World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Polio Outbreak Response Coordinator
Job ID: 2203820
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Organization: AF_NGA Nigeria
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): One year
Objectives of the Programme
- The objective of the programme is to support national authorities reduce morbidity, disability and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases through improving access and utilization of immunization services through strengthened VPD and Health Emergencies programmes; accelerating efforts to interrupt transmission of polio virus outbreaks, accelerated measles control, elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus,
- Elimination of Yellow Fever Epidemics; promote innovations and special interventions aimed at reaching hard to reach and high-risk populations; improve vaccine safety and security and promote systematic access to immunization services in known or emerging reservoirs of vaccine preventable diseases
Description of Duties
- The key functions of the Technical Officer, Outbreak Response and Special interventions are:
- To facilitate coordination of outbreak response planning, implementation and monitoring aimed at promoting synchronization of immunization activities.
- To facilitate adaptation/Revision of outbreak response Norms, standards and guidelines, assuring compliance with the emergency response framework (ERF) and other globally/regionally adapted standard operating procedures To provide technical assistance to national authorities in priority states to adopt and implement National immunization Strategies and programme’s best practices to state specific conditions;
- To support national authorities in a priority states in preparing, reviewing and/or updating annual state immunization plans;
- To support capacity building activities in support of immunization operations(service delivery, vaccine supply and quality assurance, logistics, surveillance, advocacy and communication), immunization safety and strengthening human and institutional resources;
- To support capacity building activities aimed at the introduction of new and under-utilized vaccines as well as the delivery of immunization activities together with other priority disease control/child survival interventions; To support immunization monitoring and evaluation activities;
- To support activities aimed at strengthening partnership and advocacy in support of improving performance of immunization activities;
- To create synergies for transition and leveraging outbreak response infrastructure to support coverage improvements for essential immunizations; Perform other activities as required by WHO Representative
- Essential: Advanced Degree (Masters or higher) in a Health related field (Medicine or Health) from a WHO recognized university
- Desirable: Advanced certified training in Epidemiology/public health/communicable diseases control and/or health promotion
- Essential: At least 7 years of international experience in immunization and vaccine preventable diseases control. Demonstrated skills in organizing and technical support to outbreaks response interventions is an added advantage
- Desirable: Experience in outbreak response and immunization programming in developing countries
- Willing and able to travel extensively within Nigeria;
- The candidate must possess effective writing and communication skills.
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Producing results
- Moving forward in a changing environment
Use of Language Skills:
- Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
- WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 75,602 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3194 per month for the duty station indicated above.
- Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.
Application Closing Date
4th May, 2022, 10:59:00 PM.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Important Information and Notice
- This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
- Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
- A written test may be used as a form of screening.
- 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 will require individual review.
- Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
- Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
- WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
- WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
- WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct.
- To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
- WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
- Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.