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Malaria Vaccine Research Advisor
Social Solutions International, In in North Bethesda, Maryland
 
 
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Date Posted April 27, 2020
Category
Science-Medicine
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 

Social Solutions International, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned company. Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide. 

 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

              

Title: 

Malaria Vaccine Research Advisor

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Infectious Disease/Division of

Malaria

 Location: Arlington, Virginia (Crystal City)

 Salary Range: $99,172 – $128,920 (GS-13 equivalent)

 Application Deadline:  May 17, 2019

 BACKGROUND:

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.

 INTRODUCTION:

USAID seeks a Senior 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.

Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the Malaria Vaccine Research Advisor include:

 Technical Oversight, Management, Coordination, and Assistance

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Engage in program and policy discussions to support the alignment MVDP-supported research and development with USAID priorities and health needs in the field.

  • 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

  • Participate in working groups and committees related to malaria vaccine research and development

  • Ensure scientific quality of the malaria vaccine research and development through the liaison with the MVDP Scientific Consultants Group (SCG)

  • 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

  • Participate in the general work of the MVDP Team.

 Advise, Coordinate and Integrate PMI-supported Operational Research into Programs

  • 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 Agency and interagency working groups that are relevant and synergistic to MVDP activities and the Advisor’s technical expertise

  • Promote integration of MVDP-supported research with USAID health strategies

  • As appropriate, work with USAID Missions and institutions and researchers in developing countries to facilitate relevant malaria vaccine research and development and capacity building.

  • Maintain familiarity with current literature, reports, and ongoing work related to all technical areas of importance to the MVDP

  • Assist, when needed, in the preparation of papers for publication in peer-reviewed literature and for presentation at professional meetings

Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational programming need.

Qualifications

  • PhD degree in parasite vaccine research and development, with applicability to international health and four (4) years of related experience in infectious disease vaccine research and development OR Master’s degree in parasite vaccine research and development, with applicability to international health and seven (7) years of related 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.

  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

 Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.social solutions.biz

Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

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