Palladium BANTU: Short-term Lab Response Editor and Writer

Short-term Lab Response Editor and Writer

Palladium is appointed by USAID to manage USAID-funded Health technical Assistance Project (BANTU), to support USAID Indonesia’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) by rapidly leveraging specialized short and long-term technical assistance to USAID, USAID-funded programs; the Government of Indonesia (GOI), and other organizations and agencies as required.

We are currently seeking a short-term Lab Response Editor and Writer for Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) unit. 


The USAID/Indonesia Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) program is looking for a short-term Lab Response Editor and Writer to provide independent analysis and leadership in the drafting of a series of four international, peer-reviewed papers in English reviewing the Government of Indonesia’s COVID-19 laboratory response and actions with the aim of sharing lessons and best practices. The papers will cover four (4) COVID-19 themes including: Laboratory network development, capacity and coordination; Challenges in biosafety and biosecurity; Challenges in the variation of Extraction and PCR Kits for testing; and The role of laboratories in control of COVID-19 transmission in Indonesia. The individual will manage and lead the drafting and finalization of working papers with various teams determined by the Government of Indonesia (GOI) and USAID in coordination with other stakeholders. S/he will work primarily with the Ministry of Health Directorate General of Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Health Research and Development (LITBANGKES), the COVID-19 SatGas (formerly Gugus Tugas) lab group/expert panel, USAID and US-CDC. The consultant, when required, will visit laboratories to collect data and information, and maintain data confidentiality according to relevant USAID and GOI guidelines.

This short-term position is for an Indonesian (local hire) for a three (3) month period with day-to-day technical guidance and leadership of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Team Lead, USAID Office of Health.

REQUIREMENTS: Master’s or Doctoral degree in public health, veterinary, science or related field (Doctoral degree is preferred); minimum 10 years of experience working in public health laboratories; must have a proven track record/experience and already published in international health, medical and/or science journals; experience with writing technical documents for broad audience, proven experience to quickly grasp and communicate technical and scientific concepts to both experts and non-experts, and able to take complex information and explain it in lay terminology and be adept at researching, organizing, analysing and explaining data; cannot be currently or previously a member of the GOI COVID-19 or Gugus Tugas laboratory response teams to maintain impartiality, objectivity and no potential conflict of interest; must be able to work with GOI leadership and manage/motivate a broad network of stakeholders and partners; excellent in MS Office software for data processing and presenting and other mobile data collection platforms with prior experience in carrying out surveys or conducting and presenting qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis; a fast learner on topics related to COVID-19 and laboratory practices and protocols of GOI’s systems, challenges and opportunities of the lab sector in Indonesia at the national and sub-national levels; excellent written and verbal communication in English and Bahasa Indonesia are required; able to travel out of town as needed.

HOW TO APPLY:   To respond to this position, please go to

Closing date: October 12, 2020 at 5 PM Jakarta Time

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Palladium provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.


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