Technical Advisor Position (Consultancy), The Carter Center support to the Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Program

The Carter Center

About the organization

Since 1986, The Carter Center has led the international campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease, working closely with ministries of health and local communities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and many others.

Guinea worm disease could become the second human disease in history, after smallpox, to be eradicated. It would be the first parasitic disease to be eradicated and the first disease to be eradicated without the use of a vaccine or medicine.

In 1986, the disease afflicted an estimated 3.5 million people a year in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. Today, thanks to the work of The Carter Center and its partners — including the countries themselves — the incidence of Guinea worm has been reduced by more than 99.99 percent to 14 provisional* cases in 2021.

The Carter Center works to eradicate Guinea worm in five countries affected by the disease: Angola, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, and South Sudan.


Technical Advisors (TAs) provide technical and managerial support (on behalf of The Carter Center) to the Ministry of Health, Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Guinea Worm Eradication Program (EGWEP) within a specific coverage area (district/region). TAs are responsible for the implementation and oversight of all interventions to stop guinea worm disease transmission within their given program coverage area. Primary responsibilities are:

Manage 5-12 field-level staff to implement interventions to stop guinea worm transmission.

Oversight of all technical aspects of GWD eradication, including surveillance, implementation of interventions used to interrupt transmission of GWD, and staff compliance with the operational guidelines.

Development an effective relationship with residents of endemic communities to engage their active participation in the eradication of GWD

Effective communication and coordination with local, county, state, and national authorities regarding the status and needs of the GWEP

Full time in rural remote field settings, eighty percent of time spent working within villages.

Ability to work and make responsible, effective decisions in a challenging environment


Other requirements are:

• At least 2 years of public health experience with community -based programs, preferably in Africa.

• Demonstrated experience with the preparation of technical reports, budgets, and plans of action.

• Demonstrated ability to build team work.

• Ability to make sound work judgments under difficult conditions, and to become technically effective with minimal level of attention from supervisors.

• Sound personal and professional conduct, and respect for the work of The Carter Center and of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health.

• TAs are assigned to remote areas where disease transmission is endemic and must be prepared to work and live in such areas.

• Fluent in written and spoken English.


Starting rate at $175/day x 7 days/week

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to

[email protected]
Subject line ought to include: Application Ethiopia Technical Advisor Position. All documents ought to be in Microsoft word (.doc), PDF or open source format.

Only finalists will be contacted.

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