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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/13/TA110
Title: Medical Officer, Disease Surveillance and Response (DSR)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  One(01) year
Date: 23 October 2013
Application Deadline: 20 November 2013 Selection in Progress
Duty Station:  Harare, Zimbabwe
Organization unit: AFRO Africa Regional Office (AF/RGO) /
AF/DPC Disease Prevention and Control (AF/DPC)
The Disease Surveillance and Response (DSR) Programme Area supports Member States of the African Region to establish and implement functional integrated early warning, preparedness and response systems that result in improved capacity for prediction, early detection and rapid and effective response to public health threats as stipulated by the International Health Regulations (2005). This is largely achieved through scaling-up of the integrated disease surveillance and response, acceleration of the implementation of IHR, assessment, development and monitoring of policies, strategies and plans related to preparedness for and response to threats arising from epidemic and pandemic diseases as well as other public health emergencies
Description of duties:
(a)Provide technical support to Member States in the assessment of their surveillance systems, development, implementation, monitoring and regular review of their strategic plans for integrated diseases surveillance and response including IHR (2005)
(b)Support Member States in updating and implementing their national IDSR technical guidelines in accordance with WHO policies, strategies and plans for prevention and control of epidemic and pandemic diseases; and in the updating and implementation of epidemic preparedness and response plans. This includes, enhancing priority diseases detection and response, setting up epidemic management committees, rapid response teams and contingency stocks or drugs, vaccines, injection materials and sanitation supplies;
(c)Provide technical support for timely detection, investigation and response to epidemics and the strengthening of country expertise for rapid response to epidemics and implementation of IHR;
(d)Strengthen inter-country cooperation in the epidemiological bloc through monitoring the implementation of the plan of cooperation on epidemic prevention and control review and regular update of cooperation protocols signed by Member States;
(e)Support the organization, follow-up and evaluation of regular technical cross-border meetings and strengthen the inter-country expertise in the areas of epidemic preparedness and response, public health surveillance and international health regulations;
(f) Strengthen coordination among partners, advocacy and contribute to resource mobilization;
(g)Perform other duties as assigned.
A Medical degree from a recognized university with a master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or Biostatistics.
Broad knowledge of surveillance of communicable diseases programmes. Skills in programme management and training. Ability to organize, manage surveillance within the framework of Integrated Diseases Surveillance and Response. Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships at national international level.
Minimum of (7) seven years experience in the field of Epidemic Preparedness and Response in developing countries.
Excellent knowledge of English or French and a good working knowledge of the other.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 67,483 at single rate
US$ 72,467 with primary dependants

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