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Global Health Fellows Program

Technical Advisor III/IV: Senior Tuberculosis Pharmaceutical Management Advisor

Infectious Disease Division, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and 
Nutrition, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International 
Development

Location: Arlington, VA

Assignment: Two year fellowship
GHFP II-P4-145

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative 
agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership 
with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA 
Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development 
(USAID).

GHFP-II's goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by 
addressing the Agency's immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The 
program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement 
and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior 
levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate 
volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then 
provides substantial performance management and career development support to 
participants, including annual work planning assistance, and ensures that 
professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of 
highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency's 
ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by 
an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and 
specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a 
particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.

BACKGROUND:

USAID is in the forefront of global tuberculosis (TB) leadership and support to 
high burden TB countries.  USAID works with WHO, 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 the major 
supporter of the Global Drug Facility that ensures all TB commodities are 
available, affordable and quality assured.  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.

By 2014, USAID will:

  *   Contribute to a 50 percent reduction in TB deaths and disease burden from 
the 1990 baseline.
  *   Sustain or exceed the detection of at least 70 percent of sputum 
smear-positive cases of TB and successfully treat at least 85 percent of cases 
detected in countries with established US Government TB programs.
  *   Successfully treat 2.6 million new sputum smear-positive TB patients 
under DOTS programs by 2014-primarily through support for needed services, 
commodities, health workers, and training, and additional treatment through 
coordinated multilateral efforts.
  *   Diagnose and initiate treatment of at least 57,200 new 
multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB cases by 2014, and provide additional treatment 
through coordinated multilateral efforts.

INTRODUCTION:

The Senior Tuberculosis (TB) Pharmaceutical Management Advisor (Senior Advisor) 
will be based in the Bureau for Global Health (GH), Health, Infectious 
Diseases, and Nutrition Office (HIDN), Infectious Diseases (ID) Division 
(GH/HIDN/ID). The Senior Advisor will provide support to USAID countries and 
other select countries with Global Fund (GF) grants in all aspects of 
pharmaceutical management with a specific emphasis on drug regulation, drug 
safety and adverse drug reactions. S/he will assist USAID country programs to 
develop and implement a pharmacovigilance system and other pharmaceutical 
management issues.  Attention will be focused on providing technical assistance 
to countries implementing MDR TB activities under the Global Fund to Fight AIDS 
(GFATM) funding as well as under USAID funded country programs. The Senior 
Advisor will participate in country-level policy dialogue and provide technical 
assistance to USAID Missions and Ministries of Health in the design, 
implementation, and evaluation of TB and MDR TB pharmaceutical management 
programs. S/he will also provide technical guidance to selected GH/HIDN/ID 
core-funded TB activities.

The USAID/Washington TB Team is comprised of 19 positions that provide global 
technical leadership, country support and management of projects and resources. 
The Senior Advisor will work closely with many members of the team to support 
all three of these functions. S/he will participate in various meetings and 
working groups at the global, regional and country level related to TB drug 
management and country support. The Senior Advisor will work closely with other 
health staff in GH and regional bureaus and receive day-to-day guidance from 
the ID Division Chief as his/her onsite manager.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Senior Advisor will be responsible for:
1. Providing technical assistance to USAID country-level TB programs and 
national TB programs in scale-up and implementation of pharmaceutical 
management and other TB-related activities, particularly supporting GF grant 
implementation.

