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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/12/TA132
Title: Technical Officer (Position 345462)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 23 December 2012
Application Deadline: 14 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Kuajok, Sudan
Organization unit:
Surveillance, Forecasting & Responses (CSR) / Division of Communicable Disease Control (DCD)
The overall objective of the programme is to reduce excess morbidity and mortality resulting from communicable and non-communicable diseases in Southern Sudan. The programme will focus on the early detection and timely containment of outbreaks of diseases with epidemic potential, the prevention and control diseases targeted for elimination and eradication as well as other "neglected diseases" and other diseases surveillance system, using the recently adopted strategy of integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR) and the introduction of the WHO "STEPS" approach for the surveillance and control of communicable diseases.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Post:

To support the Ministry of Health, Government of Southern Sudan to improve the health of the people through prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Organizational Context:

The incumbent will work with local authorities and the State Ministry of Health, Government of Southern Sudan (SMOH/GOSS) to scale up the activities of Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA) programme. He/she will provide technical expertise and guidance in formulating policies and strategies and monitor implementation of EHA activities in the State, with focus on Communicable disease Early warning system and outbreak response.

Summary of Assigned Duties:

Under the Direct supervision of the South Sudan EHA Program coordinator and the overall guidance of Head of Office, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

 Provide technical advice to state level health authorities on implementation and expansion of integrated disease surveillance and response system.
 Facilitate the development, review and adaptation of diverse technical materials, including guidelines, manuals, protocols and training materials to ensure standardization of reporting and disease prevention and control activities.
 Focus on disease control, regular situation analysis of communicable diseases, especially epidemic prone diseases, reporting on national trends and making regular evaluations.
 Facilitate collaboration with partners and stakeholders and build partnerships for planning and resource mobilization for implementation of disease control activities in the state.
 Provide technical assistance to country epidemic preparedness and rapid containment training, planning, and assessment.
 Support the strengthening and expansion of the EWARN (Early Warning Alert and Response Network) system through the implementation of the integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR) system in the State.
 Provide technical oversight to epidemiologists/public health coordinators at state level on integrated disease surveillance and response activities.
 Supervise and provide guidance for the outbreak surveillance system partners and team in Southern Sudan including the Outbreak Control Task Force.
 Initiate project proposals on WHO's response and be involved in the preparation of joint proposals for the health sector, including involvement in the CHF.
 Prepare situation reports (with adequate frequency) and assist Head of Office in the dissemination of public health information and concerns; support media and communication activities as needed.
 Work closely with inter-country bodies and the EHA team to coordinate epidemic response, brief and assist in-coming technical experts in their missions, and work as an integral member of the WHO Country Team.
 Coordinate with other UN health agencies as well as implementing agencies (NGOs) in Southern Sudan to ensure close consultation and coordination of the programs of health workers in communicable disease control.


Essential: University degree in Medicine and Masters Degree in Public Health.

Desirable: Training on emergencies with large population and basic epidemiology.

1) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
2) Communicating in a credible and effective way
3) Fostering integration and team work
4) Moving forward in a changing environment
5) Ensuring the effective use of resources

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

 Knowledge of public health issues and basic epidemiology

 Knowledge of the various aspects of communicable diseases control and issues related to health sector development

 Leadership skills

Other Skills:

Proficiency in MS Office.
Essential: At least 7 years of combined experience at the national and international levels in communicable diseases and surveillance and related programmes.

Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic an asset.
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 basic for rosters).

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency based approach.

In view of the current situation, South Sudan has been declared a non-family duty station; i.e. dependants 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

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

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