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Title Program Specialist, AMR
Type of Position Full-time Staff Member (2 years with the possibility of extension, funding dependent)
Reports to Director of Disease Surveillance
Location Anywhere / Remote
Start Date ASAP

About the International Society for Infectious Diseases

The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) is a non-profit organization with an unwavering commitment to infectious disease practitioners, scientists, and public health professionals working in resource-limited settings around the world. To support its many members, ISID organizes leading international congresses, offers open access infection control resources, and distributes grants to young investigators beginning their careers in the field of infectious diseases. Additionally, ISID operates the International Journal of Infectious Diseases and has organized infectious disease innovation marathons sparking novel solutions that address disease control challenges. The flagship program under ISID’s umbrella is the Program for Emerging Diseases (ProMED), an emerging diseases surveillance network that operates around the world. From this program, many projects have developed relying on the ProMED daily post data across a wide range of pathogens, countries, and species.

Job Description

The Program Specialist is responsible for executing the day-to-day work of a portfolio of ISID’s projects, particularly the Centres for Antimicrobial Optimisation Network (CAMO-Net) project. The goal of CAMO-net is to create a global network focused on antimicrobial optimization research across three interlinked themes (medicines management; technical innovation; culture, context, and behaviors) for local context-specific and sustainable interventions. As one of the partnering organizations, ISID will participate in this new initiative building robust AMR capacity and knowledge mobilization across LMICs, providing South-South and North-South learning and development. Principal duties include project management, oversight, and executing work for various ISID Programs at the direction of the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) leadership. ISID’s portfolio of Programs include international Congresses, online educational initiatives, publications, grant programs, and ProMED. The Program Specialist, AMR will be the focal point for driving and coordinating AMR surveillance-based activities and affiliated projects.

Responsibilities

Act as key ISID Project coordinator of CAMO-net activities, establishing efficient workflow and ensuring ISID's project outputs are delivered on time and within budget; manages milestone tracking, report development, partner communications, and support tasks. 
Represents ISID within the CAMO-net project and establishes plan for project resources and subject matter expertise to carry out planned deliverables and aims of the initiative.
Coordinates AMR-related activities including other related grant activities such as Congress events, etc.
For ProMED and other ISID Programs, supports the Director of Disease Surveillance, Chief Content Officer, and other staff to reach goals and strategic deliverables on a year-to-year basis.
Liaises with external organizations on joint grant programs.
Responsible for drafting written reports and financial reports for project findings/deliverables.
Responsible for drafting communication for presenting ISID’s work internally and externally via ISID’s website, email listservs, and social media.
Ability to identify issues and track project risks proactively.
Able to represent ISID to external stakeholders, funders and partners nationally and internationally.
Other tasks as assigned such as general administrative tasks, communications materials, fundraising activities, etc.

Requirements

Master’s degree, or commensurate professional experience with relevant experience in antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Experience and/or training in public health, epidemiology, global health, and infectious diseases are a plus.
3-5 years of relevant professional work experience in the field of AMR.
Ability to work with a small, international team remotely.
Experience coordinating and tracking multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
Experience working with large numbers of external partners.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail; experience with research writing. 
Project Management skills and interest in PM methodologies.
Adept at cultural sensitivity; positive attitude.
Familiarity and competency with Microsoft Office Suite. 
Familiarity and competency with Google Workspace.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with colleagues and partners across time zones, languages, and cultures.
Previous experience working and coordinating with other team members remotely.
Understanding of epidemiology and public health surveillance concepts. 
Oral and written proficiency in a language/languages other than English.
Ability and willingness to travel internationally.

To apply, please email your resume (CV), cover letter, and a writing sample (no longer than three pages single spaced) to [email protected] by Friday, January 26th, 2024.

ISID is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ISID is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

Title Research Assistant - Infectious Diseases/Zoonoses Profiles
Type of Position Contract (currently funded through December 31st 2023 with a strong possibility of extension through June 30th, 2024); 35-40 hours/week depending on location
Reports to Luca Busani, ISS and Annapaola Rizzoli, FEM, Italy
Links with Elena Arsevska, CIRAD and Thimotee Dub, THL, Finland
Location International / Remote
Start Date ASAP

About the International Society for Infectious Diseases

The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) is a non-profit organization with an unwavering commitment to infectious disease practitioners, scientists, and public health professionals working in resource-limited settings around the world.

