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The DHS Program has the following positions available:


Bio-Lab Specialist

     

Job Description

The DHS Program seeks to fill a Laboratory and Biomarker Specialist position to support The Program’s expanding biomarker portfolio. The position is based in our Metro-accessible office in Rockville, MD.

The laboratory and biomarker specialist position requires approximately 25-30% travel to countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America & the Caribbean. It is expected that the biomarker specialist will demonstrate a high level of flexibility in performing the responsibilities of the position.

Key Responsibilities

The Laboratory and Biomarker Specialist will be responsible for providing technical guidance to The DHS Program on the measurement of biomarkers in population-based surveys, for training of field staff and laboratory staff in host-countries, and for the management of biomarker measurement and anthropometry in individual surveys. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Training of field staff on blood and other sample collection procedures, preparation of blood smears for malaria microscopy, and data collection tools; monitoring and supervision of field work; and  preparation of manuals, SOPs and other training documents.
  • Training of field staff on the use and application of rapid diagnostic tests and point-of-care devices for the measurement of anemia, HIV, malaria, diabetes, and other diseases
  • Conducting assessments of host-country laboratories to determine the labs’ capacity to carry out biomarker testing for the DHS project
  • Training and supervision of host-country laboratories to conduct testing to support data collection in population-based surveys. Testing will include but is not limited to HIV, malaria, micronutrient deficiencies, and syphilis.
  • Participating in other DHS project activities, e.g., assisting in developing questionnaires and modules, conducting further analysis studies, preparing/revising core manuals, preparing/reviewing biomarker sections of DHS reports, making presentations to USAID and other stakeholders and researching new and emerging areas for biomarker measurement as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in a biomedical science or epidemiology with biomarker collection and testing experience
  • 5-8 years of experience, including at least 3-5 years of laboratory experience conducting assays for the diagnosis of HIV and other infectious disease
  • Work experience in a developing country

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Practical experience in collecting a wide range of biomarker specimens; experience in conducting anthropometry a plus.
  • Experience with blood collection for point of care testing; ability to conduct venipuncture a plus.
  • Experience with viral load testing, other nucleic acid tests and knowledge of CD4 enumeration using point-of-care testing and FACS assay
  • Working knowledge of the preparation, staining and examination of blood films for the detection of malaria parasites
  • Experience with training field personnel to collect specimens according to protocol and training laboratory personnel
  • In-depth knowledge and practical experience performing enzyme immunoassays.
  • Familiarity with assays for estimating the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Familiarity with basic molecular techniques
  • Experience performing Quality Assurance measures in all phases of biomedical testing
  • Experience working with developing country institutions
  • Experience writing short technical reports
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in English required. Fluency in French, Spanish or Portuguese is preferred 
  • Willingness to travel 25%-30% of time to developing countries

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Senior Malaria Advisor

     

Job Description

Through a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), ICF, an ICF Company, implements The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program. The DHS Program assists developing countries to implement surveys that collect information on fertility, mortality, maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, and malaria, and also helps to conduct biomarker testing in households and in laboratories. The DHS Program employs public health and malaria experts, demographers, sampling statisticians, biomarker and laboratory experts and data processing specialists, among others. 

The DHS Program is seeking to fill a Senior Malaria Advisor to support the DHS malaria portfolio. The position is based in our Metro-accessible office in Rockville, MD. Travel up to 20% of time to low and middle income countries mainly in Africa and Asia may be required

Key Responsibilities

The Senior Malaria Advisor will be responsible for providing thought leadership and technical guidance to The DHS Program on all aspects of the malaria portfolio including malaria biomarkers, primarily by representing The DHS Program in global malaria fora, interacting with survey staff to integrate malaria innovations in the DHS surveys and leading malaria research at DHS. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

  • Providing leadership in the area of malaria to meet global and country-specific current and emerging data needs within the context of The DHS Program
  • Representing The DHS Program at global malaria advisory and reference meetings
  • Leading analyses of malaria data and the development of relevant outputs; e.g. policy-relevant multi-country comparative analyses and country-specific malaria indepth studies
  • Working closely with The DHS Program research team to meet joint goals and building capacity in the analysis and use of malaria data
  • Strengthening collaborations with partners for research involving external data
  • Providing input into monitoring, reporting, and improving malaria data quality

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or a MPH with 7 or more years in Malaria, Public Health, Demography, or other relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of current global malaria protocols, standards and best practices
  • Knowledge of malaria and health issues in low and middle income countries
  • Relevant experience in survey implementation, analysis, and interpretation and/or in using data to identify and meet program monitoring and evaluation needs and contributing to policy in low income countries
  • Strong knowledge of statistical techniques, including multivariate methods
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to work successfully in teams and with people of diverse cultural backgrounds

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Field experience in implementing population surveys in developing countries  
  • Background in working with USAID, other bilateral donors, or international agencies  
  • Fluency in spoken and written French 

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Spatial Epidemiologist

     

Job Description

ICF has an opening for a Spatial Epidemiologist for its Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program. The DHS Program is a US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project that supports the collection of demographic and health data through nationally representative population and facility-based surveys. 

The Spatial Epidemiologist will primarily focus on using spatial analysis techniques to analyze demographic and health issues using the DHS survey data. Tasks will include: creating spatial analysis outputs for use in program decision making, developing and conducting research and analysis of DHS spatial and survey data, collaborating with other staff to integrate geographic data in their analyses, writing analytical reports for publication, management and oversight of spatial data coming in from the field, and providing guidance on appropriate data use. Creation and use of interpolated (gridded) surfaces is an expanding field within the DHS and will be one area of focus of the position. The Spatial Epidemiologist would also be involved in other cross-cutting projects at ICF with a need for geo-spatial analysis including biodiversity and health, nutrition and agriculture.  Some travel internationally is possible but would likely be less than 15% of the time. The full-time position is based in Rockville, MD (in the Washington, DC metro area).

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of the geo-spatial research agenda
  • Participate in spatial data analysis and report writing
  • Create spatial analysis outputs for use in program decision making
  • Provide guidance to project staff on how to integrate spatial analysis tools in analysis and project activities
  • Provide spatial data management and validation support to projects
  • Provide GIS related technical contributions to new proposal development
  • Supervise two GIS team members and provide oversight of spatial data management and The DHS Program GPS data processing to ensure high quality data
  • Coordinate the implementation of capacity strengthening activities for GIS data use in low- and middle-income countries
  • Represent The DHS Program (and ICF as appropriate) before various clients, including USAID and partner organizations

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or graduate degree with at least 7 years of experience in epidemiology, biostatistics, demography, geography, or related field.
  • At least three years of experience with the use of geo-spatial techniques in health and/or population related research (professional or academic)
  • Experience in managing and analyzing large data sets
  • Experience in advanced spatial analytical techniques including interpolation
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of GIS applications in health and population data research
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Stata, SPSS, SAS, or R
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ArcGIS 10.x

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Experience working overseas in a low- or middle-income setting
  • Experience working with country counterparts, host country institutions, and US and other international donor agencies is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of French a strong plus    

Professional Skills

  • Ability to work independently and manage projects on a daily basis with minimal supervision
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations and low- and middle-income country environments
  • Ability to work effectively with other project staff, USAID, other donors and international organizations
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)

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