Social Solutions

Tuberculosis Surveillance Advisor

US-VA-Crystal City
2 months ago
ID
2017-1168
# of Openings
1

Overview

Social Solutions International, Inc. is a Small Disadvantaged Business. Hispanic and woman-owned, Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide.

 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

              

Title: 

Tuberculosis Surveillance Advisor

United States Agency for International Development

Office of Infectious Diseases, Bureau for Global Health (GH/ID)

 

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

USAID is in the forefront of global Tuberculosis (TB) leadership and support to high burden TB countries.  USAID works with the World Health Organization, Stop TB Partnership and other international TB and TB/HIV partners to support policy development and implementation at the global, regional and country levels. USAID is working with 23 countries with bilateral funds to improve TB services and supporting almost 30 more through targeted technical assistance to support Global Fund grants. These efforts provide lifesaving treatment to cure them from TB, prevent the further transmission of TB, and reduce the potential of drug resistant TB in the future. 

 

The Tuberculosis Surveillance Advisor (Advisor) will serve in the Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Diseases (GH/ID), and will support the TB Team.  The Advisor will aim to strengthen TB surveillance systems in USAID’s priority countries and other countries where USAID contributes to and provides technical assistance as well as conduct country, regional, and global data analysis. S/he will ensure that USAID-supported TB surveillance interventions are in-line with the US Government (USG) TB Strategy, USAID’s technical implementation approach, and other international policies and guidelines. This will include mapping and analyzing current systems (both USAID and non-USAID), improving the quality of the systems, and supporting the implementation of strategic quality improvement interventions. The Advisor will coordinate with key stakeholders in countries including National TB Control Programs; local technical partners; and other donors like the Global Fund. The Advisor will provide support to USAID TB/HIV surveillance activities funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

 

The Advisor will receive technical guidance from the USAID Senior Tuberculosis Advisor who will serve as his/her onsite manager. S/he will also serve as a member of the TB Team, working closely with technical advisors and health staff in the Office of Infectious Diseases, the Office of HIV/AIDS, the regional bureaus and other regional and mission staff as appropriate. The Advisor will also work closely with other USG agencies and USAID TB project partners.

Responsibilities

The TB Surveillance Advisor will be responsible for:

 

  1. Supporting country-level TB surveillance systems in USAID’s TB priority countries:
  • Analyzing the availability and quality of surveillance systems and routine TB data in USAID priority countries, including a range of paper-based and electronic systems currently in use.
  • Assisting countries to introduce and scale-up suitable models for strengthening surveillance systems including data quality improvement.
  • Contributing to PEPFAR TB/HIV monitoring and evaluation interventions in USAID priority countries.

 

  1. Conducting country, regional and global data analysis to inform USAID policies and strategies:
  • Working with TB Team members to analyze national TB program, USAID and other partner data sets using the most current tools.
  • Supporting TB Team to enhance data use, including data visualizations.
  • Support USAID Missions in interpreting national TB program data to improve planning and implementation.
  • Participating in consultations to share and disseminate USAID experience and models of TB surveillance.

 

International and domestic travel approximately 30-40%.

 

An Advisor at the GS 14 level will be further responsible for:

  • Analyzing the appropriateness of USAID funded surveillance interventions depending on the TB epidemiology and needs of each country, and ensuring that interventions follow USG and international TB policies and guidance.
  • Developing best practice models for TB surveillance and routine data strengthening in collaboration with national and USAID TB partners.
  • Developing and implementing best practice models for TB/HIV surveillance strengthening in priority countries with USAID and PEPFAR partners.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related social science field, with applicability to international TB epidemiology.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in disease surveillance program improvements, with at least two (2) years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting (GS 13); Minimum seven (7) years’ experience in disease surveillance program improvements, with at least three (3) years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting (GS 14).
  • Experience or knowledge of TB surveillance methods is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience with public health disease programs and/or surveillance strengthening in developing countries (including national TB control programs and/or other infectious disease control programs) is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of and experience with key international TB or other infectious disease initiatives and organizations, including those focused on epidemiology, surveillance and/or monitoring.
  • Knowledge of and experience with USAID policies, regulations and procedures desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines while producing quality content.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • US citizenship required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a Facilities Access Clearance.

 

Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.social solutions.biz

 

Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

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