WHOClosing Date : 2017-01-12
Duty Station : Kabul, Afghanistan
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Vacancy Notice No:EMRO/16/TA325
Title: National Professional Officer (Surveillance)/Position no 324926
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract: Temporary appointment for 1 year (subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position)
Date:29 December 2016
Application Deadline:12 January 2017
(13 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:Kabul, Afghanistan
Organization unit:EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_AFG WHO Representative's Office, Afghanistan (EM_AFG)
Polio Eradication

To eradicate polio from Afghanistan through high routine immunization coverage, high quality supplementary immunization activities (SIA), and a highly sensitive Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance system.
Purpose of the Post:
To provide technical support to the national and regional teams to develop, implement and evaluate Polio Eradication activities, including Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance, Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIAs) and routine Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI).
Organizational Context:
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to Afghanistan, and direct supervision of Team Leader - Polio, the incumbent will be expected to achieve results set out in the relevant WCO-Afghanistan biennial work plan within the framework of national policies and WHO's mandate.

Description of duties:
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Take all necessary measures to ensure achievement/maintenance of certification standards for AFP surveillance system; supervise implementation of active surveillance and routine reporting.
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. Update the surveillance guidelines, training modules and other materials and assist in development of monitoring and evaluation tools.
4. Facilitate the training and other capacity building activities for national staff and for reporting network.
5. Sustain the maintenance of environmental surveillance system including regular evaluation of existing sites and plan for expansion as required.
6. Undertake frequent travels to different regions of the country, particularly Southern, South-eastern and Eastern regions to supervise surveillance/SIA activities and oversee the process of different type of data collection and timely analysis for its use.
7. Contribute to the planning, implementation and monitoring of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs).
8. Strengthen the surveillance for other vaccine preventable diseases; ensure appropriate monitoring of routine EPI activities and timely analysis of routine EPI data for corrective actions.
9. Collaborate with the Medical Officer and submit monthly reports on the activities undertaken.


Essential: University Degree in Medicine.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree or training in Public Health/Epidemiology/Public Health Administration/ Organization of health services or control of Communicable Diseases.
WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. The list can be accessed through this link: http://www.whed.net/

WHO global Competencies model at
1) Communicating in a credible and effective way.
2) Fostering integration and team work.
3) Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences.
4) Ensures the effective use of resources.
5) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
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):
Proficiency in MS Office applications, data analysis and technical presentations.

Essential: At least 2 years relevant experience in the development and implementation of vaccine preventable disease surveillance systems at national/sub-national level with particular expertise in polio.
Desirable: Experience of work in UN and/or other international organizations.

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and knowledge of local languages.

Additional Information:
Applicants MUST take the time to update their PHFs BEFORE they apply.
Only nationals of the country will be considered for this position.
Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.
Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as eliminatory tool.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).
Candidates will be interviewed using a competency based approach.
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Annual salary:(Net of tax)
USD 45101 at single rate

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

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