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Purpose of Job
The Regional Director for Regional Collaborating Centre is responsible for leading and managing the strategic and operational activities of the centre, which aims to foster collaboration and coordination among regional stakeholders in the field of health and social care. The Regional Director oversees the development and implementation of the centre’s work plan, budget, and performance indicators, as well as the recruitment and supervision of staff. The Regional Director also represents the centre in external meetings and events, and builds and maintains effective partnerships with Member states and relevant regional and national authorities, organizations, and networks.
The Regional Director for the Regional Collaborating Centre (RCC) is responsible for:
• Overseeing the implementation of the RCC’s strategic plan,
• Managing the RCC’s staff and budget, and fostering partnerships with relevant stakeholders.
• Representing the RCC in regional and global forums, and
• Ensure alignment with the RCC’s vision and mission.
The Regional Director reports to the Director General and works closely with the RCC’s Technical Advisory Committee.
1. Coordinate and facilitate the development of RCCs work plans for regional epidemiology and laboratory surveillance capacity strengthening.
2. Fosters an enabling environment for research collaborations and information sharing among RCCs.
3. Facilitate RCCs linkages to the Africa CDC Emergency Operations Centre activities to ensure appropriate and rapid deployment of staff.
4. Facilitate and coordinate development of RCCs preparedness and response plans and assessment activities.
5. Facilitate strengthening of RCC disease surveillance monitoring and reporting by facilitating adaptation of Africa CDC surveillance policies.
6. Facilitate the execution of Africa CDC technical reference policy, guidance, plans and tools into RCC contexts to ensure consistent implementation of public health activities.
7. Oversee, mentor and guide development of peer review research publications in epidemiology, surveillance or related health science.
8. Represent the agency on behalf of the Director in technical meetings, conferences or similar venues where the agency seeks to be recognized.
9. Represents the agencies scientific interests as a member of a scientific review committee for reviewing and developing public health scientific policies, procedures and guidelines.
10. Coordinates the delivery of technical services in support of Africa CDC Emergency Response activities as appropriate and assigned.
Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
• Masters Degree in a relevant discipline such as, but not limited to, Public Health, basic Health Science (e.g., Biology, Chemistry), and Epidemiology and Health-Services Research.
• Clinical degree (e.g., M.D, MPhil, in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing) AND a Master’s Degree in Public Health or a related discipline.
• Twelve (12) years of relevant experience in public health practice, with emphasis on infectious disease epidemiology, monitoring and surveillance, and operational research, with at least seven (7) years at managerial level with wide powers to lead and manage national, regional or global public health programmes and five (5) years of supervisory level.
• Extensive experience in leading and managing complex projects across multiple countries and sectors.
• Have successfully coordinated the delivery of high-quality technical assistance, capacity building, and knowledge sharing to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development
• Should have also fostered strong partnerships and collaboration with various stakeholders, including governments, civil society, private sector, and development partners.
• Should have demonstrated strategic vision, leadership skills, and a commitment to excellence and innovation in my previous roles.
The following are the required skills for a Regional Director of Regional Collaborating Centres in the Africa CDC:
• Strong leadership and management skills: The Regional Director must be able to provide strong leadership and management to the RCDCs. This includes setting clear goals and objectives, developing and implementing strategies, and managing staff and resources effectively.
• Excellent communication skills: The Regional Director must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including AU officials, government officials, partners, and the public. This includes being able to clearly articulate the RCDC’s goals and objectives, as well as the RCDC’s work and achievements.
• Technical expertise: The Regional Director must have technical expertise in the areas of the RCDC’s work. This may include areas such as health, education, agriculture, or the environment.
• Political savvy: The Regional Director must be able to navigate the political landscape of the AU and its member states. This includes being able to build relationships with key stakeholders and to advocate for the RCC’s work.
• International experience: The Regional Director must have international experience. This includes experience working in a cross-cultural environment and experience working with international partners.
In addition to the above skills, the Regional Director must also be a strategic thinker, a problem solver, and a team player. The Regional Director must be able to work independently and as part of a team to achieve the RCC’s goals and objectives.
The Regional Director of Regional Collaborating Centres in Africa CDC is a critical position that requires a wide range of skills and experience, and must be able to provide strong leadership and management, excellent communication skills, technical expertise, political savvy, and international experience.
The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.
The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage
Closing Date : October 5, 2023 11h59 p.m. EAT.