Purpose of the Job:
Reporting to the Chief of Research and Evaluation, the Evaluation Specialist (Epidemiologist) will collaborate closely with national partners and Research & Evaluation (R&E) members to provide technical leadership in investigating and describing factors that influence public health behaviors and outcomes by assisting in the design, conduct and analysis of surveys/special studies and surveillance to yield data that will guide evaluation/review and development of policies and programs. He or she will be responsible for critical review, supervision and quality control of epidemiological studies and analysis commissioned by the Research & Evaluation Unit. The role also involves being responsible for communication/dissemination of information so that it can be better utilized to improve programming and advocacy.
Major Tasks to be accomplished:
•Provides technical leadership in the area of epidemiology to the Research & Evaluation members and partners. •Initiates epidemiological investigations based on needs assessment and adverse outcomes and disseminates the results and analysis of health outcome data. •Participates in national investigations, in the design and management of surveillance systems for issues of public health importance. •Ensures the application of appropriate research methodology relating to particular data collection, survey/ sampling techniques and data analysis. •Works with Research & Evaluation partners and national partners to build local capacity in basic epidemiology. •Provides technical support, coaching and mentoring to Research & Evaluation partner researchers. •Assists in the development of evaluation systems within the Centre and with partners. Promote awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of Research & Evaluation function among all staff members through communication, training and development activities organisation wide. •Participates in the generation of fact sheets based on evidence-based evaluations and studies and maintaining data-bank(s) of social indicators on situations of women and children. •Undertakes lessons-learned reviews on successful / unsuccessful Research & Evaluation practices and experiences at national level, and ensure they are shared appropriately for improvements on the Research & Evaluation function.
Qualifications and Competencies
•Advanced degree in Social Sciences, or other related disciplines, with specialized training in project management, evaluation, social statistics, advanced statistical research and analysis.
•Public Health Specialist with Maters’ Degree in Public Health or equivalent. •At least 5 years relevant professional work experience in data management and epidemiological experience in low resource settings (especially in Southern African) plus practical experience in operational research at a senior level. •Expertise in a range of statistical software packages. • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
If you have experience of working in any similar capacity above, meet the above profile and want to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children, send your application letter and curriculum vitae quoting vacancy notice number to the following address.
Human Resources Manager (Vacancy Notice No. Zim: 18/2012) UNICEF, 6 Fairbridge Avenue, P O Box 1250 Belgravia, Harare
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should be received by 1 April, 2012. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.