Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Advisor, Envision Project

RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 2,800 provides research and technical expertise to governments and businesses in more than 40 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory and chemistry services.

The ENVISION NTD Advisor plays a key technical assistance role for the ENVISION project in supporting project implementation as described below. ENVISION is a five-year Cooperative Agreement through which RTI supports and expands NTD control and elimination in specified countries and furthers the development of evidence-based policies and standards globally. This position will be based in Washington DC, in RTI’s Global Health Group, and will report to the Deputy Technical Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The NTD Advisor is a key ENVISION technical team member who liaises with other teams and works in support of national NTD programs. Duties may include:

• Provide daily support to Resident Program Advisors’ management of program implementation and oversight to subcontractors’ management of country programs;
• Support host-country governments in coordination of stakeholders (including facilitation of stakeholders meetings) to avoid overlap and maximize use of limited resources;
• Support national program and partners to prepare annual work plans and complete semiannual reports;
• Provide technical review and oversight of the execution of country work plan activities in accordance with WHO guidelines for NTD control and elimination;
• Contribute to preparation of ENVISION documents for submission to USAID (semiannual report, annual work plan, etc.);
• Identify technical assistance needs and liaise with the ENVISION Technical Assistance Facility to ensure assistance is provided to meet the needs;
• Work with ENVISION Operations team to monitor project activities and spending to ensure proper activity planning and meet USAID financial and management reporting guidelines;
• Encourage documentation of project accomplishments and innovation in peer-reviewed journals;
• Through USAID HQ, liaise with USAID Mission (and regional staff if appropriate) to ensure communication on ENVISION activities and explore potential synergies with other USAID projects;
• Work with ENVISION ME team to guide country programs in planning their ME activities, which could include mapping, disease-specific assessments, data management, database development, reporting, monitoring of program indicators, quality control exercises, and facilitating national programs’ use of data to inform strategies and improve their programs;
• Provide technical expertise on use of the NTD Tool for Integrated Planning and Costing (TIPAC);
• Liaise with ENVISION Communications Manager to support fulfillment of communications strategy goals (e.g., disseminate information about country-level activities and identify stories for publication and sharing through multiple types of media), following USAID branding and marking guidelines;
• Assist in facilitation of technical training (potentially include NTD Program Managers Course);
• Facilitate ENVISION country program start-up (stakeholders meeting, situation analysis, national program NTD master plan, TIPAC) in coordination with USAID HQ
• Liaise with national program managers, drug donation programs, and WHO to monitor procurement of donated and ENVISION-purchased drugs (e.g., submitting applications, timing of drug shipments, in-country supply chain, etc.);
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge on current WHO technical guidelines and research on NTDs;
• Perform international and domestic travel (up to 25%); and
• Perform other work as needed by program management.

Desired Qualifications:

• MPH with minimum of 6 years’ experience in international public health programs;
• Technical experience in infectious disease, disease surveillance, and monitoring and evaluation;
• Experience working on or with USAID or US government-funded projects;
• At least 3 years’ resident work experience in a developing country preferred;
• Strong written and verbal communication skills required;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working in cross-cultural environments;
• Ability to thrive in a team environment;
• Understanding and appreciation of country-led health or development strategies;
• French language proficiency strongly preferred; language skills in Portuguese will be an asset;
• Ability to travel internationally.

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