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Public Health Epidemiologist, US COVID-19 Response Initiative

Posted: August 31, 2020

Franklin County Public Health Department, Ohio, USA (12-Months, Full-time)

Vital Strategies is a US-based international public health organization working in more than 70 countries to address important and challenging health issues. We develop and oversee programs to strengthen public health systems and address leading causes of morbidity and mortality, providing expertise in project implementation and management, strategic communications, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities.

Resolve to Save Lives is a global health initiative of Vital Strategies that since 2017 has been working closely with governments, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, academic and other partners in a number of low- and middle-income countries to improve cardiovascular health and strengthen national capacity to prevent, detect and respond to epidemic threats. For more information about our Prevent Epidemics initiative, visit: https://www.resolvetosavelives.org/ and https://preventepidemics.org/ .

Vital Strategies / Resolve to Save Lives has formed a COVID-19 Incident Management System to control and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus in vulnerable low- and middle-income countries and the United States. Our work in the US is focused on strengthening the technical, policy and operational capacity of city and county health departments to effectively control COVID with an emphasis on vulnerable communities that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. We are working with a small number of model jurisdictions to demonstrate impact, innovation and to document and disseminate best practices.

Overall Role:

The public health Epidemiologist will be a member of the Vital Strategies / Resolve to Save Lives US COVID-19 Response Team and will be embedded in Franklin County Public Health Department (Columbus, Ohio, area) to support the department’s COVID response efforts. The focus of the position will be on strengthening the effectiveness and impact of COVID-19 prevention and control activities. Though primarily operating as an embedded team member of the local health jurisdiction, the consultant will maintain a close partnership with and receive technical guidance from Vital Strategies/Resolve to Save Lives US COVID-19 Response cross-functional team of epidemiologists, evaluators, and program consultants for knowledge sharing and to ensure consistency of methods and recommendations.

This is a full-time employment contract for a period 12 months with the employee working remotely until on-site work is possible. Once it is possible to work on-site, the Communications Specialist will be expected to be based at or spend considerable time at the appointed jurisdiction. A very strong preference will be given to applicants residing in or near to Franklin County, Ohio.

Main responsibilities:

In close collaboration with local health department staff and the US COVID-19 Response Team Senior Advisor for Epidemiology, provide technical and strategic epidemiologic support within the health department to do the following:

Required competencies and qualifications:

How to Apply: Submit your CV and a cover letter describing your experience and suitability for this role to: Epidemiologist - Franklin Co. Applications accepted until position is filled.

Vital Strategies aims to recruit the candidate who is best suited to work within our US COVID response team and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds – men and women, people of all ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, religions and beliefs. We particularly encourage applications from Black and Latinx candidates, given COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on these communities.