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Global Implementation Solutions (GIS) program under US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Co-operative Agreement is advertising the following vacancies:

Program Description:

GIS has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen and improve structures for surveillance, collaboration, coordination and response for disease outbreaks in Kenya. GIS will begin implementing the project by building the core capacities needed to effectively prevent, detect and respond to any disease outbreak of public health importance. One of GIS’ core capacities will be to ensure an efficient indicator and event-based surveillance system that involves the community, support of the National Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), as well as county level EOCs, with rapid coordinated deployment and response mechanisms and a coordinating mechanism providing mobilization and logistic support. This program will focus on improved capacity and capability for large scale mobilization and coordination of a multiagency team, intensified surveillance, coordinated communication and data sharing, rapid and effective response with in-built containment procedures to minimize further spread of diseases and negative impact.

Open Positions in Kenya

Please note : Interested candidates are encouraged to email their application letters indicating the position title in the subject line, detailed CV and testimonials (attached as one document) admin@gisworldwide.org  Applications are due not later than 5:00 p.m. on 21 October, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Position : National Surveillance Officer (one post)

Reporting: Deputy Director/National Program

Job description:

The National Surveillance Officer will oversee the surveillance and emergency operations activities of the program. He/she will work closely with the MOH, National public health emergency operation center (PHEOC) and partners to support the national and county governments establish systems for preventing, detecting and responding to public health emergencies (PHE). He/she will support the MOH and National EOC to develop policies, plans and guidelines for the management of PHE in the country.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support to MOH and National EOC to develop policies, plans and guidelines to prevent, detect and respond to PHE.
  • Promote coordination among different government ministries, agencies and partners including the sharing of information and joint operations.
  • Provide technical guidance in strengthening the routine and event based surveillance system and support counties to strengthen disease surveillance systems.
  • Collating and preparing monthly reports of program activities.
  • Work closely with the National EOC and county focal points to respond to public health emergencies.
  • Support the establishment and strengthening of rapid response teams at both the national level during public health emergencies.
  • Support the MOH submit regular IHR reports.
  • Support the MOH to publish the weekly epidemiological bulletin.
  • Provide technical support to MOH in development and dissemination of risk communication messages during PHE.
  • Provide technical support to National EOC, Surveillance department and National Public Health laboratories in integration of laboratory and surveillance data during disease outbreaks.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in medical or veterinary field
  • Master’s degree in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics or related field
  • Minimum of 2 – 5 years working with disease surveillance programs at national or sub-national levels
  • Investigated minimum of 4 disease outbreaks
  • Minimum of two publications in peer reviewed scientific journal, one as primary author
  • Ability to analyze surveillance data using statistical packages
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent in communication (written/oral), scientific writing and report writing skills
  • Experience in team building and ability to work as part of a team will be an advantage
  • Graduate/experience with field epidemiology training program and experience of working with public health EOC is an added advantage
  • Registered with relevant professional bodies

Position: County Surveillance/EOC Officer (two posts)

Reporting to: Deputy Director/County Liaison

Job description:

The County EOC Officer will support program implementation in the priority counties as per the defined strategy. They will on a day to day basis oversee the mentorship operations and represent the organization in meetings at the county and facility levels including CDC and other partners as assigned by the management.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support counties to establish and operate County public health emergency operation center (PHEOC).
  • Represent GIS in all county EOC and response coordination meetings
  • Support to County Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies to adopt and implement national policies, plans, guidelines, and algorithms including risk communication.
  • Support in the establishment and strengthening of the disease surveillance systems in the counties.
  • Support in the training of county surveillance officers.
  • Participate in national curriculum development/review and county DOH staff capacity development.
  • Provide technical support for the training of surveillance frontline staff and rapid response teams.
  • Work closely with the National Surveillance Offices to support interagency coordination activities.
  • Support the establishment and coordination of the disease outbreak and PHE county rapid response teams.
  • Provide technical support to Counties in development and dissemination of risk communication messages developed during PHE.
  • Provide technical support to County EOC, Surveillance department and National Public Health laboratories in integration of laboratory and surveillance data during disease outbreaks.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in medical or veterinary field
  • Master’s degree in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics or related field
  • Minimum of 1 – 2 years working with disease surveillance programs at national or sub-national levels
  • Investigated minimum of two disease outbreaks
  • Minimum of one-year experience working with PHEOC
  • Minimum of one publication in peer reviewed scientific journal either as primary or co-author
  • Ability to analyze surveillance data using statistical packages
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite (word, excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent in communication (written/oral), scientific writing and report writing skills
  • Experience in team building and ability to work as part of a team will be an advantage
  • Graduate/experience with field epidemiology training program is added advantage
  • Registered with relevant professional bodies

Position: National EOC Officer (one post)

Reporting to: Deputy Director/National Program

Job description:.

The EOC Officer who will provide program implementation leadership at national level and provide support in the 17 priority Counties as per the defined strategy. They will on a day to day basis oversee the mentorship operations and represent the organization in meetings at the county and facility levels including CDC and other partners as assigned by the management.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support to MOH to develop/review EOC policies, strategic plans, standard operating procedures (SOPs), technical guidelines, and algorithms.
  • Guide adoption and dissemination of national policies, procedures, protocols and plans to counties.
  • Participate in national curriculum development/review and MOH staff capacity development.
  • Provide technical support for the training of surveillance frontline staff and rapid response teams.
  • Guide County Surveillance Officer in supporting counties to adopt and implement policies and guidelines.
  • Work closely with the National Surveillance Offices to support MOH interagency coordination activities.
  • Support MOH and MOALFC to disseminate information and distribute educational materials and job aids to the counties.
  • Provide technical support to MOH in development and dissemination of risk communication messages during PHE.
  • Strengthen laboratory and surveillance interface to respond effectively to disease outbreaks.

Qualification

  • Bachelor’s degree in medical or veterinary field
  • Master’s degree in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics or related field
  • Minimum of three years working with disease surveillance programs at national or sub-national levels
  • Minimum of one year working with public health emergency operation center (PHEOC)
  • Investigated minimum of three disease outbreaks
  • Minimum of one publication in peer reviewed scientific journal either as primary author or co-author
  • Ability to analyze surveillance data using statistical packages
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite (word, excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent in communication (written/oral), scientific writing and report writing skills
  • Experience in team building and ability to work as part of a team will be an advantage
  • Graduate/experience with field epidemiology training program is added advantage

GIS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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