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Adviser, Country Engagement – Covax

Cardno International Development - Melbourne, VIC

Agriculture, Nature & Animal
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Program Background

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. Gavi uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunisation of nearly 760 million children and the prevention of more than 13 million future deaths.

Gavi is committed to securing a global response to COVID-19 that is effective and fair, using its unique expertise to help identify and rapidly accelerate development, production and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines under the principle that no one is safe unless everyone is safe.

As part of broader efforts to secure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, Gavi has launched the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility. All countries are invited to participate in this Facility, which will pool demand and resources and secure supply of COVID-19 vaccines through entering advance purchase commitments with manufacturers. The Gavi Secretariat is currently coordinating efforts together with global health partners to complete the design of this Facility and begin operationalising, with the goal of securing 2 billion doses by the end of 2021 to vaccinate the highest priority populations globally.

Within the COVAX Facility, an innovative financing instrument – the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) launched at the Global Vaccine Summit on 4 June – is being used to secure access to timely and sufficient supply of COVID-19 vaccines for developing countries specifically. This role is meant to support the engagement of countries in the global COVAX facility, which seeks to secure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

As a member of the Country Engagement team, the Adviser will develop and maintain relationships with a subset of AMC92 or self-financing participants (“participants”), engaging as necessary with relevant Multilateral Development Banks (e.g., World Bank, Asian Development Bank etc.), UN agencies and other key stakeholders. In particular, the Adviser will support engagement with AMC-eligible ‘new-to-Gavi’ countries including IDA-eligible small economies.

Purpose of the Position

The Adviser, contracted by Cardno, will be placed in Gavi and will develop and maintain relationships with a subset of AMC92 or self-financing COVAX Facility participants (“participants”). The position will have a key focus on ‘new-to-Gavi countries’.

Duties & Responsibilities

The work is fast paced and dynamic. The scope of responsibilities may evolve but will likely include some or all of the following:

  • Lead the coordination and execution of engagement with assigned participants and key stakeholder groups in the COVAX Facility, ensuring that all parties receive relevant, accurate and timely information to support their participation in the COVAX Facility;
  • Liaise with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure progress, respond to queries and foster productive collaboration; manage relationships; rally partner support to deliver needed technical assistance; represent the COVAX Facility at various fora;
  • Develop drafts of the necessary materials for these engagements (letters, slides, documents);
  • Conduct or facilitate the various steps involved in providing a potential COVID vaccine for the assigned participants, including required due diligence; make decisions on approach and steer process; proactively identify and work to address implementation constraints; engage with different stakeholders; closely monitor and report on progress;
  • Continuously assess risks for assigned participants; formulate and implement actions to mitigate risks; report, consult on or elevate key issues;
  • Provide active feedback on the implementation of key design elements of the COVAX Facility; including but not limited to, financing instruments, links to procurement agencies, participation fees, vaccine development plans, etc.;
  • Ensure excellent communication flows within the different teams within the COVAX Facility;
  • Work closely with other Gavi teams including Legal, Finance, Resource Mobilisation, Country Support to ensure that the communication and engagement with the assigned participants to ensure alignment with Gavi’s engagement;
  • Maintain excellent records of country and partner communications and contacts for visibility; and
  • Support the submission of relevant governance papers.

Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not exhaustive of the job responsibilities; other duties may be assigned consistently with the department needs.

To access the Terms of Reference containing the roles and responsibilities and selection criteria for this position, please copy paste this link: https://www.cardno.com/media/6882/tor_gavi-adviser_2021.pdf

About Cardno

The Adviser will be contract through Cardno. Cardno is a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs. Cardno is an equal opportunity employer.

Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture. 

How to apply?

If you wish to apply, please send a 750 word pitch outlining your skills and experience that align with the selection criteria and Curriculum Vitae to Laura.Tracy@Cardno.com. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on 15 February 2021.