Surveillance Officer USAID MAPD Project Jobs – Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC)

Job Title:      Surveillance Officer
Organization: Infectious
Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC)
Project Name: USAID Malaria
Action Program for Districts (MAPD)
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
The Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC) is a non-profit
research organization. IDRC conducts research in infectious diseases including
Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis. Our studies have led to over 150 publications
and have impacted on the management of infectious diseases in Uganda. IDRC
currently manages over 41 grants with an annual budget of $11 million. IDRC was
established in May 2008 by Ugandan health scientists from Makerere University
College of health sciences, University of California, San Francisco and the
Uganda Ministry of health.
About USAID MAPD Project:
The Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) project is a 5-year
USAID/PMI funded project. The project aims to prevent and control Malaria
illnesses and deaths in order to minimise the social economic effects of the
disease among the overall population of Uganda especially in children under 5 years
of age. The project will be implemented starting in August 2016, and will cover
43 districts with a total population of more than 13 million. The Malaria
Action Program for Districts project offers a partnership uniquely positioned
to deliver this implementation rollout. Partners include Johns Hopkins Program
for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO), Banyan
Global, Deloitte &Touché Uganda, Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) and
Communication for Development Foundation-Uganda (CDFU).
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The incumbent will assist the Regional
    Surveillance Assistants to strengthen HMIS at Health Facility level
    through training of staff to use and accurately complete the national HMIS
  • Organize and conduct quarterly joint
    supervision of MRCs with MAPD consortium partners and other players like
    MOH, PMI, WHO, District Health Teams (DHTs) etc.
  • Organize quarterly meetings with
    stakeholders to discuss strategy, progress, share, and promote data use.
  • Manage the collection, completeness and
    timely delivery of data from MRCs to the head office in Kampala;
  • Work closely with the Study Coordinator,
    participate in managing the surveillance database and data quality and
    assurance program for MRCs and other sites
  • Together with the Data Manager,
    participate in compiling and analyzing data and sharing weekly and monthly
    reports on key malaria indicators.
  • Supporting collection and use of high
    quality malaria surveillance data at the health facility and working with
    the appropriate health facility and district leaders.
  • Work as a liaison between MAPD Consortium
    partner (IDRC), MOH and other malaria partners.
  • Take lead in setting up new sites and
    replicating the MRC model at select districts across the country.
  • Support MAPD program activities as and
    when requested.
Key Result Areas:
  • Mentoring and coaching of Regional
    Surveillance Assistants
  • Setting up of functional and model
    surveillance sites with best practices
  • Progress reports specifically reports of
    key malaria indicators
  • Stakeholder engagement and management

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant for the USAID MAPD Surveillance
    Officer job should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine or a health
    related degree and a Masters Degree in Public Health/Medicine and or Clinical
    Epidemiology is an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of HMIS, DHIS II and health
    systems in Uganda
  • Three years of related work experience in
    a similar setting and or prior experience working with the Uganda Ministry
    of Health.
  • Good computer skills especially with
    database management and other Microsoft programs for data analysis is an
    added advantage.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal
    skills and networking skills
  • Integrity and ability to develop a
    productive working relationship with District Health Teams.
  • Ability to operate in a fast and diverse
How to Apply:
All candidates should deliver their typed letters of application
together with current CV and copies of academic certificates to:
The Human Resource Manager
Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC),
P. O Box 7475, Kampala, 2C Nakasero Hill Road
IDRC Tororo Office at the Tororo District Hospital
IDRC Mbarara Office Opposite Lake View Hotel
IDRC Mbale Office on Plot 35 Masaba Road
IDRC Busia Office at Masafu General Hospital
IDRC Fort portal Office Kagote Division, Kabafumu Road
IDRC Jinja Bugembe Office next to Uganda Prisons.
Applications can be submitted to
All applications must be accompanied by the following at the time of
  • Current CV (Use Word or PDF format only
    for email submissions; photos are not allowed).
  • Typed letters of application (Use Word or
    PDF format only for email submissions; photos are not allowed)
  • The contact details of three work related
  • Copies of academic certificates (Use Word
    or PDF format only for email submissions; photos are not allowed):
  • If you are applying by mail, PLEASE ENTER
Deadline: Friday 22nd December
2017 by 5:00pm

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