Deputy Director, Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance

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Full Time
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Rockville, MD
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Are you passionate about addressing global health issues through the strengthening of diagnostic networks and surveillance systems? Then consider ICF. We work at the forefront of today’s global health issues, helping clients understand the specific needs of diverse populations and address complex health challenges.

Job Description

The Deputy Project Director, working under the Project Director, will provide senior technical and operational support for the $120 million, five-year USAID-funded Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project. The project supports select governments and their relevant ministries in strengthening diagnostic networks and real-time surveillance systems for pathogens of public health concern, including AMR and zoonotic diseases. The project is also mandated to generate evidence-based guidance and innovative solutions in support of strengthening diagnostic networks and surveillance systems. The project supports the Global Health Security Agenda, TB programs and other infectious disease initiatives.

The Deputy Project Director serves as part of the senior project management team for IDDS and is responsible for working in coordination with the Project Director and project staff to achieve all objectives of the project. The Deputy Project Director will contribute to the technical leadership of the project, including enhancing and extending the state-of-the-art in his or her own area of technical expertise, as well as integrating technical expertise from across the consortium to ensure sound technical approaches for all project activities. The Deputy Project Director will provide key senior management support to project execution, including responsibility for project execution for a defined set of countries. This role will supervise select project staff including supporting staff project orientation, career development and staff performance. The position is based in Rockville, MD with international travel. The position reports to the IDDS Project Director.

Key Responsibilities
•As part of the project’s senior management team, contribute to the project’s overall technical strategies and approaches.
•Lead the development of assigned core technical approaches for the project with inputs from the project’s IR Leads, Technical Leads and technical staff from across the partnership.
•Manage assigned activities (entire country portfolios or individual country activities), including developing, implementing, and monitoring budgets and work plans
•Manage assigned staff members including work oversight, performance reviews, and professional development
•Support the use of evidence-based methods and best practices to implement workplan activities for the strengthening of diagnostic networks and disease surveillance.
•Serve as acting director in Project Director’s absence.


Required Qualifications: •Minimum Master’s degree or higher in public health, international development, or related field •At least 8 years of experience managing multiple, concurrent country-based activities •Demonstrated technical competency in strengthening of diagnostic networks or surveillance systems •Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, and other donor organizations. •Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and collaborative engagement. •Excellent written and oral English skills •Ability to travel up to 35% time

Preferred Qualifications: •French language proficiency •Experience living and working in one or more of the IDDS countries •Experience with either Global Health Security Agenda programs or TB programs

ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.

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