Surveillance Team Lead

Surveillance Team Lead for ‘Expanding Efforts and Strategies to
Protect and Improve Public Health in Vietnam’,
Global Health Security Program, Vietnam Country Program

Title: Surveillance Team Lead
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Division: Global Health Programs

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

PATH has been working to support local partners in Vietnam for 40 years. Our current portfolio in Vietnam includes work to support health care providers and communities prevent and respond to communicable and noncommunicable diseases, advance digital health innovation, and address global health security priorities.

PATH seeks an experienced public health surveillance expert to serve as Surveillance Team Lead on a potential United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) funded program titled “Expanding Efforts and Strategies to Protect and Improve Public Health in Vietnam”. The project’s goal is to increase Vietnam’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to emergencies of public health importance, as well as emerging infectious disease threats. This program expands on PATH’s current US CDC-funded Global Health Security Partnership activities in Vietnam.

The Surveillance Team Lead will lead project implementation activities for surveillance system strengthening under the project. The position will provide technical support to the design, implementation and monitoring of technical strategies to integrate and strengthen country disease surveillance systems. This position will supervise the Surveillance Program Officer. The Team Lead will work closely with the government and partners in developing national disease surveillance strategies. This position will be based in Hanoi.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Act as the main relationship manager with the government’s surveillance stakeholders.
  • Provide technical disease surveillance leadership to support the implementation of the National Surveillance Framework
  • Provide technical assistance in strengthening Vietnam’s event-based, indicator-based, and community-based surveillance systems.
  • Provide technical support to the development of country-specific workplans and budgets for surveillance activities aligned with JEE and local stakeholder improvement goals.
  • Build capacity in country-level, regional or global disease surveillance staff by sharing new knowledge/evidence and best practices with the project team and partners.
  • Oversee and direct the timely progression of workplan surveillance activities
  • Lead the project’s efforts to improve real-time reporting, data sharing and interoperability between surveillance and laboratory systems.
  • Work closely with M&E officer to track surveillance system strengthening efforts against baseline and project outcomes.
  • Lead the development and dissemination of surveillance standard operating procedures and guidelines.
  • Ensure project activities are aligned with country priorities and are well-coordinated with other organizations working in Vietnam.
  • Work closely with Global Health Security Agenda, partners, regional and country Technical Leads and other stakeholders to ensure a coordinated approach to project implementation.

Core competencies/Required Skills:

  • A minimum of a Medical Degree or Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, or related field with a focus on infectious disease detection and surveillance.
  • Minimum seven (7) years of experience managing health systems strengthening programs.
  • Technical expertise in infectious disease(s) and surveillance systems; an understanding of digital surveillance systems and processes to strengthen data use and data quality.
  • Proven professional experience working with the Vietnam Ministry of Health, national and regional institutes, and counterparts, international organizations, on infectious disease programming.
  • Knowledge of the Global Health Security Agenda, pandemic preparedness, and emergency response.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data for decision making
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Vietnamese.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in facilitation and stakeholder engagement/coordination.
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Experience working on US CDC or US government funded projects preferred.

Note: this position is contingent upon donor funding. All offers are conditional upon donor approval.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment.
PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


All applications are made online. For a full job description and to apply online, please access via this link ( or visit PATH website ( then go to (Careers/Search Job Listings/Asia/Project Management). Deadline for applications: May 2nd, 2020.


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