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Biosafety Biosecurity Policy Senior Advisor, Remote
Organization: FHI 360
Locations : USA-Remote (Any)

Time type : Full time

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Job requisition id : Requisition – 2024200452

Job Summary:

FHI 360 is seeking a Biosafety Biosecurity Policy Sr. Advisor to support a large USAID, global health security project. This position will oversee the day to day biosafety biosecurity (BSBS) policy components of the project and ensure overall technical alignment across countries.. Supervises technical staff members ensuring that project activities are on track with work plans, with technical expertise informing project implementation. Prepares project and donor reports and drafts publications and external communications. Leads the development / revision of best practice documents. Position will work closely with the BSBS Sr. Advisor. May be required to coordinate and work with a diverse group of organizations, such as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), district health staff, several international and national development partner organizations, and the USAID (US Agency for International Development) mission to complete work.

Technical Requirements:

 Advise in country personnel and laboratories on global/regional/country-level BSBS policies, procedures, and SOPs.
 Review and approve local protocols, to ensure alignment with global practices.
 Serve as subject matter expert at local, regional and global levels on issues relevant to country and site BSBS and relevant local and international regulations and guidelines.
 Works on problems of complex scope that require evaluation of variable factors.
 Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining solutions, with little supervision.
 Networks with key internal and external personnel.
 Decisions may cause delays or failure to achieve results that impact departmental goals.
 Provides input to senior technical leadership on national guidelines and normative policies for subject matter areas of expertise.
 May interpret findings and make recommendations for improvements.
 Performs other duties as assigned.
Project Design Implementation:

 Leads the creation of the BSBS portion, in coordination with the Deputy Director and BSBS Sr. Advisor, of the project plan of a complex project within the given resource and financial constraints.
 Supports day to day technical strategy and implementation of BSBS policy, processes, and SOPs .
 Leads project efforts to align project activities with local and international BSBS policies and guidelines.
 Leads project efforts to support country governments to update/develop BSBS policies and guidelines.
 Coordinates with technical and programmatic staff members to ensure that activities are performed as per award requirements and consistent with FHI 360 policy.
 Oversees staff members’ assignments.
 Defines and develops solutions for major business or functional challenges.
 Contributes to planning and making recommendations for project concept, operations, and / or implementation.
 Influences design and scope of initiatives and programs.
 Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components.
 Ensures technical implementation is consistent with best practices in the industry / subject and meet client / funder contractual obligations for moderately complex technical units of a functional domain, directing other professional staff members.
 Coordinates with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field for situations that are less routine and more unusual.

Client/Funder Support:

 Participate in client / funder meetings and provide technical input.
 Draft sponsor reports and presentations.
 Represents the organization and / or Institute to external entities at professional meetings and conferences.
 Maintains collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs (non governmental organizations) and consistently maintained and viewed as a knowledgeable resource in their technical area.
 Continually maintains a dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff members of implementing partners.
 Participate in client / funder meetings and draft reports / presentations.
Staff Leadership and Training:

 May supervise team members, monitor performance, and lead professional development efforts.
 Develops and implements training and competency systems.
 Identifies strategies to address training gaps.

Project/Program Reporting:

 Reviews and contributes to technical reports, contract deliverables, presentations, etc. .
 Prepares and delivers presentations to sponsors on progress.
 Develops project work plans and coordinates with sponsors and partners on activities.

Quality Assurance:

 Ensures technical deliverables and implementation are consistent with best practices in the industry / subject and meet client / funder contractual obligations for moderately complex technical units of a functional domain, directing other professional staff members. 
 Proactively identifies risks or challenges to technical deliverables and creates mitigation plan.
 Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the effectiveness of projects and makes recommendations for enhancements.
 Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

 Ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
 In-depth functional knowledge around specialization and detailed knowledge of related areas in the organization.
 General understanding of the external environment and how it affects the industry in general and the organization, including political, legal, environmental, financial, and social influences.
 General understanding of the organization’s structure, policies and practices, and the impact on one’s own area.
 Strong diagnostic, analytical and problem-solving skills.
 Ability to exchange information, present recommendations and collaborate with colleagues and peers within the organization and possibly externally.
 Ability to influence others of the benefits/importance of an idea or plan of action and to gain their support or commitment.
 Strong negotiation skills and ability to reach mutual points of agreement and benefit among peers and colleagues.

Problem Solving & Impact:

 Is sought out to provide advice or solutions around technical area.
 Is informed about current developments around technical area.
 Works under broad direction with considerable latitude for independent action.
 Specific actions are guided primarily by professional standards and expected outcomes of the project.
 Decisions and actions have an impact on the smooth operation and timeframes of the unit programs/projects; impact on the broader organization is generally indirect.
 Problems encountered are complex and may involve unprecedented circumstances; resolution requires investigation, analysis, and review of professional/organizational standards.
 Faulty decisions or recommendations will normally result in critical delays and modifications to projects or operations, cause substantial expenditure of additional time, resources, and funds; and jeopardize future business activity.
Supervision Given/Received:

 May supervise junior or mid level staff members.
 Work is reviewed in terms of meeting the organization’s objectives and schedules.
 Accomplishes results through managers or senior members of a team.
 Manages a technical area staff and function area within the organization.
 Plays a coaching and mentoring role for others; may assist in team management as necessary, although has no formal people management responsibility.
 Position will report to Project Deputy Director.


 Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in biology, epidemiology, public health, health security, etc.
 Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.


 Typically requires 12+ years of relevant experience in designing and evaluating applicable programs/services – may manage activities of lower-level staff, however, main function is individual contributor.
 Demonstrated experience in biological safety/biosecurity program and policy implementation including the development, training, and auditing of biological safety /biosecurity practices
 Detailed knowledge of regulatory guideline and standards impacting work with, and security of, infectious materials
 Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization. Particularly experience with USAID programming.
 International Program Development or Program management preferred.

Typical Physical Demands :

 Typical office environment.
 Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
 Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
 Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used :

 Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements:

 10% – 25%
The expected US Based hiring salary range for this role is listed below. Candidates FHI 360 pay ranges represent national averages that vary by geographic location. When determining an offer amount, FHI 360 factors in multiple considerations, including but not limited to: relevant years of experience and education possessed by the applicant, internal equity, business sector, and budget.

Base salary is only one component of our offer. FHI 360 contributes 12% of monthly base pay to a money purchase pension plan account. Additionally, all US based staff working full-time, which is calculated at 40 hours/week, receive 18 days of paid vacation per year, 12 sick days per year, and 11 holidays per year. Paid time off is reduced pro rata for employees working less than a full-time schedule.

US Based Hiring Salary Range: $70,000 – $160,000

International hiring ranges will differ based on location.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

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