  *   Providing senior level MDR-TB strategic and programming guidance, 
including assisting with the preparation and/or review of national strategic 
plans, GF grants, and activities with the focus on pharmaceutical regulations, 
safety and adverse drug reactions.
  *   Providing technical assistance to country partners and stakeholders on 
the scale-up detection, treatment and support of MDR TB activities funded by 
the GFATM and USAID, with a special focus on building or strengthening 
pharmaceutical management systems.
  *   Providing technical advice to ensure that country programs are consistent 
with international standards, guidelines and recommendations for the management 
and use of first and second line TB drugs.
  *   Providing country support through coordination of TB and MDR TB country 
activities with the GFATM and other international donors and partners.
  *   Providing expertise in the development and review of technical documents 
to ensure quality implementation.
  *   Participating in joint country program reviews organized by partners 
(e.g., WHO) and GF grant evaluations, including the assessment of diagnostic 
and treatment practices for MDR TB and adherence to practice standards at the 
health facility level.
  *   Assisting with the identification of potential technical partners and 
mechanisms to implement programs and resolve bottlenecks in GF grant MDR TB 
activities.
  *   Liaising with partners involved in the scaling up of pharmaceutical 
management systems including pharmacovigilance systems.
  *   Providing technical advice to selected GH/HIDN/ID core-funded TB 
activities, in collaborations with project specific Cognizant Technical Officer 
and technical advisors, focusing on accelerating uptake of innovative 
approaches and practices related to MDR TB for USAID-supported programs with a 
particular focus on pharmaceutical management.
  *   Providing technical updates or briefings to other USAID TB Team members 
on novel approaches in pharmaceutical management, ensuring that the knowledge 
of the TB Team is kept up-to date in this subject matter.
  *   Contributing to the routine work of the TB Team, including: preparation 
of portfolio reviews and reports; reviews of mission/bureau documents such as 
annual reports and operational plans; and preparation of responses to Questions 
and Answers and other requests for information.

2. Providing technical support to the GH/HIDN/ID TB program:

  *   Providing technical advice to selected GH/HIDN/ID core-funded TB 
activities, in collaborations with project specific Cognizant Technical Officer 
and technical advisors, focusing on accelerating uptake of innovative 
approaches and practices related to MDR TB for USAID-supported programs with a 
particular focus on pharmaceutical management.
  *   Providing technical updates or briefings to other USAID TB Team members 
on novel approaches in pharmaceutical management, ensuring that the knowledge 
of the TB Team is kept up-to date in this subject matter.
  *   Contributing to the routine work of the TB Team, including: preparation 
of portfolio reviews and reports; reviews of mission/bureau documents such as 
annual reports and operational plans; and preparation of responses to Questions 
and Answers and other requests for information.

 Level IV

A Senior Advisor at the Level IV will further be responsible for:

  *   Preparing and submitting occasional job-related papers to professional 
journals and meetings.
  *   Assessing current medical and public health literature, clinical and 
international guidelines and providing recommendations to USAID regarding the 
application of this information to USAID's technical and strategic approaches.
  *   Reviewing and synthesizing information about USAID programs and 
introducing new drug management tools related to MDR TB, using this information 
to recommend adjustments in program direction as needed.
  *   Leading and participating in technical committees as appropriate and 
conducting program evaluations and/or preparing scopes of work for independent 
evaluations.
  *   Preparing and presenting technical presentations at global, regional and 
country level meetings and workshops, as appropriate.

International and domestic travel approximately 30%.
Training and professional development

  *   Keeping abreast of literature and latest developments in the fields of 
pharmacovigilance systems and TB and MDR TB pharmaceutical management programs.
  *   Deepening knowledge of pharmaceutical management with a specific emphasis 
on drug regulation, drug safety and adverse drug reactions.
  *   Participating in interagency and intra-agency working groups as 
appropriate to SOW.
  *   Participating in professional continuing education and skills training 
within the purview of GHFP-II.

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE:

  *   Master's degree or higher in public health, the health sciences or 
relevant disciplines with applicability to international public health.
  *   Minimum of at least five (5) years' experience in antimicrobial 
resistance.
  *   Experience and/or deep understanding of WHO infectious disease programs 
and policies.
  *   Knowledge of and familiarity with key international TB and/or infectious 
disease initiatives and organizations.
  *   Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  *   Ability to work under pressure and in teams.
  *   Ability to travel internationally.
  *   US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

In addition to the above, the position requires the following at each level:

Technical Advisor III
Minimum ten (10) years' experience in the field of pharmacy, pharmacovigilance 
and/or research with at least three to five (3-5) years' experience in an 
international or resource challenged setting.

Technical Advisor IV
Minimum fifteen (15) years' experience in the field of pharmacy, 
pharmacovigilance and/or research with at least five (5) years' experience in 
an international or resource challenged setting.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
Salary based on commensurate experience and earnings history. The Public Health 
Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including professional 
development programs.

TO APPLY:

All applicants are required to apply for this position through GHFP-II's online 
recruitment system at 
https://www.ghfp.net/recruitment/

which allows you to store your CV, profile and bio data form in our database. A 
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 April 7, 2015 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.

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