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SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES
FELLOWSHIP TITLE: USAID Global Health Bureau - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: Office of the Administrative Assistant, Bureau for Global Health, US Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC
POSITION LEVEL: Mid-Career Technical Advisor
ANTICIPATED LENGTH: One year
TRAVEL: Not Applicable
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR is a Global Health talent hub. Through fellowships, internships, and strategic partnerships, STAR supports building the capacity of diverse global health professionals and organizations at all levels to make inclusive, collaborative, and innovative contributions to global health. STAR participants collaborate in the development of systems and tools that strengthen and sustain the local and global health response. https://www.ghstar.org/ Sign up with our listserv.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a one-year global health and learning opportunity with:
- Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals.
- Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
- Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
The Bureau for Global Health (GH) established an Antidiscrimination and Diversity Council (ADC) representative of the 8 offices in GH in June 2020 in response to the repeated killing of Black members of society and the systemic structural racism and discrimination inherent in American society. The Antidiscrimination and Diversity Council is a coordinating body within GH to help address systemic issues that result in marginalization and inequity in the workplace around race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation, and other identities. The ADC is committed to addressing pervasive inequities in the Global Health Bureau and increasing diversity, inclusion, representation, and belonging, as well as exploring how USAID can become a more active member in the movement to decolonize global health and international development.
On January 20, 2021, the White House issued a renewed commitment to addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion by issuing the Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government. The Executive Order (EO) calls upon the Federal Government to pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. The EO also calls for each agency to assess its programs and policies that perpetuate systemic barriers to opportunities and develop strategies and plans to remove these barriers to provide equal access to opportunities and to advance equity for those communities.
The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Advisor (Advisor) will work with the GH Senior Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Coordinator and the Agency-wide DEIA Coordinator to provide strategic, technical, logistical, and program management support to help coordinate and support GH’s existing and emerging efforts to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the Bureau.
The primary responsibilities of the Advisor will be to work with the Senior GH DEIA Coordinator in the coordination and implementation of initiatives and activities of the GH Antidiscrimination and Diversity Council, including communication across offices on the progress and deliverables of the Council; support offices as needed with cross-cutting DEIA initiatives, programs, and policies; and leverage best practices in DEIA to implement other internal and external activities. Further, the DEIA Advisor will work with the Senior GH DEIA Coordinator to ensure GH develops and implements proactive and integrative strategies and practices that lead to a more equitable, inclusive, and representative work culture in GH, and regularly communicates with GH senior leadership and conveys bureau-wide efforts and progress on DEIA issues. The Advisor will help improve DEIA within organizational culture, recruiting, retention, performance management, talent development, leadership commitment, etc.
The Advisor will be based at the Office of the Administrative Assistant within the Bureau for Global Health at the US Agency for International Development. They will work closely with and receive technical direction from the Senior GH DEIA Coordinator, who will serve as their Point of Contact.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
- Facilitate and coordinate regular GH Bureau Antidiscrimination Council meetings, including the identification of action items and delegation of tasks to council members.
- Participate in engagement with the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity (OCRD) and the Agency DEIA Coordinator to keep abreast of latest Agency policies and practices and provide lessons learned and best practices for greater Agency awareness and learning.
- Support documentation of office-wide DEIA activities and initiatives for information sharing to council members and adaptation for Bureau-wide efforts.
- Track and communicate progress of council deliverables and initiatives across the Bureau to GH offices and GH Senior leadership when relevant and appropriate.
- Contribute to the development of a GH Bureau DEIA Strategy and Action Plan and work with other offices and bodies to solicit feedback.
- Help facilitate and implement activities included within the DEIA Strategy and Action Plan, support offices in their work as needed.
- Coordinate trainings, structured listening sessions and development of other opportunity for cultural awareness raising across GH offices.
- Assist with the coordination of working groups on anti-discrimination support within GH offices.
- Maintain knowledge/awareness of the activities of other Bureau DEIA working groups for potential partnership and/or uptake within GH.
- Support the GH DEIA Coordinator role in their absence.
- Other duties as assigned.
Anticipated learning outcomes: approximate 10% time
- Apply Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility programming knowledge to strengthen program.
- Apply and distinguish international standards within technical/content area to support programming.
- Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers.
- Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.
- 7 years of professional experience with a master’s degree or 9 years of professional experience with a bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, social or behavioral sciences, management, organizational development, human resources, or related field.
- 1-2 years of experience in working on DEIA issues within a workplace in some capacity.
- Evidence of excellent interpersonal, facilitation, motivational, and teambuilding skills/experience required.
- Demonstrated ability in program management or working across multiple offices and different levels of employees or teams.
- Demonstrated organizational management, leadership skills in negotiating, influencing and managing diplomatically sensitive issues, in order to build and sustain a culture of accountability, ownership, and delivery among stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to apply policy directives to activity design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
- A depth of understanding of the US and international issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and experience with implementing organizational transformation activities.
- Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, facilitation and presentation skills, able to hold meaningful conversations.
- US citizenship/or US permanent residency required.
Additional skills (not required)
- Master’s degree or higher or relevant experience in equity and diversity, social justice, Race/Ethnic Studies, human rights/justice, student affairs/higher education or other relevant fields is preferred.
- A deep understanding of the issues facing underrepresented populations through lived experience or work experience is preferred.
- An understanding of healthcare or global health issues is preferred.
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All online applications must be submitted by September 10, 2021 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
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