The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), headquartered in Washington DC, is seeking a Contractual Program Specialist in the International Affairs Department. Incumbent will focus on clinical diagnostic capacity building, laboratory systems, including biorisk management strengthening in resource limited countries. The key objectives for the Specialist will be to advance ASM's agenda in the areas of:
International development, public health, laboratory capacity building, biosafety and biosecurity
Quality assured diagnostics and surveillance systems for priority pathogens, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and zoonotic infections
The Program Specialist will support the Assistant Director for Sustainable Development and the International Board in the day to day operations of assigned country-specific programs. The position will manage all aspects of country-specific programs, including project development and implementation, budget tracking, procurement, technical implementation, contracting, liaising with funding agency, developing grant applications, and drafting memos and presentations for the IA leadership.
Bachelor's degree in health-related field, Master's preferred, Ph.D. a plus.
Relevant work experience: 4+ years with Bachelor's, 3+ years with Master's
Basic knowledge of relevant technical areas: clinical laboratory, public health, and/or biosafety and biosecurity programs
Experience in development, planning and execution of international cooperation projects
Project management and experience with U.S. Federal Grant administration desired
Effective working relationships with diverse groups, including interacting effectively with co-workers, international stakeholders, funders, partners, vendors, and others
Budget development, tracking, and monitoring for projects
Development and management of short-term contracts and procurement
Proficiency in English required
Proficiency in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, or others relevant to IA programs would be a plus
Professional international travel, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa, and/or South & South-East Asia
Ability to travel internationally 15-20% of time
Advanced MS Office proficiency and ability to develop complex reports
Ability to work independently
Ability to work in a team
Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills
Strong time management and organizational skills
Detail oriented, ability to multi-task and to complete tasks within assigned time frames
Please submit salary requirements, cover letter, and resume to: ASM, Attn: HR, 1752 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 or email to HR@asmusa.org. Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position is funded by an external federal grant. Initially, candidates should be available for a 1 year commitment (with the possibility of an extension).
The American Society for Microbiology is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world. Membership has grown from 59 scientists in 1899 to more than 39,000 members today, with more than one third located outside the United States. The members represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specialization plus a division for microbiology educators.