Technical Officer - Polio Supplemental Immunization Activities / Outbreaks Response

Brazzaville | Brazzaville

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The general objective of the Polio Eradication Programme is to support national authorities to eradicate poliomyelitis, both: wild or vaccine derived. Specifically, the objectives are timely detection and interruption of poliovirus transmission, strengthening immunization systems and preparation for oral polio vaccine (OPV) withdrawal, laboratory containment of polioviruses, certification of poliomyelitis eradication, legacy planning and transitioning of polio assets for other public health interventions.The Polio SIAs and Outbreak Officer under the Strategic Implementation and Monitoring Officer within the Polio Eradication Programme will mainly focus on adequate preparations for polio outbreak responses and SIAs to stop any polioviruses circulation and boost population immunity. Description of duties: Specific tasks include:1. Provide technical support to countries, using the recent Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines to build capacity for adequate responses to polioviruses (WPVs, VDPVs and cVDPVs) outbreaks 2. Assist countries in updating guidelines for further improving the quality of planned polio SIAs to boost population immunity3. Provide support to countries to strengthen preparations for polio campaigns such as micro-planning, training etc.4. Assist with determining, annually, the number and geographical scope of polio SIAs in the African Region based on risk assessment5. Follow up with WHO-HQ, IST and countries on timely availability of polio SIAs and outbreak response funds6. Assist with forecasting the vaccine requirements for the planned polio SIAs and outbreak responses7. Participate in prioritized polio outbreak responses and polio SIAs in selected countries.8. Use monitoring data such as independent monitoring and lot quality assurance surveys (LQAS) to advise ISTs and WHO Country Offices on how to improve quality of subsequent rounds / responses9. Assist in compiling technical support needs to improve the quality of rounds in priority countries.10. Perform any other activities as required by the Polio Eradication Programme Coordinator and the Regional Director. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: Health sciences degree with a post graduate degree in public health from a recognized university with formal training in principles of epidemiology, vaccinology and logistics.Desirable: Medical Doctor, with post graduate training, plus experience in polio eradication and immunizations campaigns"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". Skills: - Ability to travel extensively, including to some difficult places, within a short notice - Analytical and presentational skills- Ability to work effectively with colleagues at different levels of the organization- The candidate must possess good communication skills Computer software program proficiency: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Health Mapper, EPI Info, SAS, SPSS and other data base software. Proven skills in organizing and providing training programs for public health workers; and staff management.WHO Competencies:1) Communicating in a credible and effective way;2) Producing results;3) Fostering integration and teamwork; 4) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond5) Ensuring effective use of resources. Experience: Essential: At least seven years experience in public health services delivery with demonstrable experience in the control of vaccine preventable diseases, particularly polio eradication. Desirable: Field experience in polio eradication, outbreak responses, immunization, vaccinology and disease control. International experience with WHO in Africa and developing countries would be an asset. Languages: Fluent knowledge of English or French and working knowledge of either. Additional Information: WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment (for international positions only) which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel (for international positions only), education grant for dependent children (for international positions only), pension plan and medical insurance. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: Click on: . to learn more about WHO's operations Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date 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: 50.1 % 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. Currently accepting applications
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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Brazzaville | Brazzaville
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Health service
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-22

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