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Senior Technical Officer Pathogen Genomics

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Published: Jul 29, 2022 (10 days ago)

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Job Description
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Senior Technical Officer Pathogen Genomics

Description


The Africa CDC is Africa’s first continent-wide public health entity and envisions a safer, healthier, integrated, and stronger Africa, where the Member States are capable of effectively responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases and other public health threats. Administratively, Africa CDC is designed to operate a decentralized model that allows it to work with National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) of AU Member States, through five Regional Collaborating Centers located in Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia, for the Northern Africa, Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Western Africa, and Southern Africa regions respectively.

In partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, Africa CDC will implement the Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative (SLL), which aims to strengthen Africa’s public health institutional capabilities to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease outbreaks and other health burdens through an integrated network of continent-wide preparedness and response, surveillance, laboratory and research programs. Working collaboratively with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Africa CDC is inviting applicants who are citizens of African Union member states for fixed-term posts for 92 positions to staff the SLL Initiative, based at Africa CDC’s Headquarters and in the Regional Collaborating Centres (RCCs).

This recruitment effort is being led EXCLUSIVELY BY OXFORD HR

Female candidates are encouraged to apply


Responsibilities
Job Description
Title

Senior Technical Officer Pathogen Genomics

Description


The Africa CDC is Africa’s first continent-wide public health entity and envisions a safer, healthier, integrated, and stronger Africa, where the Member States are capable of effectively responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases and other public health threats. Administratively, Africa CDC is designed to operate a decentralized model that allows it to work with National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) of AU Member States, through five Regional Collaborating Centers located in Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia, for the Northern Africa, Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Western Africa, and Southern Africa regions respectively.

In partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, Africa CDC will implement the Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative (SLL), which aims to strengthen Africa’s public health institutional capabilities to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease outbreaks and other health burdens through an integrated network of continent-wide preparedness and response, surveillance, laboratory and research programs. Working collaboratively with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Africa CDC is inviting applicants who are citizens of African Union member states for fixed-term posts for 92 positions to staff the SLL Initiative, based at Africa CDC’s Headquarters and in the Regional Collaborating Centres (RCCs).

This recruitment effort is being led EXCLUSIVELY BY OXFORD HR

Female candidates are encouraged to apply


Responsibilities
  • Provide technical oversight for the effective implementation of the pathogen genomics programme
  • Support National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) on sampling methods, data collection, analyses, interpretation and reporting technical assistance to NPHIs and other relevant institutions for strengthening the use of pathogen genomics for routine infectious disease surveillance
  • Maintains a dashboard for monitoring technical assistance and overall implementation of pathogen genomics by countries for the Programme
  • Supports the adoption and implementation of priority use-cases at both country and regional level
  • Supports the creation and running of technical working groups including development of ToRs and supporting them to meet the deliverables the establishment and function of the laboratory network including coordinating referrals as well as quality assurance systems
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of minimum quality standards for genomics laboratories and subsequent certification to ensure generation of quality data for public health use periodic reports and publications for dissemination of information
  • Represent Africa CDC in a professional manner, which creates a positive image and enhances the credibility of the organisation any other duties as requested by the Technical Assistance Lead
Qualifications and Skills required

Master’s degree in molecular epidemiology, genomics, genetics, bioinformatics, or other related science-based fields with 7 years of work experience. Candidate need to have at least 3 years of supervisory and managerial experience. PhD degree is an added advantage.

Or

Bachelor’s degree in molecular epidemiology, genomics, genetics, bioinformatics, or other related science-based fields with 10 years of work experience. Candidate need to have at least 3 years of supervisory and managerial experience.

Required skills and Competencies:


  • Experience in public health, molecular epidemiology, infectious diseases and health Science including diseases surveillance, or emergency preparedness and response
  • Demonstrated scientific knowledge and understanding of molecular epidemiology with sound knowledge of Next Generation Sequencing
  • Significant experience in programs and ability to employ different approaches to implement public health programs
  • Strong organisational skills and evidence of leading multiple workstreams simultaneously with Effective prioritisation
  • A good understanding of public health systems in Africa and a fair knowledge of operations of National Public Health Institutions (NPHIs) and Ministry of Health in Member States
  • Excellent computer skills, including word-processing capabilities, proficiency with e-mail and internet applications, experience in using office software applications such as MS Excel, Power Point and Word

Required skills and Competencies

Personal Abilities

  • Leadership and management abilities. Pro-active and solutions oriented.
  • Analytical and problem solving abilities
  • Ability to build strong relationships internally and with external actors.
  • Proven ability to use clear, concise language in correspondence as well as when preparing written briefs and reports
  • High level of autonomy at work, yet with profound team spirit.
  • Ability to work under pressure, with minimal supervision, and in a culturally diverse team
  • Adaptive, patient, resourceful, resilient and flexible.

Language Requirement

Applicants must be proficient in at least one of the African Union working languages (English, French, Arabic, Spanish or Portuguese). Knowledge of two or more of African Union working languages would be an added advantage.





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