Public Health Specialist (AMR/VPH) Job Placements – VSF Germany

Job Title:   Public Health Specialist

Organization:  VSF Germany

Project: BMZ
Funded BUILD Uganda Project

Duty Station:   Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Project
Technical Manager

About US:

VSF Germany is an International Non-Governmental Organization,
providing humanitarian assistance and development aid to agro-pastoral and
pastoralists and vulnerable communities in areas where livestock is of
importance. In the Horn of Africa region, VSF Germany has been implementing
programmes in South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia since 1998.
Effective from January 2019, VSF Germany has expanded its programme scope to
Uganda. VSF Germany programmes focus on Food Security and Livelihoods,
Nutrition, Natural Resources Management, Peace-building, Water and Sanitation,
Protection and Response to Disasters and Emergencies. Each country program is
managed through the country offices and country teams. Country programmes are
coordinated and facilitated from the Regional Office Nairobi (RON). The organization
is a registered charity in Germany with its headquarters in Berlin.

Job Summary:  The Public Health Specialist shall provide
direct technical support and guidance for risk assessments including systems
characterization and value chains mapping and analyses AMR and VPH surveillance
systems and various training needs and training activities in target districts.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Lead the process of community and other key
stakeholders mobilization for sensitization on AMR and VPH activities in the
target districts

Undertake rapid training needs assessments with
key target groups and design suitable training programmes that address t
knowledge and practice gaps in AMR /VPH control

Lead the planning and implementation of training
programmes that influence practice and behaviour changes in collaboration with
the VSF-G Capacity Development Officer,

Identify essential slaughter and equipment
supply needs that enhance hygienic meat handling practices and support the
procurement and distribution plans to beneficiaries

Contribute to updating and review of the
National Action Plan on AMR control

Participate in Multi-stakeholder Platforms to
assess needs, trends and patterns in AMR/ VPH practices and design extension
messages that contribute to behavioral changes

Conduct trainings of farmer groups and other
stakeholders to disseminate good practices on rational use of antibiotics and
antibiotic stewardship as informed by research results,

Conduct training needs assessments and design
training modules of butchers, meat vendors and other actors in the meat value
chains to improve quality and safety of meat.

Support and guide consultancies on VPH baseline
studies and AMR poultry engendered value chain analysis and KAPs assessments to
inform control intervention strategies

Support the establishment of a well-functioning
One Health governance structure for AMR and AMU surveillance

Support and participate in the establishment of
a government led system of collecting, collating, analysing, reporting and
disseminating AMR and AMU data

Participate in the strengthening of AMR and AMU
surveillance in animals and animal products especially poultry.

Conduct trainings to key stakeholders to
disseminate key public health policy guidelines

Support sampling for AMR and VPH studies at the
field and slaughter facilities for research purposes in collaboration with the
ILRI principal investigators and PhD fellows.

Provide guidance and support to target districts
on the use of mobile based applications for AMR / VPH surveillance activities

Lead in the preparation of timely AMR/ VPH
component periodic progress reports

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
Biomedical Sciences or related fields (e.g. veterinary medicine or human
medicine) from a recognized university with at least 7 years of field practice
and research experience.

Master’s Degree in Veterinary Public Health with
a focus on AMR and VPH research will be an added advantage.

Three years of proven experience in the
management and implementation of AMR and or Veterinary Public Health research
programs particularly in Uganda.

Team player, self-motivated and ability to work
with minimum supervision

Ability to prioritize tasks, problem solve and
meet tight deadlines

Creative self-starter, independent thinker with
a focus on delivery of results for the project

Good understanding of the AMR / VPH governance
principles and priorities actions in Uganda

Results Focused

Teamwork with good inter-personal relations

Effective Communication and focus in building
Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Practical hands on work experience and knowledge
of the target districts and regions.

Ability to write technical briefs and concise

Ability to occasionally work under pressure and
meet tight deadlines.

Familiarity with Uganda national livestock
sector policies and strategies.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send
their applications with the subject line “Public Health Specialist” to the
e-mail address: and copied to The
application documents should include the following, all in one document:**

Cover letter for application (max 1 page)

Updated CV of not more than 3 pages and with at
least 3 professional referees.

Do not submit copies of transcripts, academic degrees, or
recommendation letter at this stage as you will provide them up on request

NB: Canvassing for the position through unfair means shall
lead to automatic disqualification.

Deadline: 28th
February 2020

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