Scientific Officer Surveillance, Emergency Preparedness and Response

Job Location: 

ECDC: Stockholm

Closing date: 

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 23:45

Job description

ECDC plans to recruit six persons for the above-mentioned vacancy. ECDC also aims to establish a reserve list, which may be used for any future vacancies in the area. The jobholder will support the activities of the Centre related to surveillance, epidemic intelligence, emergency preparedness and response to detect, assess, prepare for and respond to serious cross-border health threats related to communicable diseases. He/she will be placed in the Public Health Functions Unit. The jobholder will be responsible in particular for the following areas of work:

• Contribute to the collection, validation, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of communicable disease surveillance data;

• Contribute to the strengthening and integration of event-based and indicator-based surveillance, molecular and genomic typing as well as big data for more accurate and comprehensive threat detection and assessment;

• Support EU/EEA and third countries, and the European Commission in surveillance, epidemic intelligence, emergency preparedness and response related activities through scientific evidence, literature reviews, technical reports, guidance documents, simulation exercises, In and After Action Reviews, country visits, targeted capacity building, and the development of tools, assessment methodologies and training materials;

• Support the operation, maintenance, evaluation and further development of epidemiological tools (databases, analysis packages, public health information systems and specific networks) for surveillance, epidemic intelligence, emergency preparedness and response;

• Support the timely production of high quality and evidence based rapid risk/outbreak assessments and other related outputs in response to potential communicable disease threats;

• Support cross-border outbreak investigations with particular emphasis on data collection and analysis;

• Participate in field deployments to support response missions in EU/EEA Member States and third countries, in collaboration with EU stakeholders (e.g. DG ECHO and DG INTPA of the European Commission) and non-EU partners (e.g. WHO, GOARN, and other CDC’s);

• Actively liaise and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders and participate in surveillance, threat detection, preparedness and response networks to strengthen ECDC’s cooperation with EU/EEA Member States and third countries;

• Contribute to the procurement of external services in line with EU public procurement rules, as required;

• Contribute to the response duty system and the 24/7 duty system of ECDC;

• Contribute to other activities of ECDC, as required, in his/her field of expertise