Technical Officer (Accelerated Disease Control)

Copenhagen | Copenhagen

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO:All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation. As set in the Twelfth General Programme of Work (2014-2019), WHO directs and coordinates international health by: (i) Providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed;(ii) Shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge;(iii) Setting norms and standards, and promoting and monitoring their implementation;(iv) Articulating ethical and evidence‐based policy options;(v) Providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity;(vi) Monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.Mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe:WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out. Objectives of the Division of Communicable Diseases and Health Security:(i) to assist countries in the WHO European Region to design, establish and run effective health programmes that are able to tackle the burden of communicable diseases, particularly, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, especially X/MDR-TB, viral hepatitis, influenza, malaria and other vector-borne diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases, food safety and antimicrobial resistance, and to achieve/maintain regional elimination/eradication goals as for measles, rubella, malaria, and poliomyelitis; (ii) to improve public health security across the WHO European Region by maintaining regional alert and response operations and assisting countries in developing disease surveillance systems, preparedness for, and response to outbreaks and emergencies with health or humanitarian consequences, in line with the requirements of the International Health Regulations, the WHO Emergency Response Framework and specific country risks; (iii) to ensure, within EURO, the availability of state-of-the-art competency to provide high level technical support to Member States of the Region, in collaboration with Headquarters and in close partnership with relevant institutions of the Region; (iv) to promote WHO leadership in communicable disease control and health security, including through relevant regional initiatives and specific research projects.Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit:The Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization (VPI) Programme aims to reduce disease and death caused by vaccine-preventable diseases by: (i) strengthening routine immunization programmes by achieving and maintaining high vaccination coverage with childhood vaccines; (ii) ensuring that all children, adolescents, adults, and women of childbearing age have equal access to safe and high-quality immunization services; (iii) ensuring that epidemiological surveillance, including laboratory networks, is sufficient to achieve and sustain disease elimination targets; (iv) supporting the implementation of an immunization week to promote immunization; and (v) fostering appropriate partnerships with governmental and intergovernmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations and other relevant partners. The VPI Programme is divided into two main strategic areas each with its own scope, goal and set of objectives. These strategic areas are: (i) immunization systems strengthening; including new vaccine surveillance, laboratories, and monitoring and evaluation.(ii) accelerated disease control, including eradication and elimination goals; including measles and rubella and poliomyelitis surveillance, laboratories, and monitoring and evaluation.Communication, partnerships, and management; and the functions of data management, are embedded within the Programme Manager's office, as cross-cutting functions. The VPI Programme provides technical input into the implementation of WHO country programmes (Biennial Collaborative Agreements), which are led by the WHO country offices, aimed at prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases through strengthening health systems capacity. It supports Member States in designing and implementing evidence-based operational research and interventions, assessing the burden of disease and monitoring progress towards disease reduction and elimination/eradication goals. These activities are coordinated with management and dissemination of technical knowledge. The VPI Programme develops norms and standards, provides normative guidance in developing regional and national policies to assist countries to implement effective vaccine-preventable disease control programmes, promotes partnerships, and advocates for political commitment towards elimination and eradication goals. Description of duties: Under the supervision of ADC Team Lead and overall guidance of VPI Programme Manager, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities and achieve the following objectives: Support and advise the Team Lead ADC, on surveillance and control of targeted vaccine-preventable diseases at regional and national levels and serve as focal point for diphtheria and pertussis; Support data analysis and reporting on measles, rubella, pertussis, diphtheria and mumps disease surveillance and immunization coverage with responsibility for donor reporting and formulating the specific targeted disease sections of the VPI Annual Report ('Immunization Highlights'); Support and advise on the development of regional and national policies, strategies, plans of action and implementation of projects and activities for vaccine-preventable disease prevention and control. To this end, the incumbent´s activities will provide technical support and advice to Member States and support the strengthening of national immunization programmes and health systems, especially in relation to achieve the regional goal for the elimination of measles and rubella; Assist in coordinating and liaising at the regional level with partner organizations (e.g., ECDC, CDC and UNICEF), WHO headquarters and other WHO regional offices, bilateral development agencies, civil society organizations, private sector and public health institutes to promote interagency surveillance and reporting coordination on priority