Internal title: Deputy Director I, Country Programs
External title: IDDS Guinea Team Lead/Infectious Diseases Advisor
Job Code: PROG11006
Job Family: Programs Compensation
Band: M FLSA: Exempt
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology; creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.
Overview: Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year USAID-funded project with the following overall objectives: (1) Improve the detection of diseases of public health importance and identification of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in priority infectious diseases through an accessible, accurate, adaptable, timely, and integrated diagnostic network system; (2) Improve the quality of real-time surveillance systems for pathogens of greatest public health concern, including AMR and zoonotic diseases, and; (3) Generate evidence-based guidance and innovative solutions to strengthen in-country diagnostic networks and surveillance systems. FHI 360 is seeking a Team Lead to be responsible for technical direction (diagnostic networks and surveillance systems for priority pathogens and AMR) and overall management of activities in Guinea as well as coordination with other project team members and partners who lead specific activities. The Team Lead will work closely with USAID/Guinea to provide thought leadership and represent the project in country. This position reports to the FHI 360 IDDS lead based in Rockville, MD, USA. This position operates under the management and oversight of the IDDS project senior management team, led by the IDDS Project Director.
Location: Conakry, Guinea
Responsibilities: The Guinea Team Lead (TL) has the following responsibilities:
• Represent IDDS in Guinea to the USAID mission (Global Health Security Advisor), the Government of Guinea, and other stakeholders and serve as the lead focal point for IDDS in Guinea.
• Provide technical leadership and assistance in diagnostic network and surveillance systems strengthening including the following responsibilities:
• Lead activities to develop and enhance diagnostic network strategies and plans for detection of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with a specific focus on national-level engagement, coordination and collaboration
• Support national counterparts and stakeholders in Guinea to update the AMR strategy and the INSP strategic plan for diagnostic facilities
• Oversee IDDS diagnostic specialists to identify, implement, monitor and report activities to:
• Enhance access and availability of quality and timely diagnostics for the detection of epidemic-prone diseases
• Enhance national diagnostic systems including specimen referral networks, equipment functionality, supply chain and others
• Enhance information systems for the reporting and sharing of surveillance data from both the human and animal health sectors in support of the One Health platform
• In conjunction with IDDS surveillance staff and national stakeholders, support discussions and activities to strengthen national and community-based surveillance and reporting systems for epidemic-prone diseases and help to ensure inter-operability between IDDS diagnostic and surveillance components
• Ensure IDDS’ activities are aligned with country priorities and are well-coordinated with other organizations working in Guinea.
• Utilize evidence- based methods and best practices to implement workplan activities.
• Lead the project team in Guinea – providing the vision, coordination, resource management, and oversight of technical and administrative staff required to accomplish workplan activities and meet project objectives.
• Follow established processes to guarantee the technical and programmatic quality of IDDS work in Guinea and overall responsiveness of the technical team. This can include making necessary adjustments to operations to fit the requirements when necessary or recommended by USAID.
• Ensures that any departures in work scope or budget or any legal, regulatory or ethical concerns are promptly reported to IDDS leadership in the US.
• Work closely with USAID and with the IDDS US-based team to define and adjust annual work plans as well as implementing technical activities.
• Work closely with Global Health Security Agenda, TB program, and other initiatives as agreed are in the scope for IDDS as well as partners and stakeholders to ensure coordinated approach.
• Works collaboratively and coordinates with regional and/or other country Technical Leads as well as team partners on the implementation of activities as well as regional and global sharing of lessons learned and best practices.
• Ensure country financial and technical reporting requirements are met.
• Minimum Master’s degree or higher in public health, international development, or related field with a focus on infectious disease detection, surveillance, or diagnostics
• Minimum 10 years of experience managing health systems strengthening programs
• Familiarity with USG management, programs, and operations including regulatory and reporting requirements
• Technical competency in infectious disease(s) and diagnostic network strengthening
• Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data for decision making
• Fluency in written and spoken English and French
• Strong English written, oral, and presentation skills
• Strong program management and capacity building experience
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills in facilitation and stakeholder engagement/coordination
• Experience working in Africa
• Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% within Guinea and other travel as needed
• Authorization to work in Guinea
• Guinea nationality
• Experience residing and working in Guinea
• Experience working with the Global Health Security Agenda
Selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.
• Will supervise other FHI 360 IDDS staff members in Guinea
• Plays a coaching and mentoring role for others.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
FHI 360 offers a competitive compensation package and is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at https://jobs-fhi360.icims.com as soon as possible. Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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Submission of applications :
Applications should include:
• A cover letter addressed to the Chief of Party of FHI 360 Guinea
• An updated CV including at least three references’addresses (Name, organization, E-mail and phone number)
• Copies of training diplomas and certificates
• Copies of works certificates from former employers
Applications should be sent by e-mail to:
• firstname.lastname@example.org and copy : LUwera@fhi360.org and OBerete@fhi360.org.
The deadline for submitting is February 12, 2019.
Women’s applications are strongly encouraged.