Fresher Data Jobs – One Environmental Health Officer – Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

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Organisation: Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About US:

The mission of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is to strengthen health systems in Africa, with a strong emphasis on infectious diseases through research and capacity development. IDI has five operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment; Training, Research, Laboratory services (including the CAP-certified IDI Core Lab) and Outreach.

About Project:

IDI has received funding from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) to conduct research on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Malawi and Uganda. The goal of this research project is to take an interdisciplinary approach to determine the drivers of transmission of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli and ESBL Klebsiella pneumoniae in Kampala and Hoima districts. To model the drivers of AMR-transmission, the project will undertake detailed, longitudinal microbiological surveillance of humans, animals and the environment to understand the dynamics of ESBL-E. coli and ESBL-K. pneumoniae and their ecological niche. The laboratory-based work for the project involves screening of human (blood and faecal), animal (faecal) and environmental specimens for the target organisms using molecular and phenotypic methods.

Job Summary:  The One Environmental Health Officer will work closely with the Veterinary Officer (VO) as a team to coordinate project activities that are based within Hoima and Kampala field surveillance areas. The EHO’s work will be supported by field assistants based in Hoima and Kampala.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assist the overall Study coordinator/Site Manager with implementation of study protocols, planning and problem-solving at the community surveillance sites in Hoima and Kampala
  • Coordinate all field protocol implementation with support from field assistants, including mobilization of recruited participants, data collection, sample collection and transport, study log maintenance, data management, participant follow-up, requisition for supplies and accountability for all aspects related to human, animal and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) surveillance
  • Establish, maintain and document all daily field activities according to protocol and standard operating procedures
  • Support all WASH activities of the study including but not limited to community transect walks, household observations, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and questionnaire administration
  • Liaise with the regional laboratory focal person to ensure the efficient collection and transportation of samples (human, animal, and environment) from the field to reference laboratories and efficient transmission of results back to study participants (when relevant) and external collaborators
  • Certify that all submission of all fieldwork progress, activity and performance reports to the Study/Site Coordinator
  • Work in accordance with established working procedures and protocols of the organization
  • Participate in the development and control of budgets with the Study/ Site Coordinator in accordance with financial guidelines

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelors of Environmental Health Science from a recognized university
  • Post graduate training will be added advantage
  • Previous experience in conducting research with field data collection
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the local languages (English, Runyoro-Kitara, Luganda) will be an added advantage

How to Apply

IDI will offer a competitive remuneration package to the successful candidate. Candidates that know that they meet the above criteria and have what it takes to excel in the above position, please send their CVs, which should include details of email address (if any), present position, current remuneration, Certificate/testimonials and address of three (3) Referees plus telephone contact to the stipulated email address (Email your application and CV to hr@idi.co.ug and let’s save the environment).

Address to:

The Senior Human Resource Manager

Infectious Diseases Institute — IDI Knowledge Centre, Makerere University Main Campus; College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

P.O. Box 22418, Kampala, Uganda

Key Notes:

  • IDI is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a recruitment fee or any other fees at any stage of the recruitment process
  • Internal candidates who meet the required specifications and have worked with IDI for a period of at least one year will be given priority.
  • Make sure that your application letter, CV and certificates are attached as one document
  • Indicate the Vacancy Code as the subject for your email
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Deadline: 25th June 2019  


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