Technical Consultant, Drug User Health

Position Title: Technical Consultant, Drug User Health
Location: Washington, DC (remote options available)
Contract End Date: July 31, 2019

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Job Summary

NASTAD is seeking a Technical Consultant to work with our Drug User Health program to research and create unified performance standards in accordance with other public health accreditation standards for Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) in the United States. This project is a joint effort between NASTAD and the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) and aims to establish SSP best practices for program creation and technical support/guidance in diverse social and legal settings. The Technical Consultant will work closely with NASTAD’s Drug User Health Staff on the following activities:

  • Develop performance standards and measures in line with public health accreditation efforts and evidence-based, SSP best practices utilizing input from drug user health subject matter experts and other key stakeholders
  • Create an evaluation tool that can help guide syringe services programs in effective implementation, improve program implementation, and identify current and emerging resource and support needs
  • Incorporate SSP performance standards, evaluation tools, project aims, and how to effectively utilize and incorporate the information into programs and policy into a publicly-available resource
  • Disseminate SSP performance standards through both CSTLTS and NASTAD utilizing a variety of mechanisms including webinars, online publication, conference presentations, etc.
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance for SSP staff, public health departments/professionals, and community stakeholders on incorporation of SSP performance standards, working closely with NASTAD Drug User Health staff, as needed

Selection Criteria
Experience/ Education including a combination of at least three of the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and five to seven years of relevant work experience, preferably in drug user health, harm reduction, SSPs, infectious disease, public health, or social work.
  • Experience working with SSPs, drug user health programs/research/education/evaluation for a minimum of three years.
  • Recent working knowledge of the social and legal landscape surrounding SSPs and emerging drug user health efforts in the United States.

Qualified candidates should apply by emailing Laura Pegram (lpegram@nastad.org) and include a resume and a letter of intent that outlines how the candidate meets the minimum requirements of this position description as well as a description of capability to meet the activities outlined above. Candidates should also provide an hourly rate requirement and total cost estimate for project completion. Submissions are due by close of business November 2, 2018.

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