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Head of Programme - Febrile Illness and AMR/Outbreaks

FIND Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics

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Head of Programme - Febrile Illness and AMR/Outbreaks

Head of Programme – Febrile Illness and AMR/Outbreaks


FIND is an international non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, dedicated to R&D

activities to expand and accelerate access to new diagnostic technologies, and to build global

capacity for diagnostic testing for poverty-related diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

Overall objective:

FIND’s vision is a world where diagnosis guides the way to health for all people. The FIND team is

devoted to driving the development, clinical trialling, and early implementation of innovative diagnostic

solutions that can have a high impact on patient care and disease control in low-resource settings.

The diseases we have been working on include tuberculosis, malaria, sleeping sickness,

leishmaniasis, and Chagas diseases. We have expanded our scope to include acute febrile

syndromes, hepatitis C, and neglected diseases mentioned in The London Declaration of 2012. FIND

also plays a key catalytic role to ensure that global laboratory networks are prepared for the

introduction of new technologies. As the Head of Programme for Febrile Illness and AMR/Outbreaks,

you will be leading a disease programme team under the supervision of the Chief Medical Officer.

Job description:

This is a Director level position that is responsible for the management of FIND’s newly established

programme in Febrile Illness and AMR/Outbreaks. In this position, you will provide leadership,

prioritization, and strategic direction for the programme, and develop a portfolio of projects that

address gaps in the availability and use of diagnostic tests to better identify the cause of fever and

guide appropriate use of anti-microbials, and for early detection of epidemic-causing pathogens for

acute febrile illness, antimicrobial resistance, and outbreak preparedness.

The specific activities will include but not be limited to:

Develop and implement programme strategy

 Define and implement a strategy for FIND’s Febrile Illness & AMR/Outbreaks programme that

enables patient access to diagnostics in resource-limited settings; this is undertaken in

collaboration with key stakeholders, and with input from FIND’s executive leadership.

 Share responsibility for FIND’s product portfolio with other FIND teams, its executive

leadership, and its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).

 Define consensus-based target product profiles for diagnostic products, with input from

stakeholder groups.

 Create a full development plan for new projects in the programme, including associated

budgets, and update plans on an annual basis.

 Be responsible for effective execution and management of approved projects within the

programme, including progress/milestone monitoring, and identification of critical success

factors and key performance indicators for project evaluation.

 Work with FIND’s clinical team and external investigators to conduct rigorous and high quality

proof-of-concept, validation, and clinical studies for new tests that meet international


 Develop close working relationships with Febrile Illness & AMR/Outbreaks disease

investigators and key opinion leaders in the field.

Play a leadership role in the scientific team as the Febrile Illness & AMR/Outbreaks disease expert,

and a key coordination role amongst the FIND R&D and Access teams as well as external

stakeholders involved in disease management, policy, and program implementation in resource-

limited settings

 Identify, with support of FIND Regional Offices, the key stakeholders for early engagement

and consultation in FIND activities in the field

 Lead partnerships with WHO and other global health agencies on the use of diagnostic tests

to manage fever and outbreaks, including collaboration on policy and programme


 Promote collaboration across the different organizations involved in Febrile Illness &

AMR/Outbreaks disease management

Meet the highest standards for quality, in accordance with global norms for diagnostic tests,

 Ensure that activities conducted during product development and validation are of the highest

quality, in accordance with global norms for diagnostic tests and the quality systems

requirements of organizational partners

 Ensure that projects and partner investigators maintain standards of good clinical practice and

compliance with quality standards

Manage and Supervise R & D projects

 Managing a team of scientists and project managers to execute against established

programme goals

 Working closely with FIND’s cross-cutting teams (clinical trials, connectivity, and technology

development) to augment the effectiveness and impact of your team’s technical programmes

 Lead project staff

 Ensure smooth translation between phases in execution of projects

 Ensure efficient and cost-effective use of FIND resources

 Interact with team and partners on a regular basis to help them meet milestones

 Organize regular internal cross-team project reviews together as appropriate (e.g., business

development, communication, fundraising, etc.)

Enable review of projects

 Report to the executive team on progress of individual projects and budgets on a regular

basis and present interim reviews

 Prepare materials and presentations to the SAC, in collaboration with the executive team,

with emphasis on the disease area strategy

 Present progress reports at interim and formal management reviews

 Prepare and present budget plans for Febrile Illness & AMR/Outbreaks portfolio projects

 Advise on appropriate external experts to enhance the review process as required

Fundraising and Advocacy and Communication

 Contribute to the fundraising activities by providing direct support to proposal and report


 To support the presentation of the Febrile Illness & AMR/Outbreaks Disease program during

advocacy meetings/activities

 To produce timely scientific publication on project activities


 At least ten years’ experience in IVD R&D and trails with at least some of that experience

related to diagnostics for use in resource-limited settings s

 Advanced clinical degree (MBBS, MBChB, MD, DM, RN, or the equivalent), with

specialization in infectious diseases or medical microbiology strongly preferred

 A thorough understanding of relevant infectious disease epidemiology and public health


 Strong scientific background with a track record of published studies

 Strong knowledge of diagnostics regulatory requirements (WHO, FDA, CE-IVD mark)

 Demonstrated capacity to write successful grants

 Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

 A team-oriented approach

 Strong project management skills; business administration knowledge an asset

 Fluent in English (verbal and written)

 Working knowledge of French, Portuguese, and/or Spanish would be an asset

Please mail your motivation letter and CV to hr@finddx.org by 6th November 2016

(But don’t wait until the deadline! We will start screening right away and if we find the right person, we

will stop searching.)

Please note that only applicants meeting the profile requirements will be personally contacted.

Applications sent by recruitment agencies will not be considered.