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GIZ recruiting Cooperation with Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine Coordinator


Brussels, Belgium, 04 November 2013

Background

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

Field of activity

Further development and consolidation of the Mediterranean Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training

The overall objective of the project is to enhance health security in the Mediterranean region by supporting capacity building for prevention and control of natural or man-made threats to health posed by communicable diseases through the further roll-out of the Mediterranean Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (MediPIET).

MediPIET is a sustainable training programme in intervention epidemiology, including 2-year ‘learning-by-doing’ course that not only trains individuals, but more broadly supports sustainable training infrastructures, a regional network of trainers/supervisors and the overall capacities in the Mediterranean in order to consolidate a competent workforce with the necessary competence in intervention epidemiology to carry out essential public health functions for prevention and control of national and cross-border challenges posed by communicable diseases, in line with the requirements of the International Health Regulations (IHR).

The specific objectives are as follows:

  • train national trainers and supervisors in field epidemiology from the participating public health institutes, provide support to cascade training down to regional and local levels and nurture a regional network of trainers/supervisors;

  • train a regional cadre of field epidemiologists competent in intervention epidemiology to carry out essential public health functions and capable of disseminating their knowledge, skills and attitudes and nurture a regional network of field epidemiologists;

  • disseminate experience, knowledge and skills on pedagogics and methodologies related to practical "on-the-job training" among participating non-EU countries and with the EU partners, gained in training epidemiologists as part of national field epidemiology training programmes and/or relevant European programmes such as the EPIET and EUPHEM programmes;

  • foster country commitment/ownership and regional networking to share practices and experiences as essential conditions for building-in sustainability of the programme;

  • Specifically for the Black Sea region countries, represented in this project by Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine,

  • identify and engage institutes of public health (or relevant national bodies mandated with surveillance, detection, investigation and control of communicable diseases) to establish a sustainable consortium of lead partners from both the EU and the participating non-EU countries working to further develop the building blocks necessary for a long term Mediterranean training programme in intervention epidemiology.

  • Establish the initial building blocks of a long-term regional training programme aimed at creating public health workforce with the necessary skills in intervention/field epidemiology to meet present and future national and cross border challenges posed by communicable diseases.

Tasks

The key expert will be in charge of the coordination of cooperation with Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine; In coordination with the project scientific leader and the Scientific Advisory Board s/he will work with four countries previously not participating in MediPIET (Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) with the aim to assess if there is scope to develop a similar training structure for these countries or to fully include them as members of the MediPIET network by the end of the project period.

Duration: Intended commencement date is in January 2014 for a period up to 48 months.

Deadline: 14 November 2013

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