Career Opportunity – Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza in Jamaica Project

Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza in Jamaica Project

Consultancy to Support Conduct Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviour and Practices Assessment of Health Care and Surveillance Personnel in Sentinel Sites

 

Background

The Government of Jamaica, Ministry of Health received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) towards the “Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza in Jamaica” Project. The project aims to support routine influenza surveillance and build capacity of the surveillance system to detect, monitor, and respond to changes in influenza viruses as well as population occurrence of respiratory infections – including influenza, with special emphasis on capacity building and sustainability after the life of the grant.

The National Surveillance System for influenza and severe respiratory diseases monitors respiratory infection trends, and investigates suspected cases of selected respiratory infection and provides information on the causative pathogens.  These activities are guided by the National Surveillance Manual for Jamaica (2009), supported by current international guidelines.  Current challenges to the system include: (i) an inadequate number of samples taken based on the number of reported cases and poor routine establishment of aetiological agents; (ii) identifying the burden of influenza (iii) data entry and analysis is not being done at collection sites. Based on the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) National Influenza Surveillance System Assessment conducted in June 2016, the following recommendations were made: (i) training and retraining throughout the surveillance network; (ii) the review and revisions of guidelines; (iii) web-based data entry systems for SARI cases; (iv) an automatic performance monitoring system.

In order to increase capacity for early detection and mitigation of influenza cases that originate or are imported to Jamaica, it is important to fully understand the perceptions and practices of health care professionals to influenza surveillance. The project would like to assess knowledge, attitudes, behaviour and practices of health care and surveillance personnel to influenza surveillance at sentinel sites. The assessment will provide a baseline assessment and be used to determine change over time in health care and surveillance personnel knowledge, attitudes, behaviour and practices as it relates to influenza surveillance and response. The information gained will provide guidance for the setting of project specific goals and objectives to enhance influenza surveillance.

 

Job Purpose

To conduct an assessment of the knowledge, attitudes, behaviour and practices of health care and surveillance personnel at sentinel sites regarding influenza surveillance.

 

Key Responsibilities

The consultant will be expected to undertake the following activities:

  • Conduct desk review and engage in stakeholder consultations to guide the formulation of the assessment tool
  • Conduct knowledge, attitude, behaviour and practices of health care and surveillance personnel at sentinel sites regarding influenza surveillance.
  • Provide baseline data that will guide guidance the setting of project specific goals and objectives to enhance influenza surveillance.

 

Key Outputs

  • Work Plan
  • Completion of Assessment Proposal including Assessment Tool
  • Draft Assessment Report
  • Final Assessment Report (Electronic and hard copies) that addresses the comments from review of Draft Assessment Report by stakeholders

 

Schedule of Deliverables

Deliverables Proposed Timelines Payment Schedule
Work Plan July 5, 2018 5%
Completion of Assessment Proposal including Assessment Tool July 20, 2018

 

35%
Data collection completed August 17, 2018 20%
Draft Assessment Report August 31, 2018 20%
Final Assessment Report (electronic and hard copies) that addresses the comments from review of Draft Assessment Report by stakeholders August 14, 2018 15%
Dissemination of findings to key stakeholders August 28, 2018 5%

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s level degree required, in epidemiology, public health, social sciences, such as statistics, public policy, economics or a related field.

or

  • A Bachelor’s degree with five additional years of relevant work experience can substitute for a Master’s degree.

 

Work Experience:

  • The consultant should be experienced in conducting health or social assessments/surveys
  • Knowledge and application of research methods.
  • Experience in use of a statistical software package for analysis

 

Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skill in English is required;
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet (preferably Microsoft Access and Excel), and presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint);
  • Ability to deliver within the stipulated timeframe
  • Excellent analytical skills

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Interested persons may apply in writing accompanied by resumes. Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, July 19, 2018 to:
Director
Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health
10A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10
jobs@moh.gov.jm

Please note that responses will be sent to short- listed applicants only