Senior Laboratory Systems Advisor

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

Overview

CAMRIS 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, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

United States Agency for International Development (USAID),
Supply Chain for Health Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, (GH/OHA/SCH)

Title:  Senior Laboratory Systems  Advisor

GS:14 $117,191.00-$152,352.00

Application Deadline: Open until Filled  

 

BACKGROUND:

 The Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for the Agency and has primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV/AIDS program. OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and support to field programs in HIV and AIDS. It provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs. This entails:

 

  • Ensuring the technical integrity of Agency and Mission strategies.
  • Providing global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.
  • Managing numerous research and field support programs.
  • Monitoring and reporting on the impact of the Agency’s HIV/AIDS program.

 

The Supply Chain for Health (SCH) Division provides strategic and technical leadership on supply chain issues to ensure adequate quantity and quality of essential commodities for people affected by HIV/AIDS and related infections. SCH is responsible for managing the largest public health supply chain in the world. Specifically, the Division is responsible for:

 

  • Operating a sustainable central procurement operation and managing the supply chain for HIV/AIDS commodities. This includes procuring and distributing pharmaceuticals and other commodities needed to provide care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS and related infections.
  • Providing technical support and leadership to USAID Missions in strengthening partner country capacity to ensure a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable supply chain system.
  • Providing technical assistance to support country and regional supply chain programs.
  • Coordinating with other US Government agencies, international organizations, and donors to provide global leadership on supply chain issues.
  • Providing rapid response in emergency situations and potential stock-outs
  • Tracking and reporting the HIV/AIDS Working Capital Fund.
  • Administering the Agency Antiretroviral and Rapid Test Kit approval lists.
  • Administering the “restricted commodities” approval of pharmaceuticals and “clearance” authority on source-origin waivers under Agency regulations.

 

Responsibilities

The Senior Laboratory Systems Advisor is a critical member of the SCH team and will play an important role in ensuring that the US Government’s investments in the fight against HIV/AIDS are being used effectively and efficiently. SCH leadership will be looking to the Senior Laboratory Systems Advisor to add value in the following roles and responsibilities:

 

  • Serve as a subject matter expert within OHA, GH and USAID on laboratory supply chain, systems strengthening, and laboratory service delivery activities for HIV prevention and HIV-related programs;
  • Advise senior USAID leadership in the development and implementation of short- and long-term program strategies to implement sustainable laboratory supply chain, and laboratory systems strengthening activities; to include public and private sector approaches
  • Coordinate activities to improve quantification and harmonization efforts for HIV diagnostics, including HIV rapid tests and HIV point-of-care (POC) diagnostic devices;
  • Provide technical assistance to countries engaged in the introduction and implementation of HIV and related diagnostics building on USAID experience with the introduction of other health technologies (e.g., contraceptives, vaccines, medical male circumcision, male and female condoms);
  • Develop and support implementation plans and strategies in collaboration with the Global HIV Diagnostics Workgroup and other development partners, donors, beneficiaries and advocacy groups;
  • Plan and support the development of laboratory network development strategies for improved diagnostic services;
  • Identify and recommend priorities for product introduction, scale-up and roll-out through consultations with the public, academic, and private sectors;
  • Support the development of data management strategies that link supply chain, programmatic, diagnostic instrument and vendor performance.
  • Develop and support efforts to advance agency investments in sample transport and result return logistics.
  • Conduct and support data analytics to inform broader agency laboratory development strategies and country dashboards to improve data visibility and responsive laboratory system adjustments.
  • Support implementation research to address key questions regarding diagnostics;
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships and technically represent OHA/SCH with senior staff at relevant USAID operating units, implementing partners, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies involved with HIV/AIDS.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Master's degree and 9+ years or Bachelor's and 11 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in technical fields relevant to laboratory products, laboratory network development, sample transport and laboratory systems strengthening, preferably in an international or resource challenged setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in laboratory instrument contract development supporting the installation, service and maintenance, and ongoing monitoring of instrument and vendor performance.
  • Experience in molecular diagnostics supporting national HIV programs is desirable.
  • Demonstrated strong data analysis capabilities
  • Experience with geospatial software applications is desirable
  • High level of judgment, maturity, ingenuity and originality.
  • Ability to work independently with light supervision.
  • Ability to recognize areas for improvement and willingness to learn.
  • Ability to identify or potential risks and make informed decisions on how to manage risk.
  • Fosters and demonstrates a workplace inclusive of creating opportunity, serving others, building trust, innovation, and exceeding expectations.
  • Ability to work within diverse teams.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and excellent oral presentation and writing skills.
  • Ability to speak French is desirable.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to developing countries.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a background investigation and must obtain and maintain a favorable adjudication as applicable to their position/duties

 

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.


 

 

 

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