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Short-Term Consultancy: Global Health Security Consultant for a Landscape Assessment in Jamaica under the USAID Localize Global Health Security Program

Short-Term Consultancy: Global Health Security Consultant for a Landscape Assessment in Jamaica under the USAID Localize Global Health Security Program Who we are At Itad, we work to make international development as effective as possible to improve more lives. We have done so since 1984. This means giving organizations the information and insight they need to make development work smarter and produce better results. It is complex, meticulous monitoring and assessment work involving many different stakeholders across many different scenarios – exactly the kind of challenge on which we thrive. We work with governments, non-profits, universities, foundations and the private sector to support organizational learning and program adaptation across a wide variety of international development contexts. To learn more about Itad, please visit our website: Location Jamaica – Kingston and surrounding areas Period of Performance and Level of Effort • Period of Performance: April 1, 2024 to July 31, 2024 • Level of effort: up to 65 days (estimated) Description of the USAID Localize Global Health Security project The Localize Global Health Security (LGHS) project is implemented by Panagora (Prime), Itad and PATH. This global project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), supports local partners in priority USAID global health security (GHS) countries to address gaps in health security as identified in national health security capacity assessments. LGHS complements the multisectoral cross-technical approaches of other GHS programs to move countries closer to achieving Global Health Security Agenda targets. LGHS will do this by establishing and managing a flexible grants program that addresses subnational gaps in global health security. The project is designed to offer grantees technical assistance in GHS and organizational capacity strengthening, to support organizational growth as they implement GHS programming. As a result of this support, local partners will be able to address critical gaps in health security through grants and technical assistance in prioritized technical areas, strengthen the organizational capacity of local entities to effectively manage the implementation of health security technical interventions and expand global knowledge base on approaches and best practices for local entities conducting global health security interventions. Position Description LGHS seeks a Global Health Security Consultant, based in Jamaica, to provide expertise in critical technical areas including — Zoonotic Disease, Community-Based Zoonotic Disease Surveillance, Risk Communication, Social Behavior Change, and Community Engagement. This consultant will support the development of an in-country landscape assessment. The assessment aims to provide context and clarity around Mission commitments for LGHS, inform strong program design in Jamaica, and identify organizations that are already working, intending to work, or showing the potential to work on health security activities, and may have the capacity to manage USAID funds to implement activities in the pre-identified GHS technical focus areas— zoonotic disease, community-based zoonotic disease surveillance, risk communication, social behavior change, and community engagement —and deliver results. Through the landscape assessment, we will seek to better understand the enabling and inhibiting factors for operation of local organizations and reflect what local entities and other stakeholders perceive will best support health security programming at the subnational level, while reaching marginalized communities and most vulnerable populations. The Global Health Security (GHS) Consultant will report to the Landscaping Team Lead, and work in close collaboration with the in-country Organizational Development Consultant and the US-based landscape assessment team, who will travel to Jamaica to initiate the assessment, and provide on-going support to the Jamaica-based consultants throughout the performance period. The GHS Consultant will need to engage with national and subnational actors and meet with stakeholders that work in global health security, especially focused on one health. In addition to meeting with stakeholders, this landscape assessment will involve meeting with local organizations engaged in the selected technical focus areas (i.e. Zoonotic Disease, Community-Based Zoonotic Disease Surveillance, Risk Communication, Social Behavior Change, and Community Engagement)—and begin to inform how a grants-under-contract (GUC) program should be tailored to the specific actors and needs in Jamaica. The GHS Consultant will assist in identifying organizations with the capacity to implement projects focusing on the identified technical areas and assist in clarifying challenges in the focus technical areas in Jamaica that could be addressed by local organizations. The main objectives to be achieved through this landscape analysis include:  Identify and explore local organizations that are well-placed to implement or pivot toward GHS programming at the subnational level, including types of organizations that may already have interest in this shift.  Collect information that will support the design of a strong RFA that is accessible to and appeals to a range of new local organizations who can contribute to GHS, including those who are new to the technical area. Identify communication channels to effectively reach these organizations during the pre-solicitation and solicitation process.  Inform the program design, objectives, and outreach strategy for a future grants program which reflects specific country needs, actors, and local priorities that will best support systems optimization while reaching marginalized communities and vulnerable populations.  Make essential connections and establish relationships that will support the LGHS launch and start-up in Jamaica Duties and responsibilities The consultant will provide the following services, which include, but are not limited to the following:  Review key project documents to understand the scope of LGHS in relevant countries, including landscape assessment tools, the mission scope of work, and related short documents describing the grants, landscape assessment and OCS workflow.  Contribute to the desk review, identifying resources and providing summaries to help the team better understand localization, health security and organizational development work that has been done in Jamaica.  Use local network to identify relevant stakeholders with whom to meet, including a range of stakeholders from senior officials to grassroots organizations.  Contact a range of USAID partners, local organizations who are potential partners, individuals, and other institutions, to set up meetings.  Support the development of country-specific materials (including an information gathering survey, focus group discussion guide, or updates/materials requested by the mission).  Schedule and conduct informational interviews by phone and/or in person with relevant organizations.  Draft visit schedules and support members of the Washington-based team members while they are travelling in-country to arrange key informant interviews with a range of stakeholders, most of which are local organizations working at the subnational level (team member travel to Jamaica is expected around April 22-May 4).  Assist in the planning and preparations for capture visits, as required including the arrangement of transport logistics  Manage schedule, ensuring adequate time between meetings and maintaining courteous and professional communications.  Attend meetings with assessment team and document meetings with detailed notes.  Provide guidance on local context and innovative approaches that could enhance LGHS’ impact.  Document findings from key informant interviews through clear notes from the meetings.  Support the organization of group meetings, workshops or focus group discussions as deemed appropriate to gather and exchange information.  Contribute to a presentation of findings that will be provided to the mission at the end of this assignment.  Together with the Organizational Development consultant lead the writing of the Organizational Landscape Report (key deliverable for this assignment). Qualification Requirements  Veterinary degree or Master’s degree with eight (8+) years of relevant work experience or bachelor’s degree with at least twelve (12+) years work experience  Proven technical expertise in at least two of the identified core technical areas — Zoonotic Disease, Community-Based Zoonotic Disease Surveillance, Risk Communication, Social Behavior Change, and Community Engagement  Excellent facilitation and coaching skills in a variety of aspects of organizational development.  Experience in community-based capacity building projects, including experience in community mobilization and civil society development and USG grant management processes.  Knowledge and technical expertise in global health security  Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.  Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented setting and remotely.  Self-motivated and able to manage time and meet deadlines working independently.  Proven ability to work under pressure, and with multiple concurrent demands.   Excellent communication skills, strong proficiency in English.  Ability to travel throughout the country.  Based in Jamaica. If you are interested in this consultancy please apply via the link at Bamboo, submitting your CV and daily rate (in USD) by March 29, 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Itad is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.