POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Task Force for Global Health (TFGH), in close collaboration with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is recruiting a senior epidemiologist to provide technical assistance to Ministries of Health (through collaborations with WHO, UNICEF, and other GPEI partners) for managing outbreak responses and for surveillance and early detection of poliovirus circulation.
BACKGROUND: The Task Force for Global Heath began its work serving as Secretariat for a coalition of several multilateral organizations, contributing to all four Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) objectives, achieving success in developing influenza immunization programs and building a hepatitis elimination center. The Center for Vaccine Equity was founded to build on the Task Force’s experience in immunization and drug donation programs. Working through collaborative partnerships with critical stakeholders and partner organizations, the Center is focused on guiding the development of innovative vaccine procurement and delivery programs.
CVE BACKGROUND: The Center for Vaccine Equity (CVE) works to assure all people have equal access to life-saving vaccines and antiviral agents by expanding availability, supporting vaccine impact studies, and building delivery systems that facilitate access in developing countries. CVE also serves as Secretariat for a number of global health partnerships that advance this mission.
POSITION BACKGROUND: Rapid detection of poliovirus transmission as well as immediate and effective response to polio outbreaks is one of the highest priority objectives of GPEI. For rapid detection, strong acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance at national and subnational levels is critical. Detection of any case should be followed by rapid outbreak response to interrupt any transmission through intensified SIA campaigns, and continued enhancement of AFP surveillance.
TRAVEL: 50 - 60% international travel. Countries may include but are not limited to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Lake Chad Basin Countries, Papa New Guinee (PNG), and Somalia