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Gombe Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
JOB #R2000530

Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance Team Lead- Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

International Health and Development

Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance Team Lead

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – TBD Kinshasa  or Goma

Job Description:

Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year United States Agency for International Development-funded project with the following overall objectives: (1) improve the detection of diseases of public health importance and identification of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in priority infectious diseases through an accessible, accurate, adaptable, timely, and integrated diagnostic network system; (2) improve the quality of real-time surveillance systems for pathogens of greatest public health concern, including AMR and zoonotic diseases, and; (3) generate evidence-based guidance and innovative solutions to strengthen in-country diagnostic networks and surveillance systems. ICF is seeking a Team Lead to be responsible for technical direction and overall management of activities in DRC as well as coordination with other project team members and partners who lead specific activities. The Team Lead will work closely with USAID/DRC to provide thought leadership and represent the project in country.  This position reports to the IDDS Country Programs Lead based in Rockville, Maryland, USA with management oversight of the IDDS project senior management team, led by the IDDS Project Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Represent IDDS in DRC to the USAID Mission Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Advisor, the Government of DRC and other stakeholders.
  • Provide technical leadership and assistance in diagnostic network strategies and surveillance systems strengthening including the following responsibilities:
    • Oversee IDDS diagnostic specialists to identify, implement, monitor and report activities to:
      • Enhance access and availability of quality and timely diagnostics for the detection of epidemic-prone diseases
      • Enhance national diagnostic systems including specimen referral networks, equipment functionality, supply chain and others
  • Ensure IDDS’ activities are aligned with country priorities and are well-coordinated with other partners and stakeholders working in DRC.
  • Work closely with Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), TB program, and other agreed-upon initiatives that are in the scope for IDDS.
  • Lead the project team in DRC – providing the vision, coordination, resource management, and oversight of technical and administrative staff required to accomplish workplan activities and meet project objectives.
  • Utilize evidence- based methods and best practices to implement workplan activities.
  • Follow established processes to guarantee the technical and programmatic quality of IDDS work in DRC and overall responsiveness of the technical team. This can include making necessary adjustments to operations to fit the requirements when necessary or recommended by USAID.
  • Ensure that any departures in work scope or budget or any legal, regulatory or ethical concerns are promptly reported to IDDS leadership in the U.S.
  • Work closely with USAID and the IDDS U.S.-based team to define and adjust annual work plans as well as implementing technical activities.
  • Works collaboratively and coordinates with regional and/or other country Technical Leads as well as team partners on the implementation of activities.
  • Ensure country financial and technical reporting requirements are met.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum Master’s degree or higher in public health, international development, or related field with a focus on infectious disease detection and surveillance or epidemiology
  • Minimum 10 years of experience managing health systems strengthening programs
  • Familiarity with U.S. government management, programs, and operations including regulatory and reporting requirements
  • Technical competency in infectious disease(s) and diagnostic network strengthening
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data for decision making
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French
  • Strong English written, oral, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in facilitation and stakeholder engagement/coordination
  • Experience working in Africa
  • Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% within DRC and other travel as needed
  • Authorization to work in DRC

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Congolese nationality
  • Experience working with the GHSA
  • Experience working in DRC
  • Familiarity with infectious diseases surveillance

Selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.

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