USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity

Health Emergency and Surveillance Technical Officers

USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity

Health Emergency and Surveillance Technical Offic…

USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity is a 5-year project aimed at improving health outcomes in Nepal, particularly for the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in the country. This will be accomplished through supporting the Government of Nepal’s efforts to expand access to and use of quality maternal, newborn and child health and family planning services, with a specific focus on newborn care. Strengthening Systems for Better Health was initiated in January 2018 and will achieve three outcomes:

(i) improving access to and utilization of equitable healthcare services,

(ii) improving the quality of health services at facility and community levels and

(iii) improving health system governance, within the context of decentralization and federalism.

The project is implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population, the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, provincial and municipal governments, facility and community level health service providers and other key stakeholders. SSBH is implemented in all 79 municipalities of Karnali Province, and in all municipalities of Banke, Bardiya, Dang, Kapilvastu, Rupandehi and Nawalparasi West districts of Lumbini Province.

The Activity is seeking applications from qualified professionals for the position listed below.

USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity is a 5-year project aimed at improving health outcomes in Nepal, particularly for the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in the country. This will be accomplished through supporting the Government of Nepal’s efforts to expand access to and use of quality maternal, newborn and child health and family planning services, with a specific focus on newborn …

Health Emergency and Surveillance Technical Officers

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SSBH is recruiting new team members to plan, manage and deliver technical and material support for the Government of Nepal’s (GoN) response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Positions: 2

Location: Humla and Kalikot

Supervisor: Health Emergency Response Manager

Contract: Strengthening Systems for Better Health 

Under the supervision of the Health Emergency Response Manager, the Health Emergency & Surveillance Technical Officers will coordinate with and provide technical support to Health Offices, District Disaster Committees and Municipalities to effectively implement case identification, tracing and tracking based on the national and provincial protocols and guidelines.  

Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Strengthen the capacity of municipal health coordination units to enable them to functionalize disease surveillance for COVID-19, polio and other communicable diseases. Strengthen Early Warning and Response System,  COVID-19 case recording and reporting systems, use these data for monitoring and decision making
  • Work closely with the provincial Health Emergency Information Systems Technical Officer, SSBH MEL team and district based multi-disciplinary teams to analyze strategic information to help inform decision making at the provincial and project level
  • Promote use of technology (e.g., information applications) to trace, track COVID-19 cases  
  • Support Health Office, District Disaster Committees, municipalities and health facilities primarily in COVID19, polio and other disease surveillance, and preparation of plan and implementation approaches for effective surveillance system
  • Ensure that district, municipal and facility-level recording and reporting systems for COVID-19 are functioning well, and stakeholders are able to access and interpret accurate, real-time data for evidence-based decision making
  • Work closely with USAID’s PSM Project, if working in the area, to strengthen procurement and supply chain management systems for COVID-19 supplies at district, municipality, and health facility levels
  • Support municipalities and health facilities in using systems and tools used for COVID-19 surveillance and response (e.g. GoData, COVID-19 module of DHIS2)
  • Work with other partners in the municipalities and districts to use and promote development and use of digital platforms for COVID-19 (e.g. Hamro Swasthya)
  • Facilitate analysis and visualization of facility, municipal and district level COVID-19 data (dashboards, infographics) and assist municipal and provincial health departments to ensure that the data is properly available to the public through appropriate communication channels
  • Actively engage with other partners and stakeholders at municipal level to develop integrated COVID-19 Response Plan
  • Ensure preparation and collection of routine reports for timely reporting to USAID on quarterly, semi-annual, and annually
  • Share updates with the Activity Team, provincial, national government stakeholders and others on regular basis
  • Work closely with physicians, nurses and other health workers to improve COVID-19 case management

Qualification requirements include the following:

  • Graduate degree (bachelors) in public health or related field
  • At least six years of related professional experience; knowledge of disease surveillance and/or experience in health emergency response preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to work/travel in remote areas within short notice in the context of COVID-19 
  • Strong networking and team mobilization skills.
  • Computer skills, including effective working skills in remote conditions
  • Excellent written/oral skills in Nepali and English
  • Understanding of the Nepal health system, networks and working in the context of a health emergency; emergency response experience preferred 
  • Qualified applicants who are from and/or currently working in the Karnali Province will be given preference. 

SSBH is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and culture. Individuals from minority groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further selection process. Canvassing at any stage of the processes shall lead to automatic disqualification.

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