Diagnostic Sr. Advisor
Advanced subject matter expert who oversees the diagnostic aspects of a large USAID-funded Global Health Security (GHS) project, develops and implements policies and processes, and ensuring quality delivery of service on diagnostic activities. Leads the day to day technical and operational aspects of projects. Supervises technical staff members ensuring that project activities are on track with work plans, with technical expertise informing project implementation. Prepares project and donor reports and drafts publications and external communications. Leads the development / revision of best practice documents. May be required to coordinate and work with a diverse group of organizations, such as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), district health staff, several international and national development partner organizations, and the USAID (US Agency for International Development) mission to complete work.
The Diagnostic Lead will provide technical support to the design, implementation, and monitoring of technical strategies to strengthen diagnostic networks that provide comprehensive coverage and universal access to diagnostic services. This will include diagnostic network and facilities assessments, capacity building initiatives of both human and animal diagnostic networks, and implementation of strategies, programs, or tools to support diagnostic network capacity building.
This position is contingent upon successful award.
- Works on problems of complex scope that require evaluation of variable factors.
- Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining solutions, with little supervision.
- Networks with key project personnel.
- Decisions may cause delays or failure to achieve results that impact departmental goals.
- Provides input to senior technical leadership on national guidelines and normative policies for subject matter areas of expertise.
- May interpret findings and make recommendations for improvements.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Project Design Implementation:
- Leads the creation of the technical portion of the project plan of a complex project or multiple projects, within the given resource and financial constraints.
- Provides technical support based upon expertise with diagnostic systems strengthening, methods and strategies, current practice, and established diagnostic and operational standards while also being locally relevant and sustainable.
- Leads cross learning and networking of laboratories and diagnostic facilities across countries.
- Stays up to date on innovations in diagnostics and laboratory strengthening approaches and ensures new knowledge/evidence and best practices are shared with project teams, partners, and host countries, and applied as appropriate.
- Oversees all day to day technical and operational activities in the local region.
- Coordinates with technical and programmatic staff members to ensure that activities are performed as per award requirements and consistent with FHI 360 policy.
- Oversees staff members’ assignments.
- Work with Enterprise Services to prepare contracts and budgets.
- Provides broad global technical leadership to multiple components for moderate to complex programs.
- Defines and develops solutions for major business or functional challenges.
- Contributes to planning and making recommendations for department / program / project concept, operations, and / or implementation.
- Influences design and scope of initiatives and programs.
- Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components.
- Ensures technical implementation is consistent with best practices in the industry / subject and meet client / funder contractual obligations for moderately complex technical units of a functional domain, directing other professional staff members.
- Oversees all day to day technical and activities in the local, country or region.
- Coordinates with technical and programmatic staff members to ensure that activities are performed as per award requirements and consistent with policy.
- Oversees staff members’ assignments.
- Coordinates with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field for situations that are less routine and more unusual.
- Drafts sub awards and partner agreements.
- Assists in managing client relations.
Staff Leadership and Training:
- May supervise team members, monitor performance, and lead professional development efforts.
- Develops and implements training and competency systems.
- Identifies strategies to address training gaps.
- Reviews sponsor financial and technical reports.
- Prepares and delivers presentations to sponsors on progress.
- Develops project work plans and coordinates with sponsors and partners on activities.
- Ensures technical deliverables and implementation are consistent with best practices in the industry / subject and meet client / funder contractual obligations for moderately complex technical units of a functional domain, directing other professional staff members.
- Proactively identifies risks or challenges to technical deliverables and creates mitigation plan.
- Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the effectiveness of projects and makes recommendations for enhancements.
- Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.
Applied Knowledge & Skills:
- Ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
- In-depth functional knowledge around specialization and detailed knowledge of related areas in the organization.
- General understanding of the external environment and how it affects the industry in general and the organization, including political, legal, environmental, financial, and social influences.
- General understanding of the organization’s structure, policies and practices, and the impact on one’s own area.
- Strong diagnostic, analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to exchange information, present recommendations and collaborate with colleagues and peers within the organization and possibly externally.
- Ability to influence others of the benefits/importance of an idea or plan of action and to gain their support or commitment.
- Strong negotiation skills and ability to reach mutual points of agreement and benefit among peers and colleagues.
Problem Solving & Impact:
- Is sought out to provide advice or solutions around technical area.
- Is informed about current developments around technical area.
- Works under broad direction with considerable latitude for independent action.
- Specific actions are guided primarily by professional standards and expected outcomes of the project.
- Decisions and actions have an impact on the smooth operation and timeframes of the unit programs/projects; impact on the broader organization is generally indirect.
- Problems encountered are complex and may involve unprecedented circumstances; resolution requires investigation, analysis, and review of professional/organizational standards.
- Faulty decisions or recommendations will normally result in critical delays and modifications to projects or operations, cause substantial expenditure of additional time, resources, and funds; and jeopardize future business activity.
- May supervise junior level staff members.
- Work is reviewed in terms of meeting the organization’s objectives and schedules.
- Accomplishes results through managers or senior members of a team.
- Manages a technical area staff and function area within the organization.
- Plays a coaching and mentoring role for others; may assist in team management as necessary, although has no formal people management responsibility.
- Typically reports to a Director.
- Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in microbiology or clinical diagnostics, or a related field.
- Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.
- Typically requires 12+ years of relevant experience in in project management and diagnostics strengthening in developing countries.
- Proven knowledge and experience in the diagnosis of infectious diseases.
- Competent in current developments in the diagnosis of infectious diseases including point-of-care and molecular methods.
- Knowledge and experience with strengthening laboratories to achieve international quality standards.
- A demonstrated ability to work with multiple partners on collaborative projects.
- Familiarity with international biosafety regulations.
- Documented participation on normative bodies or committees that define guidelines relevant to the specific technical area.
- Relevant publications, presentations, reports, and manual/tool development.
- Experience leading business development efforts in the technical area.
- Proficient experience in current program developments in division/unit/technical area.
- Years of work experience that demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of technical issues.
- Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization.
- International or Domestic (US) Program Development or Program management preferred.
Typical Physical Demands:
- Typical office environment.
- Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
- Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
- Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.
Technology to be Used:
- Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.
- 10% - 25%
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The expected hiring salary range for this role is listed below. FHI 360 pay ranges represent national averages that vary by geographic location. When determining an offer amount, FHI 360 factors in multiple considerations, including but not limited to: relevant years of experience and education possessed by the applicant, internal equity, business sector, and budget.
Base salary is only one component of our offer. FHI 360 contributes 12% of monthly base pay to a money purchase pension plan account. Additionally, all US based staff working full-time, which is calculated at 40 hours/week, receive 18 days of paid vacation per year, 12 sick days per year, and 11 holidays per year. Paid time off is reduced pro rata for employees working less than a full-time schedule.
Hiring Salary Range: $70,000 - $160,000
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