USAID/Mali, through GH-TAMS, is seeking public health candidates to serve as COVID-19 Response and Partnerships Technical Advisor. The consultancy is six-months in duration with a possible extension and will be based in Mali (a possible hybrid arrangement of primarily in-country support and some remote might be possible but will need USAID confirmation). Start date is approximately first week of July.
USAID has supported health programs in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Development for over 60 years. USAID/Mali’s sizable Health program aims to increase Malians’ ability to manage their health system and their own health, from the individual to the national level, with activities focused on maternal and child health, malaria, family planning, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and emerging pandemic threats.
Mali’s U.S. Government bilateral assistance includes FY2021 $9M PEPFAR program, $24M PMI program and one of the Agency's largest MNCH programs ($22M). Health systems strengthening investments include laboratory strengthening; routine surveillance; HMIS; and supply chain procurement, logistics and management. Global Health Security human and animal health programming includes IPC; field epidemiology and rapid response training; laboratory biosafety and biosecurity and events-based surveillance. USG's COVID-19 programming includes risk communication and community engagement; COVID-19 prevention, testing and contact tracing support; vaccine preparedness and delivery, including information and logistics systems strengthening; and oxygen landscape mapping and planning technical assistance. Some components of the USG program cover all of Mali (ex. supply chain), most programming is in the center and south.
Mali's Global Fund C19RM Fast Track and Full Funding Requests total 37,313,389 EUR or $42,163,682 USD. The Fast Track Request funds disinfectants and PPE, COVID Diagnostic Tests (PCR & Ag RDTs), COVID-19 prevention and treatment medicines, and Oxygen therapy and supportive hospital equipment including liquid oxygen, consumables, and equipment. The Full Funding Request funds IPC, testing, waste management, case management, oxygen, facility operations, treatment, lab strengthening and consumables, and pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical stock procurement, warehousing, and logistics. Mali's C19RM grant also reinforces the COVID-19 national response with urgent improvements to health and community systems and to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on HIV, TB and malaria programs. The C19RM grant also funds programming for victims of Gender Based Violence and Human Rights abuses.
Mali's $42,163,682 USD Global Fund C19RM grant is implemented by three Primary Recipients: the Government of Mali, Catholic Relief Services, and a local NGO, L’Association de Recherche de Communication et d’Accompagnement à Domicile de personnes Vivant avec le VIH (ARCAD-SIDA). The GoM is directly responsible for the largest portion of the grant (over 80%), followed by CRS (approx. 11%) and ARCAD-SIDA. The capacity of Mali's Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism and oversight bodies is weak and in need of significant technical assistance to ensure funds available are used optimally for both emergency-use now and the ongoing development of systems that will enable countries to respond rapidly and more effectively to future pandemics.
The COVID-19 Response and Partnerships Technical Advisor will provide coordination, management, and technical support to USAID/Mali’s GHSA and COVID-19 prevention and response program and support the USAID/Mali Health team to facilitate USG, Global Fund, COVAX, World Bank, and other bilateral/multilateral donor coordination and planning to maximize the leverage and impact of all available USG COVID-19 investments.
Role and Responsibilities
The consultant will serve as a Senior level COVID-19 Response and Partnerships Technical Advisor to work with the USAID/Mali GHSA/ COVID-19 team in the Health Office for six months (possibly twelve if extended). The Advisor will provide coordination, management, and technical support to USAID/Mali’s GHSA and COVID-19 prevention and response program, and also facilitate USG, Global Fund, COVAX, World Bank, and other bilateral/multilateral donor coordination and planning to maximize the leverage and impact of all available USG COVID-19 investments.
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