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Epidemiologist/ Surveillance Officer (Expiration 09/12/2018)

1.    Background and Justification
*    Purpose of the Position
In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies incident management system, at the country level, the incumbent will coordinate and implement technical activities directed towards surveillance for EVD cases and/or outbreaks and health emergencies, port health, scale up the implementation of evidence-based interventions, facilitate policy and decision making processes through improved health information coverage, analysis and quality throughout the full cycle of the incident.
*    Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization)
In the country of assignment, reporting to the Team Lead/ Incident Manager, and based on priorities set by the Incident Manager and the WHO Head of Country Office, and working closely with counterparts at the respective regional office and HQ, the incumbent will act as the technical expert for the surveillance and port health programme. S/he will provide technical oversight for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public health policies and programmes pertaining to surveillance of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases particularly those with epidemic and pandemic potentials, and for port health. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with relevant technical officers at the national level and subnational levels.

Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected):

During your deployment, you may be relocated to another duty station, and your duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.

1.    Co-develop the guidelines, tools and indicators for effective disease surveillance at the national, subnational, and community levels, and at POEs.
2.    Coordinate and manage surveillance and port health technical activities and programs, within the context of the outbreak and health emergencies programme at the country level.
3.    Facilitate the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) including participation in the process of verification and risk assessment on reported public health events. 
4.    Strengthen the capacities of surveillance teams and port health staff for the effective and sustained surveillance of epidemic prone diseases through training courses on field investigation, detection, data management, and rapid response to epidemics and health outbreaks.
5.    Develop and review current exit screening plans and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that are customized to local settings, including locations, methods, tools and sequencing of screening; determining resource needs; communication messages; and providing support in conducting exit screenings, in compliance with the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).
6.    Assess the implementation of primary/secondary screenings related to:
a.    identification of locations for primary and secondary screenings
b.    application of criteria for screening Ebola cases;
c.    communication to travellers, travel industries and other PoE stakeholders; 
d.    notification and information management; 
e.    criteria and mechanism for prevention of travel, referral and management of suspect cases; 
f.    cleaning and disinfection.
7.    Coordinate with IOM to Identify official and informal PoEs and assess volume, population movement patterns, demographic characteristics of travellers, etc.
8.    Provide recommendations on strengthening intersectoral coordination and collaboration at PoEs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (health, immigration, security, customs, etc.) and between health authorities with airport operators, airlines and port operators, shipping companies.
9.    Support overall implementation of measures for effective exit screening and public health measures at priority PoE in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
10.    Conduct, in collaboration with other team members, real-time analysis of outbreak intelligence data, from a broad range of sources including non-health sectors, for epidemic forecasting and detection. 
11.    Promote the effective coordination for rapid assessment, surveillance and response activities for epidemic-prone diseases in consultation with Country Office, Regional Office and HQ as well as local, regional and national health entities and other international health partners including UN agencies and NGOs.
12.    Provide technical guidance for the management of a unified information system to ensure availability of core data country files and other information on related technical areas such as: alerts and suspect cases reported, case incidence; case management surveillance data; laboratory surveillance data; contact tracing, etc.;
13.    Analyse, systematize, and disseminate scientific and evidence-based technical information and knowledge; support the development of the WHO Situation Reports, other related regular and ad-hoc surveillance reports.
14.    Undertake regular field supervision visits to assess and evaluate the implementation of surveillance activities, identify gaps and recommend corrective actions based on key performance indicators.
15.    Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

a) Functional requirements:
•    Demonstrated knowledge, competency and professional skills on the public health aspects of infectious disease control in the context of the International Health Regulations (2005) 
•    Demonstrated prior experience with exit screening during public health events of international concern
•    A good understanding and operational experience with implementing surveillance activity and public health measures for disease control at PoE.
•    Ability to coordinate across sectors and work with various stakeholders and multi-tasking within a highly demanding environment
b) Education requirements
•    An advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in epidemiology or public health from an accredited/recognized institute.
c) Language skills
•    Fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.
d) Other Skills (e.g. IT)
•    Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
•    Working knowledge of online data collection applications, statistical analysis packages.


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Kigali - RWANDA
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