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Senior Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Advisor

Social Sciences Research
International Development Group
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RTI’s Global Health Division is looking for two senior Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) advisors who will primarily lead onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and soil transmitted helminths (STH) under the newly awarded USAID ‘Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | East’ program (2018-2023).

RTI’s Global Health Division currently has a staff of over 400 and works in over 25 countries. GHD implements broad-based programs in infectious diseases --specifically Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), HIV, and Malaria; Integrated Health; and Health Systems Strengthening.

Position description: The senior NTD Advisor (Internal title: Research Health Policy Analyst 3) will lead program work on at least one, and preferably two, of these diseases: onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and soil transmitted helminths (STH). (S)he will bring in-depth knowledge on the biology and epidemiology of the disease(s) as well as experience of working with national NTD programs and their global partners. The senior NTD Advisor will be expected to provide technical assistance to national programs, to lead the development and implementation of Act to End NTDs| East’s disease specific strategies, and to support the development of global guidance and policies. Act to End NTDs | East currently supports efforts to target these diseases in Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia and Nepal.

The position will preferably be based in the US (Washington D.C.) with some ability to negotiate. The position will report to the Act|East program’s Technical Director and require international travel.


Collaborate closely across the team to lead Act|East support to national NTD programs and actively participate in global fora to define gaps and develop new strategies and guidance.

Provide technical guidance to national programs

  • Work closely with Ministry of Health Program Managers to support and strengthen national programs, with a focus on sub national implementation strategies.
  • Support national disease expert and advisory committees.
  • Coordinate Act|East support to national programs to gather, analyze, interpret and apply historical data to program planning. 
  • Coordinate response to “trouble” issues that are stopping national programs from reaching their control and elimination goals such as hotspots, low coverage, and reaching hard to reach populations. This will include review of data and definition of the problem, identification of resources needed and coordination with external partners.
  • Work collaboratively with Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) and Implementation teams to develop and support implementation of a NTD mainstreaming plan, promoting greater national ownership. 
  • Provide education and training to national, sub national and other stakeholders on disease specific topics to fill gaps in knowledge, use of tools and capabilities.

Provide Project Level Leadership

  • Work closely with project leadership and with counterparts at USAID and Act to End NTDs | West to develop and implement a strong program strategy to strengthen the control and elimination of diseases. Strategies and recommendations should be based on a strong understanding of existing guidelines and emerging trends in global NTD communities.
  • Work closely with program monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and adapting) MERLA team to develop and track disease progress across all relevant countries in Act|East.
  • Write disease specific sections of project Workplans and Reports, reporting on cross country level of performance, challenges and successes.
  • Review disease specific element of program Work Plans, all survey protocols and reports supported by the project, and all disease specific material intended for external audiences.
  • Work with MERLA team to develop a strong measurement agenda for diseases, including indicators. 
  • Strengthen knowledge and skills of Act|East staff, across the consortium, as they relate to diseases by supporting sharing of lessons learnt across countries and disseminating and supporting appropriate use of WHO guidance and tools.

Global Leadership

  • Lead, coordinate, and participate in global NTD efforts to address technical and operational research gaps, ensuring USAID program priorities, based on country needs, are represented.
  • Actively participate in disease specific global working groups
  • Coordinate closely with other global disease experts at USAID, WHO, CDC, and other stakeholders
  • Work collaboratively to disseminate knowledge through presentations at global meetings and conferences, publications, webinars and the development of job aids.
  • Review all Act|East materials intended for external audiences with disease specific content
  • Work closely with the MEL team to lead and support special data analysis or operations research studies
  • Coordinate with USAID, the Task Force for Global Health, CDC, and other organizations on disease specific operations research agendas, including identifying needs, coordination of in country logistics, development of protocols, dissemination of results.
  • Engage in opportunities to build RTI’s work and impact in NTDs (or other relevant technical areas) through engagement in business development efforts, where appropriate and possible.


Education and Experience:
  • Master’s Degree (PhD preferred) in public health or other relevant discipline and a minimum of 10 years’ progressive experience implementing and leading technical and program activities for donor-funded health programs.
  • At least 7 years’ experience and demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following diseases: schistosomiasis (SCH), onchocerciasis (OV), soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH). Expertise and experience with two or more of these diseases preferred.
  • Understanding and appreciation of country-led health or development strategies.
  • Experience of working across health and education sectors and/or with a health systems strengthening agenda preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Recognized global expert with ability to engage effectively and shape dialogue in global fora.
  • Established professional relationships with key stakeholders in the NTD sector.
  • Ability to successfully coordinate with Ministry of Health officials, U.S. Government, donor organizations, NGOs, research institutions, and other agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and influence across multiple teams and levels.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented setting.
  • Strong English oral and written communication and presentation skills.  Additional fluency in languages of supported countries will be an asset.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 40% time.

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

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