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VACANCIES FOR THE POSITIONS OF SURVEILLANCE EPIDEMIOLOGIST/COORDINATOR AND DRIVER AT AFENET.

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) seeks the services of candidates to fill the following positions for the National Stop Transmission of Poliomyelitis (NSTOP) program.

Open to: All Interested Candidates

Duration of contract: One year

Opening Date:   Tuesday 21st November 2017

Closing Date:    Monday 4th December 2017

Work Hours:    Fulltime

Surveillance Epidemiologist/Coordinator.

Duty station: Abuja

The responsibilities of the surveillance epidemiologist/coordinator is to provide technical support in strengthening surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), vaccine preventable diseases and other Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) priority diseases in Nigeria.

Under the supervision of NSTOP National Coordinator, the prospective candidate will be responsible for the coordination of all surveillance activities within NSTOP.

He or she will perform the following duties:

Review, interpret and provide feedback on weekly polio surveillance data and the weekly epidemiology report. Monitor AFP and IDSR surveillance indicators, and identify gaps and issues with surveillance performance.

Establish appropriate network with the Government and other partners involved in surveillance, and provide relevant support in data management, trainings, assessments, reviews and other Government-led surveillance activities in the country. Provide appropriate guidance on enhancement of Surveillance in IDP camps and other surveillance priority areas in the Northeast States especially Borno and Yobe states. Provide technical oversight arid feedback to NSTOP Field coordinators (FCs) and NSTOP LGA officers (NSLOs) on surveillance performance in their States and LGAs respectively, and provide guidance on approaches to improve surveillance. Work closely through NSLOs with LGA and state officials involved in surveillance with a focus on AFP.

Provide necessary technical and managerial expertise to improve the implementation of NSTOP enhanced surveillance project

Provide technical expertise in the development of AFP surveillance training materials in collaboration with training unit, and coordinate surveillance trainings at different levels to improve capacity for surveillance at these levels.

Provide technical advice based on data to guide implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve surveillance performance at all levels.

Provide support and technical guidance to the surveillance working group at the national polio EOC, NCDC surveillance review meetings, Expert Review Committee (ERC) meetings on polio eradication and Rl among others.

Document all NSTOP surveillance activities weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually. Guide and support AFP field reviews and AFP surveillance projects conducted by FELTP residents.

Perform other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSE, PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OR OTHER EXPERTISE REQUIRED

Education:

(a)     Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Veterinary Epidemiology or related field.

(b)     First Degree in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or related field

Pre-requisite:

(a)     Post-graduate training through a field epidemiology training program or the Epidemic intelligence Service (EIS) is an added advantage.

(b)     The incumbent must have at least 3 years of field experience in acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and surveillance for other vaccine preventable diseases.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS

(a)     Language proficiency in English.

(b)     A good understanding of AFP surveillance system and immunization is a requirement.

(c)     Strong technical knowledge in public health, epidemiology, surveillance, disease outbreak investigation, data management including analysis and interpretation of AFP surveillance data.

(d)     Skills in Microsoft Office, Epi Info, SPSS and Stata

(e)     Ability to communicate clearly in English language orally and in writing

(f)     Ability to engage in successful interaction; extensive contact with members of government agencies and partners at national, state and local government levels.

DRIVER

Duty Station: Abuja

The responsibilities of the Driver include:

(1)     Drive program vehicle to convey program staff, guests and commodities as approved.

(2)     Ensure that the office vehicle is in good mechanical and functional condition;

(3)     Maintain documentation for administrative use such as mileage and trip authorization tracking information;

(4)     Witness and ensure that defects are sufficiently fixed at the contractual garage;

(5)     Receive and ensure that office mail is delivered to respective destinations and;

(6)     Handle any assignments that may be assigned from time to time

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSE, PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OR OTHER EXPERTISE REQUIRED

(a)     Completion of secondary school valid driving license

(b)     Three years driving experience in a recognized public or private organization.

(c)     Trade test level 1

KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS

(a)     Language Proficiency: Level IV English (fluency in both written and oral) is required.

(b)     Ability to establish and maintain good relations with people at various levels and of different nationalities.

(c)     Proven knowledge of modern office procedures.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants for this position should visit the AFENET Human Resource web application (http://www.afenetnigeria.net/careers.php) and submit their applications, addressing the minimum requirements as per the advertisement. Candidates should indicate the appropriate position in their application letter. AFENET is an equal opportunity employer. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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