CDC NGO Jobs – Project Officer (CPHL) at Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Job Title:      Project Officer (CPHL)
Organisation: Infectious
Diseases Institute (IDI)
Project Name: Global Health
Security Partner Engagement: Expanding Efforts and Strategies to Protect and
Improve Public Health Globally (GHSA) Project
Funding Source: Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Project
About US:
The Infectious
Diseases Institute (IDI) is an international non-profit organization which is a
partnership of infectious diseases and public health specialists. The overall
objective of the IDI is to strengthen health systems with strong emphasis on
Infectious Diseases, through Research and Capacity Development. IDI has five
operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention,
Care and Treatment; Training, Research and Laboratory services (provided
through a partnership with the Makerere University – John Hopkins University
Core Lab) and Outreach.
About CDC Project:
The Infectious
Diseases Institute (IDI) has received funding from Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) to implement a 5 year project “Global Health Security Partner Engagement:
Expanding Efforts and Strategies to Protect and Improve Public Health Globally.”
CDC under Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) seeks to accelerate progress
toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote
global health security as an international security priority in three key
Preventing and reducing the likelihood of outbreaks
—natural, accidental, or intentional.
Detecting threats early saves lives.
Rapid, effective response requires multi-sectoral,
international coordination and communication.
Job Summary:  The Project Officer will serve as the IDI
focal person at CPHL and will work closely with the Project team support CPHL
in coordination of GHSA activities. In addition, the incumbent will support the
MOH and its partners in the implementation of programs and activities to meet key
International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) requirements / through
implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). This will include
coordinating efforts to build capacities to prevent avoidable epidemics, detect
threats early and respond rapidly and effectively to the threats.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
In charge of coordinating project efforts to support
to MOH and its partners to strengthen systems for/ or that contribute to the:
o   Prevention/reduction
of the emergence and spread of antimicrobial drug resistant organisms;
o   In charge of
the development of the Govemment national biosafety and biosecurity system;
o   Strengthening
laboratory systems for improved detection, differentiation, and
characterization of pathogens; including Emerging Infectious Diseases;
o   In charge of
the development of real-time and GHSA reporting mechanisms to ensure effective
and rapid response to the health threats;
Participating in the development of
epidemic outbreak surge capacity at national, regional, district, facility and
community levels
Work in liaison with MOH, CPHL leadership and
management structures, liaise with the necessary agencies and organs to ensure
alignment of project activities to government structures and policies; such as
data collection tools, electronic laboratory information management systems,
training programs and materials etc.
Assist in convening of stakeholder
meetings/workshops and compilation of workshop reports
The incumbent will be based at CPHL and will provide
routine updates on project activities involving CPHL to CPHL Management
Prepare and submit regular progress reports as
required by the project guidelines through the Head CPHL
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should hold a Bachelor’s degree
in a Laboratory related Health Science from a recognized university. Additional
qualifications: Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology, Public health, Medical
Laboratory Science, Project Planning and Management, or similar field will be
an added advantage.
Additional training and mentorship of Health Care
workers in Quality Management Systems
Experience in setting up national networks and
systems related to communicable disease control, laboratory services,
surveillance, epidemiology, emergence or disaster response and other related
public health activities.
Familiarity with the IHR, IDSR, Biosafety and
Biosecurity, AMR, national laboratory network and the goals of GHSA
Demonstrated ability to engage key government
ministries and a large number of stakeholders drawn from different sectors
Participation in a Viral Haemorragic Fever ((VHF)
outbreak investigation and response in or outside Uganda will be an added
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should hand deliver an application letter
with a detailed CV, naming at least two professional referees to:
The Human
Resources Manager,
Diseases Institute,
P.O. Box 22418,
Kampala, Uganda
E-mail to:
NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Deadline: 21st December, 2015
by 5:00 PM

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