Surveillance Specialist, Infectious Diseases Detection and Surveillance (IDDS)

  • PATH
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • 27/06/2020
Full time   Public Health Jobs in Uganda

Job Description

Job Description


PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.


Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year USAID-funded project with the following overall objectives: (1) Improve the detection of diseases of public health importance and identification of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in priority infectious diseases through an accessible, accurate, adaptable, timely, and integrated diagnostic network system; (2) Improve the quality of real-time surveillance systems for pathogens of greatest public health concern, including AMR and zoonotic diseases, and; (3) Generate evidence-based guidance and innovative solutions to strengthen in-country diagnostic networks and surveillance systems using a One Health approach. 


PATH is seeking a Surveillance Specialist to be responsible for technical implementation of surveillance activities for human health in Uganda including strengthening data collection, analysis, interpretation and monitoring and evaluation. This role will also be responsible for coordination with other project team members and partners who undertake surveillance strengthening activities. This position reports to the Team lead for IDDS based in Kampala, Uganda.



  • Support in liaising with officials in the Ministry of Health, national research, and academic institutions.
  • Support linking epidemiology and laboratory surveillance data, data analysis and interpretation from human health surveillance systems, community, and event-based surveillance.
  • Serve as a focal person for surveillance systems strengthening in Uganda, including planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of surveillance related activities.
  • Support data quality assessments and support training on surveillance reporting and data analysis with MOH and other partners.
  • Support developing or updating national surveillance plans, SOPs and policies.
  • Support efforts to improve in real-time reporting data, data sharing and interoperability between surveillance and laboratory systems.
  • Follow established processes to guarantee the technical and programmatic quality of IDDS work in Uganda
  • Work closely with the IDDS team lead to define and adjust annual work plans as well as implementing technical activities.

Required Experience


  • A minimum of a master’s degree or higher in epidemiology, public health, international development, or a related field with a focus on infectious disease surveillance.
  • At least five years of experience in the country, with a focus on, surveillance, epidemiology, and data analysis.
  • Technical competency in epidemiology, infectious disease(s), and surveillance systems.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in facilitation and stakeholder engagement/coordination.
  • Familiarity with USG programs and experience residing and working in Uganda are also preferred.

Must have legal authorization to work in Uganda.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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