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The Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Advisor's primary responsibility is to provide technical support related to strengthening detection and surveillance of AMR for the USAID-funded Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project. The project serves the Global Health Security Agenda, TB programs and other related initiatives. IDDS supports select governments and their relevant ministries in the strengthening of human and animal health diagnostic networks and surveillance systems for infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The AMR advisor will be responsible for providing technical expertise to diagnostic network and surveillance system strengthening activities. Activities will be across IDDS countries and at the global level. The position is based in the ICF office in Rockville, MD, and will work as part of a technical team of highly experienced experts in the areas of infectious disease diagnostics, surveillance, informatics, research and innovation
The advisor provides leadership and technical assistance within the team on AMR pertaining to diagnostic networks and surveillance systems. This involves design, implementation and monitoring of technical strategies and programs, and the development of tools. Specific responsibilities include:
Work closely with the technical advisors to ensure technically-sound and feasible approaches for AMR detection and surveillance across animal, human, agricultural and food sectors;
Bring an understanding of multi-sectoral AMR patterns and epidemiology to technical solutions;
Work closely across the partnership to ensure partner capabilities in AMR detection and surveillance are leveraged to best respond to country needs;
Provide technical expertise to ensure that project interventions target priority gaps;
Incorporate evidence-based methods, current practice, and established standards regarding AMR detection and surveillance;
Serve as the project’s key technical backstop for specific countries as assigned, including technical and administrative responsibilities related to work plans, budgets, activity implementation and reporting;
Provide virtual and in-person technical assistance to countries in GHSA and TB priority countries;
Represent the project to external stakeholders and contributing to the knowledge base through participation in scientific forums and technical networks;
Share new evidence and best practices with project, partners and host countries using informal and formal forums;
Contribute significantly to project work planning and reporting; and
Ensure that technical approaches align with project’s logical framework and monitoring indicators.
Master’s degree or equivalent in infectious disease epidemiology, clinical diagnostics or related discipline
10+ years of experience in infectious disease detection or surveillance
Five years’ of on the ground experience in developing countries
Knowledge and experience with the latest diagnostic technologies, tools and approaches and antimicrobial susceptibility testing in general and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis
Ability to work with multiple partners on collaborative projects
Ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country governments, international organizations, and US Government Agencies
Ability to work in a complex project environment, set realistic priorities, and plan project implementation activities based on agreed upon priorities
Strong English writing and oral presentation skills
Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Experience working in challenging country contexts
Ability to travel internationally up to 35% time
PhD, MD or DrPH in infectious disease epidemiology, clinical diagnostics or related field
Direct experience working with the Global Health Security Agenda or MDR-TB detection
French language skills
Selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.
Internal Number: #R1900627
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