JOB OPPORTUNITIES AFRICA CDC-REGIONAL COLLABORATING CENTRE (RCC)-EASTERN AFRICA -APPLY BEFORE 21ST MAY 2021

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

RECRUITING UNIT: AFRICA CDC- REGIONAL COLLABORATING CENTRE (RCC)-EASTERN AFRICA

DUTY STATION: NAIROBI, KENYA

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY MAY 21, 2021

BACKGROUND:



The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) is a non-profit organization established in 2005 with a mission to improve human health through the strengthening and expansion of applied epidemiology and laboratory capacity in partnership with Ministries of Health, Non-Governmental Organizations, international agencies, private sector and other public health agencies. AFENET has its headquarters in Kampala, Uganda with operations in more than 30 African Countries.

The African Union (AU), established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing a new partnership worldwide. Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.

At the 24th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January 2015, the Assembly endorsed (Assembly Decision /AU/Dec.554 (XXIV) the establishment of the Africa Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) which was officially launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on January 31, 2017. Africa CDC is Africa’s first continent-wide public health agency and envisions a safer, healthier, integrated and stronger Africa, where Member States are capable of effectively responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases and other public health threats including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The agency aims at strengthen Africa’s public health institutions’ capabilities to detect and respond quickly and effectively to COVID-19 pandemic and other health burdens through an integrated network of continent-wide preparedness and response, surveillance, laboratory, research programs, logistics and medical countermeasures.



Towards meeting its’ mission and aim, the Africa CDC will work with African Union member States through the Africa CDC Regional Collaborating Centers (RCC) as per article 24 of the Africa CDC statute that was approved by Assembly Decision /AU/Dec.589 (XXVI), stating that: “On a regional level, Africa CDC works through a network of “Regional Collaborating Centres (RCCs)” which support the execution of the strategic work plan.

The five strategic priority areas include:

  • Public health surveillance and disease intelligence;
  • Public health emergency preparedness and response;
  • Public health laboratory systems and networks;
  • Public health information and technology systems; and
  • Public health research and public health institutes.

For effective implementation of its strategic plan, Africa CDC underlines the need for collaboration, innovation and partnership. It is through this spirit of partnership that the institution has formed a strong partnership with Ford Foundation to recruit and deploy who will contribute to continent’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health threats.

To better prepare and effectively respond to emerging public health events, African countries needs to be capacitated on hazard identification, hazard mapping, vulnerability and its implied risk. Using part of funds from Ford Foundation, Africa CDC will deploy experts through the regional collaborating centers (RCC) to help strengthen capacity building to the Member States present at these regions. It is in this premise that the Commission of the African Union invites applicants who are national and citizens of Member States for the following positions: –



  1. POST

Job title: Technical Officer – Communication & Information Technology

Grade: AU P2/1 equivalency

Number of posts: 1 (one)

Requesting Unit: Africa CDC/Eastern Africa Regional Collaborating Centre (RCC)

Duration: 1 year

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Based in the Eastern (RCC), the technical health officer will work to ensure that the RCC objectives are achieved in full.

Specifically, the officer will:

