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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Jobs at East African Community- Public Health Officer

Job Title: Principal Public Health and Nutrition Officer Closing Date: Monday, 14th
May 2012 1 EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY Applications are invited from suitably
qualified citizens of East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Rwanda,
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) for the Position of Principal Public Health and
Nutrition Officer. This is a non-established position supported by donor funds
whose contract terms and conditions are limited to the availability of funds.
EAC/HR/HEALTH/2011-2012/011 Title: Principal Public Health and Nutrition Officer
Grade: P3 Reports to: EAC Principal Health Officer (PHO) Department: Health
Collaborating Sectors: Health, Agriculture & Trade Organ or Institution: EAC
Secretariat Duration of Contract: Initially two (2) years, Station: EAC Secretariat,

Arusha-Tanzania Main Purpose of the Job To coordinate the design and
implementation of policies and programs to strengthen food security and food
safety with a focus on aflatoxin abatement as well as dietary diversification and
nutrition throughout the East African Community region. This will include focusing
on the linkages between health, agriculture and trade for the production and
consumption of adequately nutritious and safe foods. Primary
duties/Responsibilities Specifically the Principal Public Health and Nutrition Officer
will be responsible for the following; 1. To provide strategic and technical support
to the EAC Secretariat and Partner States in the design, implementation and
monitoring of regional multisectoral programs in aflatoxin prevention and control as
well as public health nutrition and dietetics. 2. To coordinate and strengthen the
cross linkages between health, agriculture and trade to improve food security and
food safety, public health, nutrition, dietetics and trade in the region as indicated
below Closing Date: Monday, 14th May 2012 2

General Responsibilities: 1) To
support the establishment of the Partnership for the Control of Aflatoxin in Africa
(PACA) region with special attention to raising awareness, strengthening existing
efforts to control aflatoxin, supporting the effective policy and regulatory
environment, address key public health issues and promoting dietary diversity
towards healthier consumption practices all with links to the agricultural and trade
sectors 2) Facilitate the convening of regional technical and expert meetings,
workshops and consultancy studies for continuous joint review, harmonization and
enforcement of health, agriculture, trade and related policies 3) Coordinate and
promote the conduct of health research, source, gather, analyze and disseminate
the findings for the purpose of relevant policy formulations which can be applied
for the enhancement of food safety related to aflatoxin, nutrition and dietetics 4)
Strengthen linkages with potential partners and identify funding opportunities to
support aflatoxin control and prevention as well as public health nutrition and
dietetics related activities. 5) Promote the development of good nutritional
standards and the popularization of indigenous foods in accordance with the
relevant provisions of the EAC Treaty. Qualifications and Experience i. A basic
degree in health, food science and technology field or agriculture ii. A Master’s
Degree in Public Health or related degree from an accredited university is an
added advantage. iii. At least 7 years relevant experience, 3 of which must be in
management and food safety and other relevant food security issues Skills and
Competencies 1. A working knowledge of aflatoxin issues within the region
including the cross-sectoral linkages between the health, agriculture and sectors is
required. 2. Understanding of scope and mandate of regional level organizations
Closing Date: Monday, 14th May 2012 3 3. Good understanding of political
dimensions of EAC work and mandate 4. Be fully fluent in speaking, reading, and
writing in the English language (applicants may be asked to submit a sample of
previously written work in one of the above mentioned policy and program areas).
5. Applicants must be willing and able to travel across the East Africa region for
the purpose of policy and program development and implementation. 6.
Experience with donors, private voluntary organizations, national governments and
other regional and international institutions is required.

The position has an initial two-year contract that may be renewed
subject to satisfactory performance and availability of donor funds. This position
will be subjected to the EAC quota system.

HOW TO APPLY Interested candidates
should submit their applications quoting the reference number of the position
applied for by registered mail, courier service, e-mail and dispatch directly
together with the full curriculum vitae, copies of both academic and professional
certificates and testimonials, names and addresses of three referees, day time
telephone /cell phone numbers to: The Secretary General East African Community
P.O. Box 1096, Arusha, Tanzania Fax: +255-27-2504255/4481 Email: Female candidates are encouraged to apply. Closing Date: All
applications together with copies of relevant attachments should be received no
later than Monday, 14th May 2012. Deadline: 14th May 2012.