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Senior Surveillance Officer, Regional Collaborating at the African Union

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Senior Surveillance Officer, Regional Collaborating at the African Union

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).  We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Senior Surveillance Officer, Regional Collaborating

Requisition ID: 843
Locations: Lusaka – Zambia, Libreville – Gabon, Nairobi – Kenya and Abuja – Nigeria
Slots: 4
Reports to: Coordinator, Regional Collaborating Center
Directorate / Department: Africa CDC
Division: Regional Collaborating Center
Job Grade: P3
Contract Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • The Senior Surveillance Officer will be responsible for providing technical assistance for advancing African CDC strategic priorities and initiatives by working through regional implementing partners. These programmes and activities are designed to improve the health of the people of Africa through prevention of infections, surveillance and response to emergencies (including outbreaks, manmade and natural disasters, and public health events of regional and international concern) and building capacity to reduce disease burden in the continent.
  • The Senior Surveillance Officer supports the implementation of public health pandemic preparedness and response, as well as surveillance and epidemiologic activities, workforce development, strengthening of information systems, laboratory networks, and other related health systems strengthening activities.
  • Working in close collaboration with technical staff in the Africa CDC Secretariat and other Regional Collaborating Centres (RCC), the Officer coordinates and provides technical oversight and guidance applied to specific technical policies and programmes at national and regional levels to regional integrated surveillance and laboratory networks (RESNET), National Public Health Institutes (NPHI) and other implementing partners.
  • This body of work includes incident management, emergency preparedness and response, epidemiology and surveillance monitoring and reporting, health information systems, and epidemiologic and surveillance linkages to laboratory networks, public health research, workforce development, and other related health systems strengthening activities, all in alignment with Africa CDC’s vision and strategic plan.

Main Functions

  • Provide technical support in the preparation and implementation of programmes developed out of the Division’s strategic plan
  • Ensure effective coordination and implementation at various levels
  • Liaise with the Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and other stakeholders on relevant matters
  • Prepare and develop reports, budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Division
  • Provide technical support for the development of resource mobilization strategy with stakeholders coordination
  • Manage and supervise employees under his/her supervision about organization and performance evaluation.
  • Conduct complex analysis and generate accurate reports promptly for the Division and AU’s internal use.
  • Liaise with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes
  • Prepare budgets for the Division following relevant frameworks. Support the promotion of the activities of the Division including preparing leaflets, guidelines and fact sheets as may be required.
  • Actively contribute to the development of strategies, policies, programmes and plans.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance to ensure the vision, mission and guiding values of the Africa CDC are developed, communicated, and implemented by Africa CDC Regional Collaborating Centres (RCC) and implementing partners as appropriate;
  • Plan, develop, and implement RCC specific policy and programme objectives, strategic plans, annual work plans, activity action plans, resource plans and budgets, staff performance plans necessary to achieve core strategies, outcome-oriented goals, and objectives.  Evaluate and report on progress;
  • Provide expert advice and consultation to Member States, RCC’s, NPHI’s, key stakeholders and partners regarding implementation of Africa CDC surveillance initiatives and programmes, e.g., Events Based Surveillance (EBS), emergency preparedness and response, strengthening disease monitoring and surveillance and laboratory systems and health information systems, workforce development and other activities through the regional integrated surveillance and laboratory networks (RISLNET);
  • Provide technical assistance to improve existing event-based surveillance systems for outbreak detection, including efforts to incorporate information streams from laboratories, clinical care facilities, communities and across other sectors.
  • Facilitate and coordinate the development of standard operating procedures and monitoring and reporting mechanisms for strengthening regional and national surveillance systems;
  • Facilitate and coordinate the development of tools and systems for the analysis, interpretation, and use of surveillance data for public health policymaking and to guide decisions on the allocation of public health resources;
  • Facilitate and coordinate the development of planning tools and reference guide for regional surveillance capacity strengthening, working in collaboration with the NHPIs;
  • Facilitate and coordinate crosscutting surveillance support across Divisions and Regional Collaborating Centres as appropriate.  Special emphasis will be placed on Emergency Operations Center activities involving outbreak response, including disease surveillance, investigations, analysis, and reporting of disease threats across Africa;
  • Work closely with the office of the Head of Management and Administration to ensure all resource requirements for Division activity implementation are communicated, processed and delivered. Facilitates and ensures monitoring and reporting for Division expenditures.
  • Facilitate and coordinate, and lead when appropriate, the design of technical proposals/programmes and/or write, contribute and/or review proposals for implementation of agency initiatives, programs and projects;
  • Facilitate, coordinate and contribute to the development of briefing notes, strategy documents, guidelines, and standard operating guidelines. Help lead efforts to document results and lessons from projects, in white papers or journal articles. Prepare input for reports, slides, and other materials as required
  • Under the direction of the designated Africa CDC Incident Commander, provide technical services delivery in support of Africa CDC Emergency Response activities as appropriate and assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or a related disciplines such as but not limited to Public Health, Epidemiology and Health-services Research with seven (7) years relevant work experience, out of which three (3) years should be at expert level

