AFENET is a non-profit networking and service alliance of Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory) Training Programs (FELTPs), and other applied epidemiology training programs. AFENET has operations in over 31 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa or the World Health Organisation Africa Region (WHO – AFRO). Established in 2005, AFENET is dedicated to helping Ministries of Health in Africa build strong, effective, sustainable programs and capacity to improve public health systems on the African continent.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Laboratory Information Technology Advisor
The incumbent will provide technical consultation to Federal, State, local and other health agencies as an epidemiologist.
He/she will be responsible for activities to improve vaccine preventable disease (VPD) surveillance and epidemiologic analysis, with a focus on measles, rubella, congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), and yellow fever.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Measles, rubella, CRS and yellow fever surveillance system strengthening:
He/she will provide technical expertise and support to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and work with other participating partners in the strengthening of routine disease surveillance and information systems and outbreak investigations. This will include collaboration on surveillance strengthening and capacity building initiatives proposed in the country operational plans.
He/she will conduct surveillance system evaluation to include reviewing and contributing to the development of measles, yellow fever, rubella and CRS surveillance operational guidance and case definitions; assessing quality of case investigations, including field implementation of case definitions and laboratory specimen collection, preparation and transport; identifying surveillance knowledge gaps at all levels; and assessing surveillance performance quality indicators.
VPD surveillance system staff capacity building:
The incumbent designs and implements epidemiologic analysis training using Epi Info and excel or other programs as applicable, with staff from national surveillance department and immunization program.
He/she will work with surveillance officers at all levels to develop more viable implementation procedures for surveillance strengthening and will coordinate with staff to make needed changes. The incumbent will provide support for capacity building within NCDC to improve data collection, reporting, and analysis.
The incumbent will provide support to NCDC to facilitate transition from current paper based VPD surveillance reporting system to reporting via SORMAS electronic data collection platform; he/she will assess gaps in technical skills of surveillance officers at the various levels and will facilitate the development and implementation of related trainings.
Dissemination of Surveillance Information:
The incumbent prepares comprehensive reports of national VPD surveillance system analyses, which will include assessing the adequacy and quality of data; providing explanation of the methodologies and analyses used; collating and reporting summary of the results; and providing suggestions for designing more effective surveillance programs.
The incumbent will support the weekly surveillance report to ensure the quality and correctness of the report.
The incumbent will work closely with partners across other immunization technical program areas to make sure that NCDC surveillance systems provide targeted information that are useful in supporting program planning, policy development, advocacy, and impact evaluation.
The incumbent will assist in assuring timely distribution of useful measles, yellow fever, rubella and CRS information to partners at the LGA, State, National, and International levels. The incumbent will prepare reports for presentation to professional groups and for publication in professional journals.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Reporting structure: He/she will work under the supervision of the surveillance lead at NCDC and will work closely with the technical working groups on surveillance.
He/she will be supervised by AFENET/NSTOP with direct guidance and oversight provided by US CDC and will be expected to provide a monthly report to both AFENET and CDC.
Certifications, License, or other Expertise required:
Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Veterinary Epidemiology or related field.
First Degree in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or related field
Desired: Post-graduate training through a field epidemiology training program or the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) is desired.
The incumbent must have at least 3 years of field experience in vaccine preventable disease and Nigeria field experience.
Language proficiency in English.
A good understanding of Vaccine preventable disease surveillance system and immunization is a requirement
Strong technical knowledge in public health, epidemiology, surveillance, disease outbreak investigation, data management including analysis and interpretation of measles surveillance data.
Skills in Microsoft Office, Epi Info, SPSS and Stata
Ability to communicate clearly in English language orally and in writing
Ability to engage in successful interaction; extensive contact with members of government agencies and partners at national, state and local government levels
Application Closing Date
30th August, 2019.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should: