International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Locum Surveillance Officer.

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Requisition ID: req27092

Job Title: Locum Surveillance Officer

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kakuma, Kenya

Job Description

Working under the guidance and supervision of Clinical Services Manager the Surveillance Officer will enhance influenza surveillance, collect data, conduct physical examinations, and collect lab specimens for testing for influenza and ensure the specimen are stored and transported as per the standard operating procedures.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the hospital’s wards to review the chief complaint of all patients admitted with Severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) or any other disease of notifiable importance.
  • Determine whether any of the presenting patients fit the case definitions for ILI/Flu surveillance.
  • If the case definitions are met, complete the data collection forms, and collect nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal or Nasal swabs. 
  • Ensure that supplies are sufficient, and re-order as necessary.
  • Work closely with the national surveillance coordinator who will oversee activities at the sentinel sites.
  • Work closely with the hospital disease surveillance and infection control teams to detect and prevent/contain any outbreak
  • Coordinate implementation of any sub-studies as may be planned by the influenza program
  • Work closely with the Ministry of Health to sensitize and coordinate IDSR disease surveillance activities at the hospital
  • Assist in monitoring and evaluation activities to document activities and provide quality assurance to improve program service delivery
  • Ensure that all relevant records are properly kept and updated
  • Monitor and supervise rational use of supplies.
  • Maintain equipment in good condition and submit regular inventory reports of the same.
  • Conduct regular Continuous Medical Education and On-job trainings to other staff in the unit and the program.
  • Attend the hospital staff meetings and the clinical services health meetings.
  • Compile and submit weekly updated and accurate HIS reports.
  • Carry out other relevant and/or requested duties as may be required by the supervisor


  • Diploma in Clinical Medicine or a Diploma in Nursing (KRCHN) or Diploma in Public Health from a recognized institution. 
  • At least two years’ experience working in a busy clinical health unit
  • Must be registered by the authorizing board (Clinical officers council of Kenya or Nursing council of Kenya)
  • Team player and cultural sensitivity is required.
  • Ability to work in hardship areas (Previous experience in a Camp setting will be an added advantage).
  • Computer literate
  • Experience in clinical research will be an added advantage though it’s not a must.
  • Evidence of involvement in community health work a plus


Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowance.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes.




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