Emergency Management Specialist - CDC India

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 August 2020

Job Description

The CDC India Country Office in partnership with the Government of India recognize the need to develop a national and sub-national public health emergency operation centers (PHEOCs) to prepare for and responding to public health threats in order to support development of emergency management capacity both bilaterally and in support of global health security activities. Providing a comprehensive phased approach from initial EOC capacity development to a fully functional and sustainable PHEOC supports the preparedness and response capabilities for key Ministry of Health organizations and augmenting departments staff and may include other inter-ministerial stakeholders. This will facilitate improved capacity to respond to public health emergencies.

Given the need for increased human resources in knowledge, skills, and experience in emergency management and preparedness within the CDC India office to meet the significant demands of the current COVID-19 outbreak in India, this contract will focus on a comprehensive package of emergency management and preparedness services to support both the US Embassy in New Delhi and the Government of India in for the form of dedicated emergency management specialist. This position will address the urgent need for public health emergency management capacity development for India, immediately applicable to the COVID-19 response and for future public health incidents and events. Parties involved include Global Emergency Management Capacity Development in the Division of Emergency Operations, Center for Preparedness and Response, at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta, GA, has the overall responsibility and technical expertise for leading public health emergency management capacity development. Subject matter experts from a variety of aspects of Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM )will be coordinated through GEMCD.

Overall objectives include to onboard two local contractors to provide emergency management technical support to the US Embassy Mission and Government of India (GOI) in development of expanded preparedness and response capacity in support of COVID-19.

Responsibilities:

  • Establish and obtain approval for an Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) for the CDC India Country office that is aligned with the US Mission and Consulate’s Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
  • Establish and obtain approval for 14 SOPs for each section under the US Mission to use this plan
  • Establish and obtain approval for SOPs for login, activations, and operational use of the Web-EOC software for the US Embassy New Delhi and four US consulates
  • Design and conduct two tabletop emergency management exercises to test the US Embassy Delhi and US Consulate EOPs and related section level SOPs
  • Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments of critical sites and infrastuctures at the US Embassy New Delhi and four US Consulates using the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and CDC’s Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Tools (THIRA)
  • Establish mitigation plans based on evidence-based results from the THIRA risk and vulnerability assessments to reduce health impact for identified risks for the US Embassy New Delhi’s and four US Consulates’ staff
  • Establish a joint comprehensive training plan based on evidence-based results from the THIRA risk and vulnerability assessments targeting US Embassy New Delhi and US Consulates emergency management designees and surge staff
  • Develop a joint training curriculum based on the proposed comprehensive training plan for US Embassy New Delhi and US Consulates emergency management staff
  • Provide emergency management training as per the referenced training curriculum above for US Embassy New Delhi and US Consulates emergency management staff
  • Provide a joint emergency management training as per the referenced training curriculum as above for the US Consulates emergency management designees and surge staff
  • Establish a multi-sectoral and multi-layered collaboration through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) or Letter of Agreement (LOA) between the US Embassy New Delhi, US Embassy Consulates, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) including the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) focusing on emergency management standards and norms
  • Update and obtain approval for the NCDC Strategic Health Operation Center (SHOC) Infectious Disease Outbreak Management Plan and related SOPs (Epidemiology, Microbiology, Zoonosis, HIV/AIDS, Biotechnology, Integrated Disease Surveillance Program, Division of Parasitic Diseases, Administration and Finance, and the SHOC)
  • Establish and obtain approval for the MoHFW’s National EOC plan and related SOPs
  • Establish and obtain approval for five state specific infectious disease outbreak management plans (states to be selected later)
  • Work with MoHFW to develop a National Preparedness Plan and supporting SOPs to align with the National Health Policy and the National Disaster Management Plan
  • Establish an accredited Certify Emergency Management Program (CEM) within
  • Work with MoHFW to develop a National Preparedness Plan and supporting SOPs to align with the National Health Policy and the National Disaster Management Plan
  • Develop a checklist and tool kit for contact tracing, field investigation, rapid diagnostics and prophylactics

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in medicine, public health, epidemiology, or health systems/emergency management
  • Seven years’ experience at the national and international levels, in health operations, managing outbreaks and health emergencies
  • Additional 3 years of related experience in managing human and financial resources
  • Ability to communicate proficiently in at least one Indian languages in addition to fluent English
  • Indian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply

About the Organization

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