Tuesday, January 31, 2017

SSA/Epidemiologist (SSA/EPI)Jobs in Rwanda

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E-mail: afwcorw@who.int
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Position Title:                    SSA/Epidemiologist (SSA/EPI)
Type of Appointment:        Special Service Agreement (SSA)
Duration of contract:          4 months
Grade:                               NOA
Duty Station:                      WHO/Kigali office
Application deadlines:       7 February 2017 before 3:00 PM
Background and Justification
In the framework of One UN in Rwanda, WHO is participating in the joint project ending in 2017, named “strengthening human security by enhancing resilience to natural disasters and climate-related threats in Ngororero District”, for which there is a need of accelerated direct implementation.
Moreover, as of 22 January 2017, there are 52,634 Burundian refugees living in Mahama Camp which was established in April 2015 following the mass influx of refugees fleeing election related violence. The camp is growing as new arrivals continue be registered every day. UNHCR provides a basic health response for all refugees, through the establishment of two health centers to respond to the health needs of the refugee population including preventive and curative services; however there is a critical gap in the area of epidemic and nutrition surveillance.
Re-emerging malaria epidemic situation, ongoing typhoid situation, high incidence of respiratory and diarrheal diseases are serious health care issues to note, which warrant the operating of a strong surveillance system. In addition, considering the regional diseases trends and on-going new arrivals linked to suboptimal WASH situation in Mahama, the threat of serious outbreaks like cholera, yellow fever importation, cannot be underestimated; and serious outbreaks like cholera may produce catastrophic outcomes including fatalities especially among children and other vulnerable groups in dense refugee camps like Mahama which is still in emergency phase.
WHO, WFP and UNHCR undertook a nutrition survey on malnutrition in all six refugee camps in the Country in October 2015 which proved that the prevalence of malnutrition in these refugee camps is above the public health threshold of severity?
In light of this, there is a very high and a crucial need for WHO to continue to provide technical support to the integrated epidemic surveillance health facility and community based, and hygiene promotion in the camps to prevent epidemics. There is also a need to strengthen the nutrition surveillance and response in the camps to reverse the current critical trends of malnutrition
This include direct engagement in terms of technical support to uphold the minimal standards of surveillance, field visits, continuous capacity building of health care providers in the front line, community capacity developments to beef up the resilience, provide minimal gear to respond outbreaks and explore possible avenues to tap into national surveillance system for synergy and sustainability as well as enhance the response capacity.
To this end, WHO Rwanda seeks an energetic and result oriented epidemiologist, with good understanding of health delivery, health systems and emergency context, policies, planning and management issues related to epidemic and nutrition surveillance in Rwanda to respond the above mentioned needs for a period of 4 months.
Job Dimension
Under the guidance of the NPO/DPC of WHO Rwanda office, the SSA epidemiologist will ensure the implementation of health activities of the project named “strengthening human security by enhancing resilience to natural disasters and climate-related threats in Ngororero District”, under WHO responsibility. The incumbent will provide technical support at strengthening the disease surveillance and response, and support capacity building of the district to improve access to basic quality healthcare for the communities.
Following the results of the nutrition survey conducted by UNHCR , WFP and WHO in the 6 refugees in October 2015 where it was observed that the prevalence of malnutrition is above the public health threshold of severity ( 44% of children under five with stunting, 7% with acute malnutrition, 44% with anemia), and the risk of epidemics in the refugees camp as demonstrated by typhoid fever outbreak in Mahama refugee camp, the SSA Epidemiologist in collaboration with UNHCR, MIDIMAR, MOH and implementing partners, will provide in addition, the technical support for monitoring and evaluation of response activities in health and nutrition sectors in the 6 refugee camps and existing refugee reception centers for the prevention and control of malnutrition and epidemics.
The day-to-day supervision of the incumbent will be done by the NPO/DPC. Additional technical guidance to the incumbent will be provided by relevant WCO Focal Points such as Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Nutrition, Immunization and NPO Malaria Officers. The SSA Epidemiologist is also expected to work as a team with the district authorities and clinical staff in health facilities.
