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Surveillance Advisor, Health Systems Innovation & Delivery - PATH

Location: Washington, DC
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #13352
Posted: November 30, 2018
Description:

PATH’s Health Systems Innovation & Delivery (HSID) program works in the three components of the health system: clinical & medical services, community-based services, and enabling the public health environment. The HSID program leads projects and initiatives, including the Better Immunization Data Initiative (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Global Health Security Project (CDC), and public health components of Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiatives (GAVI) projects.

The HSID team seeks to recruit a Surveillance Advisor to support the surveillance systems capacity building work for the USAID Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project that serves the Global Health Security Agenda, TB programs and other related initiatives. IDDS, a global project implemented by ICF as the prime and six other partners, including PATH, supports select governments and their relevant ministries in the strengthening of their human and animal disease detection networks and surveillance systems for infectious diseases, TB and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The work will focus primarily on public health systems but may also include private health and other non-governmental institutions.

Working closely with the IDDS Senior Surveillance Advisor (a PATH position) and other technical experts in diagnostics, surveillance and health systems from across the partnership, the position provides technical support to the design, implementation and monitoring of technical strategies to integrate and strengthen country disease surveillance systems (both human and animal) in project countries. This will include real-time surveillance systems for pathogens of greatest public health concern, including AMR and zoonotic diseases, capacity building initiatives for human and animal health (One Health) networks, and implementation of strategies, programs or tools to support surveillance system capacity building.  

NOTE: The position will be seconded to ICF’s office in Rockville, MD.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as surveillance thought partner to IDDS project director and project team.
  • Provide technical support to the development of country-specific workplans and budgets for surveillance activities aligned with JEE and local stakeholder improvement goals.
  • Identify gaps in core functions of human and animal disease surveillance systems.
  • Build capacity in country-level, regional or global disease surveillance staff by sharing new knowledge/evidence and best practices with the project team and partners.
  • Conduct technical visits to target countries and provide feedback to project management, and, if requested, to counterparts at all levels.
  • Provide support to the development and monitoring of work plans, budgets, and finances in accordance with USAID rules and regulations and PATH policies and procedures.
  • Support the development and implementation of technical assistance, surveillance systems in line with joint external evaluation (JEE) reports, Performance Veterinary Services (PVS), country national action plans and other assessment reports.
  • In close collaboration with IDDS laboratory and diagnostic staff, provide technical assistance to strengthen the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of reporting into national reporting databases such as DHIS2.
  • Support and/or lead work to improve interoperability and interconnectedness across national disease reporting systems.
  • Support the development and implementation of strategies, workplans and quality improvement programs for surveillance activities supported by IDDS with reference to accepted standards and requirements. 
  • Provide high-quality technical support based upon expertise with surveillance systems strengthening, methods and strategies, current practice, and established reporting and operational standards while also being locally relevant and sustainable.
  • Coordinate and work with a diverse group of organizations, such as the Ministry of Health and Agriculture, surveillance, diagnostic, and facility staff, several international and national development partner organizations, and the donor.
  • Represent PATH at technical meetings, conferences and workshops and provide surveillance expertise to partners and stakeholders as needed.

 

Skills/Eligibility:

The successful candidate is someone with a graduate (or higher) degree in Public health with substantive field experience as expressed in the requirements below combined with knowledge and skills in:

  • Good and proactive organizational, prioritization and workload management skills.
  • Excellent understanding and experience of Microsoft Office Products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook).
  • Ability to work without direct supervision and on own initiative.
  • Team-focused and collegial with the ability to interact with diverse colleagues and facilitate strong working relationships; adept at working closely with others over geographical distance
  • Strong organizational skills, high level of attention to detail, and effectiveness under deadlines.

 

Required Experience

  •  A minimum of a graduate degree in Public Health or related field.
  • Minimum of 6 years relevant experience in designing, implementing, and managing large, complex projects in developing countries.
  • Proven professional experience working with host country governments and counterparts, international donor organizations, civil society, and private sector on infectious disease programming.
  • Substantial experience working on USAID and US government funded projects.
  • Broad understanding of Infectious disease epidemiology, microbiology and zoonotic diseases.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; French language skills desirable; diplomacy in communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
  • Willingness and ability to travel globally up to 35% of the time.

Must have authorization to work in the U.S.

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