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  • Posted on: 25 January, 2017 Deadline: Not Specified
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    Surveillance Officer – Diarrhea/ARI


    Working under the guidance and supervision of Clinical Services Manager the Surveillance Officer will enhance influenza surveillance, collect data, conduct physical examinations, and collect lab specimens for testing for influenza and ensure the specimen are stored and transported as per the standard operating procedures.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Work closely with the hospital’s wards to review the chief complaint of all patients admitted with Severe acuterespiratory illness(SARI) or Diarrheal Illness
    • Determine whether any of the presenting patients fit the case definitions for Flu surveillance.
    • If the case definitions are met, complete the data collection forms, and collect nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal or Nasal swabs.
    • Ensure that supplies are sufficient, and re-order as necessary.
    • Work closely with the national surveillance coordinator who will oversee activities at the sentinel sites.
    • Work closely with the hospital disease surveillance and infection control teams to detect and prevent/contain any outbreak
    • Coordinate implementation of any sub-studies as may be planned by the influenza program
    • Work closely with the Ministry of Health to sensitize and coordinate IDSR disease surveillance activities at the hospital
    • Assist in monitoring and evaluation activities to document activities and provide quality assurance to improve program service delivery
    • Ensure that all relevant records are properly kept and updated
    • Monitor and supervise rational use of supplies.
    • Maintain equipment in good condition and submit regular inventory reports of the same.
    • Conduct regular Continuous Medical Education and On-job trainings to other staff in the unit and the program.
    • Attend the hospital staff meetings and the clinical services health meetings.
    • Compile and submit weekly updated and accurate HIS reports.
    • Carry out other relevant and/or requested duties as may be required by the supervisor

    Key Result Areas:

    • Surveillance of Acute febrile illness is carried out effectively and efficiently through proper physical examination, laboratory specimen collection and data collection and recording.

    Required Qualifications

    Diploma in Clinical Medicine or a Diploma in Nursing (KRCHN) or Diploma in Public Health from a recognized institution.

    Required Experience & Competencies:

    • At least two years experience working in a busy clinical health unit
    • Must be registered by the authorizing board (Clinical officers council of Kenya or Nursingcouncil of Kenya)
    • Team player and cultural sensitivity is required.
    • Ability to work in hardship areas (Previous experience in a Camp setting will be an added advantage).
    • Computer literate
    • Experience in clinical research will be an added advantage though it’s not a must.
    • Evidence of involvement in community health work a plus.

    Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

    Commodity Tracking and Reporting Officer


    Working under the guidance and supervision of the Nutrition Manager, the Commodity tracking and reporting officer will be directly responsible to manage the receipt, storage, dispatch, distribution monitoring, documentation, accounting and reporting of commodities(Food and NFI) for the nutrition program. In liaison with the nutrition officers take lead in commodity management for all the nutrition program commodities which include (IMAM) program, nutrition surveillance, hospital feeding, nutrition education & counseling and promotion of maternal infant and young child nutrition in the camp.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Track all commodities form point of origin to destination, counting all commodities received and comparing counts to waybills and other legal documents.
    • Ensure file claims for loss or damages, documenting such losses and verifying their disposal according to the procedures or expectations of the donor and IRC management.
    • Ensure proper management of all 8 nutrition warehouse in Kakuma nutrition programming to ensure safe, orderly, clean and vermin-free storage.
    • Ensure inventory control is maintained and conduct at least biweekly physical inventories to ensure that losses are controlled in storage.
    • Design, if necessary, and implement an orderly food, NFI, system for the controlled dispatch of commodities from warehouse under IRC supervision.
    • Ensure that distribution plans are prepared to ensure the timely delivery of the required commodities at each distribution sites.
    • Ensure complete lists of all program beneficiaries, including types, quantities and dates of ratios received by each(as verified by signature or thumbprint of the beneficiary) and reconcile with original consignments are properly maintained.
    • Manage field to verify that distribution has occurred according to the intentions of the donor and IRC, noting anomalies and taking swift action to notify the Nutrition Manager when abuses are suspected.
    • Produce required weekly, biweekly, monthly commodity reports for submission to WFP, being available to prepare additional reports as requested by the Nutrition Manager.

    Bachelor degree in Supply chain management, business administration, warehousing, M&E, accounting or any related degree from a recognized University.

    Required Experience & Competencies:

    • Minimum 2 years work experience in Nutrition commodities programming and logistics, preferably within busy NGO context.
    • Past experience preferably with a busy NGO or a UN agency in handling of Food commodities and commodity tracking/accounting.
    • Knowledge of major donor regulations pertaining to commodities accountability and reporting.
    • Must experience in dispatch and logistics planning, warehousing, storekeeping, bookkeeping and computer knowledge especially spreadsheets and commodity tracking systems or statistics packages.
    • Must have good Knowledge in computer packages and basic analysis skills especially with Ms Access, Excel and Word.
    • Must have excellent planning, organizing and implementing skills
    • Should be a problem solver and have good analytical skills.
    • Ability to effectively rapport and relate to donors, NGOs and counterparts.
    • Strong report writing and team working skills.
    • Ability to work in hardship areas (previous experience in a camp setting will be an added advantage)

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) / email(s) below to apply on company website.

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