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Global Health Security (GHS) Diagnostic Specialist - Goma, DRC
Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year 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 DRC, the IDDS Project supports the Ministry of Health and other host government institutions to strengthen infectious disease detection under the Global Health Security (GHS) Agenda. This includes both long-term health system strengthening for the diagnostics network and short-term emergency response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Eastern Congo.
GHS activities include operationalization of the national laboratory policy and strategic plan in Eastern Congo, supporting the MoH to establish a public health laboratory network, and enhancing priority pathogen detection capacity for epidemic-prone diseases in the Eastern DRC, specifically with safe and efficient transport and referral of EVD and other zoonotic diseases samples and procurement to facilitate testing activities.
IDDS is currently seeking a Diagnostic Specialist (DS) for its project in Eastern DRC. The DS will collaborate with the Senior Diagnostic Specialist (SDS) in supporting the diagnostic network systems capacity building work for this USAID project that serves the GHSA and other related initiatives.
This position is based in Goma and will involve up to 40% in-country travel.
The Diagnostic Specialist will work closely with the IDDS in-country team, Ministry of Health counterparts, and other partners on the ground and will be tasked with the follow up of the following activities:
- Provide updates on the progression of zoonotic outbreaks in IDDS-supported provinces and key challenges on the ground and propose solutions.
- Participate in emergency response meetings with the MoH / DPS and other partners.
- Coordinate all information, including operational data between IDDS partners implementing the outbreak response and related transport and procurement activities.
- Support GHS activities according to need. GHS activities focus on operationalizing the national laboratory policy and strategic plan in Eastern Congo, supporting the MoH to establish a public health laboratory network, and enhancing priority pathogen detection capacity for epidemic-prone diseases in the Eastern DRC.
- Liaise on activity implementation and communications between sites and the MoH/DPS.
- In collaboration with INRB, determine needs on the ground for the procurement and storage of laboratory supplies, specimens, and other laboratory materials for outbreak response, including EVD.
- Collaborate with the procurement partner to ensure they receive specifications for the procurement and for shipping to designated locations and supported testing laboratories in the region or beyond, as needed.
- Keep the records of all procurements received and distributed to supported sites.
- Report on progress on activities; contribute to situation reports and deliverables.
- Assist the SDS in conducting other diagnostics related tasks.
Required skills and experience:
- Minimum bachelor’s degree in Health-related Sciences.
- 2-5 years experience in diagnostics and surveillance of infectious diseases.
- Experience in logistics and management.
- Experience in sample management.
- Ability to document and follow up on laboratory activities.
- Demonstrated ability to write sound technical reports; excellent communication skills.
- Computer skills, including Microsoft office, m-Supply, spreadsheet, database, etc.
- Fluent in French and English
- Congolese nationality
- Experience working with GHS
- Experience working in DRC, especially in Eastern Congo
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