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Temporary Surveillance Officer at WHO, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/16/ROST45

Title: Temporary Surveillance Officer

Grade: NO-C

Contract type: Rosters

Duration of contract:  Roster
Date: 17 November 2016

Application Deadline: 16 December 2016
(29 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications

Duty Station: 
Organization unit: AF_SSR AF South-East Sub-Region (AF_SSR) /
AF_ETH Ethiopia (AF_ETH)
Various locations in Ethiopia
Ethiopia has been implementing polio eradication strategies since 1997. A key component of eradication is surveillance. A sensitive surveillance system at all levels is critical for timely detection and response to any wild polio virus importation, and is a pre-requisite for certification of polio eradication.

The recent in-depth external surveillance review conducted in the country emphasized the need to further increase the sensitivity of the surveillance system in the country. N. Wollo and Waghimra zones are one of the zones with low performance in this year.
The recent in-depth external surveillance review conducted in the country emphasized the need to further increase the sensitivity of the surveillance system in the country and sub national level. N. Wollo and Waghimra zones are one of the zones with low performance in this year since the officer left the position. In this regard additionally, training of health workers, active search, sensitization and review meetings were not conducted as planned to improve the surveillance. On top of these technical advice to the zonal and Woreda health departments were conducted, and the progress made so far is slow and we believe the zones will have a difficulty to meet the set target for this year.
Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative and supervision of the EPI Team Leader, and in close collaboration with the central EPI team and the Regional coordinator, the officer will provide technical guidance and will cooperate with the government authorities towards the goals of Polio Eradication, measles elimination and maintaining neonatal tetanus elimination through achieving and maintaining quality surveillance within the frame work of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response. The incumbent will perform the following activities:
Establish and maintain a sensitive active surveillance system in the area of assignment within the framework of IDSR with a special focus on polio eradication, measles mortality reduction, and maintaining neonatal tetanus elimination.
Provide trainings and technical support for improving routine immunization and surveillance activities.
Collaborate closely with the Regional, Zonal, and Woreda Health Bureaus/ Offices, and health workers at health facility and community level for all surveillance and immunization activities, providing regular technical support and feedback.
Establish partnerships with health NGOs in the regions, particularly in places where access is compromised.
Monitor surveillance and EPI data regularly and create and implement action plans in areas where data shows gaps or weaknesses.
Conduct outbreak investigations whenever there are rumors of cases or confirmed cases; provide feedback to all partners and government counterparts with appropriate formats.
Provide technical support at all levels of the government structure and with other partners to achieve high quality supplemental immunization activities.
Submit monthly/bimonthly activity reports to WHO/EPI and the Regional Health Bureau.
Assist with timely utilization and retirement of surveillance and immunization funds at every level.
Carry out any other assignments as may be prescribed.

Doctor of Medicine


Master's degree or higher in one of the following disciplines (epidemiology, public health, tropical medicine etc.)

Verification of Educational qualifications:

“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”.
- Computer skills
- Minimum training experience: Facilitating routine EPI and surveillance activities


- Producing results
- Communicating in a credible way
- Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Teamwork

- At least 5 years of relevant experience
- Good computer skills


- Experience with similar work on surveillance, routine immunization and outbreak investigation
Excellent knowledge of both written and spoken English. Knowledge of other UN languages would be an advantage.
Additional Information:
• Annual remuneration: USD 20,311 Payable in ETB

• Duty station: Ethiopia/Various regions

• Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Please provide your cellphone number and valid e-mail address.

• Applicants within government employment and/or with outstanding obligations will not be considered unless a letter of release is produced.

• Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.

• Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

• Suitable candidates will be kept on roster for future similar positions

• Note! That this is a National Professional Officer position. Only applications from nationals of ETHIOPIA will be accepted. Please REFRAIN from applying if you are not ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL

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