ICF Consulting Group, Inc. Drug-Resistant TB Lead in Pierre, South Dakota
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 IDDS project is focused on activities to accelerate the diagnosis of drug-susceptible, drug-resistant (DR) TB and build off previous USAID and US Government investments. IDDS activities will enhance the impact of TB support provided by the Global Fund and other donor support to high TB burden countries to achieve the UN high level meeting targets. IDDS is focused on activities to achieve these key results:
Improve the case detection of TB, DR, and MDR-TB
Increase access to, and quality of, second line anti-TB drug resistance testing
ICF is seeking a DR-TB Lead to be responsible for technical leadership and management of activities as well as coordination with other partners involved in DR-TB diagnostics at global level and in designated countries. The DR-TB Lead will work with USAID/HQ and missions to provide subject matter expertise and thought leadership to IDDS target countries to improve access to high quality DR-TB diagnostic services. This position reports to the TB Strategic Lead based in Rockville, MD, USA.
The successful candidate is expected to: i) embody ICF’s values in decision making and priority setting; ii) ensure the use of state-of-the-art methodologies, tools, and best practices on technical/functional work performed and that all technical/functional solutions align with client needs and project budgets; iii) engage in cross disciplinary collaboration to seek new opportunities, develop journal articles, conference presentations iv) exercise independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
The DRTB Lead has the following responsibilities:
Provide technical leadership and assistance in TB health systems strengthening especially in the area of DR-TB detection,
Identify best practices and models for DR-TB detection in USAID priority countries,
Develop or refine models for improving drug resistance testing including, but not limited to, specimen referral and transport, laboratory training or capacity building. availability of appropriate tests, quality of testing, and rapid turnaround of results
Provide expert guidance for rapid scale-up of DR-TB diagnostics in IDDS focal countries in line with WHO guidelines and international best practice
Lead IDDS consortium DR-TB sub- Technical Working group to establish multi-country guidelines and best practices in line with WHO approved guidance
Train and mentor IDDS TB specialists and host country counterparts on the application of DR-TB diagnostics new policies, guidelines, and SOPs
Work closely with the national TB programs, and other implementing partners to strengthen DR-TB screening and diagnosis,
Ensure IDDS’ activities are aligned with USAID and countries’ priorities and are well-coordinated with other partners and stakeholders, e.g., World Health Organization and Global Fund,
Identify and collaborate with technical experts on SOPs, technical guidance, and other laboratory (including supranational reference laboratories) requirements for scale-up of DR-TB diagnostics
Implement models in countries identified by USAID, in partnership with USAID, Stop TB partnership, Global Fund and other development partners as applicable
Use and share evidence-based methods and best practices,
Collaborate and coordinate with other subject matter experts and partners on DR-TB detection.
MD or Masters in laboratory or life sciences, microbiology, public health or a related field
12+ years of progressive experience, with a minimum of 10 years of experience in TB diagnostic strengthening programs in low- and middle-income countries or high burden TB countries.
Demonstrated ability to disseminate technical thought leadership through journal articles, white papers, and conference presentations
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
Understanding of clinical progression and treatment of TB; familiarity with treatment algorithms
Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data for decision making
Fluency in written and spoken English with strong presentation skills
Demonstrated interpersonal skills in facilitation and stakeholder engagement/coordination
Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% internationally and other travel as needed (temporally remote work, occasional travel required in the post-COVID era)
Authorization to work in the US
Previous TB detection experience in Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa
Familiarity with USG management, programs, and operations including regulatory and reporting requirements
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