Senior Technical Advisor for Communicable Diseases - US

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Project HOPE is an international NGO of more than 500 engaged employees and hundreds of volunteers who work in more than 25 countries, responding to the world’s most pressing global health challenges. Throughout our 60-year legacy, Project HOPE has treated millions of patients and provided more than $3 billion worth of medicines to local health care organizations around the world. We have helped build hundreds of health programs from the ground up and responded to humanitarian crises worldwide.

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The Senior Technical Advisor for Communicable Diseases is the lead technical position for the Global Health portfolio of communicable disease programming, with responsibilities for evidence-based program design, quality control and field-support for implementation of those programs, growth of the communicable disease portfolio within Project HOPE, and shaping of Project HOPE’s program designs and interventions as well as overall strategy as it relates to prevention, detection and response to communicable diseases. The right candidate will demonstrate expertise in HIV/AIDS and/or TB programming and be well versed in the Global Health Security Agenda, with hands-on experience in relation to one or more other disease outbreaks, including Ebola, Covid-19, cholera, zika etc. This position will be expected to have a proven track record leading the technical design of winning proposals and be knowledgeable in USG donor funding/programmatic cycles, latest science, trends, developments and innovations related to communicable disease programming.


Program Implementation and Quality Control (25%)

  • In collaboration with field-based program managers, ensure communicable disease programs are innovative yet in line with international standards and best practices and are meeting project objectives.
  • ​​Visit program sites to monitor and evaluate program impact, assess technical strengths, and identify areas for quality improvement and lessons learned.
  • ​​Provide virtual and in-person training and mentoring to both field-based and HQ-based colleagues on specific aspects of programs on communicable diseases.
  • ​​Contribute as needed to the implementation of global programs, which can include the development of training curricula and delivery of trainings.
  • ​​Regularly review and contribute to program reporting and data analysis, engaging as needed with program managers in program modifications, problem solving and donor discussions.
  • ​As needed, assist in the recruitment of technical expertise required for the implementation of HOPE’s communicable disease programs.

Strategic Planning (10%)

With inputs from the Chief Health Officer, Regional Directors, and the Business Development team, lead on the development and implementation of strategies aimed at strengthening HOPE’s portfolio in HIV/AIDS, rebuilding its portfolio in TB, and expanding HOPE’s role in the Global Health Security Agenda. Efforts should be aligned with HOPE’s overall organizational goals and will include identification of strategic partnerships, geographic focus, and the integration of innovative technologies and approaches to programming.

New Business Development (65%)

Develop and maintain strong ongoing relations with technical and leadership teams of US Government, World Health Organization, major foundations, Ministries of Health, NGOs, universities, National Public Health Institutes, and other partners/stakeholders to promote and drive Project HOPE’s program growth objectives

  • ​Lead strategy and technical design of communicable disease and global health security project proposals.
  • ​Stay abreast of latest developments and innovations in the field of communicable disease, ensuring proposals are based on evidence-based designs to maximize impact, efficiencies and sustainability.
  • Assist in the identification and development of strategic partnerships that complement HOPE’s technical strengths and geographic reach of its programs.
  • Promote HOPE’s expertise and visibility in the communicable disease space through preparation of white papers and capacity statements, presentations in conferences and other fora, media interviews, etc.


  1. Medical Doctor with master’s degree (or higher) in Public Health, related field, or, completion of training in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) in the US or Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) overseas, or, PhD in epidemiology, laboratory science, bio-informatics.

  2. Advanced epidemiology/public health training and related analytical skills.

  3. Demonstrated strategic planning experience and partnership development, along with a strong professional reputation.

  4. Minimum ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience implementing or providing technical oversight to US Government funded health programs and/or with Ministries of Health, with at least five years of experience in an international setting, supporting health, communicable diseases or development programs is required.

  5. Strong technical knowledge in HIV/AIDS and or TB, with in-depth experience working with PEPFAR-funded programs.

  6. Strong familiarity with how leading USG-funded health institution e.g. USAID, CDC, funding and program cycles operate.

  7. Proven winning track record in the pursuit of USG funding, including the writing of technical proposals and designing competitive, large-scale, multi-year programs.

  8. Close familiarity and understanding of the Global Health Security Agenda and US engagement with the GHSA are required.

  9. Existing relationships with technical and leadership teams of US Government, World Health Organization, major foundations, Ministries of Health, NGOs, universities, National Public Health Institutes, and other partners.

  10. Experience in training and curriculum development is required.

  11. Experience with monitoring and evaluation methodologies including frameworks, data quality assurance, analysis reporting and best practices in data dissemination in international/resource poor settings,

  12. Knowledge of event-based surveillance for communicable diseases and establishing early warning and response systems is required.

  13. Experience standing up, working with, or training public health emergency operations centers is required.

  14. Experience leading or participating in outbreak simulations is a plus.

  15. Professional level of oral and written fluency in English language required, additional language skills a plus.

  16. The successful candidate will be collaborative, seeking win/win solutions, be able to set strategy as well as roll-up his/her sleeves to support strategy implementation.

  17. Ability to travel approximately 25% of the time.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be mobile in an office environment and able to use standard office equipment.
  • Must be able to communicate in verbal and written form and must be able to travel internationally.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

Work environment:

  • Typical office environment with exposure to a minimal noise level.
  • Emergency deployments may be in resource-deprived environments with austere living conditions.
  • Travel for extended periods may be by air and/or other modes of transportation.
  • While international travel is not a regular part of every job, programmatic needs may require it intermittently.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be considered. No phone calls please.

However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise.

Thank you very much for your interest in Project HOPE.

How to apply

All candidates must apply through the Project HOPE Career Page with this direct link: