The Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health (IDGH) at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, hosting a number of project faculty, applies a multidisciplinary approach to advancing the health and well-being of animals, people, and our global ecosystem by combining expertise from Infectious Diseases, International Veterinary Medicine, Conservation Medicine, Wildlife Medicine and Public Health programs. Emerging zoonotic infectious diseases are a priority. A strong project affiliation is also maintained with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Fletcher School offers a broad professional education in international relations for students committed to maintaining the stability and prosperity of a complex, challenging, and increasingly global society. The Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where the Project Director is appointed, conducts world-class research, provides diagnostic services, fosters scholarly activity and trains veterinary, graduate and post-doctoral students.
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 in ten countries in Africa and Asia. The Tufts-led international consortium will support countries to build their capacity to directly reduce outbreaks from known zoonotic viruses. The consortium will work with USAID to develop and institutionalize innovative, country-specific, and sustainable approaches so they 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 in a number of targeted countries to 1) understand the 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 the spillover and spread of these threats; and, 3) recognize and respond rapidly to zoonotic spillover events.
The Project Manager will support the activities of the STOP Spillover project and serve as a member of the project’s leadership team. The incumbent will perform project, administrative, and budget oversight and management functions, serve as a point of contact for internal and external stakeholders, as well as facilitate communication among team members in the US and elsewhere. Excellence in management and communication and demonstrated skills in both are key requirements for this position; background in sciences is an advantage. Because of the global nature of the project, travel may be required and communication with partners in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia will often necessitate availability for after-hour communication.
MS degree with relevance to One Health, international development, policy/diplomacy or project management. 5-8 years in program/project management experience. Experience in a University setting or ability to quickly learn University policies. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, digital communications. Excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication skills. Ability to work independently, under supervision, and as part of a team. Cultural awareness and sensitivity. Valid US driver’s license. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without accommodation.
Ph.D. in science (preferred along a One Health spectrum), international development including policy/diplomacy/project management
Five years’ experience in program/project management
Experience in international relations, demonstrated cross-cultural experience
Knowledge of Federal regulations governing sponsored activity
Prior experience managing USAID grants will be plus.
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Due to the global nature of this project, communication with partners in Africa and Southeast Asia and Asia will often necessitate availability for after-hour communication.