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Scientific Officer – Pandemic Preparedness
19.05.2019 | Employee | 100%

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. 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 trialing, and early implementation of innovative diagnostic solutions that can have a high impact on patient care and disease control in low-resource settings.

Scientific Officer – Pandemic Preparedness

The Scientific Officer (SO) will participate in the Emerging Threats Programme under the supervision of the Director of Emerging Threats at FIND.  S pecific activities will include but not be limited to:

  • Implement and oversee the delivery of portions of currently funded project
  • Assist with the development of plans and proposals to expand funding for other topic areas within Pandemic Preparedness including arboviruses (dengue, yellow fever, chickungunya etc)

  • Work closely with partner institutions in-country to establish effective trial networks, sample archives and capacity building initiatives

  • Working closely with funding agencies and serve as the key focal point for projects

  • Partner with WHO to support in the definition of the critical diagnostics needs for Pandemic Preparedness

  • Assist in ensuring the effective execution and management of the program, including progress/milestone monitoring, budgets, reporting and identification of critical success factors and key performance indicators for project evaluation.

  • Work with FIND’s Clinical Trial Unit and external investigators to design and conduct rigorous, high quality studies to generate sufficient data to guide country and international policy change, as required

Requirements:

  • 3 years experience in operational research (in-country), lab capacity building and evaluations related to diagnostics for use in resource-limited settings
  • Advanced scientific degree (e.g., MSc or higher)

  • Experience and track record of planning and conducting clinical studies

  • Knowledge of  GXP (GCP, GLP and GCLP) guidelines and practical application in the field
  • Experience working with multiple agencies at the national and international levels involved in trials and evaluations to generate data, as well as those involved in setting guidance and policy
  • Experience working in-country for emergency response and/or capacity building and/or field research activities
  • Experience in the design, development, evaluation and/or implementation of diagnostics in resource limited settings with a specific focus on Pandemic Preparedness/Outbreak settings
  • 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
  • Fluent in English (verbal and written)

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