Senior Tuberculosis Technical Advisor
Opportunity in Washington, DC
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through CAMRIS International partnered with IAP World Services Inc, (IAPWS), to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:
Title: Senior Tuberculosis Technical Advisor
United States Agency for International Development
Application Deadline: Open until October 1, 2012
The Senior Tuberculosis Technical Advisor (Technical Advisor) will serve in the Bureau for Global Health, Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition Office, Infectious Diseases Division (GH/HIDN/ID). The advisor will provide global technical leadership to USAID in all aspects of TB with a specific emphasis on accelerating innovation in TB control and uptake of proven innovative tools and approaches for TB control. S/he will assist USAID programs to develop and implement programs and activities that will focus on all aspect of TB. Attention will be focused on providing technical assistance to ensure the effective uptake of new approaches and tools in TB USAID-funded country programs. The Technical Advisor will participate in high level policy dialogue and provide technical assistance to USAID missions in the design, implementation, and evaluation of bilateral and regional TB programs. S/he will also provide technical guidance to selected GH/HIDN/ID core funded TB activities.
The USAID/Washington TB team is comprised of two sub teams: country support and technical leadership. The Technical Advisor will be a member of the technical leadership sub team and will work closely with the other sub team, and take programmatic direction from the technical leadership sub-team leader. The Technical Advisor will work closely with other TB Technical Advisors and health staff in Global Health (GH) bureau and regional bureaus. The Technical Advisor will also participate in technical working groups and other task forces related to TB research and innovation.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provide technical assistance to USAID country level TB programs focusing on TB research and interventions to improve uptake of proven innovative tools for TB control:
● Provide senior level strategic and programming guidance, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of strategies and program plans to address research and innovation in TB.
● Provide technical advice to ensure that country and regional programs are consistent with current medical practice, international standards and recommendations, and the USG TB Strategy.
● Assist USAID missions to strengthen coordination and leveraging of USAID TB funds with PEPFAR resources for TB/HIV in PEPFAR focus countries as appropriate to ensure that TB research and proven innovations in TB control are included in programs in these countries.
● Apply medical and public health expertise to assist with the development and review of technical documents.
● Participate in joint TB program reviews organized by partners (e.g., WHO), including the assessment of diagnostic and treatment practices for MDR TB and adherence to medical practice standards at the health facility level.
● Assist with the identification of potential technical partners and implementation mechanisms to implement programs; participate in technical selection panels (provided there is no conflict of interest).
● Conduct program evaluations and/or prepare Scopes of Work for independent evaluations.
● Prepare and present technical presentations at regional USAID health officers meetings and workshops as appropriate.
● Provide technical guidance related to TB research and introduction of proven new approaches and tools into TB programs.
● Provide advice to country missions regarding opportunities and approaches to leveraging other sources of funds for TB research such as the Global Fund.
● Participate as a USAID technical advisor in regional meetings, workshops and task forces.
2. Provide technical support to the GH/HIDN/ID TB program:
● Provide technical advice to selected GH/HIDN/ID core funded TB activities (in collaborations with project specific Agreement/Cognizant Officer’s Representative and technical advisors) focusing on accelerating uptake of innovative approach and implementation of TB research.
● Contribute medical and public health expertise and participate in working groups and task forces (that focus on TB research and innovation) convened by the STOP TB Partnership, WHO and/or other TB partners.
● Review and synthesize information about USAID TB research programs and experience with introducing new tools, and use this information to recommend adjustments in program direction as needed.
● Prepare briefs or other documents to summarize USAID’s TB research activities and progress in introducing new tools.
● Provide technical updates or briefings to other USAID TB team members on research and innovation in TB, ensuring that the knowledge of the TB team is kept up-to date in this subject matter.
● Assess current medical and public health literature, clinical and international guidelines and provide recommendations to USAID regarding the application of this information to USAID’s technical and strategic approaches.
● Contribute to the routine work of the TB team, including preparation of portfolio reviews and reports; reviews of mission/bureau documents such as annual reports and operational plans; and preparation of responses to Questions and Answers and other requests for information.
● Prepare and submit occasional job-related papers to professional journals and meetings.
Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on (a) organizational and programming need and/or (b) the Technical Advisor’s own interests.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSE, PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OR OTHER EXPERTISE REQUIRED. The contractor must have:
● Advanced degree in public health, the health sciences or relevant disciplines with applicability to international public health
● Minimum of ten years of combined experience in TB control in clinical and public health settings, including at least five years of experience in research
● Minimum of three to five years of experience providing short or long term technical assistance in TB control in resource poor settings
● Demonstrated experience in senior level health policy dialogue
● Experience and/or knowledge of programs based on the WHO-recommended STOP TB Strategy including DOTS
● Knowledge of and familiarity with key international TB initiatives and organizations
● Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
● Ability to work under pressure and in teams
● Ability to travel as required
● US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required; and
● Secret Security Clearance required prior to employment.
This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.
CAMRIS International and IAP World Services Inc. offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camrisinternational.com.
CAMRIS and IAP are Equal Opportunity Employers EOE M/F/D/V