Emergency Management Specialist - CDC - ITOPSS 3.0
CAMRIS , Delhi, India
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established an office in India in 2001 with an initial focus on HIV/AIDS prevention. Today, CDC India has a broader scope with its headquarters in New Delhi and a satellite office in Mumbai. CDC works closely with the national government of India and local institutions to prepare for detect and respond to public health disease outbreaks and disasters with catastrophic human impact. This capacity must be consistent development and sustained over time to ensure that the Government of India is best prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks and public health threats. CDC India works across sectors and institutions through technical assistance and funding support through cooperative agreements (COAGs). Key local Government of India (GOI) stakeholders include the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), National Health Mission (NHA), and National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA).
High mortality and morbidity rates, healthcare systems exhausted of personnel and life-saving supplies, and devastating blows to communities both socially and economically are just a few of the impacts that pandemics can deliver. The SARS-CoV-2 strain responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. As of May 21, 2020, 188 countries reported over 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with over 328,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The U.S. Government (USG) vision for global health security aims to prevent or mitigate the impact of naturally-occurring outbreaks and intentional or accidental releases of dangerous pathogens, rapidly detect and transparently report outbreaks when they occur, and employ an interconnected global network that can respond effectively to limit the spread of infectious disease outbreaks in humans and animals. In partnership with other nations, international organizations, and public and private stakeholders, the U.S. Government seeks to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health security as an international security priority.
There are three key themes:
- Preventing and reducing the likelihood of outbreaks – natural, accidental, or intentional.
- Detecting threats early saves lives.
- Rapid, effective response requires multi-sectoral and international coordination and communication.
We are seeking two Emergency Management Specialists to address the need for increased human resources in knowledge, skills, and experience in emergency management and preparedness within the CDC India office in order to meet the significant demands of the current COVID-19 outbreak in India. This opportunity will focus on a comprehensive package of emergency management and preparedness services to support both the US Embassy in New Delhi and the Government of India.
US Embassy Mission, New Delhi
- Establish and obtain approval for an Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) for the CDC India Country office that is aligned with the US Mission and Consulates Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
- Establish and obtain approval for 14 SOPs for each section under the US Mission to use this plan (e.g. Health and Human Services (HHS), Medical Unit, U.S. Agency for - International Development (USAID), Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), Front Office, Public Affairs - Section (PAS), Consular Affairs, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Human Resources Office (HRO), Information Resource Management, , General Services Office (GSO); - Regional Security Office (RSO); and the American Community Support Association (ASCA).
- Establish and obtain approval for SOPs for login, activations and operational use of the Web-EOC software (a software used for emergency management tracking and reporting) for the US Embassy New Delhi and four US Consulates.
- Design and conduct two tabletop emergency management exercises to test the US Embassy Delhi and US Consulate EOPs and related section level SOPs.
- Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments of critical sites and infrastructures at the US Embassy New Delhi and four Consulates using the Federal Emergency Management * Association (FEMA and CDC’s Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Tools (THIRA).
- Establish mitigation plans based on evidence-based results from the THIRA risk and vulnerability assessments to reduce health impact for identified risks for the US * Embassy New Delhi and the four US Consulate staff.
- Establish a joint comprehensive training plan based on evidence-based results from the THIRA risk and vulnerability assessments targeting US Embassy New Delhi and US * Consulates emergency management designees and surge staff
- Develop a joint training curriculum based on the proposed comprehensive training plan in A.1.7 for US Embassy New Delhi and US Consulates emergency management staff.
- Provide emergency management training as per the reference training curriculum in A.1.8 for US Embassy New Delhi emergency management designees and surge staff
- Provide a joint emergency management training as per the referenced training curriculum in A.1.8 for US Consulates emergency management designees and surge staff
- Establish a multi-sectoral and multi-layered collaboration through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) or Letter of Agreement (LOA) between the US Embassy New Delhi, US Embassy Consulates, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) including the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the National Disaster * Management Authority (NDMA) focusing on emergency management standards and norms.
GOI and External Stakeholders
- Update and obtain approval for the NCDC Strategic Health Operation Center (SHOC) Infectious Disease Outbreak Management Plan and related SOPs (Epidemiology, Microbiology, Zoonosis, HIV/AIDS, Biotechnology, Integrated Disease Surveillance Program, Division of Parasitic Diseases, Administration and Finance, and the SHOC)
- Establish and obtain approval for the MoHFW’s National EOC plan and related SOPs
- Establish and obtain approval for five state specific infectious disease outbreak management plans (states to be selected later)
- Work with MoHFW to develop a National Preparedness Plan and supporting SOPs to align with the National Health Policy and the National Disaster Management Plan
- Establish an accredited Certify Emergency Management Program (CEM) within NCDC.
- Develop an EOC Handbook for EOC activation, deployment of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers for outbreak investigations, contact tracing, special surveillance and mass gathering events etc.
- Develop a checklist and tool kit for contact tracing, field investigation, rapid diagnostics and prophylactics.
- Master's degree in medicine, or public health, or epidemiology, or health systems/emergency management
- At least seven years of experience at the national and international levels, in health operations, managing outbreaks and health emergencies
- Additional 3 years of related experience in managing human and financial resources
- Ability to communicate proficiently in at least one Indian languages in addition to English