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Senior TB Diagnostics Network Advisor- Kinshasa, DRC
International Health and Development
Senior TB Diagnostics Advisor
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, including Tuberculosis, 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.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the IDDS project will focus on activities to strengthen the TB diagnostic network in line with the Government of DRC’s National Strategic Plan and USAID’s FY 2021 Tuberculosis (TB) Roadmap. ICF is seeking a Senior TB Diagnostics Advisor to be responsible for implementing the agreed-upon work plan in coordination with the National TB Control Program (PNLT), USAID Mission in Kinshasa and other stakeholders. This includes strengthening laboratory systems, primarily in public health but also private health and other non-governmental laboratories.
- Implement tuberculosis-focused technical assistance, diagnostic network and facilities strengthening, and quality improvement interventions in line with national priorities.
- Support developing or updating national diagnostic network strategic plans, SOPs and policies.
- Conducts assessments of diagnostic facilities and the follow-up of corrective and preventive actions and initiatives.
- Monitors and reports progress with diagnostic network enhancement activities as per the approved country workplan.
- Work collaboratively and coordinate with other technical staff as well as project partners on development and implementation of the project workplans.
- Build capacity in local TB diagnostic stakeholders (including private health facilities) and leaders to identify and oversee enhancements in diagnostic networks.
- Provide technical assistance and training to TB diagnostic facilities and the overall diagnostic network as part of overall capacity building and continuous improvement programs including childhood tuberculosis diagnostic strategies enhancement
- Support strategies to ensure functional TB diagnostic equipment including systems to maintain laboratory equipment, securing maintenance contracts, and establishing a cadre of trained biomedical engineers.
- Build capacity of TB laboratories to perform more TB diagnostic tests (culture, WHO recommended rapid molecular tests, drug sensitivity tests, and line probe assay including resistance to second line drugs).
- Develop and implement innovative, linked and comprehensive package of interventions enabling functional rapid molecular testing sites at the national and sub national levels.
- Work closely with the IDDS team to define and adjust annual work plans as well as implementing technical activities
- Coordinate and work with a diverse group of national organizations including the Government and other diagnostic network leaders, development partners, other regional and global IDDS staff and USAID.
- Follow established processes to guarantee the technical and programmatic quality of IDDS work in DRC
Required Experiences and Skills:
- A minimum of a BSc in clinical diagnostics, laboratory science, or an equivalent.
- At least two years of experience in TB-focused diagnostic strengthening and capacity building in the country or in a comparable setting.
- Technical competency in the diagnosis of infectious diseases (TB preferable) including specific hands-on diagnostics experience.
- Competent in current diagnostic methods for tuberculosis including point-of-care tests.
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Strong interpersonal skills in facilitation and stakeholder engagement/coordination
- Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% within DRC and other travel as needed.
- Authorization to work in DRC
- Familiarity with Global Laboratory Initiative standards
- Familiarity with USG programs
- Familiarity with pediatric tuberculosis
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DR Congo (CB84)