STOP: Immunization and Surveillance Data Specialist (ISDS) Position

General Overview

The STOP program at CDC is recruiting qualified data specialists to participate in STOP assignments as Immunization and Surveillance Data Specialists (ISDS). ISDS participants will be deployed through the World Health Organization (WHO), a STOP/CDC partner, to countries requiring support and technical assistance to strengthen polio and other vaccine-preventable disease (VPD) immunization and surveillance activities.

All STOP ISDS participants will work with in-country counterparts on activities that aim to:

  • Improve the capacity of staff supporting immunization and VPD surveillance data
  • 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 and experience planning and facilitating trainings, be proactive and flexible, and work well under difficult conditions with people of different cultures.

Position Requirements

The STOP Program is seeking experienced data specialists, with extensive experience working within and supporting health information systems, specifically for immunization and VPD surveillance data. In order to qualify, candidates must have:

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience working in the field of immunizations and surveillance data management and an advanced degree in a relevant field, or 10+ years of experience working in the field of immunizations and surveillance data management, specifically in:
    • Planning and facilitating trainings related to data management processes and/or data quality improvement
    • 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
  • Fluency in English or French
  • Fluency in a second language desired, particularly Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic
  • Previous experience working or studying internationally is desired


Page last reviewed: April 24, 2020
Content source: Global Immunization