measles and rubella activities and on other vaccine preventable disease - diphtheria, pertussis and mumps; Assist in managing the non-polio surveillance (EPI) budget and resource allocation within the country and intercountry workplans in coordination with the ADC Team Lead, ADC Team, and Category Lead; Advise Member States in conducting supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) for measles, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis and mumps by providing technical assistance, capacity building and coordination in monitoring and evaluation of related immunization activities; Promote the European Vaccine Action Plan (2015-2015) goals, strategic objectives and priority activities as they relate to measles and rubella, diphtheria, pertussis and mumps; Identify surveillance capacity building opportunities and needs, and develop and conduct WHO- sponsored surveillance training activities in support of the targeted diseases; Assist in the development of measles and rubella, diphtheria, pertussis and mumps surveillance guidelines, tools and training materials, with special emphasis on monitoring, surveillance, data analysis and operational research activities; Produce peer-reviewed publications documenting evidence for effective interventions and regional measles and rubella status; Serve on committees and teams both internal and external to WHO; Represent WHO/Europe at scientific meetings, on scientific panels and in discussions with major donor institutions, multilateral agencies, government counterparts and non-governmental organizations to coordinate development and implementation of ADC initiatives; Represent ADC on surveillance and impact evaluation of Member State activities; Participate in and advance advocacy support for accelerated disease control, coordinating with internal and external partners and supporting activities for defining resource requirements and fund raising among partners; Perform other duties as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: Advanced university degree (Master´s level or above) in medicine, social sciences, public health or epidemiology.Desirable: Additional qualification/training in communicable disease prevention and control and/or immunization programmes. Postgraduate degree in public health and/or epidemiology.NB: WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. Skills: Functional Skills and Knowledge (Describe skills and knowledge specific to the post):Essential:In depth knowledge of political, social and health systems of countries in the European Region would be an asset. Knowledge of the WHO and UN system would be an asset.Other Skills:Knowledge of standard text, spreadsheet and presentation software applications required.Competencies required:1) Ensuring the effective use of resources - Establishes measures to monitor resources and progress of activities as planned. Monitors costs and seeks to use the most cost-effective methods. Identifies priorities and defines realistic objectives and timelines. 2) Producing results - Ability to produce high-quality results and workable solutions that meet client needs. Acts appropriately without prompting and make things happen; handles problems effectively. 3) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond - Ability to work collaboratively with team members and counter parts inside and outside the organization to achieve results. Actively encourages people from different parts of the Organization to work together. 4) Communicating in a credible and effective way - Excellent writing ability, as reflected in a history of high-quality and concise technical reports. Excellent presentation skills, as reflected in a history of high quality technical and policy related presentations in international foray. Conveys information and opinions in a structured and credible way. Ensures key messages are communicated and understood and keeps others informed of key and relevant activity updates and issues. Recognized skills in communication and contributing and/or advancing resource mobilization activities. Experience: Essential: At least 8 years' working experience in communicable diseases, prevention and control, of which at least 3 years' at international level. 3 to 5 years' of practical experience in implementing or advising on key domains of vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization and/or measles and rubella epidemiology, with particular emphasis in lower and middle-income countries. Experience in planning, monitoring and programme evaluation.Desirable: Experience in advocacy and working with other national/international agencies active in the health sector. Languages: Essential: A very good command of the English language and working knowledge of another WHO and/or EURO official language.Desirable: Knowledge of other WHO and/or EURO official languages is a strong asset. Additional Information: * Extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability offunds.Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach. See WHO Global Competencies model at candidates will be contacted to sit an eliminatory written test prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude awritten test or presentation prior to final interview.In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of thedegree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained froman institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the InternationalAssociation of Universities (IAU) / United Nations EducationalCandidates 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.WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of livingin a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel,education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: - to learn more about WHO's operations Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date Post Adjustment: 51.1 % 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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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Copenhagen | Copenhagen
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-12

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