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STOP Spillover Regional Lead Asia (RLA)

 Job title: STOP Spillover Regional Lead Asia (RLA)

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand (preferred); or virtually in Southeast Asia

Contract period: One year, renewed yearly based on performance and availability of funds.

Start: Immediately


 

BACKGROUND

The USAID STOP Spillover program provides a critical opportunity to enhance global understanding of the complex drivers of viral spillover and to augment sustainable national capacities in surveillance, risk analysis, and behavior change. Implementation of the project envisions ten priority countries across Africa and Asia to gain critical knowledge about their Spillover Ecosystems, to refine and use that knowledge effectively, efficiently, and sustainably to reduce the risk of zoonotic viral spillover and spread. This is a five-year project from October 2020 to September 2025.

STOP Spillover is a USAID-funded project to anticipate and address threats posed by the emerging zoonotic diseases that pose the greatest risk of jumping from animals to humans. Tufts University, together with an international consortium of nine core partners that include Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN), icddr,b, and Africa One Health University network (AFROHUN) and six core sub-award partners are working collaboratively utilizing diverse capabilities among consortium members and stakeholders to implement the STOP project in five countries in Africa and five countries in Asia over the next five years.

The consortium will support countries to build their capacity to assess, communicate and decrease risk of viral spillover and spread of zoonotic disease The consortium will work with USAID to develop and institutionalize innovative, country-specific, and sustainable approaches so targeted countries are well-prepared to stop viral spillover from animals to humans and reduce amplification and spread of the virus among humans. STOP Spillover will focus on strengthening national capacity to
1) understand factors that contribute to the risk of spillover of pathogens from wildlife to humans;
2) develop, assess, and implement early risk-reduction interventions that will reduce spillover and spread of these threats; and, 3) recognize and respond rapidly to zoonotic spillover events.

SEAOHUN1 was established in 2011 to develop the next generation of skillful and competent One Health (OH) workforce with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and its One Health Workforce (OHW) and OHW Next Generation projects. Since its establishment, SEAOHUN has expanded network membership from 10 universities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam to 87 universities in eight countries, including the four founding countries plus Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and the Philippines. The expansion was made possible with the support of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), U.S. Department of State (DOS) through its Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), and USAID. Our university members come from multiple disciplines connected to the health of humans, animals, and the environment. The SEAOHUN Secretariat based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

For more information, you may visit https://www.seaohun.org/ and http://facebook.com/seaohun


 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The STOP Spillover RLA will be under the overall administrative supervision of the Executive Director of SEAOHUN Secretariat. As a member of the Management Executive Committee (MEC) of the STOP Spillover, the RLA will programmatically be guided by this committee, and the STOP Spillover Project Director. The RLA will be expected to coordinate all regional activities in several countries in Asia and execute assigned tasks by the MEC in coordination with the SEAOHUN Secretariat.

The STOP Spillover project is scheduled to continue till the end of September 2025. This is a full-time position, renewed yearly, based on performance evaluation, and availability of funds.

The Regional Lead Asia will ensure high quality, efficiency and timeliness of all activities. As outlined below:

  • Manage up to five Asian country teams to effectively implement global/regional/country activities according to the work plan and budget.

  • Work collaboratively with a regional veterinarian of SEAOHUN STOP Spillover project to provide technical guidance and assistance to country teams and other project partners.

  • Ensure the quality and timeliness of programmatic reporting required by the Prime and donor.

  • Establish good working relationships with SEAOHUN network members, partners, and donors.

  • Promote sustainability of STOP Spillover program in Asia providing effective networking, coordination and linkages to other relevant programs, partners and counterparts.

  • Represent SEAOHUN in meetings, conferences, and other events as related to STOP Spillover project and others as assigned.

  • Perform tasks that aligns STOP Spillover project tasks with SEAOHUN’s strategic goals.


 

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree in public health, human health, veterinary health, biology, biotechnology, agriculture, environment, or other related area. A professional degree (DVM/MD) and/or PhD will be a considerable advantage.

  • 10 or more years of progressive work experience that involves direct leadership of professional and support staff, program/technical oversight, and project/grant management.

  • Good understanding of One Health concepts, knowledge of the fundamentals of infectious diseases, including detection, control, prevention, and management, risk analysis and public health or ecosystems health.

  • Demonstrated ability to convert technically complex concepts into plain and actionable language.

  • Experience working with government agencies, intergovernmental agencies, academic institutions, international agencies (WHO, FAO, OIE, others) or NGOs is required.

  • Working knowledge in the health sector in multi-country projects and working in South and/or Southeast Asian countries are essential.

  • Experience with USAID-funded projects is highly desirable.

  • Proven effective communication skills in English, both written and oral. This includes networking, negotiation, and diplomatic skills.

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team in a multicultural environment is necessary.

  • Skills in Microsoft Office/Google, email, and Internet navigation are required.

  • Willingness to undertake regional and international travels.

  • Has adequate home office facilities if desired to work remotely.

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates are invited to send an application letter, a resume or curriculum vitae in PDF format, and state a current and expected salary to secretariat+recruitment@seaohun.org using the subject line “Apply for Regional Lead Asia”. The salary range for this position will depend on qualifications and experience and in line with projects funds. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. The candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. While we prefer candidates, who may relocate to work in Chiang Mai, working virtually will be considered for candidates located in Southeast Asia. While we respect all applications, only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Disclaimers: SEAOHUN does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, language, religion, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity. SEAOHUN is committed to the recruitment of a diverse, inclusive workforce, and thus, members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact : secretariat+recruitment@seaohun.org


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