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Technical Officer – Surveillance Systems
Jobs at:Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)
Deadline of this Job:
10 August 2020
Date Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is a Ugandan not-for-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen health systems in Africa, with strong emphasis on infectious diseases, through research and capacity development. IDI has six operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment; Training, Research, Laboratory services (including the CAP-certified IDI Core Lab & Translational Lab), Global Health Security and Health System Strengthening.
Uganda is implementing the National Action plan for Health Security (NAPHS), a five-year plan jointly developed by several government ministries and agencies. The overall aim of the acceleration phase is to support government of Uganda to comply with the International Health Regulations, (IHR) 2005. With funding from Resolve to Save Lives, IDI seeks to identify a highly competent and motivated individual to fill the position mentioned bellow
Job Title: Technical Officer – Surveillance Systems
Vacancy Code: TOSS X001
Reports to: Senior Project Manager-RTSL
Duty Station: MOH Kampala
The selected candidate will work closely with the NAPHS Acceleration Team, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda Wildlife Authority, as well as other relevant authorities of government of Uganda. The incumbent will report to the Senior Project Manager and work closely with local and international surveillance experts to oversee the review of the existing surveillance systems in line with NAPHS, the benchmarks tool and IHR, 2005. The surveillance work will focus on strengthening coordinated surveillance system for priority zoonotic diseases. .
Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Assess capacity, capabilities and gaps of existing surveillance systems for priority zoonotic diseases in human and animal health sectors
• Develop operational plans for strengthening priority zoonotic disease surveillance to improve response timelines
• Evaluate the linkage between surveillance and laboratory in human and animal health for harmonization of the electronic reporting systems.
• Advocate for additional funding in the surveillance space and coordinate all partners so they are aligned
• Work with the surveillance team in Uganda to align surveillance systems with timeliness indicators that are being collected; do analysis to understand where the breakages in the system can be
• Support Ministries to document and disseminate surveillance information products such as weekly and monthly bulletins
• Support develop the system for collection, analysis and utilization of surveillance data at priority Points of Entry
• Comprehensive review of the linkage and possible integration of the electronic reporting systems from the animal and human health sectors
• Reviewed linkage between laboratory systems and surveillance in animal and human health
Documented and disseminated surveillance information products such as weekly and monthly bulletins
Job Skills: Not Specified
• Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Sciences, MBChB, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy or Public Health) and Master’s Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Statistics or similar qualification. Demonstrated knowledge of computer analytical packages is desired.
• At least 5 years of progressive work experience in supporting national surveillance systems
• Familiarity with the International Health Regulations (2005) and global health security agenda targets
• Demonstrated experience in convening and leading high-level discussion with Government of Uganda officials and public and private stakeholders
• Demonstrated experience and skills in successful analysis, documentation and dissemination of surveillance reports
• Understanding of the multi-sectoral and One Health approaches to achieving Global Health Security objectives
• Excellent written and oral skills with demonstrated experience documenting and disseminating surveillance data and programme accomplishments
• Familiarity with government of Uganda structure and functions relating to surveillance framework and health system strengthening processes
Job Education: Bachelors’ Degree
Job Experience: 5 years
Work Hours: 8
Job application procedure
Candidates that meet the above criteria and have what it takes to excel in this position should send their CVs, including details of email address, present position, current remuneration, Certificate/testimonials and address of three (3) Referees plus telephone contact to the stipulated email address not later than 10th, August 2020. Email your application and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
• IDI is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a recruitment fee or any other fees at any stage of the recruitment process.
• In this particular recruitment, preference will be given to internal interested candidates who meet the required specifications and have worked with IDI for a period of at least one year.
• Make sure that your application letter, CV and certificates are attached as one PDF document.
• Indicate the Vacancy Code as the subject line of your email.
• Please note that if you DO NOT indicate the vacancy code as instructed above, your application will not be considered.
• Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The Senior Human Resource Manager
Infectious Diseases Institute — IDI Knowledge Centre, Makerere University Main Campus
College of Health Sciences, Makerere University
P.O. Box 22418, Kampala, Uganda
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