Technical Advisor â Chemical and Environmental Hazards at The British High Commission

Lusaka, Full Time

The British High Commission
Location: Zambia
State: Lusaka
Job type: Full-Time
Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Zambia

Job Description

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.
Job Category  Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
Job Subcategory  UK Health Security Agency
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
The post holder will support the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) UKAID funded International Health Regulations (IHR) Strengthening Project in Zambia. The IHR Strengthening Project (IHR-SP) aims to improve global health security through increasing compliance with the IHR in selected countries and regions in Africa and Asia, taking an all-hazards approach. A key element of the IHR relates to chemical hazards and public health known as œchemical events.
Working with the UKHSA IHR Project Senior Health Advisor; the Project Chemical team of UKHSA; and the wider Project team, the post holder will play a crucial role in actioning chemical, environmental, and one health priorities. The post-holder will work closely with national and international stakeholders, such as the Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI) and other partners, supporting the coordination and delivery of identified outputs for IHR-SP.
The post holder will require experience in undertaking assessments of likely risks associated with chemical hazards and public health, as well as experience of preparedness, surveillance and response activities for the public health management of incidents involving chemical and environmental hazards
The post-holder will provide key in-country situational awareness for UK-based colleagues from the Chemical and Environmental, and One Health teams and pro-active and reactive day to day project delivery. Ensuring the maintenance of key stakeholder relationships and providing in-person representation at relevant meetings, workshops, or ad-hoc events.
Diplomatic skills and cultural awareness are critical, as engaging with a range of stakeholders, such as senior leadership, ministers, senior government officials and other technical, donor or development agency representatives will be critical to the role. We are seeking individuals with both technical knowledge and international relations capability, able to demonstrate both UKHSA and Civil Services Competencies and ways of working.  Key to this is the ability to influence and negotiate to manage key relationships with local and other international stakeholders.
This post offers an excellent opportunity to gain experience of working in a fast paced and innovative environment and is an ideal chance for someone looking to advance their career in Public Health project coordination. The ideal candidate must have a flexible approach to meet the needs of the service, be able to work to tight deadlines and manage multiple workstreams and priorities at the same time. This post will be based in Lusaka with some travel to other areas of Zambia if relevant. Occasional international travel (e.g. to other countries in the sub region, or to the UK) may be required.
Roles and responsibilities
Coordinate the Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards (RCE) and One Health input to bi-lateral and multi-lateral activities as appropriate at country level
Maintain key stakeholder relationships  with junior and senior members of ZNPHI staff and staff from other organisations
Provide in-person representation for relevant meetings, workshops, or ad-hoc events
Provide technical input to the design, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of activities to strengthen chemical preparedness, surveillance, response and recovery capability in Zambia, this may include, but is not limited to:
Supporting the establishment of a national chemical technical working group and relevant tasks