Dexis Consulting Group

  • Epidemiologist

    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/17/2019 3:09 PM)
    Job ID
    2019-2013
    # of Openings
    1
    Job Locations
    CD-Kinshasa
    Job Area
    Dexis Professional Services
    Clearance Level
    Not applicable
    Type
    Full-Time
  • About Us

    Dexis Professional Services (DPS), a wholly-owned, independently operated business unit established in 2016 to provide support services to United States Government (USG) agencies that were previously provided by the parent company, Dexis Consulting Group (Dexis). Committed to excellence in institutional support and staff augmentation, DPS draws on the parent company’s 15+ years of experience fielding domestic and overseas technical, operational, professional and managerial staff for various USG clients.

     

    DPS is seeking an Epidemiologist to provide a broad range of epidemiology activities for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-supported Ebola programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with frequent travel within DRC and to other Ebola-affected countries in the region.

    About the Position

    The CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated to respond to Ebola. The WHO Emergency Committee convened by the Director General under the International Health Regulations (2005) advised that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) had been met and deemed a coordinated international response essential to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola. CDC is coordinating with the U.S. Government, health ministries of the affected countries, WHO, and other domestic, regional and international partners to provide epidemiologic, health communication, laboratory, infection prevention and control, border health, social mobilization and Emergency Management support to interrupt and mitigate the current Ebola virus transmission.

     

    Through this contract, DPS will further CDC’s mission and activities in informing the Ministries of Health on Ebola prevention and control strategies, surveillance, Ebola response improvements, immunization program implementation, data management, virus containment, and follow on activities.

    Responsibilities

    The Epidemiologist will provide technical assistance to the surveillance commission within the National Coordination of CDC for the Ebola response in DRC. Primarily, this position would assist in the daily compilation and reporting of surveillance data for the overall response while pushing for data quality. In support of CDC, the Epidemiologist will provide mentoring and training to MOH data managers responsible for producing official DRC situation reports and data analyses for operational decision-making. In addition, the Epidemiologist will support the following tasks:

    • Provide experienced technical advice for implementation of Ebola outbreak response activities that are appropriate to the circumstances in endemic countries and countries with re-established transmission or disease outbreaks as per CDC needs;
    • Assist with the coordination of planning and implementation of surveillance projects in Ebola affected and at high-risk countries;
    • Provide advice in the strengthening of the public health systems via coordination, monitoring and evaluation of surveillance activities. Includes travel to remote locations to conduct surveillance activities, which include: finding and contact tracing; transportation of samples for analysis isolating and identifying virus in the laboratory mapping the virus to determine the origin of the virus strain;
    • Conduct assessments of outbreak status, effectiveness of response and likelihood of continuing transmission of Ebola and or other disease as per CDC need;
    • Participate in activities designed to promote infection prevent and control practices, data quality and surveillance in order to stay abreast of the most current developments in the outbreak and status of worldwide eradication as well as sharing lessons learned, and best practices developed during work conducted on CDC Ebola response and outbreak response projects. Examples of activities may involve: Outbreak investigations, infection prevention and control, Immunization reviews, surveillance assessments, data quality assessments, or other aspects of program implementation;
    • Analyze epidemiologic data as it relates to surveillance, disease transmission and outbreaks for use by CDC in documentation, data management and planning for post-outbreak preparedness;
    • Provide technical advice and support to CDC regarding the training and field work of Ebola-specific deployed Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) teams;
    • Provide technical advice regarding data collection activities in operational research, including integration projects in order to assist with the analysis of the resultant database;
    • Participate with task force team leads in development and implementation of field project plans addressing immunization, social behavioral community engagement, data quality or surveillance, field epidemiology and outbreak investigation, laboratory strengthening, vaccination campaigns, border health and infection prevention and control;
    • Provide technical advice to CDC International Task Force and the CDC’s technical subject matter experts based on professional experience to create documentation that will be used to inform other organizations involved in the implementation of endgame strategies:

    Qualifications

    Requirements:

    • Master’s Level Degree in Public Health Sciences or related field.
    • Minimum 4 years’ experience, with progressive responsibility in working with epidemiology and laboratory information systems and providing data management solutions.
    • Knowledge and experience in Ebola epidemiology and surveillance and HIV population based surveys.
    • Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with Ministry of Health (MoH) policies, program priorities and regulations is required.
    • Detailed working knowledge of USG Ebola programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of surveillance and epidemiologic projects and programs is required.
    • Three years’ experience in coordinating multiple surveillance activities in public health settings at regional, national and district levels.
    • Experience in International public health, disease surveillance (active and passive), and Outbreak and case investigations.
    • Excellent communication and writing skills. Experience in development of strategic documents, briefing documents, and reports.
    • Fluency in French and Swahili preferable
    • Ability to effectively communicate in English with various groups (Speaking, Reading and Writing)

    At Dexis Professional Services (DPS) we align ourselves with the core values of our parent company, Dexis Consulting Group (Dexis). Ingenuity, Integrity, Investment in People-these are the guiding principles of our culture. We empower our staff to work together with colleagues at all levels and be part of the decision-making process; we create transparency in our operations with our clients and employees; and we offer our people opportunities to grow and challenge themselves in meaningful ways. We’re committed to excellence in institutional support and staff augmentation in the global development arena. As a DPS employee, we will challenge you, we will empower you, and we will mentor you.

    If you are passionate about this opportunity, submit your application by clicking the apply for this job online button.

    Only those applicants who meet the above criteria will be contacted for interview. DPS is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the US Armed Forces.

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