Senior Diagnostic and Health Security Advisor

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 31 May 2020

Project HOPE is an international NGO of more than 500 engaged employees and hundreds of volunteers who work in more than 25 countries, responding to the world’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.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Senior Diagnostic and Health Security Advisor (SDHSA) will provide leadership, and technical oversight to support implementation of diagnostics systems capacity building work for an anticipated CDC Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Grant for multiple countries in Africa and Asia. The project will support GHSA through implementation of programs and activities that focus on preventing and improving health globally through partnerships to advance the prevention, detection, and response to mitigate threats from infectious diseases of international concern.

The position will be based in multiple countries in Africa and Asia . Technical responsibilities include working with the Principal Investigator/Project Lead, country diagnostic specialists, monitoring, evaluation, and surveillance staff, Project HOPE senior leadership, and partner representatives across the project consortium to enhance diagnostic networks (both human and animal health) in focus countries as well as the broader surveillance systems. The successful candidate will coordinate activities across multiple countries and will facilitate sharing of best practices across that network working with other laboratory programs and partners.

****This position is contingent upon an award . **

REQUIRED QUALIFICATION

· Master's degree in public health; international public health, or a related social science field and 9+ years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.**

· Minimum nine (9) years' experience in programming for international public health, with at least three to five (3-5) years' experience in providing short or long term technical assistance for infectious diseases in an international or resource challenged setting.**

· Demonstrated experience in health policy dialogue, especially relating to global health security and development.**

· Knowledge of key international health security initiatives and organizations**

· Relevant experience as related to innovations for infectious diseases particularly in developing countries.**

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

· To improve prevention of avoidable epidemics including naturally occurring outbreaks and intentional or accidental releases of dangerous pathogens

· To improve ability to rapidly detect threats early, including detecting, characterizing

· To report emerging biological threats by responding rapidly and effectively to public health threats of international concern.

TECHNICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The SDHSA DA provides technical support to the design, implementation and monitoring of technical strategies to strengthen diagnostic networks that provide comprehensive coverage and universal access to diagnostic services. This will include diagnostic network and facilities assessments, capacity building initiatives of both human and animal diagnostic networks, and implementation of strategies, programs or tools to support diagnostic network capacity building in support of the GHSA. Specifically:

· Serve as a technical authority on GHSA-related program planning, implementation, and best practices and will work directly with Headquarters and field staff to provide technical assistance in developing and implementing policies, programs, and guidelines related to global health security.

· Leads the development and implementation of technical assistance, diagnostic network and facility strengthening and quality improvement interventions in line with joint external evaluation (JEE) reports, country national action and strategic plans, and other assessment reports.

· Leads the development of country-specific work plans and budgets for diagnostic network activities aligned with national action plans and local stakeholder improvement goals.

· Leads the implementation of diagnostic network enhancement activities in countries which may include capacity building activities for core diagnostic components such as specimen referral mechanisms, quality management systems, supply chain, management information systems, diagnostic SOPs and tools, qualified workforce, expansion of point-of-care diagnostic service points, and biosafety and biosecurity.

· Participate in high level policy dialogue and provide technical assistance to Project HOPE Country offices in the design, implementation, and evaluation of regional and country programs linked to infectious disease outbreaks Support the establishment and implementation of country and regional strategies to enhance diagnostic networks to mitigate complex emerging infectious disease threats.

· Participate in technical working groups and other task forces related to outbreaks and issues related to global health security

· Supports country diagnostic staff to strengthen biosafety and biosecurity through updates to national strategies and guidelines, locally adapted SOPs, mentorship, and training.

· Provide programming advice, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of country specific strategies and program plans to address global health security.

· Assists HOPE country offices to strengthen coordination and leveraging of relevant GHSA investments with other resources/programs (e.g. Global Fund, World Bank, CDC, etc.) to ensure that proven innovations in global health security are included in HOPE programs in these countries.

· Develops and articulates ideas, concepts, and methodologies for new or revised systems for designing, implementing, and evaluating HOPE global programs related global health security for outbreak detection and response

· Provides technical support based upon expertise with implementation of diagnostic systems strengthening, methods and strategies, current practice, and established diagnostic and operational standards while also being locally relevant and sustainable.

· Designs and leads interoperability initiatives to facilitate sharing of resources and knowledge between the human, animal, and environmental sector.

· Assists in coordinating the implementation of multi-sectoral activities to strengthen and improve relationships cross relevant ministries, which includes high level coordination of key stakeholders, donor and other partners for decision making and knowledge exchange.

· Contribute to the development of GHSA related documentation as needed- briefing papers, Donor reports, success stories, presentation prep, etc.

· Builds capacity in country-level, regional or global diagnostic staff.

· Serve as needed on infectious disease/outbreak response and recovery technical working groups and response teams, as needed.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: **

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be mobile in an office environment and able to use standard office equipment.
  • Must be able to communicate in verbal and written form, and must be able to travel internationally.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

Work environment:

  • Typical office environment with exposure to a minimal noise level.
  • Emergency deployments may be in resource-deprived environments with austere living conditions.
  • Travel for extended periods Domestically and/or Internationally, may be by air and/or other modes of transportation.
  • While international travel is not a regular part of every job, programmatic needs may require it intermittently.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

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