Global Practice Specialist I/II - Health Security

  • Location
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 08

Position description

DAI seeks a mid-level global health and development professional with hands-on experience in any combination of health security, antibiotic resistance (AMR), pandemic preparedness, human resources for health, health systems, and disaster risk reduction who can contribute to the vision and enhance DAI’s leadership in these areas while supporting efforts to develop a significant portfolio of projects funded by USAID and other donors. The Global Practice Specialist (GPS) will work in Global Health and:

  • Work with the business development team, health security and health systems teams to establish new business targets based on market knowledge and evolution;

  • Help establish DAI’s reputation as a thought leader in the international community engaged in Health Security, including AMR, disease surveillance, and One Health; 

  • Help position DAI to become a leading provider of health security and AMR technical assistance with particular emphasis on country-led, participatory approaches to sustainable development; 

  • Develop and test innovative approaches in the above areas that get reflected in winning proposals and help put DAI at the forefront of AMR and health security providers to USAID, DFID and other donors; 

  • Create worldwide partnerships for the delivery of health security services; and 

  • Deliver excellent technical support and innovation to USAID and other donor-funded projects being carried out by DAI teams worldwide.  


Roles and Responsibilities:

The incumbent will network with other program teams, business development teams and other technical groups within DAI (e.g., environment and natural resource management, public financial management, etc.).  The following percentage time allocations are notional, and will be tailored based upon individual capacity in key areas and evolving portfolio needs:

Technical Assistance (40%)

The GPS will deliver technical expertise to field projects in the areas of health security, antimicrobial resistance, International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity building, human resources for health, One Health and multisectoral coordination, and disease surveillance. Help develop projects that combine a One Health approach to IHR implementation and include international frameworks and best practices to improve disease prevention, detection, and response. Work with Chiefs of Party, Team Leaders, and other program staff to ensure projects are following or advancing best practices, achieving expected targets, meeting client expectations, and take full advantage of programs to capture and share innovations being developed by project teams. 

Business Development and Growth   (30%)

Using market knowledge and analysis, work with Business Development and Program team members to identify and prioritize opportunities that will make a significant impact, provide a return to DAI shareholders, and offer interesting and rewarding opportunities for international and local technical staff to help solve significant development challenges.  Lead and/or support the development of winning proposals as champion and/or lead or supporting writer. Work with proposal teams to formulate convincing technical approaches, develop responsive technical narratives, competitive staffing and management structures, and provide inputs into the proposal budgeting process. Track health security grant opportunities where DAI can leverage experience and build new collaborations.  

Knowledge Management (15%)

The GPS will work across DAI’s US and UK health security programs to identify and highlight innovative approaches being implemented in projects around the world.  Using this knowledge base, participate in diverse health security, pandemic preparedness and AMR networks and events that provide strategic opportunities to showcase work being carried out by DAI. He/she will seek out opportunities to expand internal and external understanding of DAI’s work in health security, advance the use of analytical tools and frameworks, draft articles for DAI’s “Developments” and other publications, and develop and maintain external networks of partners, clients, and individual consultants that DAI can tap to identify business opportunities and deliver outstanding results. The candidate will become familiar with a wide range of health security and IHR strategies, including their appropriateness in various types of low resource settings.

Project Support and Coordination   (15%)

Identify, capture and share information and lessons learned from past and present projects with proposal teams and other field projects. Update key tools and lessons learned on the DAI Global Health resource portal.  Draft a monthly electronic AMR newsletter for the AMR portfolio of projects. Additional responsibilities as deemed necessary.

Staff Management

May supervise junior associate and university research fellows as needs evolve. 

Cross Business Unit Initiatives  

Provides support or leadership as needed and collaborates with colleagues on other business unit initiatives as directed by his/her supervisor. 

Reporting Relationship:  

Reports to the Director of Health Security


  • Grade 8: Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience and a Bachelor’s degree or 3 years of relevant professional experience and a Master’s degree.

  • Grade 9: Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience and a Bachelor’s degree or 5 years of relevant professional experience and a Master’s degree.

  • Experience providing technical and management support to international health projects

  • Experience in capturing and winning new business with Government clients

  • Knowledge of U.S. government regulations, policies and procedures

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Available to travel on assignments for (minimum three technical assignments per year)

Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a global health-related program 

  • Proficiency in a second language

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.                       

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