Request for Assistance: Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
02 August 2019
On 17th July 2019 WHO declared the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Declaration of a PHEIC is a call to action. Therefore, it is time for the African continent and indeed the world to redouble our efforts in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a stronger health system.
Since the current outbreak was declared in August 2018, Africa CDC has supported the efforts of the Government of the DRC in several ways. These include deployment of 41 multi-disciplinary public health experts, training of more than 800 local healthcare workers and community volunteers, contributions to surveillance and investigations, and provision of personal protective equipment and GeneXpert machines to health facilities. In response to the WHO declaration, Africa CDC is strengthening its response to the outbreak.
On 25th July 2019, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) decided ‘to authorize the immediate deployment of an AU Mission Against Ebola in DRC, comprising medical doctors, laboratory experts, epidemiologists, nurses and other medical and paramedical personnel, as well as security personnel’. This includes activation of and recruitment to the African Volunteer Health Corps (AVoHC). Request for Assistance To continue strengthening the response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC, Africa CDC is requesting support from AVoHC members and partners to identify experts for deployment to DRC and neighbouring countries. All staff deployed will work in close collaboration with other members of the response team and with Africa CDC Headquarters.
Positions of interest include:
• Epidemiology / surveillance
• Microbiology / laboratory
• Infection prevention and control
• Data management
• Social science
• Social mobilisation
Africa CDC is seeking the support of volunteers to cover these positions on a rotational basis for up to a 12-month period.
Requirements Description Essential Desired
Education and training
– Education and specialized training in the respective discipline.
– Previous field experience in response to public health emergencies or large outbreaks.
– Previous experience of deployments with AU, WHO or other agencies.
– Previous work in DRC or neighbouring countries
– Excellent communication skills.
– Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills.
– Ability to work in the team, with limited supervision.
– Ability to work under pressure.
– 4-6 weeks minimum
– 8-12 weeks or more
In line with the standard AU procedures, Africa CDC will cover the cost of travel, accommodation, meals and stipend, along with insurance and in-country logistics and security support.
Instructions Offers of support can only be submitted through the google form below. To submit an offer for this position please use link “Click here to apply” at the bottom of this message. Please provide all required details for the offer including CV, availability, and areas of expertise. Please note that only complete applications from candidates, fulfilling all essential requirements listed above will be considered. Click here to apply
General enquiries to: AVoHC.firstname.lastname@example.org Africa CDC would like to thank all partners that have provided support for this outbreak.