The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position: Title: Tuberculosis Surveillance Advisor United States Agency for International Development Office of Infectious Diseases, Bureau for Global Health (GH/ID)
Application Deadline: Open until Filled
INTRODUCTION: USAID is in the forefront of global Tuberculosis (TB) leadership and support to high burden TB countries. USAID works with the World Health Organization, Stop TB Partnership and other international TB and TB/HIV partners to support policy development and implementation at the global, regional and country levels. USAID is working with 23 countries with bilateral funds to improve TB services and supporting almost 30 more through targeted technical assistance to support Global Fund grants. These efforts provide lifesaving treatment to cure them from TB, prevent the further transmission of TB, and reduce the potential of drug resistant TB in the future.
The Tuberculosis Surveillance Advisor (Advisor) will serve in the Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Diseases (GH/ID), and will support the TB Team. The Advisor will aim to strengthen TB surveillance systems in USAID’s priority countries and other countries where USAID contributes to and provides technical assistance as well as conduct country, regional, and global data analysis. S/he will ensure that USAID-supported TB surveillance interventions are in-line with the US Government (USG) TB Strategy, USAID’s technical implementation approach, and other international policies and guidelines. This will include mapping and analyzing current systems (both USAID and non-USAID), improving the quality of the systems, and supporting the implementation of strategic quality improvement interventions. The Advisor will coordinate with key stakeholders in countries including National TB Control Programs; local technical partners; and other donors like the Global Fund. The Advisor will provide support to USAID TB/HIV surveillance activities funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The Advisor will receive technical guidance from the USAID Senior Tuberculosis Advisor who will serve as his/her onsite manager. S/he will also serve as a member of the TB Team, working closely with technical advisors and health staff in the Office of Infectious Diseases, the Office of HIV/AIDS, the regional bureaus and other regional and mission staff as appropriate. The Advisor will also work closely with other USG agencies and USAID TB project partners.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The TB Surveillance Advisor will be responsible for:
1. Supporting country-level TB surveillance systems in USAID’s TB priority countries: • Analyzing the availability and quality of surveillance systems and routine TB data in USAID priority countries, including a range of paper-based and electronic systems currently in use. • Assisting countries to introduce and scale-up suitable models for strengthening surveillance systems including data quality improvement. • Contributing to PEPFAR TB/HIV monitoring and evaluation interventions in USAID priority countries.
2. Conducting country, regional and global data analysis to inform USAID policies and strategies: • Working with TB Team members to analyze national TB program, USAID and other partner data sets using the most current tools. • Supporting TB Team to enhance data use, including data visualizations. • Support USAID Missions in interpreting national TB program data to improve planning and implementation. • Participating in consultations to share and disseminate USAID experience and models of TB surveillance.
International and domestic travel approximately 30-40%.
An Advisor at the GS 14 level will be further responsible for: • Analyzing the appropriateness of USAID funded surveillance interventions depending on the TB epidemiology and needs of each country, and ensuring that interventions follow USG and international TB policies and guidance. • Developing best practice models for TB surveillance and routine data strengthening in collaboration with national and USAID TB partners. • Developing and implementing best practice models for TB/HIV surveillance strengthening in priority countries with USAID and PEPFAR partners.