-19 response;

  • Providing cross-FCDO and cross-Embassy Health Advice including in the areas of health systems resilience and shock-responsiveness, nutrition, adolescent health, disease surveillance and response (including Covid-19), private sector healthcare and medical product production.

  • Engage with the FCDO’s wider development agenda to provide expert technical advice to drive stronger multi-sectoral engagement for health outcomes and ensure that improvements in health contribute to wider development gains;

  • Work across the British Embassy to drive a coordinated, evidence-informed approach to health development in Ethiopia;

  • Stay on top of the latest global and national health evidence to drive strategic, forward-looking thinking;

  • External representation of FCDO in health donor and government forums

  • Represent FCDO in health donor and government forums including the Health, Population and Nutrition Network, SDG Pooled Fund and relevant FMoH technical working groups (TWGs);

  • Work closely with government, development partners and civil society to support the delivery of evidence-based interventions for health, increased VFM and aid-effectiveness in the health sector in Ethiopia; and

  • Strengthen the culture of results in the health sector in Ethiopia, contributing to sector monitoring and evaluation through participation in joint reviews, field visits, data workshops and other M&E initiatives
    Health programme management including oversight of implementing agents to deliver evidence-informed, value-for-money interventions to improve health outcomes

  • Work effectively with FCDO programme managers and officers to ensure efficient and effective management of FCDO-funded health programmes as per
    FCDO’s rules and regulations (i.e., the SMART Rules);

  • Effective design and implementation of fiduciary, social and environmental safeguards;
    quarterly performance reviews; timely completion of annual reviews and programme completion reports; and, maintaining excellent working relationships with implementing partners (including FMoH, MSI Ethiopia, Engender Health, McKinsey and CHAI);

  • Collect and analyse health results including financing trends and lead on the reporting of key input, output and outcome indicators pertaining to FCDO’s health programmes on a timely basis; and
    Work with teams leading FCDO-E’s non-health programmes to ensure their health benefits are being measured, with lessons learnt captured and disseminated.

    Education and Experience Requirements


  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or equivalent area (e.g. epidemiology, health planning and finance, public health nutrition)

  • Proven professional knowledge in health systems strengthening and reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health;

  • At least 5 years of experience working at national and policy level on health systems strengthening and/or RMNCH in Ethiopia;

  • Excellent written and oral English communications skills (including computer literacy)


  • International public health experience;

  • Experience working with a donor agency;

  • Wider health technical experience in one or more of the following areas: nutrition, health systems resilience and shock-responsiveness, healthcare financing, global health architecture.
    Core UK civil service behaviours:

  • The selection process will focus on the following behaviours which are further outlined in the Civil Service Competency Framework at Annex 1.

    Making effective decisions

  • Balancing evidence from a range of sources with an understanding of practical challenges (including delivery capacity) on the ground and how the political context influences decision making, clarify your own understanding and stakeholder needs and expectations of health systems delivery and reform priorities across a range of stakeholders before making decisions in order to create a stronger overall programme.

  • Analyse and accurately interpret data from various sources, including your wide network, to identify positives, negatives, risks and implications of programme decisions.

    Communicating and influencing

  • Ability to effectively communicate to, and influence, a range of different audiences, both orally and in writing, including technical health specialists, generalists, senior policy makers (including Ministers), donor partners and beneficiaries on the ground.

  • Ability to articulate complex technical health information in plain and simple English and present messages succinctly.

    Working together

  • Actively build and maintain a network of colleagues and contacts to generate up to date health evidence, understand and influence the health policy environment, and shape effective programme delivery relationships.

  • Demonstrated ability to act as a team player, show genuine care for colleagues and build team resilience.

    Technical Competences

  • FCDO health advisers all work to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), through helping countries to develop their national health systems towards universal health coverage, complemented with targeted high-impact interventions, with a focus on the poorest and most vulnerable.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Department for International Development - DFID A2 Health Adviser Jobs in Ethiopia

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