Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Programme
Position title
Field Epidemiologist
Description

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 United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) has been supporting Ministries of Health in Sub Saharan Africa to implement field epidemiology training programs (FETPs) for public health workers at national and subnational levels of the health systems. FETPs are field-based trainings with participants spending 25% of the time in class room and 75% in the field providing public health services while acquiring core competencies in field epidemiology. In order to address the need to improve field epidemiology capacity at all levels of the health system, US CDC developed a three-tiered pyramid model for FETP implementation. At the base of the pyramid is the 3-month FrontlineFETP that targets public health workers at the local level, the middle of the pyramid is the 9-month Intermediate FETP for regional level health workers and at the peak is the 2-year Advanced FETP for national level public health managers.

US CDC and AFENET have since 2015 been supporting the Liberia Ministry of Health to implement a frontline FETP and Intermediate FETP. AFENET is seeking to recruit highly qualified& experienced personnel to support the Liberia Program under the following positions:

Responsibilities

Work with the Liberia FETP Resident Advisor (RA) to:

  • Develop and implement a field epidemiology training plan for public health workers at the national and subnational levels.
  • Periodically review and adapt the existing field epidemiology curriculum and training materials as may be required to suite the specific needs of the country.
  • Participate in the selection of appropriate public health workers to be enrolled into the field epidemiology training programs.
  • Conduct the in-class field epidemiology trainings for the selected public health workers.
  • Provide mentorship, coaching, and supervision for the trainees during the field placement periods to ensure acquisition of key field epidemiology skills and competencies.
  • Provide technical assistance to participants to identify public health problems and conduct surveys to generate data that will guide public health decisions to solving such problems.
  • Provide technical assistance to trainees in preparing scientific presentations for local, national and international levels dissemination of key findings and recommendations from their field projects.
  • Participate in disease surveillance, outbreak investigation and response activities at the national and subnational levels together with the trained surveillance officers as a means to demonstrate best practices.
  • Develop a database for all the FETP alumni in the country
  • Evaluate the impact of the FETP program on participants’ skills & core competencies as well as on the general public health surveillance systems in Liberia.
  • Prepare regular and timely technical reports on program implementation in Liberia for submission to AFENET, through the immediate supervisor.
  • Undertake any other duties as shall be assigned by the Liberia FETP Resident Advisor and the AFENET regional technical coordinator for the seamless implementation of the FETP in Liberia & the region.
Qualifications
  1. Master of Public Health (with a concentration in epidemiology), MSc. Epidemiology/Biostatistics and/ or any other relevant qualifications from an Advanced Field Epidemiology Training Program in Africa.
  2. Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields: Human Medicine, Nursing, Public/environmental Health, laboratory Science, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine.

Experience and Skills

  • At least 3years of experience working in the field as a practicing field epidemiologist
  • Sound knowledge of WHO standards and policies such as the IDSR and IHR.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the functionality of surveillance systems at national, sub national, local and community levels of the health systems in Africa.
  • Experience in preparing and facilitating trainings for in-service public health workforce development initiatives in Africa preferably within an existing FETP.
  • Experience with participatory and adult learning activities.
    Strong scientific writing, publication and presentations skills including presentations at national and international scientific conference.
  • Experience verifying, analyzing and presenting data.
  • Proficiency in the use of the following software: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Additional IT knowledge would be an asset.
  • Statistical Packages: Epi Info, Stataor SPSSor SAS

Required qualities:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple partners and teams at national and sub national levels.
  • Good team player
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, leadership, collaborative and good listening skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Openness to new ideas and willingness to accept different opinions and feedback
  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Patience and sense of humor
  • Willingness to travel for extended periods of time within the country, sometimes through rough terrain and weather conditions
Contacts

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.

Please note that all applications should be sent online by close of business 5:30 pm (EAT) Friday October 23, 2020

Employment Type
Industry
Public Health
Job Location
Monrovia, Liberia
Date posted
October 12, 2020
Valid through
October 23, 2020
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