Call for Technical/Administrative Support for the Network of Field Epidemiology Programs in South America (REDSUR)

Background

Developing Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) regional networks to support expansion of FETP capacity in countries is a priority for CDC and the Global Network of Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions (TEPHINET). Regional networks raise the global profile of field epidemiology programs and support individual countries to achieve their vision of developing the applied epidemiology capabilities necessary to protect and promote the health of their own population, through workforce development and securing long-term sustainable financing.

Since its creation in 2012, the South American Network of Field Epidemiology Training Programs (REDSUR), without any legal bounding, has not just strengthened the collaboration among its member states but has also become an international example of region-driven leadership and ownership of collective public health interest and strategies. REDSUR has successfully and independently maintained its vision for working together to guarantee the sustainability of FETPs and to develop activities that contribute to the improvement of public health conditions in the region. Today REDSUR is made up of seven countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, but this is a growing network with Chile set to join in December 2022. Currently, there are 7 active programs in the region, most of them with two or three levels of FETP training.

Global and regional public health challenges, like the COVID-19 pandemic and human migration across borders, underline the relevance of a high-functioning and well-connected FETP network to advance the regions’ Global Health strategy and improve the States’ capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to environmental and public health threats. With this in mind, on April 18-22 of 2022, hosted by Colombia’s FETP, REDSUR held its first in-person meeting in Bogota, Colombia. At the meeting, a need was identified for a dedicated position to support REDSUR and its leadership as the network moves forward with the implementation of the strategic plan.

The creation of the Regional FETP Technical Advisor (RFTA) position aims to specifically support FETP regional strategies in alignment with the vision and goals of the Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap and the regional network’s priorities. The RFTA will coordinate and help streamline communication; support event planning; coordinate administrative activities; and provide support to other functions across REDSUR.

Detailed Position Description

This position will provide administrative, logistic, and technical support to REDSUR by working with the office of the network’s coordinator (Presently, Colombia FETP).  The person in this position will serve as an Administrative/Technical Officer providing direct assistance to the network of FETPs in South America. 

The expected major responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Perform routine tasks necessary for the operation and presentation of the REDSUR office, including filing, proof-reading, data entry, etc.
  • Make logistic and administrative arrangements for REDSUR coordinating activities
  • Manage and prioritize communications (phone calls, mail, and email messages, etc.) related to REDSUR and relay to REDSUR Coordinator in timely manner
  • Maintain and update contact information of all relevant officials of REDSUR member states, CDC, TEPHINET and other organizations / agencies, FETP alumni and fellows
  • Provide coordination and liaison with the NIH Administrative staff on FETP program related issues
  • Provide input and generate reports as required by the coordination function of REDSUR
  • Serve as main liaison with REDSUR members, CDC, and TEPHINET
  • Help identify local source for document translation (English into Spanish) and videoconference management and facilitation, including with simultaneous interpretation
  • Convene planning calls
  • Provide oversight of translation, printing, collation, and shipment of supplies and materials
  • Take and distribute planning meeting notes
  • Facilitate the dialogue with FETP country coordinators, including during workshops and meetings, compiling notes and systematizing the results of the discussions
  • Assist with the planning for any in-person travel (conferences, meetings, travel advances), as necessary and as permissible with travel restrictions (e.g. COVID-19 travel restrictions)
  • Support REDSUR with event planning and executing virtual and in-person network exchange and information sharing events
  • Maintain REDSUR’s event Calendar
  • Assist with the development of work plans, budgets, and project proposals, in English
  • Support the selection of vendors and coordinate payments from the local account to vendors and consultants
  • Assist with the publication of newsletters; development and maintenance of the website; and maintain alumni database
  • Represent the REDSUR office at meetings with donors, programs, and projects, when necessary
  • Oversee support staff of the office (i.e. accounting, admin asst., etc.)
  • Ensure all federal grant requirements are met for reporting and documentation by the required deadlines
  • Perform administrative and other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Health professional, with master’s level in epidemiology, public health, or related areas
  • FETP graduate from Intermediate or Advance level
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in public health surveillance, field epidemiology, tutoring, program management and monitoring
  • Bilingual Spanish/English (Intermediate level English)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with all levels of staff and partners
  • Capable of multi-tasking in a high stress environment with minimal supervision
  • Intermediate to expert level in Excel and Google Suite
  • Experience working in an environment with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Willing to travel within South America 10% of the time

Contract Period and Workstation 

This position will be based at the REDSUR Coordination Office in Bogota, Colombia.

Contract Duration: February 1, 2022 to October 1, 2022, with possibility to extend. Extension is not automatic or assumed, and should be based on performance, suitability, funding, and technical need.

*Competitive salary for the proposed position is based on Colombia’s National Institute of Health (INS) pay scale

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the following Google Form and upload your resume and letter of interest. For any questions, please contact Claudia Moya, TEPHINET Project Manager, at cmoya [at] taskforce [dot] org.

Selected candidates will be notified via email for a 45-minute interview beginning during the week of January 9, 2022.