Senior Epidemiologist – Kenya | ReliefWeb

The University of Manitoba (UoM) and Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA) are seeking a qualified candidate for a Senior Epidemiologist position as part of their project entitled Strengthening the Effectiveness of the HIV Prevention Response to Kenya. Through this project, UoM and PHDA are supporting the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP) to strengthen strategic information to guide the response of HIV prevention in the country. The role of the incumbent will be to help both institutions develop integrated and harmonious systems that strengthen data collection at multiple levels and sectors. The strategic information generated enables data and evidence-based management of the HIV epidemic while directing complex epidemiological studies and nationwide surveillance activities.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Lead the analysis and interpretation of HIV data at national and county levels to better inform the development of comprehensive HIV prevention measurement frameworks for the country;
  • Support the development, implementation and review of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks, systems and procedures to track national and county level HIV program investments;
  • Support the development, implementation and review of knowledge management frameworks, systems and procedures to improve the translation of evidence into locally relevant policies and strategies;
  • Provide technical expertise in developing appropriate mechanisms to bring together research and innovations and produce strategic products to advance the HIV response;
  • Facilitate capacity building of national and county level staff to conduct epidemic assessments and use program data to improve measurement of key national and county level indicators for HIV prevention;
  • Support the use of existing data systems such as the HIV Implementing Partner Online Reporting System, Community AIDS Program Reporting System, Maisha Certification System, National Data Warehouse data, the Kenya Health Information System within the two institutions to ensure that the generation and use of data is effective;
  • Support the development of protocols and tools required for the collection of high quality data to monitor the national HIV prevention program;
  • Lead the development and implementation of scientific research programs and capacity building, including; design and implementation of surveillance and surveys related to HIV prevention; develop analysis plans and provide interpretation and reporting of results as required, and coordinate dissemination of monitoring results; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required qualities :

  • At least a master’s degree in public health, data science or statistics from a recognized institution.
  • A Ph.D. in epidemiology or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience.
  • High level understanding of the structure and functions of the response to the HIV epidemic in Kenya.
  • Technical knowledge in managing large datasets from program, survey and surveillance data.
  • Proficiency and experience with statistical analysis software such as SAS, STATA or SPSS and working knowledge of GIS software;
  • Technical expertise and experience in digital health and data visualization would be an added advantage.

Skills and Attributes

  • Experience in developing prevention cascades and working in collaboration with different stakeholders – governmental and non-governmental;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work with teams with various areas of expertise to achieve project objectives;
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex epidemiological information to non-technical people;
  • Articulate and able to communicate clearly and professionally with staff and stakeholders;
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of social and political ethical issues surrounding HIV infections and population-based programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage high volume workflow, meet deadlines with minimal supervision, as well as lead and work collaboratively with others; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili.

How to register

Applications from qualified and interested Kenyan candidates should be emailed to [email protected] Applications should consist of an updated CV including the names of three professional referees with current daytime telephone contact and a cover letter indicating the position applied for in the subject heading and the expected salary.

All nominations must be received no later than July 4, 2022.

Partner for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA) is an equal opportunity employer.

Only selected candidates will be contacted

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