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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/13/FT22
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 19 January 2013
Application Deadline: 12 August 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Organization unit: WP_LAO Lao People's Democratic Republic (WP_LAO) /
WP_LA3 Director, Combating Communicable Diseases (WP_LA3)
Expanded Programme on Immunization
To reduce morbidity and mortality from diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, hepatitis B and other vaccine-preventable diseases by providing immunization against these diseases. In particular, to ensure that the Western Pacific Region (WPR) maintains its poliomyelitis-free status and accelerates progress towards measles elimination and hepatitis B control in the Region.
Description of duties:
1. To collaborate with regional, field staff and national health officials through field visits, exchange of information and correspondences, and meetings, in the development of national Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) plans of action and their implementation.

2. To work with national staff and WHO project staff members in the implementation of EPI programme components such as surveys, programme reviews, training at all levels, especially for the maintenance of poliomyelitis-free status and the acceleration of progress towards measles elimination and hepatitis B control.

3. To work with staff of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Primary Health Care (PHC) programmes in planning and integration of EPI with MCH and PHC activities.

4. To monitor programmes, through field visits, collection and analysis of information/data; to undertake periodic reviews according to established protocols.

5. To cooperate, coordinate, and communicate with Regional Advisers, field staff and key administrative staff through correspondence and to further programme development.

6. To plan and organize coordination meetings to obtain funds and support for EPI and disease reduction activities.

7. To advise with regard to operational aspects of the EPI and disease reduction initiatives, including adding additional antigens and elements to the EPI.

8. To organize and conduct programme reviews to assess progress, identify problems, and make recommendations to improve programme implementation.

9. To collaborate with WHO staff and national officials in organization and implementation of the national information system for EPI and disease reduction activities including collecting and analysing specific monitoring indicators to identify programme strengths and weaknesses.

10. To prepare reports and documents.

11. To perform other related duties, as required.
Post-graduate degree in public health from a recognized university and/or training in public health at postgraduate degree level or its equivalent.
Sound knowledge in the planning, implementation and evaluation of communicable disease control activities. Computer skills in data analysis, word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software. Initiative and adaptability to work in developing countries. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

Knowledge of WHO programmes and policies is desirable.

1. Producing results.
2. Fostering integration and teamwork.
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way.
Seven to ten years of experience in the development of health programmes related to communicable diseases at senior level including two years international experience in an advisory and/or teaching capacity are essential. Experience in EPI an advantage. Working experience in developing countries highly desirable.
Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English is essential. Working knowledge of French an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only and is a re-advertisement. Previous applicants need not re-apply.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD67 483 at single rate
USD67 483 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 44.1 % 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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