Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year USAID-funded project with the following overall objectives: (1) Improve the detection of diseases of public health importance 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 Myanmar, the IDDS project will focus on activities to accelerate the diagnosis of TB and build off activities and successes of Challenge TB and enhance the impact of TB support provided by the Global Fund and the Access to Health Fund. IDDS will focus on activities to achieve three key results:
Increase TB case detection Increase MDR-TB case detection Increase access to, and quality of, second line anti-TB drug resistance testing.
FHI 360 is seeking a Team Lead to be responsible for technical direction and overall management of activities in Myanmar as well as coordination with other project team members and partners who lead specific activities. The Team Lead will work closely with USAID/Myanmar to provide thought leadership and represent the project in country. This position reports to the IDDS Project Director based in Rockville, MD, USA. This position operates under the management and oversight of the IDDS project senior management team, led by the IDDS Project Director.
The Myanmar Team Lead (TL) has the following responsibilities:
- Represent IDDS in Myanmar to the USAID mission (TB Advisor), the Government of Myanmar, and other stakeholders;
- Provide technical leadership and assistance in TB health systems strengthening especially in the area of diagnostics;
- Ensure IDDS’ activities are aligned with country priorities and are well-coordinated with other organizations working in Myanmar;
- Utilize evidence- based methods and best practices to implement workplan activities;
- Lead the project team in Myanmar – 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 Myanmar 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;
- Work closely with TB program, and other initiatives as are agreed are in the scope for IDDS as well as partners and stakeholders to ensure coordinated approach;
- Works collaboratively and coordinates with regional and/or other country Technical Leads as well as team partners on the implementation of activities.
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree or higher in public health, international development, or related field with a focus on TB diagnosis;
- Minimum 10 years of experience managing health systems strengthening programs;
- Familiarity with USG management, programs, and operations including regulatory and reporting requirements;
- Technical competency in TB;
- 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 Myanmar;
- Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% within Myanmar and other travel as needed;
- Authorization to work in Myanmar.
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