|I-TECH is the administrative and programmatic coordinating center for the UW subcontract to Washington State University for the USAID’s Discovery and Exploration of Emerging Pathogens – Viral Zoonoses (DEEP VZN) Project. I-TECH will be coordinating a number of UW functions under this subcontract, including laboratory detection and characterization of novel viruses from animals with pandemic potential, field sampling and risk assessment of animals, humans, and environments, as well as in-country capacity strengthening of both field sampling and laboratory analysis of viruses. The DEEP VZN consortium, led by Washington State University Allen School for Global Health, also includes PATH and FHI 360 in addition to UW.
The University of Washington International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) and the Department of Global Health recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity and encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. As reflected in the I-TECH Diversity Statement, our definition of diversity is broad, recognizing that there are multiple definitions of diversity. We strive to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.
I-TECH is a center in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health. I-TECH has projects in more than 20 countries, and its worldwide staff work in partnership with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations, medical facilities, and other partners. I-TECH supports development of skilled work forces and overall health systems strengthening with a focus on sustainability and transition to local ownership. I-TECH is committed to being anti-racist and promotes health and equity in health for all people worldwide.
The Senior Program and Technical Manager, Global Health Security (SPTM-GHS) will support the UW Principal Investigator Peter Rabinowitz MD MPH in coordinating the UW activities as well as interacting with the DEEP VZN Director and Deputy Director, the Washington State University administrative core for the DEEP VZN project, and the other consortium partners. This position is a blend of project management, laboratory capacity strengthening and training manager, monitoring and evaluation and international research manager, and team leader. The position requires applied skills in research, systems thinking, monitoring and evaluation, project planning, risk assessment and management, testing and quality assurance, resource tracking, documentation, communication with stakeholders, and multicultural and international group facilitation in the context of a global health security agenda. The position brings the ability to bridge highly technical aspects of laboratory research and epidemiology with the business needs and constraints of partner organizations in resource-limited settings.
This position is anticipated at 100% FTE for a period of five years, with a chance of extension dependent on USAID future funding.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Project and Team Management
Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, perform many essential project functions, including:
- Develop and coordinate workplans and budgets across multiple UW units, including leadership, laboratories, and epidemiology research centers. Develop, review, revise, and disseminate project documentation including work plans, requirements and data documents , and narrative reports on project activities.
- Organize and lead a multi-disciplinary team at UW, assuring employees with needed technical expertise and specialized skills fully contribute to successful implementation of adopted project plans; achievement of program and project deliverables on time, within budget, and at the level of quality required; and in strengthening local capacity.
- Ensure that project activities are hitting milestones and remaining within budget.
- Supervise a laboratory support staff person in supporting the UW reference laboratories in their efforts to strengthen the capacity of in-country laboratories.
- Develop and implement project agreements and workplans with a number of in-country partners in Latin America and other countries.
- Maintain regular communication within country partners, with travel as necessary to ensure smooth project functioning.
- Analyze monthly revenue and expense reports against budget projections, keeping PI, Country Office staff and Team members apprised of the implications of the program’s financial status on program activities. Advise and collaborate with Team members in revising project plans and program activities to align with emerging budgetary, cash flow, and funding realities.
- Prepare program monitoring reports to funders in collaboration with Country Office staff.
- Develop workplans and M&E plans for effective implementation and monitoring of grant activities.
- Create progress reports and other summaries of project activities and provide to the Project Director and Deputy Director on a periodic basis.
- Assist in-country partners and UW units to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and standards related to confidentiality, privacy and security of personal health information.
- Work with data analyst to develop and implement agreements for data sharing between in-country partners and the DEEP VZN Consortium.
- Work with data analysis and research scientists to develop and implement necessary protocols and ethics board approvals for field collection of animals and human specimens and data.
Communication and Dissemination
- Assist the PI in communicating project goals, technical strategies, requirements, milestones, success criteria, challenges, and accomplishments to UW investigators and staff, DEEP VZN Project Director and Deputy Director, WSU, in-country partners, and other consortium partners.
- Monitor and report on performance metrics and quality metrics DEEP VZN projects.
- Promote and contribute to dissemination and publication related to DEEP VZN projects.
- Support development of in-country capacity with local counterparts, with respect to laboratory analysis, field sampling, data management, and research scholarship.
- Support peer networking and mentoring within the DEEP VZN consortium.
- A Master’s degree in Public Health, Global Health, or a related field.
- Five years of experience in a senior project manager role, in international health research, disease control, global health security, or equivalent activities.
- Experience with Global Health Security implementation.
- Demonstrated expertise in project management, including management of virtual teams, management of vendors, and coordination of implementation activities through the use of project management methods.
- Demonstrated ability to bring together health professionals toward a functioning, effective team.
- Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
- Demonstrated ability to facilitate communication between professionals in a manner that respects cultural differences and contributes to effective partnerships.
- Strong communication abilities, including communication with both technical and non-technical audiences. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and at least one other language.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
- Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese.
- Familiarity with principles and practices of laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control.
- Familiarity with Monitoring and Evaluation, Implementation Science and Epidemiological research, including protection of human subjects, and tracking of processes and outcomes.
- Knowledge of global health issues, and laboratory and health systems strengthening in global settings. Experience living and/or working in resource-limited settings.
This position is based at the I-TECH offices at the UW in Seattle. The DEEP VZN PM requires frequent participation in early morning and late evening telephone conference calls in order to accommodate time zone differences between Seattle and its country project sites. Travel to international sites is anticipated. I-TECH operates within a grant-funded environment. Due to this, the total amount of this position’s FTE may fluctuate based on program funding and needs.
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