Team Lead, Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance, Dar es Salaam
Tracking Code 9345 Job Description
PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, finance, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales innovative solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.
Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year USAID-funded project with the following overall objectives:
- 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;
- Improve the quality of real-time surveillance systems for pathogens of greatest public health concern, including AMR and zoonotic diseases, and;
- Generate evidence-based guidance and innovative solutions to strengthen in-country diagnostic networks and surveillance systems.
We are seeking a Surveillance Team Lead to be based in Tanzania, who will be responsible for technical direction and overall management of IDDS activities in Tanzania as well as coordination with other project team members and partners who lead specific activities. The Surveillance Team Lead will work closely with USAID/PATH Tanzania to provide leadership on national disease surveillance strategies and represent the IDDS project in country. This position reports to the Global IDDS Surveillance Lead based in Seattle, USA. This position operates under the management and oversight of the IDDS project senior management team, led by the IDDS Project Director.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
- Represent IDDS in Tanzania to the USAID mission (Global Health Security Advisor), the Government of Tanzania, and other stakeholders.
- Provide technical disease surveillance leadership and assistance in Tanzania.
- Support efforts to improve the capacities of national laboratories to test for priority pathogens and AMR
- Support efforts to improve in real-time reporting, data sharing and interoperability between surveillance and laboratory systems.
- Ensure IDDS’ activities are aligned with country priorities and are well-coordinated with other organizations working in Tanzania.
- Utilize evidence- based methods and best practices to implement work plan activities.
- Lead the project team in Tanzania – providing the vision, coordination, resource management, and oversight of technical and administrative staff required to accomplish work plan activities and meet project objectives.
- Ensure country financial and technical reporting requirements are met.
- Follow established processes to guarantee the technical and programmatic quality of IDDS work in Tanzania 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.
- Ensures that any departures in work scope or budget or any legal, regulatory or ethical concerns are promptly reported to IDDS leadership in the US.
- Work closely with USAID and with the IDDS US-based team to define and adjust annual work plans as well as implementing technical activities.
- Work closely with Global Health Security Agenda, partners, regional and country Technical Leads and other stakeholders to ensure a coordinated approach to project implementation.
- 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, surveillance, or diagnostics
- Minimum 10 years of experience managing health systems strengthening programs
- Familiarity with USG management, programs, and operations including regulatory and reporting requirements
- Technical competency in infectious disease(s) and surveillance systems
- Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data for decision making
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili
- Strong English written, oral, and presentation skills
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills in facilitation and stakeholder engagement/coordination
- Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% within Tanzania and other travel as needed
- Experience working with the Global Health Security Agenda preferred
Candidates must have legal authorization to work in Tanzania
PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.
PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
Job Location Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of Company Location Tanzania, Dar es Salaam Position Type Full-Time/Regular