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Neglected Tropical Diseases Advisor

Neglected Tropical Diseases Advisor

# of Openings 
1
Job Locations 
US-VA-Arlington
Category 
GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
Type 
Regular Full-Time

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Overview

CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

                            

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases Division (GH/ID/NTD)

Title:Neglected Tropical Diseases Advisor

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

 

INTRODUCTION
The Neglected Tropical Diseases Advisor will provide programmatic and technical support to USAID’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Division.  The Advisor will support key components of the Division’s drug quality and supply chain management investments, as well as provide technical assistance to Francophone countries.

The Advisor will be assigned the Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases Division, and receive guidance from the NTD Division Chief, who will serve as USAID point of contact (POC).  USAID’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Division manages an annual $100 million portfolio that provides support to 31 countries across 8 programs and coordinates with five pharmaceutical companies to leverage $4.5 billion in drug donations per year.  This portfolio is centrally managed within the Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Diseases.

 

BACKGROUND:

NTDs cause significant morbidity and mortality worldwide.  More than one billion people – one-seventh of the world’s population – suffer from one or more NTDs.  Often the source of deep stigma, NTDs cause disability, severe disfigurement, and blindness. These diseases affect the world’s most vulnerable populations with devastating, lifelong disabilities that contribute to ensnaring individuals, families, and even entire communities in poverty.

Responsibilities

KEY DUTIES:

  • Serves as the pharmaceutical procurement, quality, and supply chain advisor for USAID’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Division within the Bureau for Global Health’s Infectious Disease Office.
  • Provides technical assistance to USAID/Washington, partners, and the global community on matters related to NTD drug procurement, manufacturer pre-qualification, and supply chain systems management.
  • Serves as a NTD Technical Advisor and the main backstop for Francophone countries within the NTD portfolio.
  • Serves as the NTD Division’s financial analyst and economist.

 

      ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supports the NTD Division’s efforts and provides advice to create and implement a technical strategy for drug quality, supply chain management, and, as needed, pharmaceutical procurement.
  • Engages with the World Health Organization’s working groups for drug efficacy and drug procurement, and other international drug and supply chain bodies related to NTDs, such as the NTD Supply Chain Forum.
  • Provides technical assistance to USAID’s NTD Division and its implementing partners on the tendering process for pharmaceuticals, the WHO joint request for selected medicines form, the joint reporting form, and overall reconciliation of donated and procured drugs.  Ensures adherence to USAID rules and regulations regarding drug and diagnostic procurements.
  • Supports the NTD Division in managing activities in the Promoting Quality of Medicines (PQM) program and the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceutical Services (SIAPS) program.
  • Serve as the technical backstop for Francophone countries within the NTD Division’s portfolio.  Reviews and provides feedback on work plans, annual, semi-annual, and monthly reports, and other program or country-specific requests.  Supports the NTD Division’s AORs to ensure supported countries are meeting programmatic goals.  Facilitates the provision of technical assistance, as applicable, to ensure that deliverables meet USAID requirements and WHO protocols and guidelines for the implementation of NTD activities.
  • Active member of USAID Global Health Bureau country support teams.  Shares and disseminates NTD information on programmatic, political, and operational concerns, and facilitates cross-sectoral collaboration.
  • Facilitates communications with USAID Missions, Ministries of Health, implementing partners, and donors in-country to further USAID NTD objectives and maximize opportunities for collaboration and support.  Stays abreast of NTD-related activities in-country that may affect or enhance NTD program implementation—e.g. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Education, and Malaria programming.
  • Serves as the NTD Division’s financial analyst and economist.  Explores alternative financing strategies, leads costing assessments for planned activities, and provides advice on ways to increase domestic financing for NTDs.  Support the analysis of costing needs, as appropriate.
  • In collaboration with AORs, reviews budgets and financial reports across all programs within the NTD Division to support decisions regarding the allocation of budgets.  Makes recommendations to ensure USAID-supported activities are cost-efficient, not duplicative, and are tied to country-specific and global NTD goals and targets.
  • Provides technical advice to internal USAID, and external audiences on issues related to drug quality, efficacy, and procurement.
  • Other related duties, as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Master’s in Public Health or related field.
  • 5-10 years of professional experience
  • Five minimum years of working on Neglected Tropical Diseases and/or other health programs in developing countries.  Infectious disease experience is highly preferred.
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills, including strong skills utilizing Excel for data management, analysis, and budgeting.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.  Ability to effectively coordinate among various stakeholders.
  • Travel internationally up to 25%.
  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency required to obtain, at a minimum, a Facilities Access clearance



This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

Social Solutions International and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com

Social Solutions and CAMRIS are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.