Risk Reduction Coordinator, Stop Spillover

RTI International
  • Location
    Rockville, Maryland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 13

Position description

RTI International is seeking Risk Reduction Coordinator candidates for an anticipated USAID-funded program to improve developing countries ability to manage outbreaks of emerging zoonotic pathogens. Through STOP Spillover, USAID seeks to reduce the vulnerability of high-risk/low-capacity countries in Asia and Africa to (1) spillover of emerging zoonotic viruses from animal hosts (such as livestock or wildlife) to humans and (2) amplification and spread of these viruses once they have spilled over to humans. The Risk Reduction Coordinator will work in collaboration with the Project Director in providing technical oversight for the achievement of the following two Program Objectives:

 

Objective 1: Strengthen country capacity to develop, test, and implement interventions to reduce risk of priority emerging zoonotic viruses spilling over from animals to people,

 

Objective 2: Strengthen country capacity to mitigate amplification and spread of priority zoonotic diseases in human populations

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical assistance to countries in the design and implementation of evidence-based interventions that consider cultural, gender, economic and other factors as needed to reduce spillover of priority emerging zoonotic viruses from animals to people. Prioritizing interventions that will be sustainable over the long term. 
  • Support countries to test and validate existing interventions, and the development and validation of new interventions based on available information and tools. 
  • Assist countries in developing and validating additional interventions/policies/regulations based on new data collected under objective 1 and to support objective 3.
  • Assist countries in developing/updating control and response plans based on risk analyses and surveillance data.
  • Assist countries in strengthening early identification and detection, case management, and infection prevention and control based on an understanding of high-risk locations and populations. Target groups may include communities, market workers, farmers, and health care workers in locations at high risk for spillover of zoonotic diseases from animals to people.
  • As needed, work with countries on applied research, training, and “after-action reviews” related to reducing risk of amplification and spread of zoonotic diseases in high-risk human populations.
  • Support zoonotic disease outbreak investigations, as appropriate.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field with at least 10 years of relevant experience within an international context; 
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in emergency preparedness/disaster response or other fields that are highly related to Objectives 2 and 3; 
  • Knowledge of, and experience working with, disease surveillance systems and communicating data for action;
  • Experience in building institutional capacity in gov’t organizations and NGOs around public health practices, research, emergency preparedness
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating public health interventions at the field level
  • Demonstrated experience bringing subject matter expertise and international best practices to his/her field; and
  • Fluency in English oral and written communication (professional fluency in French is a bonus).
  • Professional experience in either sub-Saharan Africa or SE Asia or both
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently and internationally up to 25% of the time.

Application instructions

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