Medical Officer - Surveillance (Ouagadougou and Harare)

Multiple locations

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 surveillance unit within the Polio Eradication Programme will mostly focus on ensuring that surveillance is of certification standard and that any poliovirus circulation (wild or vaccine derived) is detected, investigated and responded to, in a timely manner. The surveillance unit will also work with other units to ensure integrated disease surveillance, and support implementation of technological innovations to provide robust evidence of conducted surveillance activities. Description of duties: Specific tasks include:1. Provide strategic direction of surveillance activities based on performance data and reports from WHO Country Offices2. Support Country Offices in preparation of surveillance operational plans and reprogramming of work-plans based on situation analysis3. Support countries in strengthening surveillance to timely detect and investigate for rapid implementation of outbreak responses activities to boost population immunity4. Provide feedback on weekly surveillance performance reports from countries to close gaps, improve quality of reports and determine localized (sub-national) areas for focus of surveillance activities5. Assist in updating of African Region AFP and environmental surveillance standard operating procedures (SOP) and updating of guidelines 6. Assist with the expansion of environmental surveillance for polioviruses to complement acute flaccid paralysis surveillance7.Assist with strengthening of vaccine preventable disease surveillance and integrated diseases surveillance and response8. To perform any other activities as required by the IST/IVE Focal Point and IST Coordinator. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: Medical Doctor with a post graduate degree in public health from a recognized university with formal training in principles of epidemiology.Desirable: Medical Doctor with post graduate training plus experience in polio eradication and immunizations."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: Analytical and presentational skillsAbility to work effectively with colleagues at different levels of the organizationThe candidate must possess good communication skillsComputer 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.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) Promoting WHO's position in health leadership 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, surveillance, outbreak investigation, immunization, epidemiology and disease control surveillance activities. 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: % 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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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Medicine
    • Medical Doctor
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-04

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