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Rockville, Maryland, United States of America
JOB #R2104716

Global Health Security Strategic Lead

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 pathogens under Global Health Security (GHS) through an accessible, accurate, adaptable, timely, and integrated diagnostic network system; (2) Improve the quality of real-time surveillance systems for priority zoonotic diseases and; (3) Generate evidence-based guidance and innovative solutions to strengthen in-country diagnostic networks and surveillance systems.

ICF is looking for a Global Health Security Strategic Lead to oversee the USAID IDDS project’s $58 million GHS portfolio which includes COVID-19 funding, and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) funding. This position will lead a global team dedicated to strengthening GHS activities in USAID priority GHSA countries. The position will be based in Rockville, Maryland and reports to Project Director. The GHS Lead will work with the IDDS Technical Leads for Diagnostics and Surveillance to advance the project’s activities in alignment with USAID’s GHS objectives. This role will supervise select project staff, including supporting staff project orientation, career development, and staff performance. This position operates under the management and oversight of the IDDS project senior leadership team, led by the IDDS Project Director.

Technical Responsibilities:

The GHS Strategic Lead provides overall strategic direction for the design, implementation, and monitoring of the project’s GHS activities. This will specifically include the following:

  • Elaborating and implementing an IDDS GHS strategy to ensure common strategic thinking around the project’s GHS interventions
  • Leading a team of GHS professionals based globally to deliver on the project’s GHS objectives, including emergency responses to relevant priority infectious diseases such as COVID, as determined by USAID
  • Identifying and making linkages and sharing best practices between country activities
  • Ensuring that there is a standard approach guided by technical expertise and coordinated with other USAID partners, external consultants, and other key stakeholders in implementing project activities
  • Working collaboratively with the IDDS Diagnostic and Surveillance leads and the Communications team on developing      best practices and identifying new evidence to be shared within the project, host countries, and external stakeholders
  • Guiding the development of country-specific work plans and budgets for GHS activities aligned with the USAID GHSA Strategy
  • Supporting capacity development activities at the country, regional, or global level through utilization of accepted methods and coordination with other stakeholders
  • Ensuring the project’s GHS technical approaches and strategies align with global, USAID, and project-level results frameworks
  • Providing thought leadership to the GHS team and ensuring the project is applying best practices from global guidance/practice and other USAID projects within IDDS countries
  • Contributing as part of the broader IDDS team to the project’s cross program area infectious disease leadership


  • Minimum Master’s degree or higher in public health, international development, laboratory science, or related field
  • 10+ years of experience managing programs, with 5+ years cumulative experience working to support GHS or other infectious disease programs in low-resource settings, preferably with experience working with USAID programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in program management of at least US $10 million of multi-country activities annually
  • Proven track record of working collaboratively with global GHS partners to drive program impact
  • A demonstrated ability to think strategically and create effective working relations with USAID other US Government Agencies, international organizations, host country governments, and national GHS programs
  • Strong written and oral English communication
  • Ability to travel internationally 25% time


  • PhD, MD or DrPH in infectious disease epidemiology, clinical diagnostics, public health, or related field
  • French language skills
  • Experience working with USAID infectious diseases epidemiology, laboratory diagnostics, or surveillance in developing countries



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