TEPHINET Consultant, Eastern European and Central Asia (1 position - Tbilisi, Georgia)

Brief Project Description

CDC’s Eastern European and Central Asia (EECA) Regional Office in Tbilisi, Georgia covers 10 countries of the former Soviet Union: MDA, UKR, ARM, AZE, GEO, KAZ, KGZ, TJK, TKM, UZB, which have been significantly affected by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Several CDC divisions currently have activities in EECA with USDHs and/or Locally Employed Staff, including Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis (DGHT), Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP), Global Immunization Division (GID), and Division of Viral Hepatitis (DVH). Many of these staff provide support to the COVID-19 response in their respective countries including through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) proposals submitted by CDC country offices to increase support for elements of the response.

TEPHINET is seeking a consultant to support the EECA Regional Office in Tbilisi to provide increased regional collaboration and coordination of the CDC response to the COVID-19 epidemic; improve surveillance and non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g., quarantine, contact tracing, social distancing measures); and ensure rapid and efficient deployment of vaccines as they become available. The consultant will leverage existing CDC program resources, the unique resources of the U.S.-supported Lugar Center, additional activities funded through CARES or ARP proposals, USG vaccine donations, and further synergies by coordination with Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)-or USAID funded activities in the EECA region.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Building on country offices’ current understanding, conduct mapping of CDC activities as well of those of other USG agencies (DTRA, USAID), other bilateral entities, and international agencies of PCR diagnostic capacity (where, what platform) for COVID-19 throughout the region.
  • Together with relevant CDC regional and country office leadership, conduct coordination meetings with regional stakeholders (such as DTRA, USAID) to ensure maximum USG synergies.
  • Conduct regional oversight of funded CARES proposals’ activities, ensuring optimal advancement of regional CDC priorities and provide oversight of any funded Georgian activities.
  • Organize regional trainings using the Georgia Center of Excellence as a training hub to provide regional trainings for funded priorities, potentially including surveillance, screening, laboratory quality assurance, and data systems and management.
  • Convene regional meetings of public health leadership to review progress and set priorities for regional disease control activities. Conduct dissemination of public health lessons learned on both regional and sub-regional levels using virtual/physical meetings.
  • Facilitate public health communities of practices around key activities such as contact tracing using available platforms Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO, other).
  • Produce interim progress reports and final summary reports.
  • Support CDC laboratory experts (DVH and others) to:
    • Enhance specific COVID-19 laboratory diagnostic capacity in the region.
    • Introduce or augment viral sequencing and analytic capacity.
    • Provide sequencing and analytic platforms for the national public health institutes in Georgia and Ukraine; set up sequencing network/community of practice across region.
    • Support CDC Global Health Security experts to continue building Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) capacities needed for the COVID response in GHSA countries.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in public health, management, public administration, nursing or medicine
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of staff to establish and maintain collaborative professional relationships to ensure that group actions move forward
  • Three or more years of direct work experience responding to emergencies or outbreaks, or collaborative responses, with a collaborative approach to addressing issues
  • Quality writing experience with guidelines, reports, and technical communications
  • Technical experience in global health and/or outbreak emergencies highly desired
  • Excellent speaking and communication skills
  • The position may require some travel and occasional participation in off-site functions
  • Located in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Fluency in English and Russian (required), oral and written
Expected Duration of Contract

The consultant will be hired for two years. The target start date for this work is August 1, 2021, and the latest possible end date is July 31, 2023.

Application Process

Who can apply: Independent consultants with experience in planning and coordination of program activities

When to apply: Applications will be accepted until July 20, 2021.

Required documents for submission:

  • Background/qualifications (resume, curriculum vitae)
  • Cover letter including summary of applicable work experience
  • Consultant fees requirement
How to Apply

Please submit required documents and/or any questions you may have to Chika Egbunike, TEPHINET Project Manager, at cegbunike [at] taskforce [dot] org.