Senior Program Officer, Surveillance Systems & Field Epidemiology Training, Global Health Security Project (GHSP), Mekong Program

PATH, Hanoi, Vietnam

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st December, 2015

Job Description

Specific responsibilities include:

Surveillance Systems Strengthening (50%)

  • Support PATH Project Director and GDPM leaders and serve as a focal point person for Disease Surveillance Systems Strengthening Component (focusing on event-based surveillance system) of the Project, including leading, planning, piloting, and implementation, of event-based surveillance (EBS) system in the PATH work plan.
  • Develop material and train staff on event-based surveillance.
  • Attend the Training of Trainers training for EBS and support the cascade trainings in 4 pilot provinces.
  • Monitor and evaluate implementation of EBS systems with support from the PATH's HQ Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) team.
  • Perform surveillance reviews of different components of the health system, with the goal of making “real time” improvements to the overall events-based reporting system and the EOC.
  • Provide consultation and reports to the Division of Communicable Disease Control of GDPM about public health events and its response measures.

Field Epidemiology Training Program Support (50%)

  • Support GDPM leaders and serve as a focal point person for FETP component of the Project, including leading the planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of FETP related project activities.
  • Evaluate, monitor, and mentor study fellows and trainees in the design and implementation of research projects, outbreak investigations for public health interventions including support of data analysis and preparation of manuscripts.
  • Provide support for scientific advisory board to review/approve submitted protocols and evaluate quality of products.


  • Identify issues/challenges and develop strategies for effective implementation of related work plan activities.
  • Attend regular/ad hoc meetings with GDPM, PATH and CDC.
  • Contribute to and lead preparation of reports and deliverables.

Required Skills  

  • Advanced skills in data analysis, interpretation of epidemiological data, as well as excellent presentation skills and a track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Excellent written and spoken Vietnamese and English.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within Vietnam up to 40 percent per year.

Required Experience    

  • Advanced degree in medicine, epidemiology/public health, or related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience working in preventive medicine, epidemiology, outbreak control and prevention, or related field.
  • Strong knowledge of preventive medicine system and disease surveillance system.
  • Good knowledge on research methodology, data analysis and bio statistics.
  • Good knowledge of Epi-Info, and at least one of the following : SPSS, SAS, STATA, GIS.
  • Experience with mentoring/supervising fellows and students on projects, field work, and writing skills.
  • Experience working effectively with government counterparts at both national and regional level.
  • Experience in teaching and training in applied epidemiology and surveillance a plus. Work experience in FETP would be an asset.

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