Community Health Surveillance Officer
The Community Health Surveillance Officer is a member of Partners In Health Community Health Team and under the supervision of the Community Health Program Specialist will work directly with County and District Health Team Surveillance staff to (i) strengthen disease surveillance at the county, district, facility, and community-level, (ii) to support the operationalization of county emergency referral protocols to the regional integrated severe infections treatment unit (inSITU) located at Fish Town Hospital in River Gee and to (iii) ) to support the operationalization of County Epidemic Preparedness and Response Plans.
In alignment with PIH’s model to build and strengthen health systems, the Community Health Surveillance Officer, will work with CHT community health structures (CHAs, CHVs, TTM and community stakeholders), health facility staff, County Health Teams (CHTs), and District Health Teams (DHTs) to strengthen the Liberian health systems’ ability to prevent, detect, report, and respond to disease outbreaks in conformation with NPHIL/MOH Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and Epidemic Preparedness and Response (EPR) guidelines.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Collaborate with the County and District Health Team to coordinate all aspects of surveillance system: long-term programmatic planning to prevent, detect, report, and respond to disease outbreaks in alignment with the IDSR and EPR guidelines.
- Support the District Health Team to ensure the Implementation of enhanced surveillance/IDSR activities within the district level, health facilities, Community Event Based Surveillance (CEBS) in line with IDSR guidelines.
- Work with District Surveillance Officers (DSO) to assist district, health facilities if possible, in the safe collection, packaging, labelling, storage and transportation of laboratory samples for confirmatory testing.
- Support the timely collection of surveillance data from health facilities (reporting sites) including designated points of entry on time and review the quality of the data.
- Work with DSO to ensure reliable supplies of reporting forms, ledgers and laboratory sample collection kits are available at all times at the health facilities and district levels.
- Support the DSO and County Surveillance Officer (CSO) in following up with National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), MoH for results/outcome of sample sent for confirmation and provide weekly and monthly feedback to the district authorities, District Health Officer, DSO, and if possible health facilities staff (especially affected communities).
- Support the DSO to ensure health facilities know and use IDSR standard case definition for priority diseases and events.
- Support the DSO to ensure CHAs and CHVs use CEBS case definition in identifying priority diseases.
- Work with PIH and CHT M&E departments to support the DSO to monitor and maintain an up to date archive of all surveillance data of the county: Aggregate data from health facilities reports, analyze data by time, person and place. Periodically update graphs, tables, charts, etc. Compare current data with previous in months and quarters or even weeks. Describe risk factors and make conclusions.
- Support the DSO in facilitating all training and health awareness sessions: CHVs CEBS training, health facility staff IDSR training, health facilities/district simulation exercises and community information and education activities through meetings and radio talk shows.
- Support the DSOs in ensuring >95% timeliness and completeness from health facilities to district and county and MoH
- Support the DSO to monitor district IDSR performance indicators and take actions to improve in low performance
- Support DSO to ensure safe burial in communities’ health facilities and districts.
- Support the DSO to strengthen district and cross border coordination and collaboration.
- Support the DSO to host monthly/quarterly meetings for health facility surveillance focal persons.
The following are criteria for this position:
Competency Profile: The key competencies required for the position of Community Health Surveillance Officer:
Academic Qualifications:Holds a diploma/bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Public Health, Physician Assistant, Environmental Health or related field experience and expertise.
- Have a solid professional experience of at least 3 years in primary health care service delivery and knowledgeable to the priorities of EPHS including surveillance system of Liberia.
- Proven ability to build technical capacity within a team.
- Experience working with CHT, DHT, and health facility staff. Have the capacity for sound communication and community entry/engagement skills.
- Have capacity to work with computer and computer software: Words, excel and power point.
- Have knowledge on Integrated Disease Surveillance including the Field Epidemiology Training Program.
- Have knowledge on CEBS
- Liberian National strongly preferred
- Demonstrated passion for strengthening the health system in Liberia Leadership qualities – strategic visionary, able to work with staff of diverse backgrounds and skill levels
- Ability to maintain confidential information in a professional manner, highly developed analytical skills Interpersonal Skill - Strong people and communication skills, open, accommodative and pleasant personality
- Team Management- Team player, ability to groom and manage a dynamic team and support others in team building initiatives
- A skilled collaborator who is able to work effectively with diverse communities Ability to take initiative to identify tasks that would benefit the team or the program.