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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/12/TA118
Title: Medical Officer Post numbers 341500 and 341869
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  Temporary position for 6 months
Date: 13 November 2012
Application Deadline: 30 November 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Multiple duty stations, various
Organization unit:
EM/PO Polio Eradication - duty stations Malakal (Upper Nile) and Torit (Eastern Equatoria)
Poliomyelitis Eradication by the year 2013.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Post:

To assist the Ministry of Health and other health partners in polio eradication through routine immunization, supplementary immunization and high quality Acute Flaccid Paralysis surveillance and to reduce morbidity and mortality due to other vaccine preventable diseases through the routine vaccination activities, high quality Vaccine Derived Paralysis surveillance including measles and neonatal tetanus.

Organizational Context :

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Office, the technical directives of the WHO Polio Eradication Team Leader in South Sudan and the overall supervision of the POL Coordinator, the incumbent will have a key role in the planning, developing, coordinating, implementing, formulating, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on in-country activities related to Polio Eradication Program, Expanded Program on Immunization and Vaccine Preventable diseases in the country.

Summary of Assigned Duties:

I. Routine immunization
 To provide technical support to the MOH and other health partners in coordinating and managing routine immunization activities including
- Developing the microplans for implementation of the Reach Every District approach
- Ensuring the proper implementaion through Capacity Building, and supportive supervision
- Coordination with partners on all the activities related to routine immunization
- Active participation in communication activities and ensuring community participation
- Ensuring appropriate monitoring and assessment of the progress implementation of the Reach Every District approach policy
- Timely analysis and interpretation of the routine immunization data and its use for corrective actions
- Active supervision on the cold chain and follow up of the vaccine management.

II. SURVEILLANCE activities for ensuring the achievement and maintain of certification and universal standard:
- Lead the Acute Flaccid Paralysis surveillance activities;
- Plan and ensure proper implementation of active surveillance and routine reporting;
- Proper training and supportive supervision of surveillance staff in the area assignment;
- Ensure proper case investigation, follow-up and classification;
- Regular analysis of surveillance data and monitoring of indicators;
- Oversee the organization of advocacy /orientation meeting for health care providers as well as all other communication activities;
- Supervise and monitor establishing measles and neonatal tetanus case based surveillance
- Coordinate and support the IDSR.

III. Supplementary immunization activities:
- Supervise preparations, implementation and monitoring of supplementary immunization activities including microplanning, training, supervision and monitoring
- Timely analysis of data and its use for corrective action.

IV. Training and capacity building:
- Training and building national capacity in area of assignment
- Covering all aspects of PEI/EPI including cold chain, vaccine management, data management as well as planning and implementation of different activities on state and country levels.

V. Coordination with partners at the state and local level:
- Liasing with different EPI/ PEI partners
- Enlisting continued commitment of local authorities to state goals,
- Advocate partnership with new partners for more support to the program.

VI. Supervision of national staff activities
- Oversee activities of national staff recruited by WHO to support polio eradication activities and EPI activities including the routine vaccination, measles and neonatal tetanus elimination.

VII. Reporting
- Submit monthly reports to reflect progress achieved constraints and proposed actions.

Essential: University degree in medicine and master's degree
in public health preferably in epidemiology or child health.

1) Moving forward in a changing environment
2) Communicating in a credible and effective way
3) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.

Functional Skills and Knowledge):

1) Thorough knowledge in the prevention and control of communicable diseases, with particular reference to poliomyelitis, measles, neonatal tetanus and other Vaccine preventable diseases, epidemiological skills, including basic research methodology.
2) Team leadership skills, especially skills in leading a multi-agency humanitarian task force.
3) Coordination, communication and negotiation skills.

Other Skills:

Diverse computing skills including word, excel, epi-info, power point, internet, email etc.


Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of another working language of WHO an asset.

Essential: At least seven years experience at national and international levels in program management, planning and implementation of EPI/PEI related activities.

Desirable: Working experience with international organizations or NGOs as program coordinator in Immunization related areas.
Additional Information:
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 an 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.

In view of the current situation, South Sudan has been declared a a non-family duty station; i.e. dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station. The salary, post adjustment, benefits and allowances will be determined as applicable at the time of recruitment.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67,483 at single rate
US$72,467 with primary dependants
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.

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