• Sr. Epidemiologist Team Lead, Polio Surge Capacity Support | CVE

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Affiliated Organizations
    Task Force for Global Health
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Job Category
    Executive Leadership
  • Description

    This is a Full-Time 1-year Term Limited Position


    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.

    Additional Details

    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




    • University degree in medicine
    • 5-10 years of relevant experience at national or international levels in vaccine preventable diseases, surveillance and immunization systems, eradication policy, and outbreak/emergency preparedness and response
    • Previous experience leading and managing rapidly deployed teams
    • Knowledge and experience in responding to and supporting country teams during polio outbreaks
    • Professional experience in polio outbreak response at country level
    • Understanding of GPEI polio outbreak response Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
    • Experience in establishing outbreak response structures including outbreak investigation and assessment, outbreak response immunization, outbreak response communication, and strengthening AFP surveillance
    • Ability to assess security and develop special strategies and resources for insecure areas
    • Experience in coordination of cross-border activities
    • Ability to set up remote monitoring and analysis of field data to support risk analysis
    • Familiarity with sponsoring organizations administration, human resource and financial management systems, particularly WHO.
    • High level analytical, managerial, and coordination skills
    • Ability to build and promote partnership among different stakeholders
    • Excellent diplomatic, interpersonal, and communication skills
    • Ability to function in difficult living circumstances, and work harmoniously with multi-cultural staff
    • Excellent writing and communication skills
    • Proficiency in MS office and familiarity with statistical and GIS software
    • Excellent knowledge in English, knowledge of French, Portuguese, and Arabic is an asset


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