Humanitarian Health Adviser: Epidemic Preparedness and Response

Save the Children UK
£38,250 - £45,000
Closing date: 17 November 2019
Job Type: Paid
Location: London
Join Save the Children as a Humanitarian Health Adviser: Epidemic Preparedness and Response and support field humanitarian programmes, capacity building and policy/guidance on epidemic preparedness and response activities.

Do you want to play a key role in an organization which stands up for children? Join Save the Children as a Humanitarian Health Adviser: Epidemic Preparedness and Response and support field humanitarian programmes, capacity building and policy/guidance on epidemic preparedness and response activities.

In our Humanitarian department, we fight for children every single day. We integrate emergency and development work, through our country programmes. We increase our capacity to meet the assistance and protection needs of children and their families affected by crises. We go the extra mile - and we don’t rest until the work is done.

As Humanitarian Health Adviser you will carry out short field assignments to countries in order to support preparedness for epidemics, deploying to the field at short notice in the event of emergencies, ensuring broad spectrum of response strategies for epidemic prone disease: from case management, to timely and pre-emptive vaccination campaigns, to integration with key sectors such as WASH.  You will also strengthen public health intelligence at SCUK including supporting country programmes to implement effective ongoing surveillance. You will help with the implementation of early warning, alert and response (EWAR) during an emergency when the national surveillance system is disrupted or underperforming. In addition you will:

  • Work to strengthen our own DHIS2 Health Information Management system: including setting up line listing capability and capacity, supporting with data flow, improving data linkages
  • Analyse, monitor and report epidemic health surveillance data to inform the planning of high quality services
  • Support the delivery of core objectives through applying statistical and epidemiological methods to a range of health data as required
  • Contribute to the design and rollout of SC humanitarian health capacity building initiatives for our and partners’ staff
  • Drive forward our organisational strategy to expand our work on epidemic preparedness and response in emergencies, by building up our organisational capability to prepare and respond to epidemics and working with external stakeholders.

To be successful you will have a background in infectious disease prevention and response, with experience of data management, data collection, surveys or outbreak investigations and an ability to design and implement surveillance systems for monitoring epidemics. You will be a strong team player with prior experience working in hardship or challenging environments and a proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff. In addition you will have:

  • Clinical background desirable: Doctor or Nurse
  • An MSc in epidemiology, or public health and/or equivalent field experience
  • Experience with mobile data collection, visualisation software and DHIS 2
  • Proven practical skills with Epi-info, Excel, STATA or SPSS, Word, Powerpoint
  • Solid experience in the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of vaccination interventions in emergencies, including campaigns and routine vaccination
  • Progressive and solid experience on the field in the implementation and management of humanitarian health programmes
  • The ability to travel with short notice up to 50% of the time.

At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.

If you share our belief in the power of children, join the fight. It takes relentless determination, creativity and a real commitment to real change. Because every child should be able to make their mark on their world, and help to build a better future. We look forward to hearing from you.

To apply please visit our website.

Closing date: 17th November 2019

Region: London and the southeast
Location: London
Sector: Aid Effectiveness Emergencies Projects and programmes

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