- Serve as technical advisor for the development and implementation of an overall integrated field epidemiology training program to build evidence-based public health systems in coordination with MOH officials
- Work with technical staff at CDC and the Ministry of Health to develop and implement a training plan for field epidemiology for public health professional at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels as appropriate.
- Travel to field (local sites within the country) to conduct training and assist with participants’ investigations and field work.
- Travel within country to CDC Atlanta or other location, as appropriate, to attend CDC required trainings and meetings related to CDC IT systems or FETP specific.
- Liaise with Ministry of Health to identify participants for the field epidemiology trainings
- Work with MOH to convene a Steering Committee to oversee program implementation and management.
- Coordinate with CDC in Atlanta and in country to ensure logistical support for the didactic and field trainings of selected participants is in place.
- Conduct the planned field epidemiology trainings together with Ministry of Health, CDC
- Mentor and supervise MOH participants of the FETP programs.
- Orientate MOH supervisors and mentors of the FETP programs participants about the expectations for their roles in relation to the FETP.
- Guide participants in preparing their presentations for dissemination of their findings and recommendations.
- Assist trainees to develop adequate and timely field investigations in response to acute public health problems such as epidemic outbreaks, clusters of disease cases, and case investigations.
- Advise MOH in the identification and acquisition of opportunities for participant projects, and sources of funding that help secure annual budgets for the adequate development of an institutionalized FETP.
- Assist mentors and participants in the FETP-Intermediate program with the design and implementation of applied epidemiological research projects
- Assist with the selection and training of graduates as mentors for future participants.
- Coordinate the organization and facilitation of stakeholder and dissemination meetings in country.
- Participate in disease surveillance and outbreak investigation and response activities of the Ministry of Health together with graduates and participants.
- Work with MOH to integrate basic and intermediate field epidemiology curriculum into an inservice program for MOH staff.
- Provide technical assistance to the MOH.
- Liaison between CDC, the MOH, regional, and international public health networks to coordinate GHS activities in the country.
- Participate in periodic Steering Committee meetings to guide program implementation and activities
- Participate in Periodic (monthly or as otherwise agreed upon) calls with country support staff in headquarters (CDC-Atlanta).
- Provide periodic written reports to CDC, the MOH, and funding partners that provide updates on project activities and progress.
- Masters level professional degree in academic fields related to health or allied sciences in human or veterinary medicine, or zoonotic biology. - Graduate from a Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), Epidemic Intellegance Service (EIS), or European Programme for Interventional Epidemiology Training (EPIET) OR at least two years’ experience in one of the previously mentioned programs and 2 years of experience working in the field as a practicing epidemiologist.
- Knowledge of WHO standards and policies such as the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response strategy (IDSR) and International Health Regulations.
- Extensive knowledge and understanding of the functionality of surveillance systems at national, sub national, local and community levels of the health systems in country.
- Experience in preparing and facilitating trainings for in-service public health workforce development initiatives.
- Experience in coordinating multi-agency public health programs at regional, national, sub national, local levels.
- Experience with teaching education strategies These include:
- Problem based education techniques
- Instructional design
- Teaching epidemiology and public health statistics
- Public health management and program design
- Able to effectively conduct communication and advocacy in public health evident by prior publications
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The objective of the Resident Advisor is to develop a cadre of Ministry of Health (MOH) field epidemiologists so that they are available for strengthening surveillance and outbreak response throughout the country. The FETP RA service will train and mentor MOH staff to improve disease surveillance, detection, and response to outbreaks by providing classroom training in applied epidemiology and leading applied activities and field investigations to prevent, respond and contain disease threats, and to accomplish the project goals and objectives.