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PATH is currently recruiting a Diagnostics Specialist (DS) for the Infectious Diseases Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project. This project has three key objectives:
- Improve the detection of diseases of public health importance and identification of AMR through an accessible, accurate, adaptable, timely and integrated diagnostic network;
- Improve the quality of real-time surveillance systems for pathogens of greatest public health concern, including AMR and zoonotic diseases;
- Generate evidence-based guidance and innovative solutions to strengthen in-country diagnostics and surveillance systems.
The Diagnostics Specialist (DS) will support the diagnostics systems capacity building work for this USAID project that serves the Global Health Security Agenda, TB programs and other related initiatives. IDDS supports selected governments and their relevant ministries in the strengthening of their human and animal health diagnostic 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 diagnostic facilities (laboratories and point-of-care facilities). The position is based in Kampala and will involve frequent up to 60% in-country travel.
- Responsible for the implementation of technical assistance, diagnostic network and facilities strengthening and quality improvement interventions in line with joint external evaluation (JEE) reports, country national action plan, other assessment reports and country workplan activities aligned with JEE and local stakeholder improvement goals.
- Responsible for implementing in-country diagnostic network enhancement activities which may include capacity building activities for core diagnostic components such as testing standards and algorithms, 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.
- Closely work with the National Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Centre (NADDEC) to support other animal health national stakeholders in developing or updating national animal health diagnostic network strategic plans, SOPs and policies.
- Monitors and reports progress with diagnostic network enhancement activities as per the approved country workplan.
- Provides technical support based upon expertise with diagnostics system strengthening, methods and strategies, current best practices, and established diagnostic and operational standards while also being locally relevant and sustainable.
- Builds capacity in local diagnostic stakeholders and leaders to identify and oversee enhancements in diagnostic networks.
- Conducts assessments of animal health diagnostic facilities and leads the follow-up of corrective and preventive actions and quality improvement initiatives.
- Provides technical assistance and training to diagnostic facilities and the overall diagnostic network as part of overall capacity building and continuous improvement programs.
- Encourages and assists laboratories with preparing for accreditation through locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally accepted accreditation agencies based on country demand.
- Will be required to coordinate and work with a diverse group of national organizations including the Government, NHLDS, NADDEC, and other diagnostic network leaders, development partners, other regional and global IDDS staff and USAID.
- Technical responsibilities include working with the IDDS diagnostics global and regional leadership, in-country partners, ICF (project prime) and USAID to implement agreed strategies to enhance diagnostics networks (both human and animal health and point-of-care facilities in line with one health approach) in Uganda as well as the broader surveillance systems.