IVD Focal Point

Nairobi | Nairobi

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : To develop national skills in implementing routine and supplemental immunisation and establish an effective disease surveillance system in view of polio eradication, neonatal tetanus elimination, measles elimination and control of other vaccine preventable diseases. Description of duties: Under the supervision of the WHO Representative in Kenya and under the coordination and supervision of the Director IVE, serves as the focal point for all EPI technical assistance in the country, supports countries in expanding AFP/VPD disease surveillance, implementing supplementary vaccination activities; supervises the technical work of the WHO EPI Officers in the country and reports programme progress achieved in the country.The incumbent performs the following duties:-1. Develop and reinforce national surveillance system for AFP/VPD, monitor the completeness and effectiveness of reporting and the use of surveillance performance indicators at the district level;2. Provide information on the progress of the Polio Eradication Initiative and other vaccine preventable diseases-related activities to the WR and IVE Director including:AFP line list and surveillance data on measles, neonatal tetanus and new vaccines in the country; Annual burden of vaccine preventable diseases in the country; Provide report on routine immunization performance and coverage achieved; Data on supplementary immunization activities carried out in the country;3. Assist the national authorities in increasing access and quality of immunization service delivery a. Strengthening routine immunization servicesb. Preparation of quality supplementary immunization activitiesc. Introduction of new and underutilized vaccines and technologies;4. Support national authorities in control, elimination, and eradication of target diseases.5. Support national authorities to develop plans, implement and evaluate progress toward VPD set targets and goals;6. Support the country to build capacity related to VPD and conducts appropriate research. 7. Assist the WR in management of VPD programme personnel as well as financial resources. 8. Any other duties assigned by the WHO Representative. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential :- Advanced University degree in medicine or doctorate in health sciences.Desirable:- Post graduate training in public health or epidemiology from an internationally recognized school."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: Ability to work effectively with colleagues at national and international levels; Ability to provide leadership, monitor progress and design studies; Computer skills.Competencies: *1. Producing results;*2. Fostering integration and teamwork;*3. Ensuring the effective use of resources;4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond;5. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership.Other Skills (e.g. IT)Fully conversant in word-processing, spread sheet, database, epidemiological (Epiifo) and mapping software. Experience: Essential :- At least 7 years of public health experience of which two years of field experience in planning, training, surveillance and implementation of VPD.Desirable:- Technical expertise in public health, epidemiology, disease control and immunization. Experience in Africa would be an asset. Languages: Excellent knowledge of English and/or working knowledge of French. 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.Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO:http://www.who.int Click on: . to learn more about WHO's operationshttp://icsc.un.org Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by dateCandidates will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration.Mobility: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. Post Adjustment: 34.7 % 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: www.who.int/employment. 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. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Nairobi | Nairobi
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2015-09-25

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