Malaria Vaccine Research Advisor

Posting Number: #251-21

Position Title: Malaria Vaccine Research Advisor

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Arlington, VA

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A. Position Identification

Position Title: Malaria Vaccine Research Advisor
Division: USAID/GH/Office of Infectious Diseases
Department: Malaria
Work Location: 1200 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
Supervisor’s Title: GHTP Project Director/Deputy Director
Work Status: Full-time
FLSA: Exempt
Classification: GS 13
Funding Source: OID/Malaria Division

B. Summary Statement

The USAID Malaria Vaccine Development Program (MVDP) is an ongoing program which has as its goal the development of a next generation malaria vaccine to be used as a Malaria control tool in developing countries in malaria endemic areas. The MVDP works with a variety of USG and private sector partners towards that goal.


USAID seeks a Malaria Vaccine Research Advisor to provide leadership, technical guidance, management support, and technical coordination on issues related to MVDP research and development activities. The Advisor will be an integral member of the MVDP Team and will be based in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health/Office of Infectious Diseases/Malaria Division. As a technical expert, the Malaria Research Advisor will work closely with the MVDP Senior Technical Advisor and the MVDP Contract Officers Representative (COR) and Agreement Officers Representative (AOR), providing guidance to research implementation under the MVDP. S/he is responsible for providing technical advice directly and/or coordinating technical input from technical experts in partner organizations on research priorities, research design, and implementation, and oversight of the MVDP research and Development portfolio. The Advisor helps to ensure that the Bureau for Global Health maintains its global leadership role in health research.

C. Job Requirements

Success in this role requires the following competencies:

Performance Criterion
Communication:  Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.
Compliance with Policy, Law and Regulation:  Employee demonstrates compliance with safety regulations, rules of conduct, other applicable laws and regulations and company policies.
Customer Focus:  Builds customer confidence, is committed to increasing customer satisfaction, sets achievable customer expectations, assumes responsibility for solving customer problems, ensures commitments to customers are met, solicits opinions and ideas from customers, responds to internal customers.
Dependability:  Meets commitments, works independently, accepts accountability, handles change, sets personal standards, stays focused under pressure, meets attendance/punctuality requirements.
Initiative:  Tackles problems and takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development.
Interpersonal Skills:  Has good listening skills, builds strong relationships, is flexible/open-minded, negotiates effectively, solicits performance feedback and handles constructive criticism.
Job Knowledge:  Understands duties and responsibilities, has necessary job knowledge, has necessary technical skills, understands company mission/values, keeps job knowledge current, is in command of critical issues.
Judgment:  Employee demonstrates ability to exercise good judgment and make appropriate decisions as situations arise.
Planning:  Develops realistic plans, sets goals, aligns plans with company goals, plans for and manages resources, creates contingency plans, coordinates/cooperates with others.
Problem Solving/Analysis:  Breaks down problems into smaller components, understands underlying issues, can simplify and process complex issues, understands the difference between critical details and unimportant facts.
Teamwork:  Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere.

D. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Providing advanced technical assistance to USAID on program introduction, implementation and/or policy.

  • Provide leadership in coordinating, and monitoring and evaluation of MVDP research and development activities to fulfill MVDP and Agency requirements and maximize research cost-effectiveness.
Provide advanced guidance and expertise, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of strategies and program plans to address policy and implementation issues at the global level.

  • Maintain effective communication and facilitate coordination on MVDP-supported malaria vaccine research and development with HHS, DOD, USAID Regional Bureaus, Missions, other federal agencies, cooperating agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations, The WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research (IVR) and other international donors.
Serving subject matter expert to USAID and its partners.

  • Maintain familiarity with current literature, reports, and ongoing work related to all technical areas of importance to the MVDP.
Reviewing and synthesizing information about USAID programs and recommending adjustments in program direction as needed.

  • Participate in Agency and interagency working groups that are relevant and synergistic to MVDP activities and the Advisor’s technical expertise.
Assessing current health literature and international guidelines, and providing recommendations to USAID.

  • As appropriate, work with USAID Missions and institutions and researchers in developing countries to facilitate relevant malaria vaccine research and development and capacity building.
  • Participate in working groups and committees related to malaria vaccine research and development.
Contributing to the routine work, including providing technical updates, briefers and other documents that describe USAID’s activities, research and progress; preparing portfolio reviews and reports; reviewing documents such as annual reports and operational plans; and preparing responses to Q&As and other requests for information.

  • Engage in program and policy discussions to support the alignment MVDP-supported research and development with USAID priorities and health needs in the field.
  • Ensure scientific quality of the malaria vaccine research and development through the liaison with the MVDP Scientific Consultants Group (SCG).
  • Promote integration of MVDP-supported research with USAID health strategies.
Assisting countries in developing their capacity to plan management activities.

  • Assist in preparation of written documentation for MVDP-supported Malaria vaccine research and development activities, including background documents, literature reviews, research reports and lessons learned, briefing documents, and reports to Congress.
  • Assist, when needed, in the preparation of papers for publication in peer-reviewed literature and for presentation at professional meetings.
Assisting international and local partners at the country level.

  • Work with other USG agencies, foundations, and international research organizations and consortia to advocate for funding to malaria vaccine research and development activities that are not prioritized for PMI support.
Providing technical advice to ensure that country programs are consistent with current practice, international standards and recommendations.

  • With input from the Senior Technical Advisor, COR/AOR, and ID and GH leadership, provide technical leadership and managerial support for the MVDP research and development portfolio, including facilitating identification of promising malaria vaccine development opportunities, programmatic options and administrative actions, and project monitoring and reporting.
Contributing public health expertise and participating in working groups and task forces.

  • Coordinate with the Federal Malaria Vaccine Coordinating Committee (FMVCC), the Malaria Vaccine Development Funders’ Group and other vaccine research and development groups, to identify ongoing and planned research activities, to ensure that the MVDP’s malaria vaccine research and development agenda does not duplicate the activities of others and to identify gaps in research.
  • Participate in the general work of the MVDP Team.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational programming need.


Tasks are highly complex. Tasks require comparing alternative courses of action and making a decision after considering the options.  Tasks require contact with sensitive and confidential information.  Work requires imagination, originality and/or creativity. This role requires collaboration and interaction by an induvial to identify needs/concerns of others, determine potential solutions, resolve or redirect appropriately. In addition, the selected candidate will persuade, gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas or collaborate on significant projects, resolve conflict, and negotiate or collaborate on major projects.

E. Minimum Qualification Requirements

Master’s degree with 7+ years’ relevant experience, or Bachelor’s degree with 9+ years’ relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • An advanced degree in parasite vaccine research and development at the PhD level, with applicability to international health.
  • Seven (7) plus years practical experience in infectious disease vaccine research and development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge research design, monitoring and evaluation, and familiarity with peer review processes.
  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with, key international research organizations, initiatives, and working groups.
  • Ability to facilitate and coordinate large interagency teams to build consensus on priorities.
  • Ability to work under pressure and as a member of a larger team involving more than one institution, agency, or department.

F. Clearance Required

  • Facility Access


This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.

Credence Management Solutions, LLC and Public Health Institute are Equal Opportunity Employers.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disability.

This position described in this announcement falls under a contract with USAID, and therefore is subject to the provisions put forward in OMB Circular A-76 which prohibit contractors from performing inherently governmental functions.  Specifically, TPs placed in USAID positions will not perform inherently governmental functions, nor supervise any employees other than the contractor’s own staff, nor make final decisions or sign documents that commit the U.S. Government.


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