Consultant selection will be made based on the following minimum educational and Experience criteria: a) Education: A master’s degree in the field of social science or related discipline. A Bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years practical experience is also acceptable. b) Experience 1.Over 10 years' experience and knowledge of the African, European and North American donor communities. 2.Over 10 years of understanding of the activities of the African Union Commission and the African Union 3. Skill in leadership and managerial abilities to promote programs and activities of Africa CDC. 4.Experience in developing and maintaining relations with a wide range of people and organizations, including medical professionals, civil society and community organizations, academia, government representatives, and donor organizations. 5. Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the area of corporate and foundation fundraising techniques required. 6. Knowledge of the leadership in public and private sectors in the Africa CDC host country, Ethiopia would be an advantage Required Skills 7. Excellent interpersonal and team building skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment. 8. Demonstrated management and leadership skills as evidenced by executive level leadership and management of national, regional and global public health programmes. 9. Demonstrable collaboration skills as evidenced by significant experience in developing and leading technical collaborations between national, regional and global health partner agencies and governments. 10. Entrepreneurial mind set. 11. Exceptional interpersonal, and communication skills.
Taking into account the health challenges faced by the African continent and in recognition of the need for Africa to develop optimal capacity for preparedness and response to public health emergencies and other health security risks, the African heads of State and Government (AU HoSG) - at a special summit of the Africa Union (AU) held in Abuja, Nigeria 2013 - called for the establishment of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) through Assembly Decision /AU/Dec.554 (XXIV). This specialised organ was officially launched on 31st January 2017 with the overall mission to “strengthen Africa’s capacity and institutions for preparedness and response to public health emergencies and disease priorities through partnerships, science, policy and data-driven interventions”. Pursuant to Article 28 of the Statue of Africa CDC which states that, “the Africa CDC shall maintain working ties with Development partners and stakeholders, particularly with the Regional Health Organizations, RECs private sector, civil society organizations, other Organs of the Union and the non-African CDCs in pursuit of its strategic objectives”. Africa CDC intends to launch a public health Foundation and Public Private Philanthropic Partnerships (Africa CDC 4Ps) to advance its strategic priorities through the development of linkages to innovative financial mechanisms targeting increased investment in African health systems. This will generate both positive development and returns on investment through efforts to promote an enabling environment for the private and philanthropic sectors amongst the African Member States. In carrying its overall mission, it is incumbent upon Africa CDC to develop its legal and policy capacity and credibility in order to achieve productive engagements with private and philanthropic sectors. Recognition as a credible technical organization will be the foundation to establish sustainable collaborations with diverse stakeholders, enhance resource mobilization prospects and obtain funds. It is in this light that the Africa CDC will convene this special event on 26 October 2018 (tentative), to introduce itself as the fulcrum for coordinating health assets and response from private and public sectors in order to meet the health security challenges of the African region. The Partner Engagement Consultant reports to the Director, Africa CDC and advises and supports the Director and members of the agency Governing Board, the private sector engagement expert committee, on issues relating to private and philanthropic sector engagement, including external engagement, identifying external support for emergency preparedness, surveillance and response and developing advocacy and fundraising approaches aimed at building Africa CDC’s relationships with its constituencies