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  • Posted on: 16 January, 2017 Deadline: 28 January, 2017
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    The World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations' agency for health. The organization focuses on four main areas, led by health intervention efforts, such as control and prevention of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Other WHO priorities include support for government health programs; development of health policies, products, and systems; and efforts related to determinants of health, such as food safety and nutrition. The WHO operates from six regional offices worldwide and national offices in about 150 countries. Budget and policy oversight for the organization is provided by the World Health Assembly, which includes representatives of more than 190 countries. The WHO was founded in 1948.

    Medical Officer – Surveillance




    The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.


    Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/17/TASR22
    Grade: P4
    Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
    Duration of contract: 1 year
    Currently accepting applications

    Duty Station: Abuja, Nigeria

    Organization unit: AF_NGA Nigeria (AF_NGA) / AF_NG1 WHO Representative's Office (AF_NG1) ORD/PEP/WCO


    The objective of the EPI programme is to support national authorities reduce morbidity, disability and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) through improving access and utilization of immunization services; accelerating efforts to achieve polio eradication, measles control, maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination, yellow fever control; promote innovations including introduction of new and under-utilized vaccines; improve vaccine safety and security and systematize access to immunization services integrated with other child survival interventions.


    Description of duties:
    Under the guidance of WHO Representative and the direct supervision of EPI Team Leader, the Medical Officer Surveillance will provide technical support to the WHO Country Office on implementation and monitoring of surveillance for Polio and other vaccine preventable diseases. The officer represents WHO and is expected to provide high level technical support to the country in collaboration with stakeholders for disease surveillance.

    The incumbent will perform the following duties:

    1. Coordinate WHO support for surveillance activities to ensure achievement and maintenance of certification standards for the AFP surveillance system and performance indicators for other VPDs.
    2. Undertake regular performance reviews including weekly analysis of AFP surveillance data in order to identify and overcome technical and performance bottle necks, and build the epidemiological capacity of field staff through technical assistance.
    3. Provide technical support to the different committees for the polio program (National Certification Committee, National Task Force for Laboratory Containment, National Polio Expert Committee).
    4. Provide technical support to national laboratories for VPDs and closely monitor laboratory and staff performance indicators.
    5. Regularly update surveillance guidelines, training modules and other materials and assist in development of monitoring and evaluation tools.
    6. Facilitate training and other capacity building activities for national and field staff and for the reporting network.
    7. Sustain the maintenance of the environmental surveillance system including regular evaluation of existing sites and plan for expansion as required.
    8. Undertake frequent travel to different states of the country to supervise surveillance activities and oversee the process of data collection and timely analysis for its use.
    9. Submit monthly reports on the activities undertaken to the team leader EPI.
    10. Perform any other duties assigned by the Team Leader and WR.





    Essential: Degree in Medicine, complemented by specialization or post-graduate qualification in Public Health
    Desirable: Formal training in principles of epidemiology and/or health promotion

    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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually".


    - Sound technical knowledge on epidemiology and surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases; prevention and control measures; preparedness and response.
    - Ability to establish harmonious working relations with national counterparts and international colleagues.

    Other Skills (e.g. IT):
    Proven ability to use standard office software packages;
    Proficiency in MS Office applications, data analysis and technical presentations.

    WHO competencies:
    1) Fostering integration and team work;
    2) Communicating in a credible and effective way;
    3) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond;
    4) Ensures the effective use of resources;
    5) Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences.


    Essential: At least 7 years of relevant experience in the development and implementation of vaccine preventable disease surveillance systems at national/sub-national level with particular expertise in polio.

    Desirable: UN experience in managing disease surveillance.


    Excellent knowledge of English.


    Annual salary: (Net of tax)
    USD 69,032 at single rate
    USD 74,130 with primary dependants Post Adjustment: 29 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.


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


    Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


    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.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to World Health Organization (WHO) career website on to apply

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