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Project Coordinator – AFENET

Date: June 29, 2020

Position Title: Project Coordinator, Enhanced Polio Surveillance at the Community Level in
Africa Project

Number of vacancies: One (01)

Duty Station: AFENET Secretariat, Kampala, Uganda

Application Deadline: Monday July 13, 2020


The Polio End Game Strategy was developed by key Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) agency partners including the WHO, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Rotary International and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with an overall goal of achieving polio eradication. One of the core global strategies to achieving polio eradication is developing and maintaining robust Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance systems.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is currently implementing a project that aims to enhance polio surveillance in Africa, in efforts to contribute towards global polio eradication.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation currently works with community-based organizations (CBOs) in multiple countries to implement an Enhanced Community- Based Polio Surveillance project in Cameroon, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and will be expanding this effort to include Niger. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) will be partnering with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) to continue implementation of the Enhanced Community- Based Polio Surveillance project, working closely with in-country CBOs, to implement activities aimed at improving community-based polio surveillance in the project implementation areas.

AFENET is seeking to recruit one (01) highly qualified & experienced epidemiologist to serve as Project Coordinator to spearhead implementation of the Enhanced Polio Surveillance at the Community Level in Africa Project across all the supported countries that include: Cameroon, Chad, DRC and Niger.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the overall day to day implementation of the project activities across the four supported countries above, and in each of the countries, He/She will work with in-country teams comprised of one Country Coordinator and one Data Manager who will be directly liaising with CBOs staff to implement project activities in line with the overall objective to eradicate Polio. . He/She will ensure regular and timely communication and updates on project implementation to all stakeholders including, the AFENET Head of Programs and the BMGF points of contact.

Key roles of the Project Coordinator will include:

 Conducting rapid management and administrative assessments through group
discussions and one-on-one interviews with BMGF and community-based organizations in the first one or two months of assuming duty.

 Work with the BMGF and CBOs to develop the overall program strategic plan including performance monitoring frameworks, standardized training plans as well as supervisory plan for the project across all the four implementing countries.

 Review, update and Standardize existing AFP surveillance training approaches and materials for use across all the project countries

 In consultation with the BMGF, CBOs and other in country stakeholders, lead the process to review, update, refine and monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the project.

 Participate in orientation of country CBOs (existing and newly identified) on the performance monitoring framework, supervisory plan, and various technical aspects of the program, including standardized training and KPIs.

 Manage, monitor and guide projectstaff to work on the activities and objectives listed in the project work plan, and ensure their work is conducted in a timely manner and is of high quality

 Monitor technical and financial reporting from the community-based organizations in
agreed frequency and ensure implementation is on track to achieve planned objectives

 Review and package aggregate data per country to compile overall project reports, and
submit overall project progress reports to AFENET and BMGF within prescribed
frequency and timelines

 Liaise with Country Coordinators and Data Managers to ensure that the quality of the
deliverables and reports submitted to AFENET are according to relevant guidelines,
and hold the expected standard of quality

 Ensure monthly, quarterly and annual project progress reports are submitted in an
accurate and timely manner to AFENET

 Oversee the monitoring and evaluation processes for this project including supervising
the Data Managers and Country Coordinators and monitor implementation of the M&E

 Coordinate the flow of communication between country project partners, AFENET and

 Works with CBOs, Ministries of Health, BMGF and other stakeholders to develop
scientific manuscripts for publishing in peer review journals.

 Perform any other tasks deemed necessary to achieve the project objectives

Position Qualifications:

 Master of Public Health, or Master’s degree in health related fields

 Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields: Human Medicine or other Health
related Bachelor’s degree, Public/Environmental Health, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine

Experience and Skills:

 At least 5-10 years of relevant progressively responsible experience in public health,
both at the national and international levels including VPD surveillance and
immunization at national and international levels, particularly in developing countries

 Strong management and leadership experience, including management of diverse staff
working in a wide range of settings including complex environments

 Experience working with multiple international non-governmental organizations, or biand multi-lateral agencies will be an advantage

 Proficiency in the use of the following software: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Statistical Packages: Epi Info, Stata or SPSS or SAS; knowledge in ODK and GIS
would be an asset

 Experience verifying and analyzing data, and presenting comprehensive reports for

 Proficiency in French is a very strong requirement and English an added advantage
Required qualities:

 Ability to communicate and coordinate with government, and national andinternational
non-government stakeholders, and UN agencies

 Strong coordination, communication, and interpersonal aptitudes & fluency in French

 Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the ethical issuessurrounding
research and surveillance

 Good team player with ability to work collaboratively with multiple partners and teams
at national and sub national levels.

 Ability to work independently with minimum supervision

 Openness to new ideas and willingness to accept different opinions and feedback

 Patience and sense of humor

 Willingness to travel for extended periods of time to project implementation countries,
sometimesthrough rough terrain and weather conditions

Benefits: A competitive remuneration

Others: Candidate must be able to begin work within the month of July 2020.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit their Application Letters detailing their experiences
and skills, Curriculum Vitae, copies of relevant academic documents and 3 references to:

The Human Resource Office, African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET).
Email: sec@afenet.net on Monday July 13, 2020 by 5:30 pm close of business (East
Africa Time).

Note: In your application provide: Your name, nationality, email address, reliable
telephone numbers.

*ONLY successful candidates shall be contacted for an interview.

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