1-Year Term Limited Polio Surge Senior Epidemiologist (Francophone) | CVE

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Regular Full-Time
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Task Force for Global Health
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Not Applicable
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Business Operations
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The Task Force for Global Heath began its work serving as Secretariat for a coalition of sev-eral 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 organiza-tions, the Center is focused on guiding the development of innovative vaccine procurement and delivery pro-grams.


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.


Rapid detection of poliovirus transmission as well as immediate and effective re-sponse 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. 
  • The Task Force for Global Health (TFGH), in 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 out-break responses and for surveillance and early detection of poliovirus circulation.



  • Participate in provision of strategic and operational oversight of polio outbreak responses to Ministries of Health, including establishment of national and subnational response structure and Emergency Op-eration Centers (EOC) 
  • Lead a Rapid Response Team based at the Task Force for Global Health in support of CDC and GPEI objectives 
  • Assist in the organization of regular coordination meetings and teleconferences, and produce regular outbreak updates 
  • Develop and update comprehensive country/regional outbreak response plans including detailed budg-ets, human resource surge plan, and chronogram of activities
  • Support/lead/collaborate with in-country partners’ staff in preparation of mOPV2 and novel nOPV2 SIA micro-plan, work plan for the SIAs, develop implementation (including coordination, logistics, vaccine management, microplanning, social mobilization) and monitoring and supervision plan, with special emphasis on high-risk population
  • Assist in development and implementation of comprehensive national AFP surveillance action plan, in-cluding budget and required human resource, as part of overall outbreak response plan and based on different phases of the response
  • Participate in updating and improvement of surveillance activities, including review of surveillance net-work and determination of prioritization scheme, surveillance in high-risk and inaccessible areas, and additional activities such as establishment and expansion of Environmental Surveillance (ES)
  • Collaborate closely with Ministries of Health and WHO immunization and surveillance teams in detec-tion, investigation, and follow-up of suspected polio cases 
  • Provide periodic analysis of the status of outbreak response activities and conduct epidemiological analysis and interpret SIA, AFP, laboratory, and social data 
  • Serve as lead or technical resource on reviews of technical issues, including data management, sur-veillance system evaluations, and training 
  • Update risk analysis of outbreak countries and high-risk neighboring countries 
  • Collaborate/participate in periodic external Outbreak Response Assessments (OBRA)
  • Lead participation and provide support to countries in Outbreak Preparedness work 
  • Undertake other assignments and responsibilities as requested


  • Participate fully as a member of the Task Force for Global Health by contributing, assisting and partici-pating in projects, activities, and initiatives as requested by management
  • Participate in the planning, execution, and evaluation of activities within Global Immunization Division (GID) and selected in-country activities and projects, especially outbreak response and preparedness, as needed
  • Serve as a liaison between CDC and GPEI partners while in field
  • Deployment to countries with active outbreaks to provide sustained technical support to the outbreak coordination or EOC as needed. 
  • In case of new outbreaks, deployment as a member of a cross-organizational Rapid Response Team, will occur as early as within 72 hours of outbreak declaration. 
  • TRAVEL: 80% international travel. Countries may include but are not limited to Circulating Vaccine De-rived Poliovirus type-2 (cVDPV2) outbreak countries in Africa. 


  • A doctoral degree in a field related to area of research or an equivalent combi-nation of education, training and experience.
  • International travel required.



  • 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 assess-ment, 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 and proficiency in French is a strong requirement.
  • Fluency in English will be an asset.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future.  Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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