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  • Posted: May 10, 2021
    Deadline: May 21, 2021
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  • AFENET is a non-profit networking and service alliance of Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory) Training Programs (FELTPs), and other applied epidemiology training programs. AFENET has operations in over 31 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa or the World Health Organisation Africa Region (WHO - AFRO). Established in 2005, AFENET is dedicated to helping Ministries...
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    Technical Officer – Communication & Information Technology (Nairobi)

    The five strategic priority areas include: (1) public health surveillance and disease intelligence; (2) public health emergency preparedness and response; (3) public health laboratory systems and networks; (4) public health information and technology systems; and (5) public health research and public health institutes. For effective implementation of its strategic plan, Africa CDC underlines the need for collaboration, innovation and partnership. It is through this spirit of partnership that the institution has formed a strong partnership with Ford Foundation to recruit and deploy who will contribute to continent’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health threats. To better prepare and effectively respond to emerging public health events, African countries needs to be capacitated on hazard identification, hazard mapping, vulnerability and its implied risk. Using part of funds from Ford Foundation, Africa CDC will deploy experts through the regional collaborating centers (RCC) to help strengthen capacity building to the Member States present at these regions. It is in this premise that the Commission of the African Union invites applicants who are national and citizens of Member States for the following positions: –

    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    Based in the Eastern (RCC), the technical health officer will work to ensure that the RCC objectives are achieved in full.
    Specifically, the officer will:

    • Provide technical input on RCC strategic plans, implementation guidelines, monitoring and evaluation tools.
    • Assumes primary responsibility for planning, developing and implementing communication strategies to promote Africa CDC’s strategic pillars and the Eastern Africa Regional Collaboration Centre mandates.
    • Prepares and maintain up to date RCC work plan reports.
    • Prepares Programs for RCC Communications, advocacy and awareness
    • Develops partnerships with Member States and other relevant organizations to disseminate information and create awareness about public health events, Africa CDC’s initiatives well as activities in the region with the guidance of the Eastern Africa RCC Coordinator.
    • Receives technical guidance from Africa CDC Policy, Advocacy and Communication Division.
    • Facilitate inter-country collaboration on health data sharing and use.
    • Develops communication materials such as Human Interest Stories, activity reports, proposals, factsheets, info graphs etc.
    • Disseminates information to Member States and target groups through relevant media and network channels
    • Develops and maintains contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets (print, TV, radio, web etc.) within the region and to increase coverage of conservation issues in the media (print, broadcast and digital).

    Specific activities may include:

    • Draft and edit articles, press releases, human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials.
    • Collaborate with the media by organizing project site visits, facilitate photo coverage and TV footage and utilizing both web-based and traditional media as appropriate.
    • Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials. Maintain a library of media coverage, clippings etc.
    • Maintain Africa CDC Eastern Africa RCC website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) such as daily monitoring, posting and content development.
    • Coordinate and facilitate Eastern Africa RCC ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcome) platform for public health information sharing.
    • Ensure timely and quality production of advocacy and branding materials such as periodicals, annual and partners reports, supplements, calendars, briefing notes,
    • Develop and archive communication materials, including digital, such as publications, press releases and clippings, photographs, audio-visual materials, web resources etc.
    • Support the Public Health Risk communication and community engagement community of Practice for Africa (PH-RCCE-CoPA) activities.
    • Assists in organizing and generating public support for special events and campaigns to promote strategic conservation goals.
    • Support the Africa CDC strategic pillars in facilitating smooth communications with the 14 Member States focal points in the Eastern Africa region for better coordination, early outbreak detection/verification and response.
    • Participate in the implementation of RCC work plan
    • Engage on different technical working groups and intervene towards action points taken
    • Evidence of strategic thinking and proven ability to organize, plan and prioritize work
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
    • Builds strong relationships internally and with external actors

    Qualifications:
    Education:

    • At least a university degree in the field of Communications with additional training on other fields related to the scope of work for this post
    • Master’s degree on communication, public health and any other related field is an added advantage Experience
    • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in communication, Public health practice and risk communication
    • Having experience on public health communication, risk communication or any other communication
    • Language: Excellent knowledge of either English, French or Arabic.
    • Tenure of appointment: The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three months will be considered as a probationary period

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    Public Health Fellow-Surveillance

    Major duties and responsibilities:

    Based in the Eastern RCC, the public health officer will work to ensure that the RCC objectives are achieved in full.

    Specifically, the officer will:

    • Provide technical input on, strategic plans, implementation guidelines, monitoring and evaluation tools
    • Prepare and maintain up to date RCC work plan reports.
    • Facilitate inter-country collaboration on health data sharing and use,
    • Strengthen quality data collection and management to perform epidemiological assessment and interpretations
    • Improve Africa CDC’s access to health-related data through coordination, collaboration and technical assistance.
    • Develop and recommend on frameworks for multi sectoral regional pandemic preparedness and response, Regional integrated Surveillance and response Network (RILSNET), Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (AMRSNET) and One Health.
    • promote engagement of countries in regional surveillance and laboratory networks;
    • Prepare publication on Africa CDC and RCC initiatives on the region (Policy brief, disease trend analysis, in the public health best practices and challenges)
    • Support National Public Health Institutes’ capacity on data analysis for action;
    • 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;
    • Support efforts to establish non-communicable diseases surveillance as an important mechanism for assessing disease burden and trends; through strengthening implementation of the existing non-communicable disease surveillance systems with in member states
    • Support countries to strengthen disease-specific surveillance systems for priority diseases (e.g. cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes) appropriate for the African context;
    • Participate in the implementation of RCC work plan
    • Provide training for member states on identified technical areas

    Mentor RCC staffs on efficient delivery of assignments

    • Engage on different technical working groups and intervene towards action points taken
    • Representing Africa CDC and RCC in inter agency forums and different stakeholders’ meetings
    • Prepare and maintain up to date RCC report
    • Prepare publications on Africa CDC RCC initiatives in the region
    • Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

    Required skills and competencies

    • Theoretical and practical knowledge of Public health (Human health /animal health/environment health) principles and practices: surveillance, outbreak investigations, research and publications, development of Public health documents (SOPs, TORs, frameworks etc.)
    • The ability to plan, manage workload and execute tasks with minimal supervision.
    • Focus on impact and result
    • Evidence of strategic thinking and proven ability to organize, plan and prioritize work
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
    • Builds strong relationships internally and with external actors

    Qualification
    Education:

    • At least a university degree in the field of Human health, Animal health or Environmental health with additional training in epidemiology, public health management or other fields related to the scope of work for this post

    Experience:

    • Minimum two years’ experience in Public health practice
    • Language: Excellent knowledge of either English, French or Arabic.
    • Tenure of appointment: The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three months will be considered as a probationary period.

    Method of Application

    Submit your resume, application letter, and relevant documentation to: The Administration and HR Office email; [email protected] *ONLY successful candidates shall be contacted for an interview. Please note that all applications should be sent online by close of business 5:30 pm (EAT) Friday May 21, 2021

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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