Job Description

  ICAP at Columbia University seeks an experienced and qualified expert to serve as Project Director (PD) for an anticipated CDC-funded project supporting Global Health security (GHS) partners in the implementation of surveillance activities toward protecting and improving public health globally through strategic planning, policy, strengthening surveillance capacities and systems through partnerships. The PD will provide leadership to and oversee the successful implementation of the project and ensure that project activities are effectively supported in the technical, programmatic, financial, and administrative domains.

Major Accountabilities:

  • Provides strategic, technical, operational, financial, and administrative leadership to the achievement of project goals and objectives and ensures that project strategy is evidenced-based and aligned with donor requirements and national goals.
  • Leads a team of technical experts, and regional and country-based project teams, to build and improve regional and country capacities to prevent, detect, respond and control infectious disease outbreaks, strengthen border health security and mitigate public health events of international concern (PHEICs) or other global health threats.
  • Oversees the Design of interventions and ensures the quality and maximum sustainability of all initiatives through effective training and Capacity Building programs.
  • Supports relevant technical leads toenhance electronic Disease Surveillance platforms and systems, to improve identification and monitoring efforts of the emergence and spread of disease at national and international levels; strengthen national laboratory systems and accurately detect epidemic-prone diseases from known and unknown threats, and improve the interface between public health disease surveillance and laboratory systems; strengthen the multidisciplinary public health surveillance workforce for prevention, detection, and response activities through capacity building, training, mentoring, and supportive supervision initiatives; reinforce Emergency surveillance preparedness, and improving the management and effective Coordination of outbreak and Emergency Response.
  • Establishes and ensures smooth relationships and communication with stakeholders to expand local and global networks that can respond rapidly and effectively to threats and works to enhance the use of surveillance data for public health action.
  • Represents ICAP in strategic meetings held with host country entities, CDC country offices, and other national and regional collaborators to facilitate GHS project progress, addressing challenges and obstacles, and to optimize ICAP’s overall performance under the project.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

  • Advanced degree in public health, public Administration, or related fields.

Experience, Skills, and Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience leading large-scale international health or Development Projects in resource-limited contexts, related to global health security, health systems strengthening, capacity building, emergency response, or surveillance.
  • Demonstrated, in-depth understanding of the International Health Regulations (IHR) frameworks, including the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) indicators, outbreak investigation and response, and experience in working with population- and facility-based data.
  • Proven capabilities in strategic and operational planning, effectively managing a diverse team, and capability to liaise and advocate with high-level stakeholders and partners.
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex multi-organization collaborations, providing capacity building assistance for local actors in the public sector.
  • Experience working with the CDC or similar regulations and in establishing relations with U.S. and local governments and bilateral and multilateral donors.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Written and spoken English fluency is required. Additional proficiency in French and/or Portuguese is preferred.
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