EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years of mid- to senior-level public health experience in the public health programs: planning, training, management and development of epidemiological surveillance and/or large scale surveys, immunization with emphasis on disease eradication and control; and an additional one (1) year experience at the managerial level is required.
JOB KNOWLEDGE: Detailed knowledge of the epidemiology of Polio, Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD), immunization data systems, Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance, surveillance systems, Supplemental Immunization Activities (SIAs), as well as knowledge of the agency's role and function in supporting the host country's Routine Immunization (RI) and surveillance system, and intra-agency procedures for coordination with agency headquarters. Detailed knowledge of immunization program improvement interventions, polio eradication strategies, research methods and the collection, analysis and presentation of public health/epidemiologic data in order to plan, design, direct the implementation of and the collection, analysis and dissemination of immunization epidemiological and surveillance data. This includes knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of internationally recognized standards for RI, polio, and surveillance as well as regulation and procedure. Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with Ministry of Health policies, program priorities and regulations is required. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project tams and activities, as well as working knowledge of the District Health Information System (DHIS2). Detailed knowledge of the structure and function of endemic and international NGOs providing polio eradication efforts, immunization services, as well as understanding of the work and current projects of other collaborating and donor agencies as to how overall AFP and VPD RI and surveillance of the programs is being conducted and how data is being analyzed.
This may be tested.
LANGUAGE: Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing of English is required.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Technical expertise in public health interventions, particularly the epidemiology and surveillance of communicable diseases, with emphasis on immunization and the organization of immunization campaigns. Capacity to develop and conduct operational research, evaluation, monitoring, data analysis to assess progress in implementing public health interventions, specifically as it relates to polio. Ability to establish effective working relationships with people of different nationalities and cultural background. Proven experience to interact with multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams. Strong analytical skills to readily understand and discuss routine immunization and polio interventions as well as capacity to understand new surveillance program design, management, and implementation approaches are required. This includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports. Excellent oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners and to prepare substantive and analytical reporting. Strong management skills are required to operate independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day activities and to lead results-driven project teams and workgroups. Excellent overall computer skills (keyboarding with both speed and accuracy) and advanced skill levels in use of at least one of the most common epidemiologic data analysis software (EPINFO, STATA, SAS, or SPSS) is required. Excellent numerical skills for manipulating and reporting statistical data is required. Experience in the setting of computer software development standards, specifications and guidelines as well as experience working within already set standards to implement IT solutions is required.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.