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STOP:Immunization and Surveillance Data Specialist Position

General Overview

The Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recruiting qualified Immunization and Surveillance Data Specialists to participate in STOP teams. STOP Immunization and Surveillance Data Specialists will be deployed as volunteers for the World Health Organization (WHO) or UNICEF to resource-limited countries. STOP Immunization and Surveillance Data Specialists will work to strengthen health information systems of the Expanded Program on Immunization. The volunteer deployment period is 5 months.

STOP Immunization and Surveillance Data Specialists support Ministries of Health, WHO and UNICEF to develop system and human resource capacity and strengthen health information systems of the Expanded Program for Immunization and improve immunization and vaccine-preventable disease (VPD) surveillance data quality. The primary responsibility of STOP Immunization and Surveillance Data Specialists is to develop capacity at all levels of the health information system to strengthen data management processes and improve the quality of VPD surveillance and immunization data. STOP Immunization and Surveillance Data Specialists take a systems-focused approach to identify root causes of challenges and develop specific, targeted strategies that are actionable and result in sustainable improvement with specific objectives to:

  • Improve the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of recording and reporting of VPD surveillance and immunization data
  • Improve data archiving, analysis, interpretation and use of VPD surveillance and immunization data for evidence-based decision making and action
  • Identify VPD surveillance and immunization data quality challenges and develop targeted, actionable recommendations

STOP Immunization and Surveillance Data Specialists must have strong mentorship skills, experience planning and facilitating training, be proactive and flexible, and work well under difficult conditions with people of different cultures.

Position Requirements

In order to qualify, candidates must:

  • Hold a graduate degree in public health or related field
  • Have a minimum of five years of public health experience
  • Have experience working in a developing country
  • Fluent in English

In addition, candidates should have at least three years of direct experience in the following areas:

  • Planning and facilitation of training related to data management processes
  • Directly supporting public health surveillance or immunization health information systems
  • Developing system and/or human resource capacity to strengthen health information systems
  • Developing and/or implementing data quality assurance processes or data quality control activities
  • Page last reviewed: December 2, 2015
  • Page last updated: December 2, 2015
  • Content source: Global Health
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