The MOOD Project

The MOOD Project aims to develop innovative tools and services for the early detection, assessment, and monitoring of current and future infectious disease threats across Europe in the context of continuous global, environmental, and climatic change.

MOOD innovations will increase the operational abilities of epidemic intelligence systems to face new disease threats, including emerging diseases of known or unknown origins, and antimicrobial resistance pathogens. Through big data and disease modelling innovations, the MOOD project will address the challenges of cross-sectoral data sharing and valorisation in a One Health framework based on multi-disciplinary collaboration for animal, human, and environmental health. Human and veterinary public-health agencies responsible for designing and implementing strategies to mitigate the identified risks are the end-users.

ISID is one of the MOOD project partners. ISID currently seeks a Research Assistant to work specifically in Work Package 2 (WP2). WP2 creates detailed disease profiles to provide indicators and proxies, and to define “signals” of disease emergence. It also provides data (favoring open/free data sources, both indicator and event-based) and ensures that outputs are realistic, pertinent, and useful about the state of knowledge on the disease by creating a community of disease experts. Disease profiles and indicators will be set for major air-borne, vector-borne, food and water-borne infectious diseases, including an unknown disease (disease X) of interest to Europe and antimicrobial (AMR) resistance.

Job Description

The position of Research Assistant is a contract position that is currently funded through December 31st, 2023. There is the strong possibility of an extension for another six months, pending the approval of a project extension from the European Commission. This position will be administered by ISID but will be supervised by the WP2 coordinator and deputy (FEM, Italy, and ISS, Italy) who will provide support and guidance in the planning, execution, and reporting of the activities. The candidate is expected to a have strong working relationship with the MOOD coordinators (CIRAD, France, and THL, Finland) in regards to the overall framework of disease profiling and its integration into the MOOD platform and deliverables.

Responsibilities

The candidate is expected to carry out the following activities:

Drafting and Reviewing of MOOD disease profiles

With a focus on Europe, draft the Disease X, AMR and USUV disease profiles, among others, and review other disease profiles that are focused on Europe.

Update the literature search and main datasets for all of the diseases covered by the MOOD project where possible.

Write an additional short chapter based on available ProMED information for each MOOD disease profile on the global situation of the disease by looking at the ProMED data and tools focusing on the events, spatiotemporal distributions, associated drivers/conditions, etc.

Contribute to the drafting and review of MOOD reports and deliverables related to disease profiling, as well as scientific publications.

In conjunction with other partners and developers, cooperate in the creation of a dashboard for visualization of the main drivers that were identified through the disease profiling activity.

Support the review of the existing protocol for literature searches and adapt, if relevant, for a “flash/rapid” update of the literature search.

In addition, the candidate is expected to cooperate with ISID, ISS, FEM, and CIRAD for the organization of up to three expert meetings (to be held virtually (final number of meetings will be dependent on the status of the extension)) on Influenza A (focus on avian influenza), Leptospirosis, and/or AMR. Experts to be invited include members of the ISID network, members from the MOOD consortium, and other research institutes and laboratories (up to 10 experts).

Minimum Requirements

University Degree in a scientific discipline(s) (biological sciences, medical or veterinary degree) or related field.

At least one year of experience in infectious diseases and zoonoses epidemiology, reporting of global and national disease situations, and/or epidemic intelligence.

Fluency in both written and spoken English.

Results-focused.

Experience working as part of a team.

Strong communication skills, especially when writing reports and minutes of meetings.

Practical knowledge and proven experience working with relevant software for literature searches.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in epidemiology, infectious diseases, or other related fields.

Previous publications.

Previous experience in visualization of outputs (RShiny).

To apply, please email your CV (in European format) and cover letter by July 20th, 2023 to [email protected]. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

ISID is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ISID is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and encourages applications from female and minority candidates.