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  • Lymphatic Filariasis Technical Advisor-NTD

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/10/2018 10:01 AM)
    ID
    2018-1252
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Public Health
  • 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: 

    Lymphatic Filariasis Technical Advisor-NTD

    US Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Diseases, Division of Neglected Tropical Diseases

     

    Salary Range: 96,970 – 126,062 (GS-13 equivalent)

     

    Application Deadline:  Until Filled

     

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION

    The Lymphatic Filariasis Technical Advisor will provide programmatic and technical support to USAID’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Division.  The Advisor will provide global technical leadership regarding lymphatic filariasis to USAID’s NTD Program.  S/he will assist USAID’s NTD program to develop and implement programs and activities in support of the World Health Organization goal of eliminating lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem, by 2020.

    The Advisor will be assigned the Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases Division, and receive guidance from the NTD Division Chief, who will serve as USAID point of contact (POC).  The Advisor will work in a cross-cutting and integrated fashion with technical and operational staff across the USAID NTD Division.  USAID’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Division manages an annual $100 million portfolio that provides support to 31 countries across 8 programs and coordinates with five pharmaceutical companies to leverage $4.5 billion in drug donations per year. 

     

    BACKGROUND:

    NTDs cause significant morbidity and mortality worldwide.  More than one billion people – one-seventh of the world’s population – suffer from one or more NTDs.  Often the source of deep stigma, NTDs cause disability, severe disfigurement, and blindness.  These diseases affect the world’s most vulnerable populations with devastating, lifelong disabilities that contribute to ensnaring individuals, families, and even entire communities in poverty.  Achieving the elimination of LF and trachoma as public health problems are the key drivers for USAID’s NTD Program investments.  For detailed information on USAID’s NTD program and strategy, please see: http://www.neglecteddiseases.gov/.  

    Responsibilities

    • Provide technical assistance to support:
      • The technical excellence of USAID programs by ensuring the effective uptake of sound and innovative approaches to achieve validation of lymphatic filariasis elimination in USAID supported country programs.
      • Design, implementation, and evaluation of lymphatic filariasis programs; including post-validation surveillance.
      • Cross-learning between countries by coordinating technical assistance needs.
    • Assist in strategic programming of USAID NTD investments in lymphatic filariasis.
    • Engage with USAID country missions and regional offices and other US Government agencies (USG) to ensure appropriate collaboration and coordination occurs.
    • Assist with monitoring any programmatic constraints to implementation and identify solutions.
    • Review new interventions and tools for application in USAID supported countries.
    • Participate in global and regional technical working groups and other task forces related to lymphatic filariasis.

    ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Lymphatic Filariasis Technical Advisor will be responsible for:

     

    Technical Assistance

    • Recommending strategic and technical direction for LF investments within the USAID NTD Program
    • Assisting NTD country programs and implementing partners to ensure adherence to WHO guidelines in support of achieving the WHO 2020 disease specific targets;
    • Assisting in the analysis of data, new tools, and research, and inform policy related to lymphatic filariasis elimination at the global level
    • Monitoring USAID supported country programs to ensure implementation is consistent with current morbidity management practices, international standards, and recommendations;
    • Monitoring country-level activities such as disease mapping, training, mass drug administration, surveillance and/or morbidity management;
    • Assessing current research, literature, and international guidelines to provide recommendations to USAID regarding application to USAID’s technical and strategic approaches. Specifically, the application of new alternative treatment strategies such as Triple Drug Therapy;
    • Assisting implementing partners and country programs to monitor progress and harmonize efforts toward measuring and documenting the validation of the elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis across USAID supported countries;
    • Supporting USAID/Washington and field-based programs for the review of grant applications, country-level workplans
    • Assisting the USAID NTD Division in preparing, presenting and disseminating materials, provide technical updates, briefings, reports, etc. for colleagues, Bureau, Agency leadership, and other partners

     

    Coordination

    • Informing USAID’s investments with the World Health Organization in all areas related to LF, including Filarial Test Strip donation program
    • Supporting USAID missions and partner agencies implementing NTD activities to maximize resources and program progress
    • Liaising USAID STH Advisor to ensure alignment in the transition strategy from LF elimination to STH control;
    • Liaising with other USAID regional and technical bureaus with investments that reinforce the USAID NTD Program goals and objectives to identify and develop coordinated efforts or initiatives that accelerate progress towards NTD control and/or elimination

     

    Other Duties:

    • Keep current on the latest literature, reports and international guidelines and standards on NTDs
    • Participate in international working groups and professional meetings related to NTDs, primarily lymphatic filariasis in support of USAID objectives

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in public health or a related field;
    • Minimum seven (7) years’ of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in public health in designing, implementing, and/or evaluating public health activities/programs;
    • Minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience working in NTDs in international or resource-poor country settings;
    • Technical and programmatic knowledge and experience with USAID NTD programming;
    • Technical and programmatic knowledge and experience working with countries to implement strategies to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis, including preventive chemotherapy and morbidity management;
    • Knowledge around new and evolving tools and strategies to accelerate progress towards elimination;
    • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment;
    • Demonstrated experience in senior level health policy dialogue;
    • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
    • Strong team and networking skills;
    • Ability to work under pressure and in teams;
    • International and domestic travel approximately 20-30%; and
    • US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required.

     

    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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