DIRECTOR, SURVEILLANCE & RISK ASSESSMENT (CARPHA/12/FT259)

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Vacancy Notice No: CARPHA/12/FT259
 
Title: Director, Surveillance & Risk Assessment
 
Grade: S6
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first six months probationary
 
Date: 3 July 2012
 
Application Deadline: 31 July 2012 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
 
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
CARPHA - Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
CARPHA is the Health Agency of the Caribbean region with a collective response to strengthen and reorient the health system and approach to address the changing nature of public health challenges, particularly in relation to communicable diseases such as HIV / AIDS and Non-Communicable Diseases, such as obesity, cancer, heart disease and diabetes. CARPHA will support this by adopting a truly people-centred, evidence-based approach to its work. It will also address long term persistent health threats to the Region related to natural disasters.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director the incumbent will be responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
1. Provide technical direction to CARPHA's activities related to the surveillance and epidemiology of diseases, outbreak investigation and control and the preparation and implementation of plans, standards, guidelines and procedures for CAREC's surveillance programme; advise on new initiatives to be undertaken in epidemiology and surveillance.
2. Advise and provide technical cooperation to promote sound epidemiological practices and improve surveillance for communicable and non-communicable diseases, risk factors and mortality in the CARPHA member states.
3. Participate and provide technical support in conducting health situation analyses, estimating the magnitude of health problems and evaluating surveillance systems.
4. Coordinate and participate in the production and dissemination of technical information (including surveillance publications) on diseases of public health importance and health trends in the region.
5. Advise on and assist in the development of laboratory activities in support of surveillance.
6. Advise and cooperate with member governments and organizations in setting up of national public health epidemiological surveillance systems for the collection, collation and analysis of information for the prevention and control of diseases of public health importance in the sub-region.
7. Develop and provide overall direction to CARPHA's research programme oriented towards disease problems of public health importance in the Caribbean sub-region and the translation of data into policy mandates.
8. Stimulate and strengthen epidemiological research by helping to identify research priorities, developing funding proposals and collaborating with countries in the conduct of research.
9. Guide the collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of technical and scientific knowledge;
10. Advocate at the national, sub-regional and international levels for policies and programmes that address problems of public health importance in the Caribbean.
11. Participate in developing, conducting and evaluating training and mentoring programmes in epidemiology and surveillance for health care personnel to strengthen the practice of public health.
12. Provide timely support and coordinate the investigation and control of disease outbreaks and emergency response activities in CARPHA member countries.
13. Assist CARPHA member countries in the formulation of policies, plans and programmes related to surveillance.
14. Provide technical assistance in epidemiology to priority health programmes.
15. Supervise staff, establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, provide coaching and feedback and support staff development opportunities.
16. Perform other related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
A medical degree and a master's degree in epidemiology or public health.
Skills:
Key Behavioral Competencies:
--Intrainstitutional Action: Leads team efforts toward full understanding of the policies the organization must operate within. Leads employees and co-workers toward operating in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the organization.
--Information Management : Processes and analyzes the data objectively, presenting it clearly and equitably. Leads the effort to acquire relevant and selected information that facilitates the achievement of organizational results. Evaluates/leads the evaluation of information systems on the basis of its advantages/disadvantages for processing information relevant to the area of work.
--Analysis, synthesis and forecasting: After analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge, leads one's area of responsibility toward individual and collective actions. Encourages the importance of continual analysis. Verifies and promotes that action is taken in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. Leads others in decisions needed to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of analyzed situations between one and two years ahead.
--Performance Management: Plans and takes concrete steps on one's own initiative to improve job performance and required competencies. Learns from one's mistakes, adjusts goals and courses of action to meet changing needs. Conducts evaluation meetings with subordinates at the times stipulated, using the Organization's instruments and others specific to the area. Consistently motivates the staff members to improve their abilities, gives them tasks and activities that represent a challenge to them.
--Teamwork: Embraces and leads consensual decisions making, that is, leading the fulfillment of team decisions, even when they may not fully coincide with one's own opinions or proposals. Knows how to manage difficult team situations and promotes consensus building. Takes responsibility for the team's successes and failures.
--Knowledge Management: Identifies, develops and nurtures networks and communities. Identifies and builds on working networks that enable knowledge and information flow. Designs and implements knowledge and information services. Enables utilization of knowledge and information sources. Delivers relevant knowledge and information in most appropriate form. Participates in and learns from networked and community approaches.
--Leadership : Uses multiple strategies to promote team morale and productivity. Obtains needed personnel, resources and information for the team. Makes sure the practical needs of the team are met.
--Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Selects priority ideas for executing the interventions after anticipating their potential problems and solutions. Participates in the preparation of strategic plans, providing input about their impact, quality, critical points and risks.
--Resource Mobilization: Works in an objective manner to obtain and apportion resources (financial and non-financial) according to need. Supports and advises technical areas to enable best use of resources in alignment with the mission and vision of the Organization. Is able to work in a multicultural environment. Is flexible and has the ability to work well under pressure. Is able to give feedback to partners within and outside the organization about the use of the resources and the results acquired.

Technical Expertise:
--Extensive progressive experience at a senior decision-making level in particular, in managing complex health programs/health systems at both national and international levels. Wide and varied knowledge of public health problems and health management processes. Monitoring and reporting of program performance and provision of authoritative technical advice.
--In depth knowledge of public health issues and trends, epidemiological theory, principles and practices and surveillance techniques, systems and procedures.
--Excellent knowledge of the principles and recent developments in epidemiology and biostatistics including eh advanced use of statistical packages: SPSS, STATA; EPIINFO and others. Experience in working with large data sets. Demonstrated ability in the application of epidemiological techniques and procedures for analyzing the magnitude of conditions affecting the health of the population, determining factors which influence the magnitude of these conditions and applying and evaluating selections interventions designed to reduce the magnitude of conditions.
--Demonstrated ability in the design of methods and strategies to produce, analyze data, use and share information with a variety of actors in different environments.
--Ability to analyze trends to identify the risks and benefits of different options for data collection and validation.
Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and the technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the organization.

IT Skills
Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio and Project would be an asset.
Experience:
Nine years of combined national and international experience in activities related to the application of epidemiological principles and methods in the design, implementation and management of surveillance systems; epidemiological analysis, training, research and outbreak investigation and control. Experience should include managerial responsibilities involving the provision of epidemiological support, the direction and evaluation of programmes and implementation of epidemiological surveillance systems.
Additional Information:
This post is Grade S6 CARICOM OFFICIAL SCALES
CARPHA offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, and 30 days annual leave. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, assignment grant, rental subsidy, and home leave.
CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED ONLY IF THEY ARE UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION. A WRITTEN TEST AND/OR INTERVIEW WILL BE HELD FOR THIS POST. THE POST DESCRIPTION IS THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION FOR ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSES.

THIS VACANCY MAY BE USED TO FILL OTHER POSITIONS IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT MAY BECOME VACANT AT A LATER DATE, AND WHICH HAVE SIMILAR REQUIREMENTS AND DUTIES AS THE ONES STATED IN THIS NOTICE.
Monthly salary: (Net of tax)
EC$ 19,213 at single rate
EC$ 19,213 with primary dependants

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

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