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.
AFENET was established in 2005 with four member programs in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. At the time of approval of this plan, the organization was operateing in 16 African countries namely: Angola, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The organization has also recorded a growing international partner base which includes the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Merck Company Foundation, the World Health Organization, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), the European Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the International Association of Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), the Task Force for Global Health Survival and Development (TFCSD), the Emory School of Medicine, Emory School of Public Health, and the Training in Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET), among others.Responsibilities
The basic responsibilities of the position are:
Provide technical support for LGA PEI Team on polio eradication
Serve as focal point for community outreach for nomadic, scattered and other hard-to-reach settlements
Advise Chairman on polio response and routine immunization (RI) activities
Coordinate immunization activities of NSTOP to complement partner efforts
Work with LGA Chairman, LGA PEI team and community leaders to identify and train community level workers to conduct AFP surveillance, RI outreaches and immunization campaign activities.
Participate in campaign preparations and implementation such as micro planning, training, logistical support, supervision, monitoring and evaluation as part of the LGA team.
Conduct active surveillance for AFP and other priority diseases.
Supervise fixed and outreach RI activities.
A good Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Life Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, or Public Health is required. Additional qualification in public health will be an advantage.
At least 2 years of prior working experience on immunization or related public health programs with NGOs, UN organizations, Government agencies, or Ministries.
Level IV (fluency) Speaking/Writing in English is required. Must be fluent in Hausa and any other local language spoken in Northern Nigeria.
Knowledge of routine immunization, AFP surveillance, immunization campaigns, local government structure, and the primary health care system in Nigeria.
Experience working or interacting with nomadic or other migrant communities will be an advantage.
Incumbent is required to possess standard computer skills with experience in MS Word, MS Excel spreadsheets, MS PowerPoint. Proficiency with CDC’s Epi-info statistical software will be an advantage. Ability to write concise technical activity reports is required.
Must be resident within the LGA of assignment at the time of assumption of duty; otherwise, the job offer is nullified.