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Position: Public Health Officer (15)

Job Description

The Kenya COVID-19 Health Emergency Response project is the Phase 1 of the Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach for Strategic Preparedness and Response Program funded by the World Bank which aims to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness. The proposed project aims to assist Kenya in its efforts to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID- 19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness.

The Government is implementing a Presidential directive that, since 16th May 2020, all drivers of cargo vehicles shall be subjected to mandatory COVID-19 disease testing and will only be granted entry into the territory of the Republic of Kenya if they test negative1. There is also a directive of mass testing of frontline workers at the points of entry. To effectively implement this there is need to increase personnel capacity for Clinical Officers, Nursing Officers and Public Health Officers (PHOs) in selected POES and inland surveillance sites along the major transport corridors in Kenya and in Counties at the borders. To operationalize these mentioned areas, four (4) Clinical Officers, fifteen (15) Public Health Officers and Six (6) Nursing Officers will be contracted for in these areas. This will form part of the strategic preparedness and response which is aimed at prevention, detection and response to the threat posed by COVID-19 and consequently strengthening national systems for public health preparedness.

The Public Health Officers will be responsible for coordinating Public Health activities required for COVID 19 Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) and disease surveillance and response in the following One Stop Border Points (OSBP), airports or inland COVID- 19 prevention checkpoints: 1) Busia OSBP, 2) Malaba OSBP, 3) Naivasha Inland Container Depot, 4) Miritini CDF Dispensary, and 5) Mlolongo Weigh Bridge


  • Be deployed at Points of Entry to enforce Kenyan laws and international travel requirements under supervision of a Port Health Officer
  • Carry out primary screening at Points of Entry, referral of suspect cases to a clinician for secondary screening which will lead to referral to hospital for further screening or release
  • Participate in writing of COVID-19 attestation letters for truckers whose results indicate negativity
  • Issuance and validation of travel documents including COVID-19 attestation letters
  • Supervise disinfection of all trucks whose crew are found to be COVID-19 positive
  • Facilitate medical evacuations to quarantine and isolation
  • Implement instructions from Port Health Officer on domestic and international disease
  • Undertake disinfection, disinfection and derating (vector and vermin control)
  • Liaise with County rapid response teams to pick confirmed cases at points of entry and conduct in contact tracing within the point of entry
  • Facilitation of medical examination of food
  • Food quality assurance through
  • Carryout community health education including to other actors within point of entry
  • Participate in prosecution of offenders of the
  • Participate in cargo
  • Conduct Sanitary audits of port environment, conveyances and buildings and licensing of food
  • Ensure safe packaging and transportation of human
  • Ensure availability of commodities for waste storage, transportation and disposal including infectious
  • Perform any other duties as directed by the supervisor


  • Have a diploma or Bachelor degree in Environmental Health Sciences or in Public Health
  • Must be registered by the Public Health Officers and Technicians Council (PHOTC)
  • Holder of a valid practising License from the Public Health Officers and Technicians Council (PHOTC)
  • At least 2 years working experience in Public Health
  • Knowledge of Infection, Prevention and Control in work places
  • Experience working with Ministry of Health systems on COVID 19 is an added advantage
  • Good report writing and analytical skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision

How to apply

Applications should state the specific location applied for as stipulated above and include the following; Cover letter and current CV with names and telephone contacts, Copies of academic and professional certificates, Photocopy of ID and Testimonials/ Recommendation.

Interested applicants who meet the minimum criteria are invited to email their applications to on or before Tuesday, 7th July 2020.

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