Principal Investigator, CDC-funded Global Healthcare Detection and Response Program

Tags: Global Health Covid-19 English language Environment
  • Added Date: Wednesday, 12 May 2021
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Project HOPE is an international NGO of more than 800 engaged employees and hundreds of volunteers who work in more than 25 countries, responding to the worldโ€™s most pressing global health challenges. Throughout our 60-year legacy, Project HOPE has treated millions of patients and provided more than $3 billion worth of medicines to local health care organizations around the world. We have helped build hundreds of health programs from the ground up and responded to humanitarian crises worldwide.

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Project HOPE is looking for several highly skilled professionals to support a CDC-funded Global Healthcare Detection and Response program will enhance detection and response to infectious disease threats in healthcare facilities globally by developing networks to implement prevention and containment strategies at local, national, and regional levels. Interventions to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats in healthcare, including antimicrobial resistance (AMR), healthcare associated infections (HAIs), and COVID-19, will be developed and implemented within networks. The NOFO will also improve the detection of emerging AMR and identify AMR risk factors and prevention strategies across healthcare and the community to inform global AMR containment efforts. The positions for this NOFO are relevant to Component 1: Detect and Response to Infectious Disease Threats in Healthcare Facilities. The strategies include (1) Prevent Transmission of Infections in Healthcare Facilities and (2) Detect and Respond to Emerging AMR in Healthcare Facilities.

Job Description:

Project HOPE is seeking expressions of interest from highly qualified candidates for the several Principal Investigators positions on an anticipated five-year CDC-funded Global Healthcare Detection and Response program in Multiple Countries (Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Zambia). These positions are subject to change based on procurement requirements and is contingent upon Project HOPE being awarded to implement the project.


Principal Investigator, CDC-funded Global Healthcare Detection and Response Program

Work location:

Will be defined by identified country- Multiple Countries (Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Zambia)

Reports to:

Country Director and Chief Medical Officer

Job Summary:

The Principal Investigator will oversee the technical activities of preventing transmission of infection disease threats in healthcare settings and provide technical support related to the Detection and Response to infectious disease threats in healthcare facilities including emerging antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to achieve the long-term outcomes:

  • Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are reduced and safe healthcare is delivered
  • Facilities and countries are better prepared to respond to emerging AMR threats in healthcare

The Principal Investigatorโ€™s primary responsibility is to ensure that the project is implemented per its design and is on track to achieve it short-term and long-term outcomes. Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Provide mentorship of infection, prevention and control (IPC) interventions and approaches to prevent HAIs.
  2. Provide technical oversight on the implementation of IPC strategies to prevent transmission of infectious disease threats including AMR.
  3. Coordinate a network of hospitals with adequate laboratory and IPC capacity in a country or countries to participate in a CDC-organized global โ€œnetwork of networksโ€ focused on harmonized HAI data collection linked to evidence-based and data-driven HAI prevention efforts and innovation to improve the science of HAI prevention.
  4. Provide technical oversight to which strengthen the health sector approach to planning, designing, and implementing interventions to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats in healthcare, including AMR, HAIs, and COVID-19.
  5. Oversee activities for the clinical and reference laboratory staff capacity to detect emerging AMR and their ability to collect and use AMR data.
  6. Participate in meetings of CDCโ€™s steering group for global network activities and participate in monitoring and evaluation of network performance.
  7. Engage with global network coordinators at CDC to develop surveillance and prevention protocols to implement across network hospitals, with an initial focus on healthcare-associated bloodstream infections (HA-BSI) and healthcare-associated transmission of COVID-19
  8. Develop and support of evidence-based HAI prevention programs to address network priorities (e.g., HA-BSI and COVID-19, initially) and sharing of strategies and experiences with CDC and global network collaborators.
  9. Provision of trainings and meet with IPC teams at network hospitals to impellent HAI surveillance and prevention activities
  10. Facilitate communication and coordination between network hospitals, laboratories, and partners to support AMR detection activities and containment responses
  11. Coordinate trainings and meetings of network hospitals, laboratories, and partners and provide feedback to network hospitals and laboratories to ensure standardized implementation of network activities
  12. Identify priority pathogens and AMR profiles to target for the networkโ€™s AMR containment response activities with global network coordinators at CDC and partners based on local epidemiology
  13. Monitor the programโ€™s performance according to the workplan and provide quality assurance using objective measurement indicators.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masterโ€™s degree or equivalent in infectious disease epidemiology, clinical diagnostics or related discipline or PhD, MD or DrPH in infectious disease epidemiology, clinical diagnostics or related field
  • Direct experience working with the Global Health Security Agenda in the following areas: infection disease threats in healthcare settings, interventions to prevent, detect, and respond to AMR, healthcare associated infections, infection, prevention and control, and AMR surveillance in healthcare facilities
  • Demonstrated experience in developing networks of hospitals and working with infectious disease support partners, and/or reference laboratories

  • Knowledge and experience with the latest diagnostic technologies, tools and approaches and antimicrobial susceptibility testing and IPC interventions

  • Demonstrated leadership working with MOH, CDC and host country staff implementing USG programs

  • Proven capacity to oversee development/implementation of work plans, reports, and monitoring and evaluation activities

  • Experience working with USG on similar program including knowledge of USG regulations and procedures

  • Ability to work in a complex project environment, set realistic priorities, and plan project implementation activities based on agreed upon priorities

  • Strong English writing and oral presentation skills

  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

  • Native speaker or fluent in local language for each identified country

Due to the large number of inquiries, we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be considered. No phone calls please.

However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise.

Thank you very much for your interest in Project HOPE.

All candidates must apply through the Project HOPE Career page using this link:

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