Head of Epidemiology and Surveillance

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National Institute for Occupational Health


Johannesburg , South Africa

The National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH) in South Africa is seeking a Head of Epidemiology to support the organisation in growing and enhancing its research agenda.

Key Job Responsibility

  • To head the Epidemiology and Surveillance section of the NIOH
  • To development and conduct epidemiologic studies in occupational health
  • To supervise the provision of epidemiologic support to other units within the NIOH
  • To assist in the design and establishment of occupational disease surveillance programmes
  • To provide epidemiologic support to the investigation of occupational disease clusters.
  • To develop, initiate, manage and support epidemiologic studies and surveillance programmes and direct the analysis and dissemination of data in order to guide Occupational Health programmes and policies within South Africa
  • To manage and lead the unit team in order to provide surveillance programs to Government Departments and other stakeholders
  • To manage the annual publication of surveillance findings of the institute to ensure that data is available to influence public health policy and evaluate interventions
  • To oversee the development and conduct of focused epidemiologic studies related to questions of Occupational Health
  • To supervise the provision of epidemiologic support to other units within the NIOH in order to translate information into epidemiologic data to guide health policy
  • To provide teaching and training to post-graduate students in the field of epidemiology in order to increase Occupational Health Epidemiological capacity in the Country
  • To co-ordinate the provision of learning opportunities for staff within NIOH in order to allow for discussion of epidemiologic topics
  • To provide epidemiologic support to Disease Clusters within South Africa in order to guide hazard control and prevention
  • To be a member of expert committees related to advising Governmental Departments of and other stakeholders on issues related to Occupational Health
  • To source and manage grant funding for research and surveillance activities in collaboration with other institute partners

Minimum requirements & key competency

  • FCPHM, FCPHM Occ Med or similar qualification
  • 5 years’ experience in Epidemiology and Surveillance field
  • Experience in publishing scientific papers as evidenced by an established publication record
  • Occupational Health or Environmental Health experience an advantage
  • Experience in teaching is an added advantage
  • Expert knowledge of epidemiological principles and practices
  • Expert knowledge of surveillance principles
  • Knowledge of Occupational or Environmental Health
Contact personMpho Tau
Find more infoHttp://www.nhls.ac.za/assets/files/vacancies/NIOH_Bulletin_Additional_2017_March.pdf