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  • Senior Tuberculosis Diagnostics Network Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/3/2018 8:21 AM)
    ID
    2018-1271
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Public Health
  • Overview

    Social Solutions International, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned company. 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:

    Senior Tuberculosis Diagnostics Network Advisor

    United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Infectious Diseases (ID)/Tuberculosis Division

     

    Salary Range: $114,590 – $148,967 (GS-14 equivalent)

     

    Application Deadline:  Until Filled

     

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

     

    The Senior Tuberculosis Diagnostics Network Advisor (Advisor) will serve in the Bureau for Global Health, in the TB Division, within the Office of Infectious Disease (GH/ID/TB), and will support the Tuberculosis (TB) Team.  The Advisor will aim to strengthen TB diagnostic networks in USAID’s priority countries and other countries where USAID contributes to and provides technical assistance. S/he will also contribute to shaping evidence-based global guidance for TB diagnostic networks, and help to bring new technologies and tools to countries to improve the various components of the diagnostic network across the health system and sectors. S/he will receive technical guidance from the USAID Senior Tuberculosis Advisor and serve as a member of the TB Team, working closely with technical advisors and health staff in the ID Division, the regional bureaus and other regional and Mission staff as appropriate. The Advisor will also work closely with the other USG agencies and USAID TB project partners.

     

    BACKGROUND:

     

    GH serves as the Agency’s primary source of technical expertise, leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector.  Through its staff of approximately 456, GH provides critical support to USAID missions and field programs in more than 80 countries.  USAID obligated $5.75 billion during fiscal year (FY) 2015 for health programs, including 48 percent or $2.76 billion through GH centrally designed and managed programs (including Presidential Initiatives, global partnerships and field support).  The GH Bureau comprises seven technical and support offices, one of which is the Office of Infectious Disease (ID).  The Tuberculosis (TB) Division provides technical leadership, project management, country support, and supports agency requirements to lead the US Government’s (USG) international TB program.  The TB Division strategically directs the financial and human resources to achieve the USG global TB strategy as well as the USAID implementation plan goals and objectives. The TB Division provides support through prevention and care programs in countries implementing USAID supported TB activities, focusing on accelerating detection and treatment of TB, expanding prevention and treatment of multi-drug resistant TB programs, scaling-up of TB-HIV integration, and developing TB service delivery platforms.   The Division manages USAID’s TB research programs to identify new and improved drug regimens, other technologies to prevent and treat TB, and improved approaches to implementing TB programs.  The TB Division represents USAID and the USG in international fora as well as leads international TB activities for the USG.  

     

    SPECIFIC DESCRIPTION:

     

    The Senior Tuberculosis Diagnostics Network Advisor (Advisor) will serve as a technical specialist on TB diagnostic networks for the TB Division. The Advisor will develop new and revised strategies for TB diagnostic network implementation across USAID- and Global Fund-supported priority countries. The Advisor will focus on the various key components associated with strong diagnostic networks, including ways to integrate private sector diagnostic facilities into national TB diagnostic networks. S/he will support USAID projects and partnerships that emphasize TB diagnostic network strengthening by providing technical assistance and expertise. The Advisor will represent USAID in key global consensus and expert meetings and contribute to the global body of evidence around TB diagnostic network best practices. The Advisor will continuously review the TB diagnostic pipeline and identify promising technologies for potential introduction into TB diagnostic algorithms in USAID priority TB burden countries.

    Responsibilities

    The Advisor will help lead the TB Division’s efforts to ensure functional TB diagnostic networks through technically sound approaches. The primary responsibilities of the Advisor include:

     

    Strategic country-level TB diagnostic network planning and implementation in USAID’s priority TB countries

    • Provide expert analysis to inform new and revised strategies for TB diagnostic network implementation in USAID priority TB countries based on successful models, international best practice and guidance, and the USG Global Tuberculosis Control Strategy
    • Provide technical expertise and in-country support to USAID Missions and technical partners on strengthening of TB diagnostic network components, including support to identify bottlenecks to implementation of Global Fund grants
    • Develop and implement strategies to strengthen and/or integrate private sector diagnostic facilities into country-level TB diagnostic networks
    • Support implementation of USAID projects and partnerships and USG strategies focused on TB diagnostic network strengthening and integration with other disease programs, where applicable.
    • Develop or strengthen monitoring and evaluation indicators for TB diagnostic and laboratory network components, and work with the TB team to track the indicators for each country and/or project

     

    Technical leadership for TB diagnostic network challenges

    • Participate in global technical leadership activities including consensus meetings, guideline development, etc. to improve policy and guidance around TB diagnostic networks.
    • Provide examples and evidence of best practices to global discussions.
    • Build capacity of USAID TB Team, Missions and partners on TB diagnostic network components through technical documents, webinars, and other routine communication.

     

    Identification and implementation of TB diagnostic tools and innovations

    • Identify promising new technologies, tests/assays, tools and other innovations to advance TB diagnostics in resource-constrained settings
    • Link product developers to stakeholders, countries and partners to improve the potential pool of TB diagnostics considered for global endorsement
    • Support the implementation of new tools to strengthen TB diagnostic networks in countries and monitor results for global uptake

     

    Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on (a) organizational programming need and/or (b) the Advisor's own interests.

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree or higher in international public health, laboratory/health/life sciences or related field.
    • Minimum nine (9) years of relevant professional experience in a diagnostic network setting, with at least five (5) years of that experience in an international or resource-challenged setting.
    • Experience or expertise with TB diagnostic or laboratory methods.
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written skills.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines while producing quality content.
    • Ability to travel internationally.
    • US Citizenship or US Legal Permanent Residency required.

     

    DESIRED ATTRIBUTES:

     

    • Demonstrated experience with public health disease programs and/or laboratory networks in developing countries. Experience introducing or implementing new diagnostic technologies in resource-challenged settings.
    • Knowledge of and/or experience working in the international TB community including multilateral organizations, technical agencies, private sector providers/laboratories and other key partners, and the ability to establish effective relationships among a wide range of partners.
    • Proven ability to work in resource-challenged settings with governments, local partners, and communities    

      

    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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