TB Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance Team Lead – New Delhi, India
Based in New Delhi ICF Office
TB Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-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 including Tuberculosis (TB) 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.
In India, the IDDS project will focus on activities to accelerate the diagnosis of TB and build off previous USAID and US Government investments and activities for improved TB diagnostics including multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB. IDDS activities will enhance the impact of TB support provided by the Global Fund and other donors to the Government of India’s TB strategic plan objectives to achieve the UN high level meeting targets.
IDDS will focus on activities to achieve three key results:
- Strengthen the public-sector network of TB laboratories to improve quality and efficiencies of the TB diagnostics cascade
- Improve the private sector laboratories engagement for TB diagnostics
- Design and implement researches and new TB diagnostic tools to inform policies and best practices
ICF is seeking a Team Lead to be responsible for the technical direction and overall management of activities in India as well as coordination with other project team members and partners who lead specific activities.
The Team Lead will work closely with USAID/India to provide thought leadership and represent the project in-country. This position operates under the management and oversight of the IDDS project senior management team, led by the IDDS Project Director.
Responsibilities: The India Team Lead (TL) has the following responsibilities:
- Represent IDDS in India to the USAID mission (Health Team), the Government of India, and other stakeholders
- Provide technical leadership and assistance in TB health systems strengthening especially in the area of diagnostics
- Work closely with the National TB program, and other initiatives as agreed that are in the scope for IDDS
- Ensure IDDS’ activities are aligned with country priorities and are well-coordinated with other partners and stakeholders working in India
- Utilize evidence- based methods and best practices to implement workplan activities
- Lead the project team in India– providing the vision, coordination, resource management, and oversight of technical and administrative staff required to accomplish workplan activities and meet project objectives
- Ensure country financial and technical reporting requirements are met
- Follow established processes to guarantee the technical and programmatic quality of IDDS work in India 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
- Ensures that any departures in work scope or budget or any legal, regulatory or ethical concerns are promptly reported to IDDS leadership in the US
- Work closely with USAID and with the IDDS US-based team to define and adjust annual work plans as well as implementing technical activities
- Work collaboratively and coordinates with regional and/or other country team leads as well as consortium partners on the implementation of activities
- Minimum Master’s degree or higher in public health, international development, or related field with a focus on infectious disease detection especially TB diagnostics
- 10+ years' of experience managing health systems strengthening programs
- Familiarity with USG management, programs, and operations including regulatory and reporting requirements
- Technical competency in TB diagnostic network strengthening
- Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data for decision making
- Fluency in written and spoken English and strong presentation skills
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills in facilitation and stakeholder engagement/coordination
- Experience working in India
- Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 30% within India and other travel as needed
- Authorization to work in India
- India national
- Will supervise other IDDS staff members in India
- Plays a coaching and mentoring role for others
Selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.
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