Malaria Vaccine Research Advisor
Posting Number: #251-21
Position Title: Malaria Vaccine Research Advisor
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Arlington, VA
A. Position Identification
Position Title: Malaria Vaccine Research Advisor
Division: USAID/GH/Office of Infectious Diseases
Work Location: 1200 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
Supervisor’s Title: GHTP Project Director/Deputy Director
Work Status: Full-time
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:
|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 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.
|Serving subject matter expert to USAID and its partners.
|Reviewing and synthesizing information about USAID programs and recommending adjustments in program direction as needed.
|Assessing current health literature and international guidelines, and providing recommendations to USAID.
|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.
|Assisting countries in developing their capacity to plan management activities.
|Assisting international and local partners at the country level.
|Providing technical advice to ensure that country programs are consistent with current practice, international standards and recommendations.
|Contributing public health expertise and participating in working groups and task forces.
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.
F. Clearance Required
- Facility Access
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) STATUS
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.
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