Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, US COVID-19 Response Initiative
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/ . In March, Resolve to Save Lives 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. The focus for this work is strengthening the technical, policy and operational capacity of national partners to effectively control COVID, and we are seeking an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist to support these efforts in the USA.
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.
As a member of the US COVID-19 Response (USCR) Team, the Epidemiologist will provide technical and analytical guidance and support to strengthen COVID-19 control efforts in local health department jurisdictions in the US. Under the supervision of the USCR Team Director, and in collaboration with other technical staff including the Epidemic Intelligence Unit (EIU) of our COVID pandemic response, the Epidemiologist will be responsible for supporting technical analysis and quality in the planning and scaled execution of COVID-19 control efforts in assigned jurisdictions. This is a full-time employment position for a period of 6 - 12 months, with possibility of extension, determined by the length of the response. The work will be conducted remotely. Once travel restrictions are lifted, the role is likely to require approximately 20-25% travel within the US.
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