  • Provide technical input on RCC strategic plans, implementation guidelines, monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Assumes primary responsibility for planning, developing and implementing communication strategies to promote Africa CDC’s strategic pillars and the Eastern Africa
  • Regional Collaboration Centre mandates.
  • Prepares and maintain up to date RCC work plan reports.
  • Prepares Programs for RCC Communications, advocacy and awareness
  • Develops partnerships with Member States and other relevant organizations to disseminate information and create awareness about public health events, Africa CDC’s initiatives well as activities in the region with the guidance of the Eastern Africa RCC Coordinator.
  • Receives technical guidance from Africa CDC Policy, Advocacy and Communication Division.
  • Facilitate inter-country collaboration on health data sharing and use.
  • Develops communication materials such as Human Interest Stories, activity reports, proposals, factsheets, info graphs etc.
  • Disseminates information to Member States and target groups through relevant media and network channels.
  • Develops and maintains contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets (print, TV, radio, web etc.) within the region and to increase coverage of conservation issues in the media (print, broadcast and digital). Specific activities may include:
  • Draft and edit articles, press releases, human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials.
  • Collaborate with the media by organizing project site visits, facilitate photo coverage and TV footage and utilizing both web-based and traditional media as appropriate.
  • Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials. Maintain a library of media coverage, clippings etc.
  • Maintain Africa CDC Eastern Africa RCC website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) such as daily monitoring, posting and content development.
  • Coordinate and facilitate Eastern Africa RCC ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcome) platform for public health information sharing.
  • Ensure timely and quality production of advocacy and branding materials such as periodicals, annual and partners reports, supplements, calendars, briefing notes,
  • Develop and archive communication materials, including digital, such as publications, press releases and clippings, photographs, audio-visual materials, web resources etc.
  • Support the Public Health Risk communication and community engagement community of Practice for Africa (PH-RCCE-CoPA) activities.
  • Assists in organizing and generating public support for special events and campaigns to promote strategic conservation goals.
  • Support the Africa CDC strategic pillars in facilitating smooth communications with the 14 Member States focal points in the Eastern Africa region for better coordination, early outbreak detection/verification and response.
  • Participate in the implementation of RCC work plan
  • Engage on different technical working groups and intervene towards action points taken
  • Prepare and maintain up to date RCC report
  • Prepare publications on Africa CDC RCC initiatives in the region.
  • Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of Communications and Information Technology, knowledge in Program Communications for advocacy and awareness, Media Relations, Digital Communications/Social media
  • The ability to plan, manage workload and execute tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Focus on impact and result
  • Evidence of strategic thinking and proven ability to organize, plan and prioritize work
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Builds strong relationships internally and with external actors

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

  • At least a university degree in the field of Communications with additional training on other fields related to the scope of work for this post
  • Master’s degree on communication, public health and any other related field is an added advantage

Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in communication, Public health practice and risk

Communication

  • Having experience on public health communication, risk communication or any other communication

Language:

  • Excellent knowledge of either English, French or Arabic.

Tenure of appointment:

The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three months will be considered as a probationary period.

 

  1. POST

Job Title: Public Health Fellow-Surveillance

Number of posts: 1 (one)

Duration: 1 year

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Based in the Eastern RCC, the public health officer will work to ensure that the RCC objectives are achieved in full.

Specifically, the officer will:

  • Provide technical input on, strategic plans, implementation guidelines, monitoring and evaluation tools
  • Prepare and maintain up to date RCC work plan reports.
  • Facilitate inter-country collaboration on health data sharing and use,
  • Strengthen quality data collection and management to perform epidemiological assessment and interpretations
  • Improve Africa CDC’s access to health-related data through coordination, collaboration and technical assistance.
  • Develop and recommend on frameworks for multi sectoral regional pandemic preparedness and response, Regional integrated Surveillance and response Network (RILSNET), Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (AMRSNET) and One Health.
  • promote engagement of countries in regional surveillance and laboratory networks;
  • Prepare publication on Africa CDC and RCC initiatives on the region (Policy brief, disease trend analysis, in the public health best practices and challenges)
  • Support National Public Health Institutes’ capacity on data analysis for action;
  • Under the direction of the designated Africa CDC Incident Commander, provide technical services delivery in support of Africa CDC Emergency Response activities as appropriate and assigned;
  • Support efforts to establish non-communicable diseases surveillance as an important mechanism for assessing disease burden and trends; through strengthening implementation of the existing non-communicable disease surveillance systems with in member states
  • Support countries to strengthen disease-specific surveillance systems for priority diseases (e.g. cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes) appropriate for the African context;
  • Participate in the implementation of RCC work plan
  • Provide training for member states on identified technical areas
  • Mentor RCC staffs on efficient delivery of assignments
  • Engage on different technical working groups and intervene towards action points taken
  • Representing Africa CDC and RCC in inter agency forums and different stakeholders’ meetings
  • Prepare and maintain up to date RCC report
  • Prepare publications on Africa CDC RCC initiatives in the region
  • Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of Public health (Human health /animal health/environment health) principles and practices: surveillance, outbreak investigations, research and publications, development of Public health documents (SOPs, TORs, frameworks etc.)
  • The ability to plan, manage workload and execute tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Focus on impact and result
  • Evidence of strategic thinking and proven ability to organize, plan and prioritize work
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Builds strong relationships internally and with external actors

QUALIFICATION

Education:

  • At least a university degree in the field of Human health, Animal health or Environmental health with additional training in epidemiology, public health management or other fields related to the scope of work for this post

Experience:

  • Minimum two years’ experience in Public health practice

Language:

  • Excellent knowledge of either English, French or Arabic.