Tasks and Responsibilities
For strengthening nutrition surveillance and epidemic surveillance activities in the 6 refugees camp, particularly in the most populated Mahama refugees camp and the implementation of the project named “strengthening human security by enhancing resilience to natural disasters and climate-related threats in Ngororero District; the Epidemiologist will be responsible for the following tasks:
1. In collaboration with District Health Officer (DHO) of Ngororero, the epidemiologist will undertake the following tasks:
  • Support the district to develop Disaster Risk Management plan in health sector
  • Ensure the implementation related to the provision of medical and laboratory equipment for Sovu health centers in Ngororero district.
  • Strengthen the data collection, analysis and dissemination to help assess needs and health and nutrition-related risks in vulnerable communities in Ngororero district including technical contribution to the district food, health and nutrition bulletin.
2. Support the district to strengthen capacities of health professionals and CHWs to provide quality health services including IMCI, sexual and reproductive health.
3. Support at strengthening nutrition and disease surveillance, outbreak preparedness and response in Ngororero district.
4. In collaboration with MOH, MIDIMAR, UNHCR at central level and the District Health Officers (DHO) of districts in which are located the 6 refugees’ camps and the reception centers for refugees, the epidemiologist will undertake the following tasks:
  • Monitor the health and nutrition situation in the six refugee camps and reception centers, in collaboration with other health partners
  • Map the existing Health, Food and Nutrition data and related indicators included in the existing health and nutrition surveillance system (HMIS, surveys);
  • Provide supportive supervision for health, food and nutrition data collection, entry and analysis;
  • Provide support to elaborate quarterly health and nutrition bulletins;
  • Provide recommendations and build capacity of health workers at all levels in response to the identified health and nutrition challenges, in collaboration with partners;
  • Assess and document the risk factors for malnutrition in selected refugee camps;
  • Support at strengthening disease surveillance, outbreak preparedness and response in Mahama refugee camp and Burundian reception centers.
5. Ensure adequate visibility for WHO by representing the organization in all refugee response coordination meetings at central level;
6.   Coordinate writing and dissemination of weekly or monthly health situation reports highlighting the general context, epidemiological situation, on-going health and nutrition response and gaps in refugee camps.
7.   Participate in writing of scientific manuscripts for peer reviewed journals
8.   Undertake any other task assigned by the WR.
Required Profile
Essential: Master’s degree in Epidemiology or Public Health.
Desirable: specialized training in communicable diseases.
Skills and Competences:
  • Good understanding of health delivery, health systems and emergency context, policies, planning
 and management issues in Rwanda;
  • Excellent oral and written communication (report writing), computer and data analysis skills with ability to use MS Word, Epi Info, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Excellent interpersonal, cross cultural and negotiation skills; ability to convene and work with all relevant national and international stakeholders and partners involved in the emergency response;
  • Organized and flexible with working hours and ready to work for long hours when required;
  • Energetic and able to work in basic conditions
  • At least two years’ experience working in the field of diseases surveillance, emergency public
health and communicable diseases;
  • Experience in nutrition in emergencies; and previous work experience as a public health officer with the MOH, UN or a reputable international NGO will be an added advantage;
  • Excellent knowledge of English,
  • Good working knowledge of French and Kinyarwanda.
How to apply:
Written application accompanied by a detailed CV including three referees should be addressed to the WHO Representative Country Office/Rwanda, Kacyiru, Ebenezer House, KACYIRU Boulevard de l’Umuganda; or send an e-mail on afwcorw@who.int, not later than 7 October 2016 before 1:00 pm.
-     Motivation Letter,
-     Detailed CV,
-     Copies of Education qualification,
-     Copy of ID card.
Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Applications without all the above requirements will not be considered. All application materials will not be returned.
This application is open only to Rwandan Nationals.
The deadline for application is 07 February 2017 before 3:00 pm
Dr Olushayo OLU
WHO Representative/Rwanda Sd
“The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health”. “WHO has a free smoke environment and does not recruit smokers or other tobacco users.”

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