Technical Officer, Polio 15 views

Technical Officer, Polio  (2003520)  
Grade: P3
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 6 months
: 
Job Posting
:
 
Aug 27, 2020, 9:45:35 AM
Closing Date
:
 
Sep 17, 2020, 10:59:00 PM
Primary Location
:
 
Turkey-Gaziantep
Organization
:
 
EU/WHE WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE)
Schedule
:
 
Full-time
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device’s system settings. 

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The objectives of WHO’s emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO’s emergency response team are to support Member States by: (1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services; (2) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response to outbreaks are rapidly identified and filled; (3) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems and health partners to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response to outbreaks of communicable diseases.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

To elaborate and implement, together with health partners, strategies and policies for the EPI system. In order to scale up preparedness for epidemic-prone diseases, produce and analyze information on health threats, activities and outcomes, and ensure dissemination to partners and local authorities. The incumbent will:

• support the development and strengthening of the national surveillance system for acute flaccid paralysis and for polioviruses, measles and other vaccine preventable diseases, monitor the completeness of reporting and advise on the use of performance indicators at country, regional and district level;
• promote coordination between surveillance and laboratory activities;
• support the development and apply monitoring and evaluation methods and materials for the EPI system;
• cooperate with local authorities to plan, train and evaluate activities at national level. Establish networks to ensure timely investigation and adequate response to identification of areas with persistent circulation of vaccine preventable disease outbreaks;
• collaborate with other staff in the Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals areas for the purpose of training, planning, logistics and development of appropriate guidelines;
• collaborate with technical staff to secure sources of information and recommend work plans for medium- and long-term work plans, influence strategies for strengthening the implementation of the EPI and surveillance system within the context of emergency response for relief efforts;
• prepare reports and present updates on immunization activities and relevant epidemiological status to different meetings with all relevant partners and local actors/authorities;
• improve capacity of local actors/authorities and health partners to report and interpret epidemiological data, prepare and respond to outbreaks of communicable diseases, document achievements and obstacles to implementation, that will be contribute to better coordination mechanisms and improvement to current and future field operations in the area of work;participate in the development of project proposals to mobilize resources.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: University degree in public health and/or health related fields, complemented by degree or studies in vaccine preventable diseases, epidemiology and surveillance.
Desirable: Degree or sound understanding of emergency response or disaster management in the context of public health, or in communicable/infectious diseases.

Experience

Essential: At least five years’ experience in public health programmes in the areas of administration, planning, implementation and evaluation of immunization, including experience at international level and in working with developing
Desirable: Experience in EPI with UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs.

Skills

1) Demonstrated knowledge of health sector activities in developing countries and/or in the context of emergency response relief, or preparedness for epidemic-prone diseases and EPI or preparedness for epidemic-prone diseases

2) Excellent skills in the assessment, immunization and surveillance in the context of emergency situations, with the ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and promote their implementation. 
3) Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure. 
4) Proven ability to communicate effectively. 
5) Tact, discretion and ability to promote consensus.

WHO Competencies

Producing results
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Expert knowledge of Arabic.

REMUNERATION

WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 60,962 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 975 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/. Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.

  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • *For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.

More Information

  • This job has expired!
Share this job
Organisation Information
Connect with us
Contact Us

All the world’s best Global Health opportunities. Register now.