Officer – Community Based Surveillance NGO Job Opportunities – Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)

Organisation: Uganda
Red Cross Society (URCS)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Manager
Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Response
About US:
Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)
is the leading national humanitarian organization in Uganda and a member of the
International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. The ICRC is an International
humanitarian institution which has a mandate to protect victims of
international and armed conflicts i.e. the wounded, refugees, civilians,
prisoners and other non-combatants.
About USAID Project:
With support from IFRC, URCS
has secured funding support from USAID to implements nationwide community
epidemic and pandemic preparedness (CP3) program. This program is to ensure
that communities are at the center of epidemic and pandemic preparedness and
play a significant role using the all-hazard, whole-of-society approach to
build the capacity and skill of communities, civil society organizations (CSO),
to support and complement government health emergencies preparedness strategies
and localizing United Nations’ (UN) initiatives aimed at meeting obligations
under Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and the International Health
Regulation(IHR).
Job Summary: The
Community Based Surveillance (CBS) Officer for CP3 program will be responsible
for:
  • Supporting
    the Branch in development of work plans, budgets and monitoring plans for
    the implementation of CP3- program in the communities;
  • Supervising
    the implementation of the epidemic and pandemic preparedness program in
    the branch/communities;
  • Supporting
    the implementation of an all-of-society, all-hazard approach to epidemic
    and pandemic risk mitigation in the branch/communities;
  • Collaborating
    with branch management, volunteers and stakeholders in support of improved
    management of health emergencies in communities;
  • Coordinating
    and linking CP3 program implementation between the branch and headquarters
    line departments.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Tasked
    with implementation of CBS for disease outbreak in the branch and selected
    communities of implementation CP3 in line program work plans;
  • Ensure
    that surveillance guidelines, protocols and monitoring systems are adhered
    to by the volunteers for efficient data collection, correlation, analysis,
    interpretation for timely reporting and dissemination of
    information/alerts on disease out brakes;
  • Work
    closely with branch manager, volunteers and communities to formulate
    functional health emergency response teams for early warning for epidemic
    and pandemic- prone communities in the branch for early detection and
    response to potential hazards to infectious human and Zoonotic diseases;
  • Offer
    technical support to build capacity of branch volunteers and communities
    for preparedness for early detection and early action to mitigate impact
    epidemic and pandemic outbreaks;
  • Work
    with ‘One Health initiative to build synergies in the branch and
    communities to ensure that CBS and health information systems for epidemic
    and pandemics preparedness interventions for both environmental and animal
    sectors are harmonized;
  • Support
    the branch and communities in emergency preparedness initiatives and
    contingency planning to respond to disasters and others health
    emergencies;
  • Work
    with branches and volunteers to institute mechanism for disease outbreak
    surveillance guided by accurate data collection in collaboration with
    civil society, the media and health facilities in the catchment area;
  • Prepare
    and submit periodic activity reports- weekly, monthly, quarterly in line
    with program work plan and donor requirements;
  • Perform
    any other incident-specific duties assigned to you, as may be required by
    the functional supervisor.
     



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Officer –
    Community Based Surveillance – CP3 Program job opportunity should
    preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in Human Medicine and surgery or
    Veterinary Medicine/Science from a reputable institution;
  • Post
    Graduate qualification in Public Health, Epidemiology, Health information
    Management systems or public management of communicable diseases will be
    an added advantage.
  • At
    least two years of related experience, at the regional level in
    implementation of public health surveillance, outbreak investigation and
    response.
  • Previous
    experience in implementation of Integrated Disease Surveillance and
    Response (IDSR) is a plus;
  • Working
    experience at field level with recognized Organization with expertise in
    health and emergencies response;
  • Knowledge
    of district health infrastructure and systems.
  • Sound
    knowledge and skills in database management and statistical analysis,
    monitoring and evaluation or public health information management.
  • Proven
    ability to multi-task across various planning and implementation processes
    within a highly demanding environment.
  • Demonstrated
    knowledge and professional skills on the public health aspects of
    infectious disease control, epidemic and pandemic preparedness and
    response with particular attention to application of an all-hazard
    approach in the context of the International Health Regulations (IHR),
    Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and the use of event based and
    indicator based surveillance.
  • Analytical
    Skills
  • Data
    analysis and reporting skills
  • Public
    speaking and presentation
  • Budgeting
    and budgetary control skills
  • Networking,
    alliance building and stakeholder management.
  • Negotiation
    skills.
  • Project
    Planning and Management
  • Team
    building and management
How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to
join the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement should send their
filled application forms, download
here
 and E-mail to:
vacancies@redcrossug.org or mail via post to: The Secretary General, Uganda Red
Cross Society, Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road, P.O. Box 494, Kampala, Uganda.
Deadline: 22nd January 2018 by 5:00pm
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