Panagora Group / MEL-P Vacancy: Covid-19 Management Specialist

 Covid-19 Management Specialist

Job Description

Panagora Group, a small, woman-owned business providing novel and integrated solutions in global health and international development, is supporting USAID/Indonesia to implement its new Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) through a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Platform (MEL-P) Activity. MEL-P provides its services through five components: 1) monitoring support services, 2) designing and conducting performance and impact evaluations, 3) providing research, assessment, and data analysis, 4) providing consulting and advisory services and logistical support services, and 5) initiating collaboration, learning, and adapting activities. Along with enhancing MEL capability, we also promote use of the empirical evidence for programming, learning, and adapting as USAID supports the Government of Indonesia (GOI).

MEL-P is supporting USAID/Indonesia Office of Health with the recruitment of a COVID-19 Management Specialist to support the USAID Global Health Security Team. This Specialist serves as a technical leader and resource in strategic planning, program and activity design, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of COVID-19- related and other disease outbreak response programs/projects/activities.

This specifically entails:

Technical and Strategic Leadership

  • Under guidance of the GHS Team Lead, serve as a senior-level technical resource on COVID-19 prevention, detection and response, providing technical guidance to the Mission, Implementing Partners, the cooperating country Government, and other development partners.
  • Provide strategic and technical guidance and input on COVID-19 response activities and ensure that activities are appropriate, coordinated and appropriately integrated with Health Office and larger Mission activities.
  • Provide technical assistance and oversight to implementing partners to ensure that the COVID-19 activities are carried out in alignment with approved work plans, Health Office and USAID Mission guidance and priorities.
  • Stay abreast of state-of-the-art knowledge on programming and coordinate exchanges and sharing of best practices among USAID, USG and other stakeholders to track evolving COVID-19 data, case management techniques, and vaccine roll out to strengthen COVID-19 response approaches. Advise accordingly on how these policies and strategies can most effectively be incorporated to enhance USAID’s approaches.
  • In collaboration with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning colleagues participate in the implementation of the monitoring and evaluation approaches and tools to support measuring the impact and outcomes of COVID-19 activities. Promote a culture of learning and use of data for improved program performance.
  • Provide technical guidance in the preparation of key planning and reporting documents including the Operational Plan, Technical Notifications, Progress Reports, and other ad hoc requests for information.
  • Provide technical guidance and support for all COVID-19-related reporting requirements.
  • Assist in identifying short-term technical assistance (STTA) and ensure that objectives and outcomes of the STTA are consistent with and support the furtherance of the Mission COVID-19 and pandemic threat response portfolio.
  • When and as deemed safe and feasible, organize site visits, and prepare orientation materials for USAID, GOI and other delegations.

Program/Project/Activity Management

  • Within the parameters of privity and implementing agreements, provide financial and programmatic input to ensure contracts and grants achieve anticipated results, and are linked to and enhance attainment of the Health Office, Mission, and USG objectives.
  • When and as deemed safe and feasible, conduct site visits as required in order to monitor progress, and to provide technical and programmatic recommendations to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and judicious use of U.S. Government (USG) funding.
  • Participate in the design of project mechanisms and activities to prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19 and other pandemic threats.

Representation and Reporting
  • Participate in designated meetings that relate to COVID-19, including regular participation in national level technical working groups, emergency operations committees, professional associations, and related committees. Participate in COVAX and other coordination meetings and multi-partner program reviews.
  • As a member of the Health Team, respond flexibly and capably to a wide range of work-related requirements including responding to requests for information from the Mission Director, the Embassy, USAID/Washington, and Congress.
  • As requested by the Mission Director, Health Office Director and/or Unit Leader, participate in meetings outside of the COVID-19/pandemic threats field when needed.
  • Establish strategic working relationships with senior MOH and other relevant ministry officials at the national and district level, development partners, civil society organizations, faith-based organizations, private sector health counterparts, and professional associations to enhance regular and timely sharing of information on issues related to strategic planning and direction, private sector engagement, changes in key policies, and legal and regulatory environments that could affect the implementation of USAID programs.


  • Master’s degree or local equivalent from an accredited program in Public Health, International Development, Health, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology, Biology, Infectious Disease, Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Policy, or Pandemic Threats.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of public health programming in developing or middle-income countries, with a focus on pandemic threats or infectious diseases.
  • Prior experience working with or for bilateral or multilateral donors/stakeholders such as the World Bank, the Global Fund, United Nation agencies, or national-level public sector projects and ensuring compliance with U.S. Government rules and regulations.
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English level minimum TOEFL ITP score of 600 is required. The professional will need to be able to speak and make formal presentations on regular bases in English and Bahasa Indonesian.
  • Technical knowledge and understanding of international, regional and national fora. 
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in MS office, and illustrative presentation
  • Be proactive and possess a can-do attitude. 
  • Strong ability to work in a team, and be able to work independently and under minimum supervision.
  • Indonesian citizenship required.

How to Apply

Fill out the online application in the link below. Please include a cover letter and resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please apply by September 30, 2021. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted. Only applicants who include the required application components will be considered. Panagora Group is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.