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Jun 06, 2015


African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET)

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State Field Coordinator At The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET)

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The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) is a Network of public health training institutions in Africa that seeks to strengthen manpower to enhance health systems on the continent. AFENET is a not-for-profit organization which works closely with Ministries of Health in member countries to develop sustainable programs and capacity to strengthen field epidemiology and ensure healthier lives for Africans.

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) seeks the services of candidates to fill the vacant position below for the Nigerian Field Epidemiology and Training Program (NFELTP) National Stop Transmission of Poliomyelitis (NSTOP) program:

State Field Coordinator 

Duration of contract: One year
Work Hours: Full time

The responsibilities of the State Field coordinator include:

  • Assist State PHC team and polio eradication emergency center (EOC) in strengthening PEI coordination at the LGA level with particular attention to nomadic/scattered populations and other under-served communities2.
  • Provide support for priority states in polio eradication with a focus on a Micro-planning for campaigns in the high risk LGAs
  • Strengthening surveillance in:
    • Major hospitals in urban areas of the northern states
    • Poor performing LGAs.
    • Nomad and other chronically missed communities
  • Strengthening routine infant immunization (RI)
  • Outbreak investigations for polio and other vaccine preventable diseases
  • Monitoring and evaluation of supplemental immunization activities including LQAs
  • Data management and technical support for state operations centers or EOC, particularly with intra-campaign dashboard monitoring
  • Conduct operational research
  • Mentor NFELTP residents assigned to the state
  • Serve as NSTOP representative in the polio EOC, state GPEI team and partners forum in the state
  • Any other duties assigned by State team Lead, ZFC or supervisor

Certifications, License, Physical Requirements or other Expertise Required

  • Education: advanced degree in Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Policy, Allied Health, Veterinary Science, Biostatistics or other related field.
  • Pre-requisite: post-graduate training through a field epidemiology training program or the Epidemic /intelligence Service (EIS).
  • The incumbent must have Nigeria field experience in vaccine preventable disease activities. Recent graduates of NFELTP program will be preferred.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Language proficiency in English Knowledge of Hausa is an added advantage
  • Job knowledge: strong technical knowledge in public health, epidemiology, routine immunization, SIAs, disease outbreak investigation, data collection and management and data analysis.
  • Skills and Abilities: Skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Access; demonstrated strong analytical skills; ability to clearly communicate orally and in writing; ability to engage in successful interaction; extensive contact with members of national and local partner organizations (WHO, UNICEF, Ministries of Health)

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