The Ministry of Public Health has been actively implementing measures to control the spread of COVID-19 since its emergence in China and subsequent global transmission. These efforts involve coordinating with relevant ministries and authorities, detecting and isolating cases, managing cases, tracing contacts, and communicating risks.
It is crucial to accurately determine the causes of deaths, including those related to COVID-19, in order to assess the true impact of the virus and other diseases. The Vital Statistics Department of MoPH aims to enhance the reporting and verification process for deaths.
The Regional Officer, focusing on vital statistics and COVID-19 death verification, will be tasked with the following responsibilities:
1. Supervising the contact tracing process for COVID-19 cases, conducting verbal autopsies, determining causes of death, and overseeing birth registrations at the regional level.
2. Managing field operations related to COVID-19, verbal autopsies, causes of death, and birth registrations.
3. Implementing the standard operating procedures (SoPs) for reporting and verifying deaths at the provincial and regional levels, as developed by the national vital statistics department.
4. Collaborating with hospitals and provincial stakeholders to improve project implementation.
5. Implementing birth registration SoPs at the provincial and regional levels as per national guidelines.
6. Providing on-the-job training to health facility staff on cause of death determination and birth registration systems.
7. Ensuring availability of birth registration cards at health facilities.
8. Coordinating effectively with Provincial Public Health Directorates (PPHDs) and implementing partners to enhance program activities.
9. Monitoring and supervising birth registration and death verification activities at the provincial level.
10. Conducting supervisory visits to assigned provinces.
11. Regularly attending hospital death committee meetings and hospital Health Management Information System (HMIS) committee meetings.
12. Reviewing data in DHIS2 and providing feedback to hospitals on data quality issues.
13. Reporting project progress to the national team on a monthly basis.
14. Performing any other tasks assigned by the supervisor, as needed.
- MD degree, preferably with medical specialization.
- Desirable: Experience in public health management and the medical field.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team.
- Proficiency in local languages and familiarity with the local context.
- Fluent in written and spoken English.
- Experience using computers and tablets.