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Epidemiologist
 
  • Suva-based position (Fiji)
  • Attractive expatriate package
  • Join the principal development organisation in the Pacific region

Description

The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Public Health Division (PHD) supports members in developing healthier Pacific Island communities by providing assistance in public health surveillance, and in the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The primary focus of the division is to provide scientific and technical assistance and to support the implementation of plans and programmes in member countries and territories. The primary goals for all PHD activities is to promote population health and well-being, help communities prevent disease and restore and/or maintain health, and reduce inequalities in health. PHD is primarily concerned with improving and protecting public (population) health, rather than providing individual treatment services. PHD is comprised of three programmes: Surveillance Preparedness and Response; Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Prevention and Control; and Clinical Services.

The role – Epidemiologist will strengthen and contribute to public health surveillance, research and response in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) and the Pacific region through capacity enhancement and competency building on data utilization and epidemiology, enhanced surveillance system and activities, and collaborative conduct of operational and implementation research studies with PICTs. The position will work with Fiji National University and with other stakeholders in the delivery of the SHIP-DDM programme. The position will be supported with funds provided by Australia’s Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Team management, administration and communication
  • Strengthen capacity for coordinated regional surveillance
  • Enhance evidence-based service delivery through research
  • Strengthen health information systems
  • Strengthen preparedness and response to public health threats or events through application of epidemiological skills

For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.

Key selection criteria

Qualifications

  • Doctorate level qualification (PhD) in public health, epidemiology, or related discipline

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in public health surveillance, including communicable and non-communicable disease surveillance
  • Project management experience
  • Experience in operational research and writing scientificreports and papers
  • Knowledge of public health surveillance and response
  • Experience with operational research and writing scientific reports and papers
  • Experience in responding to outbreaks and public health emergencies

Essential skills

  • Skills in capacity building or on the job training in field epidemiology
  • Ability to develop, maintain and evaluate surveillance systems
  • Ability to analyse relevant information, identifying issues and determining priorities
  • Cross-cultural skills and ability to work with colleagues from different cultural backgrounds
  • Willingness to travel frequently (up to 30% of the time) in the Pacific region and internationally

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Three years (subject to available funding)

Remuneration – The Epidemiologist is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,942‒3,677 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,679–10,848 (USD 4,177–5,222; EUR 3,522–4,402). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.

Benefits for international employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,230–2,750 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.

Equal opportunity – SPC is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment is based entirely on merit; in cases where two short-listed candidates are judged to be of equal rank by the selection committee, preference will be given to Pacific Island nationals.

Child protection – SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Police clearance – Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.

Application procedure

Closing Date – 6 December 2019

Applicants must apply online at http://careers.spc.int/

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume
  • contact details for three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions

Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.

For international staff in Fiji, only one foreign national per family can be employed with an entity operating in Fiji at any one given time. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.

Please ensure that you respond to all the screening questions.  If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

Screening Questions:

  1. Describe your experience in designing training materials, developing training curriculum and in conducting an epidemiology-training course.
  2. Describe your experience in conducting a training activity with varied (e.g. multi-sectoral) participants and lessons learned.
  3. How would you strengthen operational/implementation research capacity in the Pacific islands and territories and describe relevant practical experiences?
Job Ref: CB000135
Submitted: 08-11-2019 11:09 AM
Applications Close: Friday, 06 Dec 2019
Job Type: Contract - International
 


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