OR

  • A Clinical Degree (e.g., M.D, MPhil, in Medicine, Nursing or PharmD) in a relevant discipline such as, but not limited to, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health-services Research, Health Outcomes Research, Biostatistics, Environmental Science or Decision Sciences with ten (10) years relevant experience, out of which three (3) need to be at expert level.
  • Relevant experience in implementing public health programmes, with special emphasis on epidemiology and surveillance or other public health programmes and/or health sciences and outcomes research in any setting, including a governmental agency, academic institution, research organization or a life-sciences company
  • A clear understanding of health systems on the African continent and fair knowledge of operations of the Ministry of Health in the Member States.
  • Knowledge of public health programmes, health sciences research and health systems strengthening, and experience in supporting projects and programmes under government ministries and external donors. Knowledge and experience in supporting Public Health programmes or other public sector projects and programmes under government ministries and external donors.
  • Knowledge of public health issues in Africa, and at least 7 years previous experience working in Africa.
  • Demonstrable technical expertise and experience in supporting and/or managing complex, public health programmes related to emergency management and pandemic preparedness and response, disease prevention and control, epidemiology and surveillance and other health information systems.
  • Familiarity with the administrative and management practices and processes typically employed by public health and other public sector programmes.
  • Relevant experience is defined as implementing/coordinating public health epidemiology and surveillance or other public health programme and/or health sciences research programmes.

Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is added advantage.

Required Skills
Functional Skills:

  • Sound technical writing skills, in addition to narrative and financial reporting skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills and a proven ability to deliver under tight deadlines and works well under pressure.
  • Excellent skills and abilities applied to translating technical information into presentations, briefings and report and funding proposals for both technical and lay audiences.
  • Knowledge of interpersonal relationship practices to meet and deal with persons of diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of oral communication techniques to make presentations, provide programme consultation, and credible response to inquiries.
  • Demonstrable technical and scientific writing skills, in addition to narrative and technical reporting skills.
  • Resourceful and skilled at collecting, analyzing and using data to recommend, make and communicate decisions of a technical nature for both technical and lay audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability about computer skills, including office administration and statistical software applications and online digital information systems.

Personal Abilities:

  • Ability to work under pressure, stay on track and meet deadlines
  • Analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Proven ability to use clear, concise language in correspondence as well as including content fitting for the purpose and audiences when preparing written briefs and reports;
  • Able to operate in a multicultural environment
  • High level of autonomy at work, yet with profound team-spirit
  • Adaptive, patient, resourceful, resilient and flexible
  • Proactive and solutions-oriented.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight
  • Developing others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk
  • Core Competencies
  • Building Relationship
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Influence
  • Functional Competencies
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for result
  • Continuous improvement orientation.

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period.
  • Thereafter, the contract will be for two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of US$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment Lusaka (44% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 16,819.80 (per annum), Libreville (48% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 19,530.00 (per annum), Nairobi  (42% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 18,585.00 (per annum), Abuja (57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 24,561.84 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
3rd December 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Gender Mainstreaming

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Justin Okere
Justin Okere
Dr. Justin Kelechi Okere has a Ph.D (Distinction) in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (Impact Assessment and Remediation) from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria; Certified by Ivy universities including Harvard, Stanford and MIT. He is also certified by NEBOSH, UK. Dr Okere is an Environmental Consultant and presently the Head, Department of Chemical Sciences, Hezekiah University, Imo State and Adjunct Lecturer at University of Port Harcourt. Due to the high unemployment rate and degradation of the environment, he has decided to use this Globupdate platform to enhance humanity as regards the mentioned issues and more.

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