Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Surveillance Officer >> Global Programs for Research & Training Affiliate of the University of California >> Kisumu

Global Programs for Research & Training
Affiliate of the University of California
Surveillance Officer
Based in Kisumu
Background: The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is engaged in a five-year Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Kenya (CDC - Kenya) to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and its partners for conducting HIV and STI surveillance and survey activities as well as Monitoring and Evaluation of programs. 

We are recruiting individuals through our affiliated international NGO Global Programs for Research & Training to serve as Surveillance Officers for HIV surveillance and survey activities. 

These positions are based in Kisumu, and incumbents would likely begin working on March 1st, 2016. The positions require a one-year commitment, with the potential for extension at the end of the period, subject to funding availability.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Senior Epidemiology and Statistics Officer, the Surveillance officer will work with the UCSF Surveillance team, the Global Programs in-country Surveillance team and the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP) Strategic Information (SI) team to:
  • Participate in planning, designing and implementation of surveillance activities in collaboration with the MOH at national and county levels and their partners.
  • Participate in the development of protocols, data collection tools, and development of data analysis plans for population based surveys, bio-behavioural surveys among key populations and program monitoring activities.
  • Support data analysis, interpretation, summarization and dissemination of data from surveys and surveillance activities.
  • Participate in the creation and implementation of data dissemination tools for routinely collected data including the dashboards for county and national level data.
  • Assist in the development, revision, evaluation and updating of surveillance systems as well as standardizing reporting procedures.
  • Supports the MOH in data utilization for program improvement and planning.
Minimum Requirements:
  • A Master’s degree in public health or relevant field is required.
  • Minimum of three years of progressive professional experience in public health surveillance. 
  • Experience with HIV/STI programs preferred.
  • 5 years of progressive experience in surveillance and a Bachelor’s degree in public health or related field may be substituted for a Master’s degree.
  • Demonstrated ability in survey design, data analysis, and interpretation of survey data.
  • Experience in writing and updating protocols and procedures relating to surveillance data collection, storage, reporting, sharing, and dissemination.
  • Knowledge of concepts of public health, epidemiology and surveillance.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Availability to travel in-country to support MOH and its partners in the planning, implementation and monitoring of surveillance activities.
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili is required.
Other desired skills/qualities:
  • Ability to prioritize, work under deadlines, work with minimal supervision and multitask.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to summarize disparate information in a clear and concise manner
  • Working knowledge of statistical software (STATA or SAS) preferred.
  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing and excel
How to Apply:
All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed in the minimum requirements above with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. 

All applications must include the following:
  • A current CV with names and telephone numbers for 3 referees
  • Copies of academic and professional certificates
  • Salary history
Applications must be sent by email to with the email subject Surveillance Officer by January 25, 2016.

NOTE: Only short listed candidates will be contacted.



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