Principal Programme Policy and Strategy Officer (AfCDC)

Job Title:  Principal Programme Policy and Strategy Officer (AfCDC)

Posting Start Date:  5/29/24

Job Description: 

Organization Information

Reports to: Director General of Africa CDC
Directorate/Department/Organ: Office of the Director General
Division: Office of the Director General
Number of Direct Reports: 
Number of Indirect Reports: 
Job Grade: P5
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed term
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose of Job

The Principal Programme Policy and Strategy Officer will play a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction and operational policies of Africa CDC’s programmes. The incumbent will be responsible for providing high-level technical advice, leading policy development and analysis, and ensuring program alignment with organizational goals and objectives.

Main Functions

  • Designs and implements policies, programs, and projects to achieve the directorate’s strategic objectives. 
  • Designs policies, strategies, and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions.
  • Ensures the delivery of the division’s annual targets in line with the directorate’s overall goals and ensures robust and timely monitoring and reporting.
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/Regional Mechanisms (RMs) and relevant international organisations in designing and implementing strategies. 
  • Maintains thematic partnerships in support of the mandate of the Division.  
  • Maintains regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member States and partner institutions in the execution of the Division’s mandate.  
  • Represents the organisation and communicates its position at conferences. 
  • Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level. 
  • Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization. 
  • Manages risk within the division and recommends mitigation strategies .
  • Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensures implementation at division level.
  • Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and revise program policies and strategies aligned with Africa CDC’s strategic plan and international best practices.
  • Lead and coordinate the development of detailed program implementation plans, budgets, and monitoring frameworks.
  • Advise senior management on program feasibility, sustainability, and potential impact.
  • Conduct research and analyses to inform evidence-based policy and programmatic decisions.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of program monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with regional and international partners, collaborating on joint program initiatives.
  • Represent the Africa CDC at international meetings, forums and events related to programs, policies and strategy related to the objectives of the Africa CDC.
  • Conduct in-depth analysis of public health needs and priorities across Africa, identifying new and emerging challenges.
  • Represent Africa CDC in meetings and forums related to program policy and strategy.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s degree in public health, International Relations, Public Policy or a related field.
  • Minimum of 12 years of relevant work experience in public health program development, implementation, and policy analysis of which 7 and 5 should be at managerial and supervisory roles respectively. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in conducting needs assessments, policy research, and program evaluation.
  • Professional Certification in Programme Management is an added advantage.
  • Leading the development and implementation of a national immunization program in Africa CDC for African countries.
  • Conducting policy analysis on a specific public health issue across multiple African countries.
  • Managing a regional program on disease surveillance and outbreak response.
  • Collaborating with development partners to secure funding for a public health program.
  • Representing an Africa CDC in international forums on public health policy.

Required Skills

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Insight

Change Management

Managing Risk:

Core Competencies

Building Partnership:

Accountable and Complies with Rules

..Learning Orientation

Communicating with Influence ….

Functional Competencies

Conceptual thinking:

Job Knowledge and information sharing:

Drive for result:

Continuous Improvement Orientation