Sevim Ahmedov

United States

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Global Health Fellows Program
Technical Advisor III: Senior Tuberculosis Technical Advisor
Infectious Diseases Division, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and
Nutrition, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Location: Washington, DC
Assignment: Two year fellowship
The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) is a five-year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, Management Systems International and the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. GHFP is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
The goal of GHFP is to improve the effectiveness of USAID Population, Health and Nutrition programs by developing and increasing capacity of health professionals in Washington, DC and overseas. This is accomplished through the recruitment, placement and support of junior, mid and senior level health professionals; a diversity initiative focused on providing internship and mentoring opportunities in international public health to underrepresented communities; and professional and organizational development activities to bolster USAID’s ability to maximize results and strengthen its leadership role in global health.
The Senior Tuberculosis Technical Advisor (Advisor) will serve in the Bureau for Global Health, Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition Office, Infectious Diseases Division (GH/HIDN/ID) with attention focused on providing technical guidance, oversight and management support of a USAID funded contract for TB technical assistance. The Advisor will also provide technical assistance to USAID-funded country level TB programs, including engagement in policy dialogue and providing technical assistance to USAID missions in the design, implementation, and evaluation of bilateral and regional tuberculosis (TB) programs. S/he will take programmatic direction from the Tuberculosis Team Leader in GH/HIDN/ID, and will serve as a member of the TB team and as a member of the policy and communications sub team of the TB team. The Advisor will work closely with technical advisors and health staff in GH/HIDN/ID, regional bureaus, USAID missions and sub-regional staff as appropriate. S/he will also work closely with other US Government and partners in the international TB community. 
1.      Provide technical assistance to USAID country level TB programs
  • Provide senior level strategic and programming guidance, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of strategies and program plans. Provide technical advice to ensure that country and regional programs are consistent with international standards and recommendations, with USAID guidance for the Tuberculosis Element as part of the USAID foreign assistance reform and with guidance issued by the Global Health initiative as appropriate
  • Assist USAID missions to strengthen coordination and leveraging of USAID TB funds with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Global Fund grants, and other donor support
  • Monitor and analyze country level TB trends and issues (for selected countries backstopped by the advisor) and apply this analysis to country level USAID TB programs and planning 
  • Participate in joint TB program reviews organized by partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Assist with the identification of potential technical partners and implementation mechanisms to support country programs; help missions develop RFAs or RFPs and participate in technical selection panels if requested (and provided there is no conflict of interest)
  • Conduct program evaluations and/or prepare Scopes of Work for independent evaluations
  • Participate as a USAID technical advisor in regional and/or country meetings, workshops and task forces
  • Review mission documents such as operational plans, annual reports and strategies, and provide recommendations to ensure the appropriate and programmatic technical content of such documents
2.      Provide technical support to the GH/HIDN/ID TB program
  • Contribute to the routine work of the TB team as required such as and preparation of responses to Questions and Answers, briefers and other requests for information
  • Contribute public health expertise and participate in technical working groups and task forces convened by the STOP TB Partnership, WHO and/or other TB partners
3.      Provide technical and management oversight to the TB Indefinite Quantity Contract and TB Task Orders, under the direction of the Contract Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR)
  • Provide technical guidance to support the development of workplans by the contractor. Review draft workplans and budgets, and ensure USAID mission approval for workplans funded by mission(s)
  • Ensure that contractor workplans are consistent with international standards and guidelines, and incorporate best practices and new approaches as appropriate
  • Work with the contractor to coordinate and align USAID funded activities with those supported by other partners and donors
  • Travel to countries where activities are being undertaken by the contractor to assist with planning, monitoring and assessment of activities
  • Maintain regular communication with the contractor and with country missions where the contractor is working
  • Prepare information for portfolio reviews and expenditure accrual reports. Collect information from the contractor for the Agency’s annual reports
  • Review documents and deliverables produced by the contractor such as quarterly, mid-year and annual reports, technical reports, trip reports and other documents 
  • Review SOWs for consultants and provide recommendations to ensure that the SOWs will result in the desired deliverables. Review CVs to ensure that consultants proposed have the skills and experience required   
  • Review and comment on mission SOWs and cost estimates for field support.   Assist with preparation of SOWs and cost estimates as needed
  • Maintain up to date project files
  • Review contractor requests for travel/cable clearances, and ensure timely submission of these to GH secretary
  • Assist with the review of requests for waivers and prior approvals from the contractor, and work with the TB team’s program analyst to ensure the preparation of related memos as required
4.      Training and Professional Development
  • Stay up to date with current literature, reports and international guidelines and standards in TB
  • Participate in periodic job-related professional meetings
  • Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and USAID training activities as appropriate
  • Prepare and submit occasional job-related papers to professional journals and meetings 
Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on (a) organizational and programming need and/or (b) the Advisor’s own interests.

Scope of Work
Sevim Ahmedov is the Senior Tuberculosis Technical Advisor in the Infectious Diseases Division, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition at USAID. In that role, Sevim provides technical assistance to USAID country level TB programs, technical support to the GH/HIDN/ID TB program and technical and management oversight to the TB Indefinite Quantity Contract and TB Task Orders.

Prior to his fellowship, Sevim served as Director of the Field and Epidemiological Services Section of the Bureau of TB and Refugee Health, Florida Department of Health. His primary responsibilities included technical assistance and management of TB prevention and control program activities in the state of Florida.  Before coming to Florida, Sevim served as the UNAIDS Country Program Advisor in Bulgaria, where he directed the development of a national HIV strategic plan.  He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Iowa State University.