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Head of Programme – AMR - Anti Microbials Resistance

Company: FIND
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Reference: Head of AMR
Closing Date: 14 Dec 17
Type: Full Time
Salary (£): Negotiable

Job Summary:

This is a Head level position that is responsible for the management of FIND’s newly established programme in AMR.



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 AMR, you will be leading a disease programme team under the supervision of the Director of Emerging Threats Programmes.


Job description:

This is a Head level position that is responsible for the management of FIND’s newly established programme in AMR. In this position, you will provide leadership, prioritization 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:

Implement programme strategy

  • Implement a strategy for FIND’s AMR 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 standards.
  • Develop close working relationships with AMR investigators and key opinion leaders in the field.




Play a leadership role in the scientific team as the AMR 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 development
  • Promote collaboration across the different organizations involved in AMR 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 AMR 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 writing
  • To support the presentation of the AMR program during advocacy meetings/activities
  • To produce timely scientific publication on project activities


  • At least ten years’ experience in IVD R&D and trials with at least some of that experience related to diagnostics for use in resource-limited settings
  • 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 issues
  • 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 by 24th November 2017

(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.

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