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(Embedded) Technical Expert, the Partnership for African Vaccine Manufacturing

Job Description

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is committed to supporting local vaccine manufacturing in Africa. This includes engagement at global, regional and country level (e.g.South Africa, Ghana). The program BACKUP Health has been commissioned to contribute to improving framework conditions for local manufacturing in Africa. Building on the results of the African Union Local Vaccine Manufacturing Summit 2021 and acknowledging the leadership of the AU and the critical role of its institutions the program plans to engage further with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and, among others, the designated Africa Medicines Agency and to join the newly formed Partnership for African Vaccine Manufacturing in Africa (PAVM). The position will be located in the GIZ Portfolio with the African Union at the siege of the African Union Commission in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. The position will be embedded in the Africa CDC, Secretariat of the Partnership for African Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM).

Your tasks

  • Technical/policy advisor to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Partnership for African Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM), contributing to the work of the PAVM Secretariat and Task Force; advising on d strategy development and underlying operational plans as well as on technical issues, support to fund mobilization
  • Support and advise selected technical committees/workstreams and provide substantial inputs to workstream planning, identification of synergies with other areas situational analyses, option assessments and solution appraisals, development of recommendations, support to workstream decision making and strategy setting
  • Advise on and support specific design and policy/strategy setting activities in collaboration with the workstream owners
  • Support drafting key documents for internal and external meetings
  • Develop a detailed and robust work plan for workstream activities with performance, key milestones, and progress monitoring and identification of synergies with other area
  • Advise on project management, e.g. secretariat meeting preparation, facilitation, and follow-up
  • Travel within Africa and to other countries, as required and possible.
  • Liaise regularly with the BACKUP team based elsewhere and other giz programs, contribute to requests from BMZ, internal knowledge management and to other tasks and events
  • Contribute to BACKUP reporting, presentations, articles, case studies and other documentation, Monitoring and Evaluation

Your profile

  • University degree in Medicine/Pharmacy/Biology/Health Sciences or health economics
  • Additional certification/master’s degree in Public Health/Control of Infectious Diseases or Vaccinology/Regulation of Pharmaceuticals or similar
  • Excellent knowledge of the regulatory and vaccine production environment and African Public Health systems
  • Intercultural sensitivity, strong communication and cooperation competencies and written/verbal/presentation skills; experience in dealing with challenging situations regarding uncertainty
  • Many years of professional experience working in a technical cooperation/management consultancy company and with lower-middle income countries
  • Experience with health systems strengthening/multi stakeholder cooperation and management
  • Several years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry/vaccine production/pharmaceutical regulation
  • Fluent English skills; good French skills; good German as an asset


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