Call for Regional Consultant: Surveillance and Health Information Systems (South America)


The Surveillance and Information Systems regional consultant will work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Center for Global Health (CGH), Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP), Global Epidemiology, Laboratory and Surveillance Branch. The consultant will support a project to implement plans for enhancement of surveillance and information systems in South America as part of the regional strategy to meet International Health Regulations (IHR) and advance Global Health Security by improving epidemiologic intelligence for early outbreak detection and response. This individual will act as a technical expert in synthesizing information for regional health informatics, in order to produce a situational assessment of health information systems in the region.  

Primary Responsibilities

As an expert in regional surveillance and information systems, the consultant will be responsible for the following activities:

Project Coordination:

  • Surveillance, laboratory, and information system mapping at the regional level
  • Capacity building and other informatics support at the regional level
  • Coordinate with governments and private sectors within the region to compile up-to-date information
  • Develop high quality reports and/or spreadsheets on the situational assessment in the region
  • Organize Regional Surveillance and Health Information Systems Technical Workshop (annual meeting to bring together personnel from different sectors and allow for sharing best practices)
  • Organize a training session(s) as an add-on to the workshop or as stand-alone in-country sessions to allow practical training on an identified surveillance activity/strategy
  • Other duties as assigned

Communication and Collaboration:

  • Serve as a liaison between TEPHINET, CDC, and country stakeholders
  • Provide regular updates to TEPHINET and CDC partners
  • Participate in conference calls as necessary with stakeholders and partners

Contract Period

January 2022 – September 2022


This position is a TEPHINET consultant position, not a full-time salaried position. Consultant fees commensurate with experience and dependent on funding.

Required Skills and Experience 

  • Expert in health informatics, including disease surveillance and laboratory systems
  • Strong regional knowledge of health information systems in South America
  • Experience in project coordination, particularly for information mapping and situational assessments
  • A current resident of South America
  • Proficiency (written and verbal) in English and Spanish; additional proficiency in Portuguese also an asset
  • Advanced degree in relevant field such as public health, epidemiology, or informatics
  • Graduate from a Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) OR at least two years’ experience in a FETP or a similar field epidemiology service provision position.
  • 3-5 years of experience working in the areas of epidemiology or health informatics
  • Experience in managing public health projects
  • Technical expertise in health information system platforms for disease surveillance (e.g., DHIS2, EWARS, SORMAS, Go.Data, Open Data Kit, Epi Info, CommCare, KoboToolbox, Excel, etc.)
  • Superior writing and communication skills with grammatical proficiency and attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with diverse stakeholders
  • Interested in strengthening public health surveillance, and health systems strengthening
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook)

Application Process

Who can apply: Independent consultants based in South America
When to apply: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 26th, 2021   Required documents for submission:
  • Background/qualifications (Resume, Curriculum Vitae)
  • Cover Letter including summary of work experience
Please submit required documents and/or any questions you may have to Shaiana Oliveira, Project Coordinator at soliveira [at] taskforce [dot] org.