Provincial Epidemiologist Positions – ZNPHI-Cooperative Agreement supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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The Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI) Cooperative Agreement supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims at supporting the strengthening of the Institute’s capacity to provide Leadership to the Nation on Health Security through its mandate. ZNPHI seeks to recruit suitably qualified and experienced persons to be appointed in the underlisted positions under this project:

PROVINCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST (02)

Reports to: Director- Surveillance and Disease Intelligence, ZNPHI

 Location: Choma and Lusaka Provincial Health Offices

 Job Purpose:

Support the strengthening of the public health security systems at sub-national level in order to enhance preparedness, detection, investigation and response to public health threats. The incumbent shall mentor Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) residents and provide oversight to the Pan Respiratory Disease Surveillance System (PDRS) and the Sample Registration system (SRS) for mortality surveillance. The Provincial Epidemiologist shall be part of the Provincial Surveillance team and work closely with the Provincial Surveillance Officer as a resource for the Provincial Health Office.

Responsibilities/Principal Accountabilities

  •  Provide technical expertise to guide implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 Core capacities and other related health security international instruments at Provincial and District levels
  • Support implementation of sentinel surveillance for respiratory diseases in the PRDS
  • Provide technical assistance to Maternal Death Surveillance and Response, HIV, TB, Malaria and NCD surveillance at sub-national level
  • Track implementation of 7-1-7 strategy
  • Conduct risk assessments for public health threats in the Province
  • Advises PHO on epidemic preparedness including the stockpiling of logistics for rapid response; and supports RRT training.
  • Provide oversight on mortality surveillance reporting including the Sample Registration System (SRS)
  • Provide technical support and capacity building for mortality surveillance.
  • Review Provincial data on all health priorities including e-IDSR and HMIS data for completeness and accuracy and interpret the data to inform public health actions.
  • Support data analysis by conducting advanced data analytics and using advanced statistical methods and tools.
  • Conduct data quality improvement activities and surveillance system evaluations and analyses to help improve surveillance at provincial and district levels.
  • Support the routine validation of surveillance data captured in electronic platforms.
  • Provides technical support in annual planning and preparation of surveillance and response plans.
  • Develop and submit proposals to mobilize resources for surveillance and response activities in the Province.
  • Provides epidemiology expertise and support to other projects/activities at Provincial level (e.g. Immunization).
  • Track and develop plans and procedures for addressing unfavorable indicators at national and subnational levels.
  • Work with the Provincial team to design appropriate training plans for building core surveillance capacities aligned with the requirement for IHR 2005
  • Support training of subnational levels in Pan- Respiratory Disease Surveillance, mortality surveillance and advanced statistical analysis
  • Support Rapid Response Team (RRT) training and deployment.
  • Provides in-depth, in-person mentorship to FETP residents and other public health interns during field investigations.
  • Provides timely and substantive feedback on projects and deliverables for assigned FETP-Advanced, Intermediate and Frontline residents.
  • Regularly (at-least monthly) engages in-person with FETP field site supervisors to discuss residents progress.
  • Maintains technical skills (i.e., scientific communication, data management, statistical analysis) to adequately mentor FETP-Advanced residents.
  • Attend 100% of weekly FETP staff meetings and provide input into program strategy and quality improvement.
  • Conduct operational research and epidemiologic studies to improve surveillance methodologies and response strategies.
  • Perform literature searches, reviews and analyzes provincial, national and global epidemiology for trends, determinants and emerging issues concerning priority diseases and conditions and other public health issues arising from the data.
  • Lead the publication of findings arising from surveillance data in peer reviewed journals.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Grade Twelve (12) School Certificate with Five (5) Credits or better including Mathematics and English
  • Bachelor’s degree in Epidemiology, Public Health infectious diseases or other related health field
  • A Master’s Degree in epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases or other related health field

Experience and skills

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in quantitative epidemiology and the implementation of public health surveillance, outbreak investigation and response in humanitarian settings, and/or implementation IDSR
  • Intermediate to advanced ability using ≥1 statistical software (e.g., STATA, SAS, R, SPSS, etc.)
  • Training in Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)
  • Training and experience in IDSR, emergency preparedness, outbreak response, and/or disaster management
  • Experience working with DHIS2 software.
  • Experience working with international organizations and/or international assignments.
  • Proven knowledge and skills in epidemiology, surveillance methods, and data reporting, management, and analysis
  • Broad knowledge, skills, and abilities with data collection and data reporting systems in Zambia
  • Experience preparing survey and surveillance protocols, technical reports, and scientific manuscripts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, competency and professional skills on the public health aspects of infectious disease control Experience working with DHIS2 software.
  • Experience in capacity building on surveillance and epidemiological methods.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively in multicultural environment with tact and diplomacy.
  • Experience working well on teams within varying areas of expertise to accomplish project objectives.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, multi-tasking/prioritizing work to meet deadlines, and demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision.

All interested persons meeting the above qualifications and experience should send their written applications to the undersigned with verified copies of academic and professional qualifications, detailed Curriculum Vitae and three references including their contact numbers.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday,3rd May 2024. All applications must be clearly marked on the envelope indicating the position one is applying for. Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Interested should candidates to address their application letters:

Director General

Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI)

Stand 1186, Corner Addis Ababa Drive & Chaholi Road,

LUSAKA

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