Team Leader Communicable Diseases | Wellington

Team Leader Communicable Diseases

Posted on 14-Jul-2017
Application Close Date: 26-Jul-2017
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Job Specification

We are looking for a multi-skilled individual with sound understanding of communicable diseases and public health issues to have a key role in setting the strategic direction for the prevention and reduction of communicable disease.  


As Team Leader, Communicable Diseases you will be responsible for providing technical leadership to the team to ensure New Zealanders are protected from pandemics, epidemics and outbreaks. This is a permanent role, based in Wellington.


You will be leading the surveillance, prevention and control of communicable diseases as well as implementing the policy for national responses to communicable disease outbreaks.  You will be working collaboratively across the government and health sectors on key projects involving communicable disease issues.


The Ministry leads and coordinates the health and disability sector response to an emergency and is the lead agency for a human health emergency.


You will be required to attend and participate within the National Health Coordination Centre, National Security System and duty system, briefings, training sessions and exercises to support the Ministry's response to national security system events and emerging health emergencies. You will also need to participate in on-call rosters to provide technical advice after hours.


To be successful in this role you will have:


  • A relevant tertiary qualification (for example, public health, health science, microbiology, epidemiology)
  • Experience as a people leader in the health, central government or local government sector
  • Excellent relationship building and interpersonal skills
  • Resilience and an ability to work effectively as a team player in a fast paced environment
  • Experience in external stakeholder management with a strong customer focus
  • Experience in future focussed planning
  • Knowledge and understanding of policy development and analysis
  • Knowledge and understanding of communicable disease surveillance, prevention and control
  • A willingness and ability to participate in on-call rosters to provide technical advice and support the response to emerging health issues after hours


The Ministry of Health has a commitment to Equal Employment opportunities.


This position is permanent, full-time and located in Wellington.  For further information on this position please contact Sarah Reader


Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 26 July 2017.

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