Career Opportunity Surveillance Officer (HPC/ALH 1)

JOB PURPOSE

In collaboration with the Medical Epidemiologist, collate, tabulate, analyse and interpret surveillance related data and information received from the parishes/regions.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS

  • Collation and analysis of surveillance data submitted by the field.
  • Preparation of written reports on the notifiable conditions within areas of responsibility.
  • Participation in outbreak investigations, including the preparation of reports.
  • Validation of surveillance data submitted by the field.
  • Oversight of the management of syndromic surveillance data.
  • Participation in the training and re-training of staff involved in surveillance.
  • Preparation of relevant sections of the National Epidemiology Bulletin.

 

MAIN DUTIES:

  • Ensure the timeliness and completeness of case and outbreak investigation reports received from the field.
  • Manage incoming data on influenza, arboviruses, and syndromes.
  • Monitor trends in syndromes and prepare written reports on same weekly.
  • Prepare notifiable disease (including influenza and arbovirus) reports for submission to the senior Technical Team of the Ministry of Health and International partners.
  • Assist with laboratory surveillance.
  • Attend and participate in weekly and monthly surveillance meetings.
  • Participate in special surveys and other research activities as required.
  • Participate in local, regional and international, conferences and seminars
  • Perform any other surveillance related duties as assigned by the Medical Epidemiologist

 

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • Databases for influenza, arboviruses and syndromic surveillance current, complete, and synchronized to reporting needs
  • Routine (weekly, monthly) reports prepared and submitted.
  • Audits and other monitoring activities conducted as per schedule.
  • National and international surveillance indicator targets met or exceeded.

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

 

Functional/Technical Competencies

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Knowledge of epidemiological surveillance principles and methods.
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Excellent  knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing and electronic presentation applications
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Ability to collect, collate and analyze surveillance data.
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Ability to prepare and conduct presentations tailored to various audiences.
Other Competencies
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Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
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Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clinical and public health personnel at the regional, parish and facility levels.
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Ability to appropriately handle sensitive medical and non-medical data and maintain confidentiality of same.

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in the Sciences
  • Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Epidemiology degree
  • Experience working or volunteering in public health an asset

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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

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