Job Code: TECH31029
Job Family: Technical Compensation Band: K FLSA: Exempt
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology; creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.
Overview: The Surveillance Specialist (SS) will manage and monitor Surveillance Systems Component in Guinea for the USAID Infectious Diseases Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project that serves the Global Health Security Agenda, TB programs and other related initiatives. IDDS supports select governments and their relevant ministries in the strengthening of human and animal health diagnostic systems for infectious diseases, TB and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The work will focus primarily on public health systems but may include private health and other non-governmental diagnostic facilities (laboratories and point-of-care facilities). The position will be based in Conakry, Guinea under the supervision and direction of the Guinea Country Team Lead and technical guidance and support from technical experts from IDDS HQ in the USA. Specific responsibilities include:
• Support the Country Team Lead and local IDDS colleagues in collaborating with health officials of related departments of MOH, national and regional institutions for project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
• Serve as focal point person for Surveillance Systems Strengthening Component of IDDS in Guinea, including leading planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of surveillance related project activities.
• Provide technical assistance to project partners in Guinea in implementation of surveillance related activities.
• Identify issues/challenges and develop strategies for effective implementation of related work plan activities.
• In coordination with other local stakeholders, provide support to review and update existing community-based surveillance systems and toolkits.
• Provide technical assistance to strengthen national expertise to manage the DHIS 2 platform and produce surveillance reports
• Support the Guinea Country Team Lead in representing IDDS on national technical working groups, as appropriate, and maintain contacts with other organizations engaged in GHSA activities.
• Close coordination with IDDS’s global surveillance team working on GHSA to ensure synergies and experience sharing within IDDS and across IDDS’s countries.
• Taking lead in the monitoring and evaluation of the Surveillance Systems Strengthening Component to ensure that evidence is gathered, and milestones are met.
• Contribute to the preparation of related parts of required reports to FHI 360 and USAID.
Required Skills and Qualifications
• Advanced degree in medicine or public health or related field.
• At least 5-10 years of experience working in national/regional infectious disease surveillance.
• Demonstrated experience in implementation of field-based surveillance methodology including analysis of epidemiologic investigation data utilizing new methodologies or existing techniques.
• Excellent written and spoken English and French.
• Demonstrated report writing and presentation skills.
• Experience working effectively with government counterparts particularly at national levels.
• Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team.
• Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% within Guinea
• Authorization to work in Guinea
• Training in surveillance and field epidemiology
• Experience collaborating on projects/studies and coordinating efforts, as appropriate, with other program staff, other international health agencies, and private and non-private organizations.
• 3-5 years’ experience with measurement and evaluation of projects.
• Experience residing and working in Guinea.
• Experience working with the Global Health Security Agenda
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360’s Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.
Submission of applications:
Applications should include:
• A cover letter addressed to the Chief of Party of FHI 360 Guinea
• An updated CV including at least three references’addresses (Name, organization, E-mail and phone number)
• Copies of training diplomas and certificates
• Copies of works certificates from former employers
Applications should be sent by e-mail to:
• firstname.lastname@example.org and copy : LUwera@fhi360.org and OBerete@fhi360.org.
The deadline for submitting is February 22, 2019.
Women’s applications are strongly encouraged.