The Task Force for Global Health, an Emory University affiliate located in Decatur, GA seeks to contract senior epidemiologists with significant experience supporting vaccine introductions and evaluations in developing countries The Task Force, recipient of the 2016 Conrad Hilton N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, manages eight programs focused on building durable public health systems specifically addressing neglected tropical diseases, health systems strengthening and vaccine-preventable diseases The Center for Vaccine Equity (CVE) works to assure all people have equal access to life-saving vaccines by expanding availability, supporting vaccine impact studies, and building delivery systems that facilitate access in developing countries. As COVID-19 vaccines become available countries will require technical assistance support to prepare for and to carry out national vaccine introduction plans. Under the direction of the Director of Project Implementation, and in collaboration with internal and external team members, the Regional Epidemiologist will oversee a portfolio of countries as primary point of contact in the field contributing to the development of work plans, providing technical support, and facilitating connection with other subject matter experts (SME), and monitoring progress at the country level.
Under limited supervision, the Regional Epidemiologist will have the responsibility to provide and coordinate technical assistance support for COVID-19 vaccination implementation planning in a portfolio of 6-7 countries within a region. Regional Epidemiologists will be contracted in five to six (5-6) regions globally and headquartered in one of the following regional sites: East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, Central Asia, Southern Asia, Southeast/East Asia. The contractor will have knowledge of advanced statistical methods to analyze, develop, implement, and promote new and creative strategies and solutions to address public health issues and challenges in a clinical research environment. Thoroughly understands and executes study protocols and procedures to ensure accurate and consistent collection of data. Provides technical expertise and advice on study design and data analysis using a variety of statistical methods. May provide assistance with interpretation of statistical analysis for peer review. Contributes to grant proposals, protocols, data analysis plans and management, reports, manuscripts, and presentation of study findings. May participate in peer-reviewed manuscript authorship and occasional travel to scientific conferences. Performs related responsibilities as required.
The Regional Epidemiologist, COVID Vaccination Program will support partner countries with COVID-19 capacity preparedness activities that include program capacity assessments, vaccination campaign planning, monitoring and evaluation, data collection and analysis, protocol development, study development and implementation, and sustainability planning. The Assistant Epidemiologist may also be responsible for supervising external consultants.
· Serves as program focal point in the field working with select partner countries on COVID-19 vaccination program planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
· Provides technical assistance to country programs in developing plans for vaccine introduction and use and assessing implementation capacity.
· Liaises with WHO and other external technical partners as needed for implementation of program activities and evaluations.
· Coordinates closely and liaises with Atlanta-based staff, including the primary point of contact on the Vaccine Introduction Team at CDC and the COVID Vaccination Program Support team at Task Force for Global Health.
· Facilitates access to specialized subject matter expertise available within the teams of subject matter experts at CDC.
· Works directly with the Ministry of Health, USAID, CDC country office, and other program partners in-country to document, analyze, and translate their needs into survey protocols, data collection, and reporting tools.
· Develops guidelines, training materials, protocols, and statistical methodologies to advance and evaluate program impact.
· Supports data collection and analysis for monitoring and evaluation of program implementation and effectiveness.
· Supports country partners with statistical analysis, report writing, and manuscript development.
· Communicates with country focal points on sub-award planning, progress, and reporting.
· Represents the program at international meetings as needed and participates in external committees as appropriate.
Works with Program Director and other team members on data analysis and manuscript preparation for evaluating program impact and one-year effectiveness.
Participates fully as a member of the Task Force for Global Health by contributing, assisting, and participating in projects, activities, and initiatives as requested by Task Force management
Supports and coordinates all aspects of vaccine evaluations and studies in select countries.
Performs related responsibilities as required.
TRAVEL: The contractor will be based in one of 7 regional sites (East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, Central Asia, Southern Asia, Southeast/East Asia) and will travel extensively within the region of the contractor’s responsibility.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A master's degree in public health (epidemiology) or related research-intensive field from an accredited school. At least 5 -7 years of related experience.
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