Senior Anti-microbial Resistance and Global Health Security Agenda Advisor
Office of Infectious Diseases, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Senior Technical Advisor
TRAVEL: 20% 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:
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
- 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.
USAID engages within the USG Interagency and among international fora on several key initiatives related to preventing the spread of infectious diseases, including: the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR), and the US Government National Biodefense Strategy (NBS), as briefly described below:
The U.S. Government’s participation in the Global Health Security Agenda helps countries prevent the spread of infectious diseases, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberately released, by meeting the requirements of the International Health Regulations (2005), as outlined in the WHO Technical Framework in Support to IHR Monitoring and Evaluation, to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Within the U.S. government, the GHSA is an interagency initiative that is coordinated through an Interagency Review Council in Washington and through interagency teams, led by the Ambassador or his/her designate, in the field. In addition, the USG GHSA work-plan process promotes coordination across the agencies and provides a forum for problem solving.
Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR) is an enormous global public health issue that must be addressed urgently with the best evidence and approaches available. President Obama issued an Executive Order in September 2014 on “COMBATING ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA.” It expressed the importance of this issue to the President and promoted new and next generation antibiotic development and appropriate use. WHO presented a draft global action plan on AMR that was to be adopted at the May 2015 World Health Assembly. The G7 declared to support this global action plan at the 2014 Brussels Summit.
The U.S. Government National Biodefense Strategy (NBS), released on September 18, 2018, sets the course for the United States to combat the serious bio-threats our country faces, whether they arise from natural outbreaks of disease, accidents involving high consequence pathogens, or the actions of terrorists or state actors. The National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) 14 titled “Support for National Biodefense” created two interagency coordination structures-- a high level Biodefense Steering Committee (BSC), chaired by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and a Biodefense Coordination Team (BCT), administratively located within the HHS to oversee implementation of the NBS.
USAID seeks to recruit a Senior Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR) and Global Health Security Agenda Technical Advisor (Senior Advisor) who will serve in the Bureau for Global Health’s, Office of Infectious Diseases, supporting the USAID-funded Infectious Diseases program on issues related to GHSA, AMR, and the NBS.
The Senior Advisor will provide strategic and senior technical expertise to USAID’s Global Health Bureau’s GHSA program, AMR portfolio, and NBS engagement to increase the quality of the technical and strategic capacity across programs. They will coordinate a portfolio across all relevant disease areas within USAID and collaborate with other United States Government (USG) agencies. In addition, they will participate in and present at and lead meetings, develop strategies and approaches across the disease areas and projects to sharpen USAID’s technical approach and strategic program implementation to advance the goals of USAID infectious disease programs as well as provide support to the GHSA Team on select technical areas.
The Senior Advisor will work closely with and receive technical guidance from the GHSA Team Lead who will serve as their onsite manager.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
Strengthen the technical capacity across the portfolio to strengthen and refine USAID’s GHSA -funded AMR activities at both GHSA Headquarters and GHSA focus countries:
Enhance USAID’s coordination and collaboration on USG AMR policy initiatives:
- Serve as USAID/GHSA POC and lead on GHSA-funded AMR activities that are nested in the Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Services (MTAPS), UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) programs. This work will be done in coordination with the AORs/CORs of these mechanisms.
- Provide technical advice to GHSA countries with GHSA AMR components as they implement and coordinate GHSA-funded AMR activities.
- Participate in regular technical briefings, reviews, planning and other program coordination activities organized by implementing partners in coordination with relevant A/COR teams.
- Analyze partner reports and results of GHSA-funded AMR activities and make technical recommendations.
Enhance USAID’s contribution to implementation of the 2019 US National Biodefense Strategy:
- Serve as USAID’s POC for implementation and coordination of programmatic activities to achieve USG goals detailed under Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB).
- Lead strategic and coordinated engagement with other donors on CARB relevant programs/offices/teams.
- Proactively respond to all urgent tasking, contribute briefing materials, and ensure appropriate USAID, Interagency, and other follow-up.
- Assess current medical and public health literature, clinical and international guidelines and provide recommendations to USAID regarding the application of this information into USAID’s technical and strategic approaches.
- Prepare and present technical presentations at global, regional and country level meetings and workshops on AMR, as appropriate.
- Contribute to preparation of portfolio reviews and reports; review of mission/bureau documents such as annual reports and operational plans; and prepare responses to Questions and Answers and other requests for information.
- Serve as the USAID’s POC on the USG Biodefense Coordination Team which is a cross-Agency/Department working group tasked with implementation of the 2019 US National Biodefense Strategy.
Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time
- Participate in NBS briefings, high-level interagency meetings, and other conferences. With interagency colleagues, help define and later coordinate required Agency follow-up actions.
- Manage the annual NBS data call, interacting with other GH and Department/Agency operating units, as required.
- Ensure USAID’s international equities are represented within the global NBS initiative through high-level strategic engagement with interagency NBS partners
- 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 the global health security agenda programming.
Additional skills (preferred)
- Advanced degree in public health or a related field required.
- Minimum 13 years of relevant technical experience with master's degree or a minimum of 15 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor's degree.
- At least 5 years of experience with an international or resource challenged environment.
- Experience and/or in-depth knowledge of WHO’s infectious disease, AMR and TB programs and policies.
- Extensive experience in developing and implementing infectious disease programs.
- Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work under pressure and in teams.
- Ability to travel internationally 20% of the time.
- US citizenship required.
- Experience and/or knowledge of USG policies, regulations and procedures desirable.
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 October 11, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
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