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JOB #R2101830

Infectious Disease Senior Technical Advisor

Overview:

ICF seeks a Senior Technical Advisor to provide support to the USAID-funded Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance project. IDDS is a five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project that serves the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), Tuberculosis (TB) programs and other related initiatives 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.

Job Description:

The Senior Technical Advisor will ensure that quality TB Diagnostic Network Assessments (TB DNA) are conducted in all priority countries using standard methodology, expert consultants, and a country-led approach. IDDS supports relevant countries NTPs in conducting TB DNA to evaluate the current practices, policies and algorithm and propose evidence-based short-to-medium term interventions. The TB DNA aims to improve access, capacity, and quality of the TB diagnostic network to increase detection of TB, TB/HIV, MDR-TB, and TB in children. The position can be based in Rockville, MD, USA or as full-time remote and will involve frequent international travel. This position reports to TB Strategic Lead based in Rockville, MD.

Technical Responsibilities:

Revise and continually update the TB-NET Tool

  • Ensure that key components and capabilities are included, in response to various country contexts and settings. Incorporate pediatric-specific elements into the tool, in coordination with USAID’s pediatric TB focal person.
  • Support the team to finalize and test the electronic version of the Tool to ensure ease of use in the field, and ability to analyze the data in real-time.
  • Provide support in adapting the Tool for high MDR-TB settings, including USAID priority TB countries in the Central Asian region.
  • Ensure the Tool and other TB DNA documents and reports are hosted and disseminated on an electronic platform.

Support spatial analysis and other data analysis components of the TB DNA

  • Support IDDS TB Laboratory Network Analysis Advisor and other team members to ensure that national and sub national data on diagnostics, laboratory and spatial-related variables are made available to the external assessment team.

Coordinate other components of the TB DNAs in priority USAID countries.

  • The Senior Technical Advisor will be responsible in collaboration with USAID and the external Assessment Lead consultant to identify strategies to carry out TB DNAs considering country partner landscape and existing capacity.
  • Coordinate/facilitate or support implementation of TB DNAs depending on the identified strategy.
  •  Participate in in-country TB DNA assessments and helping to draft findings and recommendations.
  • Coordinating with the MoH/NTP focal persons that meetings between the MoH/NTP and IDDS teams are initiated to review the purpose of the assessment, explain the assessment process, and provide an overview of the TB-Net Tool.
  • Responsible for identifying teams of external consultants for the verification visits based on their backgrounds, expertise, and experience.
  • The Senior Technical Advisor will provide technical support in the review of self-assessments and in-country verifications by the assessment team.
  • Responsible in the smooth operation of the field visits for the verification visits, reviewing of the findings of the assessment and ensuring completion of the final reports of the assessments.

Required Qualifications:

  • An MSc, Master’s in public health or equivalent international development, laboratory medicine or related discipline.
  • 5+ years of experience designing, implementing and refining assessments (process and tools) in a variety of country contexts in support of infectious disease or global health programs.
  • Experience managing concurrent activities across multiple countries. Strong attention to detail and commitment to task completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with multiple partners, notably host country governments, international organizations, national TB programs, and US Government Agencies on collaborative projects
  • Strong written and oral English communication. Experience presenting to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences. Proven report-writing skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working in challenging country contexts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia

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.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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