Request for Consultancy: Caribbean Field Epidemiology Training Program Frontline Coordinator

Project Description

Over the past few years, there has been an increased interest in strengthening health systems within the Caribbean region, as most fall short of the requirements for implementing the goals of the International Health Regulations (IHR). The Caribbean Regional Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (CR-FELTP) has, since 2014, addressed capacity building to strengthen health surveillance systems in Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Member States (CMS).The programme specifically targets the human resource component under the IHR and aims to increase Human Resources for Health (HRH) capacity within CMS to improve disease outbreak, surveillance and emergency response. In order to minimize threats posed by emerging and re-emerging diseases, which have the potential to create epidemics within the region, there is a critical need to develop the HRH capacity in applied epidemiology, public health surveillance and response.

The CR-FELTP is a widely recognized professional development programme for public health professionals that is based on service and on-the-job learning in applied epidemiology in the Caribbean. The CR-FELTP provides training in field epidemiology and laboratory practice. To date, 14 CMS have engaged to varying degrees in implementing and rolling out the CR-FELTP. Training is offered on a tiered basis consisting of Frontline, Basic/Level I and Intermediate/Level II tiers, with technical complexity and expected competency outcomes increasing with each level.

There have been 150 Frontline, 102 Level I, and 10 Level II graduates who are working in varying capacities and sectors in the CMS. Graduates have been able to impact the system positively, by increasing the numbers of outbreaks being investigated, implementing improvements in the collection and analysis of surveillance data, increasing data for action through operational research, and increasing participation in emergency response efforts within countries.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic and outbreaks in national communities and vulnerable populations have emphasized the need to train frontline public health professionals in the principles of disease surveillance, outbreak management, and quality improvement. This intervention seeks to strengthen the Caribbean Public Health workforce by building capacity to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and other Regional public health threats.
 

Overview of the Role 

Goal:
To increase Regional Health Security by building the capacity of the Caribbean Public Health Workforce in applied epidemiology and laboratory practice.

Objectives:

  1. Increase appreciation of the role of data among public health workers for monitoring the health of the community and for providing information for decision making.
  2. Improve basic surveillance data collection and analysis, interpretation, and communication.
  3. Improve the quality and use of surveillance data for disease and outbreak detection.
  4. Improve the sharing and dissemination of health information.
  5. Improve resp onse, including case investigation and outbreak investigation, to public health events.

Specific Work
The consultant will be recruited to lead and facilitate the delivery of a new Regional/Caribbean Frontline FETP cohort (range of 15 – 25 participants) from at least 5 CMS and/or other Caribbean territories associated with CARPHA. The consultant will review and amend the Frontline FETP 2.0 curriculum for the Caribbean context, as well as facilitate the delivery of the Frontline curriculum using a virtual modality for participating countries in the Caribbean Region. The consultant will also aid the country focal points in the supervision and quality monitoring of the fieldwork aspect of the curriculum.

The contractor is expected to deliver the following results and reports*: 

  1. Inception Report, including a detailed Workplan, developed and submitted for approval by the Project Managers
  2. Caribbean Frontline FETP 2.0 Curriculum adapted for the Caribbean Context
  3. Online facilitation of Frontline FETP training Modules delivered using CARPHA Moodle LMS
  4. Database documenting programmatic training records and competency products
  5. Interim Report 1 two-and-a-half months from start of implementation
  6. Interim Report 2 five-and-a-half months from start of implementation
  7. Draft final report, and final report 

*Additional details on expected results and reports can be found in the full call, in the "Attachments" section below. 

Contract Period: 

October 2021-March 2022

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s in Public Health or MSc Epidemiology or related field.
  • At least 3 years of experience teaching and training public health professionals.
  • Facilitation delivery to at least two Frontline FETP cohorts in a country/countries. Former facilitation experience in delivering Frontline FETP within a Caribbean setting is desirable.
  • Former mentor in the Frontline FETP programme (national or regional programme).

All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities they take on.

When to Apply

Applications will be accepted until September 24, 2021.

How to Apply

Required documents for submission:

  • Background/qualifications (Resume, Curriculum Vitae)
  • Cover Letter including summary of applicable work experience
  • Consultant fees requirement

Please submit required documents and/or any questions you may have to Dominique Bozarth, Project Manager, at dbozarth [at] tephinet [dot] org. Please copy (cc): soliveira [at] taskforce [dot] org