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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/14/FT410
Title: Epidemiologist, APOC
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One (1) year
Date: 31 July 2014
Application Deadline: 21 August 2014 Selection in Progress
Duty Station:  Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Organization unit: AF Africa (AF) /
AFRO Africa Regional Office (AF/RGO)
 To establish within a period ole 12-15 years an effective and sustainable Community Directed ivermectin treatment throughout the endemic areas within the geographic scope of the programme and if possible, in selected, isolated foci to eradicate the vector by using environmentally safe methods.

 The objective of the unit is to develop strategic direction in the planning, coordination and implementation of the monitoring/evaluation of the epidemiological situation related to onchocerciasis control in APOC member states. Assist in the development of capacity in geographical information system and statistical analysis in APOC countries to empower the nationals to measure the impact of the Programmes operations.

Description of duties:
1. Develop strategies, protocols and guidelines for epidemiological mapping, evaluation and surveillance of onchocerciasis and other neglected tropical diseases;
2. Advise on target areas and villages to be incorporated in epidemiological mapping, evaluation and surveillance of onchocerciasis and LF in APOC countries as well as any areas where such activities are needed in Africa, and in the planning of the surveys;
3. Coordinate and supervise the epidemiological surveys by the national onchocerciasis and LF elimination teams of the participating countries;
4. Monitor progress towards onchocerciasis control and elimination by evaluating the epidemiological impact of community-directed treatment with ivermectin and vector elimination projects; produce and disseminate periodically comprehensive statistical reports on the progress of APOC-funded projects; provide evaluation results and conclusions to APOC countries and management for planning, decision-making and funds mobilization;
5. Coordinate capacity building and training of nationals on epidemiological evaluation/surveillance;
6. Coordinate the preparation of protocols and guidelines for special operational research to be conducted by nationals and/or independent experts for an in-depth understanding of epidemiological situations;
7. Provide strategic guidance to, and actively participate in, the statistical and spatial analysis of epidemiological and treatment data to enable Ministries of Health (MOH), Non-Governmental Development Organizations (NGDOs) and WHO to collaborate towards the reduction of the burden of Onchocerciasis;
8. Contribute to the use of epidemiological modelling to assess epidemiological trends towards elimination endpoints and use model predictions to guide countries to prepare for, and implement cessation of ivermectin treatment in different program area;
9. Prepare in collaboration with other unit staff and national epidemiologist scientific publications on the results of the epidemiological mapping and evaluation of the impact of onchocerciasis control;
10. Contribute on request, with NTD/DPC/WHO-AFRO, NTD/Geneva, Multi-Disease Surveillance Centre, WHO/TDR in any research activity on onchocerciasis in APOC countries;
11. Participate in the preparation of the statutory meetings of the Programme and respond to any other duties from the supervisor, the coordinator of the office of the Director and the Programme Director relating to the areas of work.

Essential: Medical degree with postgraduate in epidemiology, public health or communicable disease control, from an internationally recognized university.

Desirable: Msc in epidemiology.

- Technical expertise in communicable disease epidemiology, public health;
- Good knowledge of onchocerciasis epidemiology and control, and technical skills in the organization and implantation of epidemiological surveys of parasitic diseases;
- Good analytical and statistical skills;
- Experience in the design and execution of epidemiological research and in the analysis and publication of the research findings;
- Ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary national and international teams, with good managerial and leadership skills.

- Excellent computer skills: MSOffice, Epi Info, Healthmapper, Stata, SPSS.

WHO Competencies:
1) Producing results;
2) Ability to solve problems quickly and to achieve agreed results, including collaboration with others;
3) Ability to analyse complex matters, exercise sound judgement and decision;
4) Fostering integration and team work
5) Creating an empowering and motivating environment;
6) Promoting innovation and organisational learning.

Essential: At least 10 years practice in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in disease surveillance, prevention and control.

Desirable: Technical expertise in onchocerciasis epidemiology, and control at national and regional levels in Africa. Extensive research experience evidenced by publications in international scientific journals would be an asset.

Excellent knowledge of French and good working knowledge of English.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80887 at single rate
USD 87069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 48.5 % 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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