Public Health Officer

Company: Ministry of Health & Social Development | Last Updated: August 1, 2017

Ministry of Health & Social Development

Role Summary

The successful applicant will assist with epidemiological tasks in the department such as research, statistical analysis and data monitoring in order to identify the health needs of the population and reduce levels of mortality and morbidity.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Develop, implement and evaluate social marketing campaigns.
  2. Conduct/participate in research and development initiatives which enhance population health service planning and outcomes.
  3. Partner and collaborate with other government and non-government agencies to create environments which support healthy populations.
  4. Collect health and other data (consolidated in trends) for purposes of monitoring and early warning.
  5. Develop contingency and operational plans for prompt response to health alerts.
  6. Develop alternative service models to meet changing population health needs.
  7. Research, analyse and prepare reports and advice.
  8. Make presentations to other service agencies and the public in order to increase awareness of programme services.
  9. Manage and implement essential public health research by developing and maintaining relationships with all reporting sites in order to facilitate timely and accurate reporting and information dissemination.
  10. Develop and maintain appropriate reporting, follow up and investigation of communicable, non communicable diseases and events/occurrences in order for actions to be taken to reduce morbidity and mortality levels.
  11. Assist in research and data analysis using health and statistical software in order to provide evidence based information.
  12. Assist with improving the quality and timeliness of surveillance systems in order to be able to identify disease outbreaks promptly.
  13. Assist in training professionals in order to facilitate an increased awareness of the information environment issues.
  14. Assist in the development and implementation of disease control activities and programs as well as preparedness and mitigation plans for communicable disease and other health related emergencies or disasters in order to reduce mortality and morbidity levels.
  15. Performs any other related duties as required by Supervisor or any other senior officer in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Health Information Management or related field
  • Three (3) years related experience
  • Good knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
  • Sound knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and policies
  • Sound knowledge Epidemiology principles
  • Sound knowledge of Health Information Management
  • Sound oral and written communication skills
  • Sound knowledge of the use of standard office equipment and computer applications
  • Sound analytical and decision-making skills
  • Sound interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
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