Job Opportunity at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Surveillance Technical Lead

University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Job Opportunity – Surveillance Technical Lead

Location : Dar es Salaam

Application deadline : April 29, 2022

Start date : June 1, 2022


The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is engaged in a five-year Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Tanzania (CDC-Tanzania) to provide strategic information, with a focus on improving data quality, Surveillance, and health information systems (HIS) technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MOH)for Both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar as well as the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and their implementing partners (IPs).

UCSF is recruiting an individual through our affiliated international NGO Global Programs to serve as Surveillance Technical Lead. This is a full-time 4-month position with the possibility of extension for 12 months subject to continued funding. The position is expected to start on June 1, 2022 and will be based in Dar es Salaam.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Technical Director and Surveillance Pis, the Surveillance Technical Lead will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing an Integrated Bio-Behavioral Survey (IBBS) in Zanzibar and supporting other surveillance activities for both Zanzibar and Tanzania Mainland as needed.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Participate in the development of survey protocols, survey tools, field SOPs, and training materials for qualitative and quantitative surveys among key populations.
  • Plan, conduct, and supervise training on study protocols and operations and coordinate all training related to surveys in conjunction with other partners.
  • Provide technical, administrative, and logistical management support, including pre-testing and refining tools, coordinating training, data collection, data analysis, study documentation, and ensuring protocol adherence before, during, and after the survey.
  • Ensure timely delivery of materials and supplies needed for the implementation of the survey.
  • Oversee daily on-site implementation of surveillance activities including facility engagement, data collection, and study staff supervision.
  • Ensure the sending of samples as scheduled in the survey and specified in the SOP.
  • Participate in data analysis and report writing.
  • Participation in technical working group (TWG) meetings and fora related to HIV surveillance.
  • Work with other partners with issues related to the planning and implementation of surveillance activities.

Experience, skills, and minimum required qualifications:

  • Undergraduate in social sciences preferred (demography, geography, sociology, psychology, or other) OR health professional with tertiary qualifications, such as nursing, clinical medicine, or medical laboratory technology, AND Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, Social Sciences, or related field
  • At least 4 years of total public health experience with at least 3 years of post-graduate work in HIV surveillance, including experience conducting national HIV serologic surveys in the general population and sub-national surveys among Key Populations
  • Demonstrated research and evaluation experience, including protocol and tools development, ethics review board submission/management, study coordination, data analysis, and report and manuscript writing
  • Demonstrated ability to use SAS, Stata, SPSS, or R statistical software packages for basic, intermediate, and advanced statistical analysis
  • Previous experience managing HIV and AIDS projects in PEPFAR setting strongly preferred
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, communication, and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrable experience working with a variety of organizations and stakeholders, including experience collaborating with MOH
  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally and collaboratively in a multi-cultural environment and with vulnerable populations
  • Fluency in oral and written English and Kiswahili required

Other desired skills/qualities:

  • Strong organizational and management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, work under deadlines, work independently with minimal supervision, and multi-task.
  • Ability to summarize disparate information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel in-country to support project activities

To Apply:

All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed in the minimum requirements above with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

All applications must include the following:

A current CV with names and telephone numbers for at least 2 referees, 1 of whom must be from your current employer

Copies of academic and professional certificates

Applications and supporting documents should be sent via e-mail to and must be received by April 29, 2022. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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