Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Advisor, GS14

  • Added Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020

USAID/Uganda is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Personal Services Contractors (PSC) - Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Advisor

Under the supervision of the Deputy Office Director of USAID/Uganda’s Office of Health and HIV/AIDS or his/her designee, the Global Health Security Advisor will provide technical expertise to ensure the well‐coordinated and effective implementation of the USG Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) portfolio in Uganda. The GHSA Advisor will manage a complex multi‐sectoral portfolio, providing administrative, technical and representational support as required. The incumbent will work closely with USAID/Washington, USAID/East Africa, and the USG Interagency in Uganda as key stakeholders to oversee USAID GHSA investments in Uganda. S/he will also provide technical support to the USG GHSA team in Uganda and help manage GHSA implementing partners on the ground. Placement of a GHSA Advisor in Uganda will fill a critical role for USAID to meet the expectations of the White House and Congress for rapid, effective, and coordinated implementation of the GHSA. The GHSA Advisor will also work closely with other USG partners to ensure effective interagency coordination, particularly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) offices providing support for GHSA implementation (DTRA’s Regional Cooperative Engagement Officer), and the State Department.

The GHSA Advisor will be expected to provide appropriate technical expertise and representation at meetings and events, both within the embassy and the broader interagency, and with external audiences, including the host government Ministries and the Prime Minister’s office, Ugandan and international academia, the UN, other embassies, development partners, civil society, and the humanitarian assistance community.

The GHSA Advisor will serve on the USG inter-agency health team in Uganda, particularly as part of the GHSA Technical Working Group, and will liaise with other USG department and agency programs and activities in Uganda that align with and/or support Uganda’s five-year GHSA Roadmap. S/he will support the USAID GHSA project activities with a combined life of projects budget of $22 million. Additional responsibilities will include participation in GHSA Interagency Steering Committee meetings/teleconferences.

S/he will represent USAID in all relevant interagency and other donor GHSA coordinating mechanisms in country to ensure USAID programming is fully aligned with Uganda’s GHSA Roadmap and annual work plan; is contributing to the advancement of building in-country capacity; and is responsive to the country’s context.

Additionally, s/he will liaise with USAID Washington teams, specifically the USAID Bureau for Global Health; the GHSA Lead, and the Africa Bureau Office of Sustainable Development’s Health Division. S/he will ensure that the Mission’s planning, response, and reporting on GHSA is carried out in accordance with USAID, CDC, DoD, and State Department directives.

Finally, the GHSA Advisor will communicate with USAID/Washington to share lessons learned and will ensure those lessons are adapted into existing programs. This position will be the main point of contact between USAID/Uganda and USAID/Washington regarding GHSA activities, progress reporting and information requests.


Minimum of Master’s degree in public health, public policy, epidemiology, infectious disease, or similar related discipline is required.


The incumbent must have at least eight years of experience in public health, animal health, One Health, epidemiology or a related field, of which five years must be working in or with developing countries.

Experience related to infectious disease prevention, detection and control in public health sector is required;

Working experience of technical and programmatic principles underlying emerging infectious diseases and/or GHSA activities or implementation is preferred;

Previous experience with an international agency, organization, academic institution or NGO is preferred.

This vacancy is archived.