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JOB #R2104451

Tuberculosis Team Lead – Kinshasa, DRC

About IDDS

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.

Position:

ICF is seeking a Tuberculosis Team Lead for a USAID-funded project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The TB Team Lead will be responsible for technical direction and overall management of activities in DRC as well as coordination with other project team members and partners who lead specific activities. The Team Lead will work closely with USAID/DRC to provide thought leadership and represent IDDS’s TB activities in country. This position will be based in Kinshasa, DRC, and reports to the TB Strategic Lead, based in Rockville, MD, USA. This position operates under the management and oversight of the IDDS project senior management team, led by the IDDS Project Director. The TB Team Lead will supervise two diagnostics experts (one at the Lubumbashi TB Reference Laboratory and the other at the Kisangani TB Reference Laboratory) and support staff in Kinshasa.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Embody ICF’s values
  • Demonstrate initiative, good judgement and problem-solving ability 
  • Manage execution and hold people accountable for achieving results
  • Communicate with impact
  • Collaborate effectively with others
  • Build strategic relationships to meet internal and/or external client requirements
  • Adapt to changing priorities and events
  • Create and maintain an inclusive environment that enables others to contribute to their full potential
  • Apply technical knowledge and skills to solve problems of diverse scope

Key Responsibilities:

  • Represent IDDS in DRC to the USAID mission (Health Team), the Government of DRC, and other stakeholders.
  • Provide technical leadership and assistance in TB health systems strengthening, including for TB diagnostics, TB case detection, and multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB.
  • Ensure IDDS’ activities are aligned with country priorities and are well-coordinated with the National TB program other organizations working on TB in DRC.
  • Utilize evidence- based methods and best practices to implement workplan activities.
  • Lead and supervise the project team in DRC – 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 DRC 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.
  • Ensure 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 closely with USAID and the IDDS US-based team to define and adjust annual work plans as well as implementing technical activities.
  • Work collaboratively and coordinate with regional and/or other country technical leads as well as team partners on the implementation of activities.

Required:

  • Minimum Master’s degree or higher in life sciences, microbiology, public health, or related field with a focus on infectious disease detection, surveillance, or diagnostics
  • 10+ years of experience in TB diagnostic strengthening programs in low- and middle- income countries or high burden TB countries.
  • Familiarity with USG management, programs, and operations including regulatory and reporting requirements
  • Technical competency in infectious disease(s) 
  • Hands-on experience with TB diagnostics tools including microscopy, WHO TB recommended rapid molecular diagnostics (GeneXpert, TrueNat), culture and line-probe assays
  • Understanding of clinical progression and treatment of TB; familiarity with diagnostic and treatment algorithms
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data for decision making
  • Demonstrated ability to disseminate technical thought leadership through journal articles, white papers, and conference presentations
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French
  • Strong English written, oral, and presentation skills 
  • Demonstrated 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.

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with USG management, programs, and operations including regulatory and reporting requirements

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.

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