Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year United States Agency for International Development-funded project with the following overall objectives: (1) improve the detection of diseases of public health importance, including Tuberculosis, and identification of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in priority infectious diseases 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.
In Zimbabwe, the IDDS project will focus on activities to accelerate the diagnosis of TB and build off previous USAID and US Governments investments and activities for improved TB including multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB. IDDS activities will enhance the impact of TB support provided by the Global Fund and other donor support to the Government of Zimbabwe’s TB strategic plan objectives to achieve the UN high level meeting targets.
ICF is seeking a Team Lead to be responsible for technical direction and overall management of activities in Zimbabwe as well as coordination with other project team members and partners who lead specific activities. The Team Lead will work closely with USAID/Zimbabwe to provide thought leadership and represent the project in country. This position reports to the IDDS Country Programs Lead based in Rockville, Maryland, USA with management oversight of the IDDS project senior management team, led by the IDDS Project Director.
- Represent IDDS in Zimbabwe to the USAID mission (Health Team), the Government of Zimbabwe, and other stakeholders.
- Provide technical leadership and assistance in TB health systems strengthening especially in the area of diagnostics.
- Work closely with the National TB program, and other initiatives as agreed that are in the scope for IDDS
- Ensure IDDS’ activities are aligned with country priorities and are well-coordinated with other partners and stakeholders working in Zimbabwe
- Utilize evidence- based methods and best practices to implement workplan activities.
- Lead the project team in Zimbabwe– providing the vision, coordination, resource management, and oversight of technical and administrative staff required to accomplish workplan activities and meet project objectives.
- Ensure country financial and technical reporting requirements are met.
- Follow established processes to guarantee the technical and programmatic quality of IDDS work in Zimbabwe and overall responsiveness of the technical team. This can include making necessary adjustments to operations to fit the requirements when necessary or recommended by USAID.
- Ensures that any departures in work scope or budget or any legal, regulatory or ethical concerns are promptly reported to IDDS leadership in the US.
- Work closely with USAID and with the IDDS US-based team to define and adjust annual work plans as well as implementing technical activities.
- Works collaboratively and coordinates with regional and/or other country technical Leads as well as team partners on the implementation of activities.
- Share lessons learn and innovative activities on TB detection with all stakeholders and others IDDS projects
- Will supervise other IDDS staff members in Zimbabwe
- Plays a coaching and mentoring role for others.
- Minimum Master’s degree or higher in public health, international development, or related field with a focus on infectious disease detection and surveillance or epidemiology
- Minimum 10 years of experience managing health systems strengthening programs
- Familiarity with U.S. government management, programs, and operations including regulatory and reporting requirements
- Technical competency in infectious disease(s) and diagnostic network strengthening
- Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data for decision making
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Strong English written, oral, and presentation skills
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills in facilitation and stakeholder engagement/coordination
- Experience working in Africa
- Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% within Zimbabwe and other travel as needed
- Authorization to work in Zimbabwe
- Zimbabwe National
Selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.
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