Epidemiology Advisor – (TB&HIV/AIDS, STIs and M&E)
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The position is under the direct supervision of the Disease Control Branch and will be located at the National Department of Health (NDOH).
The Epidemiology Advisor will support NDOH in the Tubercolosis (TB), HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) related co-ordination and surveillance needs, as well as provide technical assistance to the PNG-NDoH to strengthen its capacity to collect, analyze and disseminate National Health Information System (NHIS) data.
This role shall be responsible for the TB/HIV program strategic activities and in providing technical support and training to the national and provincial offices on data management, analysis and reporting. The position will also be accountable to the Grants Operations Manager of World Vision Papua New Guinea.
Produced and Disseminated annual national TB and HIV strategic information reports to include national TB and HIV performance indicators.
Conduct data validation and supervisory visits to identify gaps and areas of improvement in recording and reporting.
Improved TB, HIV and STI surveillance synergies and coordination between agencies working in PNG to include integrated TB, HIV and STI mapping and reporting through eNHIS.
Developed and implemented program policies in regards to data management, quality and information dissemination to include data sharing agreements, and process to request strategic information from national repositories.
Oversees the implementation of MDRTB reporting and database management of Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant TB (MDRTB).
Implemented 2018 and 2022 National STIs, HIV/AIDS strategic information plan.
Provide TA and oversight on provincial activities related to TB and HIV data collection, collation and analysis and ensure timely reporting by all TB and HIV reporting units.
Roll out of the new TB and DR-TB reporting tools and provide all required TB data for programme use, global reporting and PUDR submission by PR.
Developed surveillance work force with the appropriate technical skills to assume all program requirements including analyses, reporting, and auditing, training and presenting information to key stakeholders.
Trained provincial staff to conduct M&E and surveillance activities at provincial, district and facility levels.
Identify and capacitate provincial staff on M and E skills through workshops and on-site mentoring and coaching.
Design workshops and develop workshop manuals for M and E related trainings and workshops.
Act as resource person for other NDOH trainings.
Internal & External Liaison And Coordination:
Participate in key meetings and workshops as appropriate and provide support to the NDOH disease Managers.
Communicate outcomes and recommendations to internal external partners.
Advise drug and logistics quantification, ordering and distribution based on program reports and delivery schedules.
Work and coordinate with other NDOH units such as NHIS, HIV program, PSM as needed.
Work and coordinate with CPHL regarding concerns on TB/HIV/STI diagnostic procedures, EQA and reports.
Provide support to the Grants Quality Unit as needed in relation to all program data.
Professional & Personal Development:
Demonstrating an understanding of and commitment to World Vision’s Core Values in the approach to work and relationships.
Work and Life balance.
Current career plan that is consistent with World Vision’s strategic goal.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Master’s Degree in Epidemiology, Statistics for Development and social sciences and or Public Health.
Postgraduate training in information management or monitoring and evaluation or project management related to TB & HIV.
Five years or more work experience with monitoring and evaluation.
Five years or more work experience in mid – level management position with focus on monitoring and evaluation.
Two to Three years work experience working with an international organization.
Must be a registered medical doctor or be eligible to register with the PNG Medical board.
Training on DOTS, Public Health Management, and TB/HIV related trainings are preferred.
Worked or trained with WHO or IUATLD on TB or HIV related areas, residency and scholarship an added advantage.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Very Strong Computer Proficiency with particular strength in using Microsoft Excel, EPI Info and such statistical packages.
Proficiency managing complex quantitative data sets, including data collection, conducting data quality checks and analysing data.
Excellent English communication skills and experience in writing and editing of national policy documents and communication briefs.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills with the ability to work closely within teams with proven leadership and management skills in coordinating project teams and working with consultants in disease surveillance, surveys, M&E activities and operational research.
Strong presentation, facilitation and coordination skills.
Demonstrated competency in implementing assessment/evaluations, including:
designing assessment/evaluation methodology;
managing data collection in the field;
Dealing with partners in the facilitation and coordination of a geographically dispersed team.