Namibia: Technical Advisor for Surveillance and Epidemiology

Organization: RTI International
Country: Namibia
Closing date: 01 Mar 2017

RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes. We work with governments, businesses, foundations, universities, and other clients and partners to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 4,150 tackles hundreds of projects to address complex social and scientific challenges facing our clients and the people and communities they serve. Our experts hold degrees in more than 250 scientific, technical, and professional disciplines across the social and laboratory sciences, and international development fields. RTI works in more than 75 countries and maintains offices on four continents. Our headquarters is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Our dedication to innovative, objective research and technical services makes RTI an outstanding partner for clients around the world whose greatest challenges demand rigorous approaches and science-based solutions

RTI is seeking a GHS Technical Advisor for Surveillance and Epidemiology who will support CDC Namibia in providing technical assistance, support and training to the Namibia government to enhance and build the epidemiologic and surveillance capacity of the government’s workforce and systems in order to detect, characterize and transparently report emerging biological threats at the earliest possible moment. Support will primarily be focused on improving the accurate and rapid collection, interpretation, identification and dissemination of information of emerging and reemerging diseases in accordance with the overall operational objectives of the CDC Global Health Security Agenda within the Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP) and in accordance with the International Health Regulations of 2005 (IHR). In addition to supporting DGHP Namibia program activities involving surveillance and epidemiology and providing technical input into the analysis, interpretation, and use of surveillance data for policy making, the contractor will support the CDC Namibia surveillance team in training public health leaders in the use of epidemiological surveillance. Training services will include providing mentorship services to four senior level selectees for the existing CDC funded Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) on related surveillance projects. This service position requires working closely with CDC funded Government partners, including the Namibia Ministry of Health (MOH) and the related public health institutes to implement projects supporting the development of surveillance systems.

Qualifications:

· Doctorate level degree (MD or PhD) with post-graduate training in field epidemiology

· Master’s level degree in epidemiology

· Five years post-graduate work in public health, public programs or related area

· At least three years international experience with progressive responsibility in Surveillance, Epidemiology

· Ability to effectively communicate in English on a daily basis with various groups (Speaking, Reading and Writing)**.**

How to apply:

To apply please send your CV and cover letter to globalhealthresearch@rti.org. Please use Technical Advisor for Surveillance and Epidemiology (Namibia) in the subject line.**

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