Tenure of appointment:

The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three months will be considered as a probationary period.

 

  1. POST

Job Title: Public Health Fellow/Officer-Laboratory Systems

Number of posts: 1 (one)

Duration: 1 year

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Based in the Eastern RCC), the public health fellow – laboratory officer will work to ensure that the RCC objectives are achieved in full.

Specifically, the officer will:

  • Provide technical input on, strategic plans, implementation guidelines, monitoring and evaluation tools
  • Prepare and maintain up to date RCC work plan reports
  • Provide training for member states on identified technical areas
  • Support implementation of various laboratory methods for disease surveillance
  • Coordinate the sharing of best practices in laboratory-related aspects in various platforms provided by Africa CDC and partners
  • Support the development and implementation or adoption of strategic technical plans for the development and enhancement of infectious laboratories in the region
  • Provide support to countries in adopting the national strategic plans and policies related to laboratory aspects including but not limited to biosafety and biosecurity, biobanking, pathogen genomics and data sharing policies
  • Provide guidance and support to inter-agency and inter-country laboratory related aspects which include but not limited to material and data sharing for cross-border and regional disease control efforts
  • Provide support and guidance on laboratory aspects in the development and implementation of multi sectoral regional pandemic preparedness and response, Regional integrated Surveillance and response Network (RILSNET), Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (AMRSNET) and One Health.
  • Support the function of RILSNET including gap assessments, monitoring challenges in laboratory aspects like turn-around-time, material transfers, quality issues, and providing guidance on improvement
  • Promote engagement of countries in regional surveillance and laboratory networks
  • Support implementation and monitoring of external quality assurance systems including implementation of quality improvement strategies such as Strengthening of Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA) tool and Stepwise Laboratory Improvement towards Accreditation (SLIPTA)
  • Prepare publication on Africa CDC and RCC initiatives on laboratory aspects in the region including but not limited to policy briefs, laboratory systems improvement, best practices and challenges
  • Support laboratory data translation for public health action
  • Support rapid training of laboratory technicians and adoption of new methods where possible during emergency response
  • Participate in the implementation of RCC work plan
  • Engage on different technical working groups and intervene towards action points taken
  • Representing Africa CDC and RCC in inter agency forums and different stakeholders’ meetings in laboratory related aspects
  • Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Experience in supporting laboratory activities within NPHIs or disease control programs
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of laboratory systems, quality assurance and improvement, laboratory sample referral network. Wide knowledge and experience in various laboratory field including microbiology, virology, and molecular biology is preferred. Additional knowledge on public health disease surveillance is desirable
  • Ability to exhibit professionalism and high ethical standards High level of integrity and able to maintain confidentiality
  • The ability to plan, manage workload and execute tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Focus on impact and result
  • Evidence of strategic thinking and proven ability to organize, plan and prioritize work
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Builds strong relationships internally and with external actors

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

  • At least a university degree in the field of laboratory science including microbiology, biochemistry, biomedicine, medical laboratory, or any other laboratory science-related discipline from an accredited academic institution

Experience:

  • Minimum two years’ relevant professional experience in public health laboratory science

Language:

  • Excellent knowledge of either English, French or Arabic.

Tenure of appointment:

The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three months will be considered as a probationary period.

Remuneration

Competitive based on qualification and experience.

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit your resume, application letter, and relevant documentation to:

The Administration and HR Office email;sec@afenet.net

ONLY successful candidates shall be contacted for an interview.

NOTE

All applications should be sent online by close of business 5:30 pm (EAT) Friday May 21, 2021



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