Field Disease Surveillance Officer

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Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as Field Disease Surveillance Officer with an implementing partner of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Along with other United States Government (USG) Agencies, the CDC has been a key actor in implementing the Global Health Security Agenda, which seeks to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health security as an international security priority. The GHSA works through partnerships with multiple nations, international organizations, and public and private stakeholders. CDC and USG sister agencies are working together with partner countries on specific objectives: to prevent, detect, and effectively respond to infectious disease threats; to prevent and reduce the likelihood of outbreaks – natural, accidental, or intentional; to detect threats early to save lives; and to respond rapidly and effectively using multi-sectorial, international coordination and communication. This particular project will map existing community based village volunteers / alert committees and integrate them into the existing Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) reporting system in Senegal.

The Peace Corps Response Volunteers will work on a daily basis with the Ministry of Health District Surveillance Officer, implementing partner staff and the CDC Senegal Surveillance officer to support activities implementing surveillance activities. The volunteer will participate as an integral member of the district surveillance team to assist in coordination of activities between CRS, the MOH Regional and District Level Health Office of the above objectives of this project.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Senegal together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Implementing Partner (TBD)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Two or more years of experience conducting community health programming in a low-resource environment.
• Intermediate Level French proficiency
• Experience or interest developing and using evaluation tools to monitor the efficacy of training programs and programmatic interventions.
• Knowledge of appropriate engagement with host country partners in both a professional and community setting in West African countries.
• Ability to help CDC GHSA and the Peace Corps culturally to adapt programming and training initiatives to have the best chance of success in the field.
• Strong computer and internet-based research skills.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Senegal

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Medical Considerations

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