Technical Officer NGO Job Careers – Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Job Title:   Technical Officer – Surveillance Systems

Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Duty Station:
MOH Kampala, Uganda

Vacancy Code:

Reports to:
Senior Project Manager-RTSL

About US:

The Infectious
Diseases Institute (IDI) is a Ugandan not-for-profit organization whose mission
is to strengthen health systems in Africa, with strong emphasis on infectious
diseases, through research and capacity development. IDI has six operational
areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and
Treatment; Training, Research, Laboratory services (including the CAP-certified
IDI Core Lab & Translational Lab), Global Health Security and Health System

Uganda is
implementing the National Action plan for Health Security (NAPHS), a five-year
plan jointly developed by several government ministries and agencies. The
overall aim of the acceleration phase is to support government of Uganda to
comply with the International Health Regulations, (IHR) 2005.

Job Summary:  The Technical Officer – Surveillance Systems will
work closely with the NAPHS Acceleration Team, Ministry of Health, and Ministry
of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Water and
Environment, Uganda Wildlife Authority, as well as other relevant authorities
of government of Uganda. The incumbent will report to the Senior Project
Manager and work closely with local and international surveillance experts to
oversee the review of the existing surveillance systems in line with NAPHS, the
benchmarks tool and IHR, 2005. The surveillance work will focus on
strengthening coordinated surveillance system for priority zoonotic diseases. .

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

·       Assess capacity, capabilities and gaps of
existing surveillance systems for priority zoonotic diseases in human and
animal health sectors

·       Develop operational plans for strengthening
priority zoonotic disease surveillance to improve response timelines

·       Evaluate the linkage between surveillance and
laboratory in human and animal health for harmonization of the electronic
reporting systems.

·       Advocate for additional funding in the
surveillance space and coordinate all partners so they are aligned

·       Work with the surveillance team in Uganda to
align surveillance systems with timeliness indicators that are being collected;
do analysis to understand where the breakages in the system can be

·       Support Ministries to document and
disseminate surveillance information products such as weekly and monthly

·       Support develop the system for collection,
analysis and utilization of surveillance data at priority Points of Entry Deliverables

·       Comprehensive review of the linkage and
possible integration of the electronic reporting systems from the animal and
human health sectors

·       Reviewed linkage between laboratory systems
and surveillance in animal and human health

·       Documented and disseminated surveillance
information products such as weekly and monthly bulletins

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor
Degree in Biomedical Sciences, MBChB, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy or Public Health)
and Master’s Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
Statistics or similar qualification. Demonstrated knowledge of computer
analytical packages is desired.

·       At least 5 years of progressive work
experience in supporting national surveillance systems

·       Familiarity with the International Health
Regulations (2005) and global health security agenda targets

·       Demonstrated experience in convening and
leading high-level discussion with Government of Uganda officials and public
and private stakeholders

·       Demonstrated experience and skills in
successful analysis, documentation and dissemination of surveillance reports

·       Understanding of the multi-sectoral and One
Health approaches to achieving Global Health Security objectives

·       Excellent written and oral skills with
demonstrated experience documenting and disseminating surveillance data and
programme accomplishments

·       Familiarity with government of Uganda
structure and functions relating to surveillance framework and health system
strengthening processes

How to Apply:

All Candidates that
meet the above criteria and have what it takes to excel in this position should
send their CVs, including details of email address, present position, current
remuneration, Certificate/testimonials and address of three (3) Referees plus
telephone contact to the stipulated email address

Email your
application and CV to

Key Notes:

·       IDI is an equal opportunity employer and does
not charge a recruitment fee or any other fees at any stage of the recruitment

·       In this particular recruitment, preference
will be given to internal interested candidates who meet the required
specifications and have worked with IDI for a period of at least one year.

·       Make sure that your application letter, CV
and certificates are attached as one PDF document.

·       Indicate the Vacancy Code as the subject line
of your email.

·       Please note that if you DO NOT indicate the
vacancy code as instructed above, your application will not be considered.

·       Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic

·        Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Senior Human
Resource Manager

Infectious Diseases
Institute — IDI Knowledge Centre, Makerere University Main Campus

College of Health
Sciences, Makerere University

P.O. Box 22418,
Kampala, Uganda

Deadline: 10th
August 2020

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