Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year United States Agency for International Development (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 including Tuberculosis (TB) 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.
The Senior Technical Advisor – New TB Diagnostic Tools Lead will support the introduction of new TB diagnostic tools and equipment such as Truenat, introduction/expansion of TB diagnostic connectivity solutions and other tools as directed by USAID. IDDS is supporting USAID’s introducing New Tools Project (iNTP) with the Stop TB Partnership that includes tools to screen and diagnose TB and latent TB infection, improve transparency and accessibility of diagnostic data, and improve TB treatment adherence and outcomes. The Senior Technical Advisor – New TB Diagnostic Tools Lead will be working in close relationship with Stop TB partnership and other organizations to introduce these tools and technologies in relevant countries. The position will be based in Rockville, MD, USA/remotely and will involve frequent international travel. This role will work closely with IDDS headquarters team based out of Rockville MD and other locations locally in the US and regionally.
Technical Responsibilities: The Senior Technical Advisor – New TB Diagnostic Tools Lead has the following responsibilities:
- Works with subject matter experts to standardize new diagnostic tools implementation guidance or other outputs.
- Takes available technical material and convert to useable formats for use globally and in countries.
- Disseminates new tool implementation technical guidance and materials to other USAID priority countries
- Organizes and updates tools, best practices, and products so they can be shared widely. Links dissemination of tools with capacity building or other TA support.
- Supports introduction/scale up of diagnostic connectivity solutions in priority USAID countries in collaboration and coordination with USAID’s New Tools Project.
- Support introduction of stool-based diagnosis in children using rapid TB testing in USAID priority countries in line with USAID’s technical approach.
- Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the introduction of new TB diagnostic tools through collection and analysis of relevant data.
- An MSc , Master in Public Health or equivalent clinical diagnostics, laboratory medicine or related discipline.
- 7+ years of experience in TB-focused diagnostic strengthening and capacity building
- Hands-on experience with TB diagnostics tools including microscopy, WHO TB recommended rapid diagnostics (GeneXpert, TruenNat), culture and line-probe assays)
- Deep knowledge of TB diagnostic algorithms
- Good understanding of the external environment and how it affects diagnostic network functioning in general, including political, legal, environmental, financial, and social influences.
- Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country governments and international organizations, national TB programs, and US Government Agencies.
- Fluency in written and spoken English with strong presentation skills
- Demonstrated experience working in challenging country contexts.
- A demonstrated ability to work with multiple partners on collaborative projects.
- Willingness to travel, as post-pandemic conditions allow, up to 35%
- Previous TB diagnostic network experience in Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia
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