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  • Posted on: 22 September, 2016 Deadline: 13 October, 2016
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  • The World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations' agency for health.
    WHO has 147 country offices and six regional offices. The headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland.

    National Immunization Officer

     

    Job Description
    Objectives Of The Programme

    The objective of the EPI programme is to support national authorities to provide high quality immunization services that will contribute to (a) the reduction of mortality, morbidity and disability from vaccine preventable diseases through the optimum use of available and new vaccines and (b) the strengthening of national health systems as well as efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

    Description Of Duties
    Under the overall guidance of the WHO Country Representative and direct supervision from the EPI Team Leader, the incumbent will be working closely with the government counterparts at different levels in the Ministry of Health in support of the following specific EPI activities:

    • Support in planning, implementation and monitoring of immunization activities to increase coverage
    • Provide technical support in identification of barriers to immunization through regular in-depth analysis of reasons for non-compliance and identify enablers to improve uptake of immunization services
    • Develop and integrate communication plans into High Risk Operational Plans to promote polio eradication initiative, routine immunization and non-polio supplemental immunization activities to generate stronger community demand.
    • Build partnerships with community networks for immunization through local influencers such as local traditional and religious leaders
    • Support efforts to strengthen partnership and advocacy as well as mobilize resources aimed at improving performance of immunization activities
    • Provide technical support in planning and developing information and communications products related to immunization activities
    • Promote WHO's work by enhancing its visibility through development and implementation of creative communications strategies
    • Assist with donor relations and resource mobilization efforts by packaging and disseminating key messages through appropriate media to showcase value for donors' contributions
    • Support the implementation of polio end-game strategies and Polio Legacy transition planning process
    • Perform other activities as required by the supervisor

    Education
    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
    Essential: University Degree in Communications, International Relations or other relevant fields from recognized institution

    Desirable: Post graduate degree in relevant fields and training in public health

    Verification Of Educational Qualifications
    "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 these will be reviewed individually".

    Skills

    • Ÿ Ability to work effectively with colleagues at national and international levels;
    • Ÿ Ability to provide leadership, monitor progress and design technical communication materials;
    • Ÿ Fully conversant in word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation.

    Competencies

    • Producing results;
    • Fostering integration and teamwork;
    • Ensuring the effective use of resources;
    • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond;
    • Promoting WHO's position in health leadership

    Experience
    Essential: At least five years relevant experience including field experience in communication and community engagement and advocacy.

    Desirable: Experience in public health especially in immunization activities

    Languages
    Essential: Excellent knowledge of English

    Desirable: Knowledge of the other UN languages

    Additional Information

    WHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, and 30 days annual leave.

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    National Surveillance Officer

     

    Job description
    Objectives Of The Programme
    The objective of the EPI programme is to support national authorities to provide high quality immunization services that will contribute to (a) the reduction of mortality, morbidity and disability from vaccine preventable diseases through the optimum use of available and new vaccines and (b) the strengthening of national health systems as well as efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

    Description Of Duties
    Under the overall guidance of the WHO Country Representative and direct supervision from the EPI Team Leader, the incumbent will be working closely with the government counterparts at different levels in the Ministry of Health in support of the following specific EPI activities:

    • Provide technical expertise in planning and monitoring of integrated disease surveillance and response activities.
    • Provide technical expertise in effective planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of supplemental immunization activities (e.g. polio, measles, etc.) to improve quality.
    • Provide technical expertise in planning, implementation and monitoring of routine immunization activities to increase coverage.
    • Provide guidance and training on planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, using SIAs, routine immunization and surveillance data to drive programme decisions
    • Establish a reporting network to strengthen AFP surveillance
    • Monitoring the completeness and timeliness of surveillance reports
    • Participate with other partners in identifying and advocating to influential community leaders to ensure programme ownership and community participation
    • Support in timely compilation and submission of periodic and incidental program progress reports.
    • Support efforts to strengthen partnership and advocacy as well as mobilize resources aimed at improving performance of immunization activities
    • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

    Education
    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

    Essential: University Degree in Medicine (MBBS, MBChB, MD) from recognized institution

    Desirable: Post graduate degree in Public Health preferably in epidemiology or other related public health fields

    Verification Of Educational Qualifications
    "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 these will be reviewed individually".

    Skills
    Ÿ Ability to work effectively with colleagues at national and international levels;
    Ÿ Ability to provide leadership, monitor progress and design studies;
    Ÿ Fully conversant in word-processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, epidemiological (Epiifo) and mapping software.

    Competencies

    • Producing results;
    • Fostering integration and teamwork;
    • Ensuring the effective use of resources;
    • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond;
    • Promoting WHO's position in health leadership

    Experience
    Essential: At least seven years public health experience including two years field experience in planning, training and implementation of EPI activities

    Desirable: Technical expertise in public health, epidemiology, disease control and immunization

    Languages
    Essential: Excellent knowledge of English

    Desirable: Knowledge of the other UN languages

    Additional Information

    WHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, and 30 days annual leave.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

    Please Visit The Following Websites For Detailed Information On Working With WHO

    http://www.who.int Click on: . to learn more about WHO's operations
    http://icsc.un.org Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date

    Candidates will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration.
    Annual salary: (Net of tax)
    at single rate

    This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

    Please Visit WHO's E-Recruitment Website At

    Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database.

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

    WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
    Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

    Currently accepting applications

    WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

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