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Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year United States Agency for International Development-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. ICF is seeking a Team Lead to be responsible for technical direction and overall management of activities in Kenya as well as coordination with other project team members and partners who lead specific activities. The Team Lead will work closely with USAID/Kenya to provide thought leadership and represent the project in country. This position reports to the IDDS Project or Deputy Project Director based in Rockville, MD.
- Represent IDDS in Kenya to the USAID Mission (Global Health Security Advisor), the Government of Kenya and other stakeholders.
- Ensure IDDS’ activities are aligned with country priorities and are well-coordinated with other partners and stakeholders working in Kenya.
- Work closely with Global Health Security Agenda, TB program, and other agreed-upon initiatives are in the scope for IDDS.
- Lead the project team in Kenya – providing the vision, coordination, resource management, and oversight of technical and administrative staff required to accomplish workplan activities and meet project objectives.
- Utilize evidence- based methods and best practices to implement workplan activities.
- Follow established processes to guarantee the technical and programmatic quality of IDDS work in Kenya 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.
- Provide technical leadership and assistance in interoperability and surveillance including technical assistance for implementing event based and community-based surveillance systems and developing protocols that address electronic real-time reporting systems.
- Ensure country financial and technical reporting requirements are met.
- Ensure that any departures in work scope or budget or any legal, regulatory or ethical concerns are promptly reported to IDDS leadership in the U.S.
- Work closely with USAID and with the IDDS U.S.-based team to define and adjust annual work plans as well as implementing technical activities.
- Works collaboratively and coordinates with regional and/or other country Technical Leads as well as team partners on the implementation of activities.
- Minimum Master’s degree or higher in public health, international development, or related field with a focus on infectious disease detection and surveillance or health informatics
- Minimum 10 years of experience managing health programs
- Familiarity with U.S. government management, programs, and operations including regulatory and reporting requirements
- Technical competency in health informatics
- 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 Kenya
- Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% within Kenya and other travel as needed
- Authorization to work in Kenya
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- Experience working with the Global Health Security Agenda
- Familiarity with animal health surveillance
Selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.
ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce.