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Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics and Surveillance Advisor- Nairobi, Kenya

Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics and Surveillance Advisor

Nairobi, Kenya

Are you passionate about addressing global health security issues through the strengthening of surveillance systems and laboratory diagnostic networks? Then consider ICF. We work at the forefront of today’s global health issues, helping clients understand the specific needs of diverse populations and address complex health challenges.

As a member of the USAID-funded Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project, the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Advisor's primary responsibility is to provide technical support related to advancing detection and surveillance of AMR, including for MDR-TB, in line with International Health Regulations (IHR) and Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Joint External Evaluation capacities.   

IDDS serves the Global Health Security Agenda, TB programs and other related initiatives. IDDS supports select governments and their relevant ministries in the strengthening of human and animal health diagnostic networks and surveillance systems for infectious diseases and AMR. The AMR advisor will provide technical expertise to diagnostic network and surveillance system strengthening activities.  Activities will be across IDDS countries and at the global level. The position is based in either the ICF office in Rockville, MD or regional ICF offices in Kenya and India and will work as part of a technical team of highly experienced experts in the areas of infectious disease diagnostics, surveillance, informatics, research and innovation

Key Responsibilities

The AMR Advisor provides leadership and technical assistance within the team on detection and surveillance of priority AMR pathogens.  This involves design, implementation and monitoring of technical strategies and programs, and the development of tools.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead the project’s diagnostic advisors and other technical professionals in ensuring technically sound and feasible approaches for strengthening country capacity to conduct AMR testing across human, animal, and agricultural sectors.
  • Apply the project’s core technical approaches for key diagnostic network components such as supply chain, functional equipment and specimen referral and transport in support of AMR testing.
  • Bring an understanding of multi-sectoral AMR patterns and epidemiology to technical solutions; work closely with the project’s surveillance advisors to support lab-based AMR surveillance.
  • Provide technical expertise to ensure that project interventions target priority gaps;
  • Incorporate evidence-based methods, current practice, and established standards regarding AMR detection and surveillance;
  • Serve as the project’s key technical backstop for specific countries as assigned, including technical and administrative responsibilities related to work plans, budgets, activity implementation and reporting;
  • Provide virtual and in-person technical assistance to countries in GHSA and TB priority countries;
  • Represent the project to external stakeholders and contribute to the knowledge base through participation in scientific forums and technical networks;
  • Share new evidence and best practices with project, partners and host countries using informal and formal forums;
  • Contribute significantly to project work planning and reporting; and
  • Ensure that technical approaches align with project’s logical framework and monitoring indicators.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in clinical diagnostics or related discipline
  • At least 10 years of experience in infectious disease detection
  • Five years’ of working in developing countries in a related field
  • Knowledge and experience with the latest diagnostic technologies, tools and approaches and antimicrobial susceptibility testing in general and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis
  • Knowledge and understanding of the World Health Organization’s Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS)
  • Ability to work with multiple partners on collaborative projects
  • Ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country governments, international organizations, and US Government Agencies
  • Ability to work in a complex project environment, set realistic priorities, and plan project implementation activities based on agreed upon priorities
  • Strong English writing and oral presentation skills
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience working in challenging country contexts
  • Ability to work and live in the US, India, or Kenya
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 35% time

Preferred Qualifications

  • PharmD, DVM or just Doctoral Degree (Human or Animal Health), DrPH or PhD in infectious Disease, clinical diagnostics or related field
  • Direct experience working with the Global Health Security Agenda or MDR-TB detection
  • French language skills

Selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.

International Health and Development

Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics and Surveillance Advisor

Rockville, MD

Are you passionate about addressing global health security issues through the strengthening of surveillance systems and laboratory diagnostic networks? Then consider ICF. We work at the forefront of today’s global health issues, helping clients understand the specific needs of diverse populations and address complex health challenges.

As a member of the USAID-funded Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project, the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Advisor's primary responsibility is to provide technical support related to advancing detection and surveillance of AMR, including for MDR-TB, in line with International Health Regulations (IHR) and Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Joint External Evaluation capacities.   

IDDS serves the Global Health Security Agenda, TB programs and other related initiatives. IDDS supports select governments and their relevant ministries in the strengthening of human and animal health diagnostic networks and surveillance systems for infectious diseases and AMR. The AMR advisor will provide technical expertise to diagnostic network and surveillance system strengthening activities.  Activities will be across IDDS countries and at the global level. The position is based in either the ICF office in Rockville, MD or regional ICF offices in Kenya and India and will work as part of a technical team of highly experienced experts in the areas of infectious disease diagnostics, surveillance, informatics, research and innovation

Key Responsibilities

The AMR Advisor provides leadership and technical assistance within the team on detection and surveillance of priority AMR pathogens.  This involves design, implementation and monitoring of technical strategies and programs, and the development of tools.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead the project’s diagnostic advisors and other technical professionals in ensuring technically sound and feasible approaches for strengthening country capacity to conduct AMR testing across human, animal, and agricultural sectors.
  • Apply the project’s core technical approaches for key diagnostic network components such as supply chain, functional equipment and specimen referral and transport in support of AMR testing.
  • Bring an understanding of multi-sectoral AMR patterns and epidemiology to technical solutions; work closely with the project’s surveillance advisors to support lab-based AMR surveillance.
  • Provide technical expertise to ensure that project interventions target priority gaps;
  • Incorporate evidence-based methods, current practice, and established standards regarding AMR detection and surveillance;
  • Serve as the project’s key technical backstop for specific countries as assigned, including technical and administrative responsibilities related to work plans, budgets, activity implementation and reporting;
  • Provide virtual and in-person technical assistance to countries in GHSA and TB priority countries;
  • Represent the project to external stakeholders and contribute to the knowledge base through participation in scientific forums and technical networks;
  • Share new evidence and best practices with project, partners and host countries using informal and formal forums;
  • Contribute significantly to project work planning and reporting; and
  • Ensure that technical approaches align with project’s logical framework and monitoring indicators.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in clinical diagnostics or related discipline
  • At least 10 years of experience in infectious disease detection
  • Five years’ of working in developing countries in a related field
  • Knowledge and experience with the latest diagnostic technologies, tools and approaches and antimicrobial susceptibility testing in general and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis
  • Knowledge and understanding of the World Health Organization’s Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS)
  • Ability to work with multiple partners on collaborative projects
  • Ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country governments, international organizations, and US Government Agencies
  • Ability to work in a complex project environment, set realistic priorities, and plan project implementation activities based on agreed upon priorities
  • Strong English writing and oral presentation skills
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience working in challenging country contexts
  • Ability to work and live in the US, India, or Kenya
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 35% time

Preferred Qualifications

  • PharmD, DVM or just Doctoral Degree (Human or Animal Health), DrPH or PhD in infectious Disease, clinical diagnostics or related field
  • Direct experience working with the Global Health Security Agenda or MDR-TB detection
  • French language skills

Selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.

ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce. 

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

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Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

Nairobi, Kenya (KE51)

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