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Medical Epidemiologist

Harare (Zimbabwe)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Harare (Zimbabwe)
  • Grade: National Specialist - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medical Doctor
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-17

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Eligibility criteria Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment. Description of task

Under the direct supervision of the World Health Organization Representative and working within the WHO Health Emergency Cluster, the UN Volunteer - Medical Epidemiologist will undertake the following tasks:

· Provide technical advice to the MOHCC IDSR and partners, in the development and implementation of strategies and programmes related to the epidemiological needs for priority diseases, conditions and events. Under the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and International Health regulations (2020).

· Conduct real-time analysis of outbreak intelligence data on infectious diseases, with other team members, for epidemic forecasting and detection, guide national and districts on data quality improvement, use of data for monitoring of trends, ALERT and ACTION thresholds (triggers), as well as methodologies for performing Data Quality Audit (DQA) at district and health facility level.

· Synergize surveillance and response data received from multiple sources including Health Information Systems, vertical reporting programmes, community Based Surveillance and IDSR. Improve on efficiency of data collection, correlation, analysis, interpretation and timely action.

· Provide technical support for the establishment and functionality of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and Public Health Management Committee (PHEMC) for potential hazards like Infectious diseases, Zoonotic events, Food safety events and chemical events at the district level as per the national guidance and standards.

· In collaboration with the MOHCC Directorates of Disease Prevention and Control (DPC) and Primary Health care, strengthen the implementation of Community Based Surveillance (CBS) for priority diseases, conditions and events including Points of entry/cross border surveillance, where applicable.

· Provide technical guidance for the establishment, implementation and maintenance of the electronic IDSR (e-IDSR) as well as related descriptive and analytical studies.

· Support the MOHCC in the production of information products and reports including weekly newsletters, quarterly bulletins, annual reports, IHR reports, outbreak situation reports, etc.

· Contribute to capacity building of the surveillance workforce at national and district levels to enhance IDSR/IHR implementation

· Timely reporting to WHO on a variety of epidemiologic data needs on daily/weekly/ monthly basis as required.

· In cooperation with MOHCC IDSR Programme, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the planned surveillance activities, as well as alert and response capacities for event detection, verification and response in compliance with IHR 2020.

· Support the conceptualization, design, execution and analysis of communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and control related operational research

Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level Bachelor degree or equivalent Educational additional comments

Bachelor's degree in Epidemiology, Public Health, Community Health or equivalent

Desirable: Master's degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or Community Health

Required experience 60 Months Experience remark

At least five years related experience, at the district or national level, in implementation of public health surveillance, outbreak investigation and response. Previous experience in implementation of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) is necessary.

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise Disaster risk reduction, Resource mobilization, partnership and donor coordination, Public health Driving license Competencies values Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams Application procedure * Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call for to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 17 September 2021
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