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Activity Overview : Support for Polio Eradication and Vaccine Preventable Disease Activities in Sub-Saharan Africa-AFRO Team Activity will further the Global Immunization Division’s mission and activities in informing the Ministries of Health on polio eradication strategies, VPD surveillance, polio campaign improvements, routine immunization implementation, best practices for data management, poliovirus containment and legacy activities.
Roles and Responsibilities : URC is currently seeking an Epidemiologist Level 2 who will support polio eradication and vaccine preventable disease activities.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following :
Provide technical advice for polio eradication activities (such as immunization campaigns or supplemental immunizations on Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD), such as polio.
Provide technical assistance in strengthening VPD surveillance systems and coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of surveillance activities.
Conduct assessments of outbreak status, the effectiveness of the response, and the likelihood of continuing transmission of polio and other VPDs.
Conduct training for implementing partners on the topics of evaluation and documentation of outbreak response activities to ensure that all lessons learned are effectively incorporated into current best practices.
Participate in activities designed to promote polio and other emerging VPD eradication, routine immunization, data quality and surveillance of new vaccines.
Attend meetings and webinars with international and local partners in order to stay abreast of the most current developments in the outbreak and status of worldwide eradication.
Document, incorporate, and share lessons learned and best practices developed during work conducted on polio eradication projects with country and field staff.
Analyze World Health Organization (WHO), Africa Regional Office (AFRO), or host country partner epidemiologic data as it relates to VPD surveillance, disease transmission, and outbreaks for use in documentation, data management, and legacy planning.
Analyze epidemiological data and work with Ministries of Health (MOH), international organizations, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the Immunization, Vaccines, and Biologicals (IVB), and other public health organizations to identify solutions to problems that arise in polio eradication and VPD program implementation and outbreak response.
Provide technical advice regarding the training and fieldwork of National Stop Transmission of Polio (NSTOP) and Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) teams.
Provide technical advice regarding data collection activities in operational research, including integration projects in polio-endemic countries and countries with the transmission of polio, to assist with the analysis of the data collection and surveillance efforts during supplemental immunization campaigns (SIAs) and routine immunization activities in-country.
Participate with Polio Eradication Branch teams in development and implementation of field project plans addressing routine immunization, data quality or surveillance, outbreak investigation, and vaccination campaigns.
Use historical polio data to improve outreach activities.
Develop strategies to integrate polio surveillance with VPD surveillance.
Engage with community service organizations to improve outreach activities.
Minimum Qualifications : Required Experience & Qualifications
MPH, preferably in Epidemiology, and a MD or Doctorate.
International experience in leading polio eradication activities particularly in outbreak response in complex settings.
At least 5 years of experience in vaccine practices and community-based surveillance activities.
At least 5 years of experience in facilitation of training diverse and large groups in the MOH and community on surveillance, immunization and introduction of new vaccine.
Bi-lingual in French and English
Only candidates who are eligible to work in Nigeria for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be considered for this position.
This position is contingent upon securing award.