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Surveillance Officer, PAMO

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

Funded by the United States President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the Program for the Advancement of Malaria Outcomes (PAMO) is a 5-year project that aims to control and prevent malaria morbidity and mortality, and thereby minimize the social effects and economic losses. It also contributes to the reduction of under-five all-cause mortality rate, as a result of reduced malaria mortality. This project which is working in 4 target provinces, namely Eastern, Muchinga, Northern and Luapula, will strengthen the Ministry of Health’s capacity to implement the National Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan (NMESP) at provincial, district, and community levels. The project which is now in its third year of implementation is building strong effective partnerships with communities, civil society, health facilities, provincial and district health offices (PHOs and DHOs), the private sector, and cooperating partners to scale-up and maintain internationally accepted strategies to fight malaria. PATH is the lead partner of the consortium that is implementing this project.

PATH seeks to recruit two Surveillance Officers who will be based in Katete. The Surveillance Officers will form part of a team which will operate in Chadiza, Katete and Sinda. The Surveillance Officers will form part of the “Malaria Pre-Elimination Team” and will report directly to the Malaria Pre-Elimination Coordinator. The Surveillance Officers will work in close collaboration with Ministry of Health officials at provincial, district, facility and community level to implement an enhanced malaria surveillance platform in support of national and regionally focused malaria elimination efforts. They will also work with other program officers to provide general support to the provincial and district health office (PHO and DHO) staff, as requested. These positions will be on fixed-term contracts up to July 2019.

Responsibilities:

  • Support implementation of the project’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan and results framework in collaboration with Lusaka based PAMO M&E staff
  • Work with relevant MOH staff to ensure timely compilation and reporting of HMIS and project data through routine analysis and supervision.
  • Work with relevant MOH officials to conduct training and provide regular capacity building in areas related to data collection and submission
  • Collaborate with provincial and district health information staff to process and utilize malaria data.
  • Work with the NMEC, local MOH representatives and PATH staff to ensure appropriate software and hardware required for the malaria pre-elimination program is in place
  • Monitor weekly and monthly data reporting to ensure high quality of malaria data collection and reporting.
  • Work with a web-based server to keep client information updated
  • Provide technical support to mobile client operators in areas related to data collecting, analysis, implementation, hardware operation and trouble-shooting.
  • Work with PATH finance and administrative staff to develop training budgets, manage workshop logistics and ensure activities comply with PATH accounting practices.
  • Support district implementation of malaria data review meetings and data quality audits for districts, health facilities and community health workers
  • Work with PAMO SBC Officers to ensure that PAMO subcontracted civil society organizations are oriented on key M&E elements for performance tracking.
  • Support the Pre-elimination Coordinator in producing regular work plans and reports.
  • Other duties as required.

Required skills

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (demography, social science, statistics, economics, or any health-related field)
  • Knowledge of USAID data collection and reporting requirements is highly desirable.
  • Two years minimum experience in surveillance and/or HMIS data management.
  • Familiarity with DHIS2 or other electronic health management information platforms is highly desirable.
  • Proven track record of data entry, management and analysis.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Zambia.
  • Excellent computer skills -must be able to format documents, prepare charts and manage data
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills to include conflict resolution, priority management and managing expectations of multiple clients.
  • Highly organized, flexible, and adaptable to changing priorities and ability to work well under deadlines.
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work within a team.
  • Ability to communicate with district staff, health facility staff and community health workers. Fluency in local languages of Eastern province is an added advantage.
  • Public speaking ability, good presentation skills and ability to facilitate training is highly desired.
  • Ability to travel domestically up to 50% of the time.
  • PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.
  • PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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