SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES
FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Senior TB/HIV Medical Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: Tuberculosis Division, Office for Infectious Diseases, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC
POSITION LEVEL: Senior Technical Advisor
TRAVEL: 30% estimated travel
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:
· Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals
· Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
· Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
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. TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV.
The Senior TB/HIV Medical Advisor (Senior Advisor) will serve in the Bureau for Global Health’s Infectious Diseases Office, within the Tuberculosis Division (GH/ID/TB) and will support the TB Team. The Senior Advisor will aim to strengthen the TB/HIV service delivery in USAID’s priority countries and other countries where USAID contributes to and provides technical assistance. They will provide technical expertise on TB/HIV integration and coordination consistent with the US Government Tuberculosis Strategy, USAID’s technical implementation approach, and other international policies and guidelines. This will include mapping and analyzing current interventions both USAID/TB and PEPFAR supported, developing models of best practices, and supporting the implementation of strategic interventions.
The Senior Advisor will work closely with and receive technical guidance from the TB/HIV Team Lead, who will serve as their onsite manager. As a member of the TB Team, they will work closely with the other technical advisors and health staff in the ID Division, the Office of HIV/AIDS, the regional bureaus and other regional and mission staff and other stakeholders at all levels as appropriate. The Senior Advisor will also work closely with other US Government agencies and USAID TB project partners.
Strategic TB/HIV technical expertise to OGAC and USAID/OHA (Office of HIV/AIDS):
· Provide leadership and TB/HIV technical input for guidance documents such as the Country Operational Plan (COP), and actively engaging with COP development process at country and above-country (regional, global) levels.
· Participate at PEPFAR leadership structures such as Epidemiological Control Teams (ECT) and other short and long-term technical support formations, both at OGAC and interagency levels.
· Act as TB/HIV POC for the POART process, e.g., develop TB/HIV reporting templates, facilitate TB team country backstops’ participation and follow up activities.
· Liaise with OHA, participate at OHA regular meetings and communicate effectively on TB issues to OHA, and reversely, HIV issues to the TB team.
· Coordinate interagency country visits related to TB/HIV and short-term targeted technical support visits to address TB/HIV implementation issues.
· Work effectively with the TB/HIV point person at OGAC, as well as CDC and other agencies.
· Monitor and track TB/HIV performance in PEPFAR countries as well as TB/HIV budgetary allocations.
Strengthened programmatic guidance and expertise to USAID’s country-level TB/HIV activities:
· Analyze the appropriateness of USAID TB/HIV activities in priority countries based on the TB epidemiology and service delivery system and make recommendations on program improvements.
· Evaluate USAID TB/HIV interventions against US Government and international TB policies and clinical guidance.
· Provide state-of-the-art best practices to support countries to rollout and scale-up suitable models for TB/HIV, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, Global Fund and other stakeholders.
· Advise local government, project staff, and Mission staff in implementation of the latest TB/HIV technical guidance and related clinical issues.
· Organize and present at global and regional meetings and consultations to share and disseminate USAID experience and models of TB/HIV services integration and coordination.
Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time
· Demonstrate proficiency across the core global health competencies defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease that is necessary for persons practicing in global health.
· Cultivate mentorship skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to more effectively support and improve knowledge transfer and skills acquisition of staff, incoming fellows and interns.
· Advance leadership skills to successful support capacity building and knowledge sharing activities, and mentor develop junior staff.
· Apply leadership skills and technical expertise to support programmatic growth and scale up within TB/HIV programming.
· Minimum 13 years of relevant infectious diseases clinical and technical experience with master’s degree or a minimum of 15 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor’s degree.
· US Board certified Medical degree required.
· Minimum 10 years’ experience in international or resource challenged setting experience.
· Demonstrated experience in senior-level public health strategy, program development and monitoring of quality programs, preferably in international settings.
· Knowledge of and familiarity with key infectious disease policy, guidelines, tools and networks.
· Knowledge of and familiarity with key international TB and HIV initiatives and organizations.
· Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
· Ability to work under pressure and in teams.
· Ability to travel internationally approximately 30% of the time.
· US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All online applications must be submitted by March 30, 2020 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
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