Job Summary

Coordinate the work plan for field of activity

  • Minimum Qualification: MBBS
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

We provide services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including

economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with

the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services. The German Federal Ministry for

Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party, but we also work with the private sector,

fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade. All these commissioning parties place their trust in GIZ by working together with us to generate ideas for political, social and economic change, develop these into concrete plans and implement the envisaged change processes. Since we are a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to our work. This makes us a reliable service provider that people can trust. Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible and effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2017, we generated a business volume of around 2.6 billion euros. Our 19,506 employees, almost 70 percent of whom are national personnel, work in around 120 countries. As a recognised development service provider, we currently have

590 development workers in action in partner countries.

Furthermore, in 2017, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the

Federal Employment Agency, placed 385 integrated experts and 484 returning experts with local employers in our partner

countries, or provided them with financial support, advice or

other services.

*Personnel and business figures as at 31 December 2017 Regional Project Support to Pandemic Prevention in the


In December 2013, an Ebola epidemic of unprecedented

proportions broke out in some countries in West Africa, primarily Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The efforts to stem the Ebola epidemic revealed fundamental deficits in the

health policies and strategies of the afflicted countries, but also of regional and international organisations. Multiple

outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging diseases occurred in the region: Lassa fever, Meningococcal disease, Polio, Yellow

fever, Monkeypox and Cholera broke out in Nigeria between 2016 and 2018; Dengue and Lassa fever and Meningococcal

disease broke out in various West African countries, highlighting the need for improved epidemic control in the


The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Health Organisation

(WAHO) are mandated to assist Member States in controlling epidemics. WAHO’s mandate is to advise Member States on the implementation of the International Health Regulations

(IHR). This is with a view to ensure free movement of people and goods and economic integration. WAHO, located in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, and its mandate is to promote

regional integration by harmonizing of policies of Member States, pooling of resources, and cooperation with one

another and with others partners for a collective and strategic response to health problems of the ECOWAS region.,. The

Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (RCSDC) located in Abuja, Nigeria, was formally established

in 2015 and operationalised in February 2018. It operates under the supervision of WAHO and has as mandate:

to support ECOWAS Member States to build capacities to effectively conduct disease surveillance, prepare, respond and communicate risks for public health events;

to address complex health challenges in a coordinated manner, to empower the Member States achieve the ECOWAS set objective of keeping the people of West Africa

healthy; and to act only in cooperation with the relevant competent authority and upon request from the Member States to carry out

its mission, working under the close supervision of WAHO. In support of the newly established RCSDC, National

Coordinating Institutions (NCIs) are currently being or have been established in all 15 ECOWAS Member States supporting the facilitation and coordination of disease

surveillance, early warning and rapid response interventions and overseeing laboratories. Besides the RCSDC, the

Regional Centre for Animal Health (RCAH) is the second specialized agency of WAHO related to the One Health


The objective of the project is to improve advice provided by the ECOWAS Commission and its specialised institutions and

agencies to ECOWAS Member States on setting up selected disease control mechanisms in keeping with the International

Health Regulations (IHR).

The expected outputs of the project are as follows:

Improved communication in the ECOWAS region on health risks due to infectious diseases, which takes into account gender and One Health aspects;

Improved communication and coordination between ECOWAS specialised institutions, agencies and National

Coordinating Institutions according to defined regulations; Strengthened human resources in epidemic control of the

ECOWAS Commission, WAHO, RCSDC and NCIs;

Strengthened digitalized surveillance and outbreak management system in Nigeria and Ghana.

For this purpose, the RPPP operates at regional level: the West African Health Organization (WAHO) based in Burkina

Faso and the Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease

Control (RCSDC) of the ECOWAS based in Nigeria will be strengthened in regards to their mandate to support the

Member States with the implementation of selected core capacities of the IHR, such as risk communication, inter

institutional coordination, human resources and digitalized surveillance. The project is limited to the countries of the

ECOWAS region with focus on Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Togo. The project has its offices in Abuja/ Nigeria and in

Bobo-Dioulasso/ Burkina Faso.

The RPPP is looking for a technical advisor in the field of Digital Surveillance based in Abuja with the following core responsibilities

Responsibilities & tasks:

Coordinate the work plan for field of activity 4: “Digital Surveillance”

Closely cooperate with the Helmholtz Center for Infectious Research in Braunschweig (HZI), the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, The Ghanaian

Health Services and Ghanaian Community Network (GCNet)

Closely cooperate with designated staff from partner organizations in Nigeria and Ghana and at WAHO/RCSDC, technical experts and civil society 

Organizations to ensure successful implementation of projects

Monitor the implementation of SORMAS open in

Nigeria as well as the piloting in Ghana

Document lessons learned and ensuring communication and information sharing about SORMAS at regional level of ECOWAS and its member states as well as within GIZ and EU

Follow up the stakeholder management regarding

SORMAS open implementation in NG and Ghana

Explore new opportunities for SORMAS open extension at regional level

Assume project management responsibilities


Operational planning for field of activity 4 digitalized

surveillance and its implementation

Documentation of lessons learned from SORMAS

implementation and contribution to knowledge

management in this field

Elaboration of fact sheets and technical documents

about SORMAS open in order to share information at

regional and international level Special attention to impact monitoring and cost effectiveness

Contribution to the Sector network Health and Social

Protection in Africa

Contribution to Project Management and reporting to

BMZ and EU

Undertake field visits to assess and evaluate the

implementation of SORMAS

Coordinate with SORMAS coordinator for a regular

contribution to M&E

Follow up Operational Research for SORMAS

improvement and strengthening

Provide technical contribution to SORMAS

implementation and scientific research respectively

Contribute to the strengthening of the capacity of the

national workforce in SORMAS related activities

Required Qualifications, Competencies & experience

Medical doctor or social scientist, with University

Degree in Public Health with experience in Epidemiology and Health Security

Solid knowledge about International Health

Regulations (IHR, 2005)

Language skills: English; French highly recommended

Professional experience

At least 3 years professional experience in a

comparable position, Good knowledge of health

systems and health policy in the ECOWAS region

Good knowledge of regional and national surveillance

systems in human and animal health

Experience in digital health

Experience in project management in an international


Technical network in the region

Other knowledge, additional competencies

Willingness to up-skill as required by the tasks to be


Very good IT knowledge

Good communication skills

A good team player who is willing to take on


Innovative and possessing a positive attitude to


Experience in intercultural working environment

Proven ability to multi-task across various planning and implementation process within a highly demanding and competitive environment

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