TECHNICAL OFFICER (EPIDEMIOLOGIST) POSITION 173952 (EMRO/14/FT136)

6 December 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/FT136
 
Title: Technical Officer (Epidemiologist) Position 173952
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  2 years
 
Date: 20 March 2014
 
Application Deadline: 17 April 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
 
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
 
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/DCD Division of Communicable Disease Control (EM/DCD)
Surveillance, Forecasting & Response (CSR)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The Communicable Disease Surveillance, Forecasting and Response (CSR) unit is responsible for providing technical and strategic support to the Member States of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) affected or potentially affected by infectious disease epidemics including that from emerging and re-emerging diseases with unknown pathogens. The unit, under the Division of Communicable Disease of EMRO, works on (i) building health systems capacity for detection, verification and containment of infectious disease outbreaks or any other public health events of international concern including avian and pandemic influenza as well as other emerging public health threats; (ii) strengthening epidemiological and laboratory surveillance and response capacities of the member states of EMR Region for epidemic forecasting and monitoring through real-time analysis of health intelligence data on communicable diseases burden in the Region; (iii) improving public health preparedness for any emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases with epidemic and pandemic potentials.

Overall, the unit ensures availability of and access to technical support and strategic guidance for detection, verification, risk assessment, communication and adequate real-time response to public health emergencies that might constitute national, regional and international public health concern in the EMR countries.

Purpose of the Post:

To maintain a focal point responsible for epidemic intelligence, alert and response operations in the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) to monitor and provide technical support to Member States in the implementation of this strategy.

Reporting to the Regional Adviser, Surveillance, Forecasting and Response, the incumbent provides technical support and coordination to epidemic intelligence, alert and response activities; designs work plans/project proposals, studies and researches epidemiological activities; develops technical guidelines and SOPs in support of epidemic intelligence and outbreak response operations, and prepares technical and administrative reports.

Reporting to the Regional Adviser, Surveillance, Forecasting and Response, the incumbent provides technical support and coordination to epidemic intelligence, alert and response activities; designs work plans/project proposals, studies and researches epidemiological activities; develops technical guidelines and SOPs in support of epidemic intelligence and outbreak response operations, and prepares technical and administrative reports.

Organizational Context:

Reporting to the Regional Adviser, Surveillance, Forecasting and Response, the incumbent provides technical support and coordination to epidemic intelligence, alert and response activities; designs work plans/project proposals, studies and researches epidemiological activities; develops technical guidelines and SOPs in support of epidemic intelligence and outbreak response operations, and prepares technical and administrative reports.







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

1. Epidemic intelligence:

 Provide technical advice, guidance and leadership for developing a sustainable system for epidemic forecasting, alert and response for emerging, re-emerging and epidemic-prone infectious diseases in the Region through systematic use of epidemic intelligence;

 Collaborate with the Member States of the EMR for conducting trend analysis of epidemic prone infectious diseases and reporting of all public health events of epidemic potentials as stipulated in the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005);

 Analyze epidemic data on a regular basis for monitoring trend and risk assessment of ongoing acute events and plan appropriate response strategies and public health interventions for limiting trans-boundary spread and transmission of the events;

 Develop technical guidelines, manuals and standard operating procedures for conducting epidemic risk assessment for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, particularly those with epidemic and pandemic potentials;

 Provide technical expertise to the Member States for conducting epidemic risk assessments through systematic use of epidemic intelligence data and advise Member States on recommended public health actions recommended for response to public health emergencies of international concern;

 Conduct training courses for the Regional Office and WHO Country Office staff on the use of organization-wide event management system (EMS) for managing acute public health events across all levels of the organization;

 Actively coordinate with the Global Alert and Response (GAR) Operations of WHO HQ for epidemic detection and verification process, conducting joint risk assessment and develop joint response plans for containment and mitigation of epidemics and pandemics;

 Conduct retrospective analysis of reported health events and outbreaks, determine trends, distribution patterns of epidemics, efficiency of the verification process as well as the quality of epidemic response operations;

2. Epidemic Preparedness and Response

 Provide technical support to the Member States of the EMR for development of public health preparedness and response plans for epidemic and pandemic prone infectious diseases;

 Develop training curriculum for field epidemiology training courses of surveillance officers involved in outbreak detection, verification and field investigation;

 Conduct training courses on outbreak investigation, epidemic preparedness and response for the surveillance officers of the Member States;

 Develop and coordinate the work of the Regional Outbreak Alert and Response Network as part of the WHO's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) in order to support the Member States respond to outbreaks of international importance;

 Provide technical support to the Member States for verification, field investigation and detection of acute public health events of international concern;

 Participate with the GOARN/Regional Outbreak Alert and Response Network for field investigation of outbreaks of unknown and dangerous pathogens as needed or requested by the Member States;

 Provide technical support for development of rapid field assessment and outbreak investigation protocols for specific priority diseases with epidemic and pandemic potentials;

 Assist the Member States in setting up a disease early warning system for epidemic prone infectious diseases in the conflict and humanitarian emergency settings;

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: University degree in medicine, with masters degree in Public Health and/or other related health scienceDesirable: Certificate/diploma in outbreak management/response leadership training.

Skills:
1) Communicating in a credible and effective way
2) Producing results
3) Fostering integration and teamwork 4) Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

Excellent knowledge of the principles of field epidemiology and public health. Ability to process, analyzes and interpret epidemiological surveillance data. Familiarity with health problems in the Region. Ability to use epidemiological and statistical computerized software would be an asset.
Knowledge on international health regulations (IHR, 2005), epidemic preparedness and response to communicable diseases are an advantage.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Other Skills:

Computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
Experience:
Essential: At least seven years experience at national and international level in the areas of epidemiological surveillance for communicable diseases. Field experience in major outbreak investigations.

Desirable: Familiarity with WHO technical/administrative systems.

Languages:
Excellent knowledge of English. Good knowledge of Arabic and/or French would be an asset.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67,605 at single rate
US$72,605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 39.4 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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