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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/TA12
Title: National Professional Officer (Post #345887)
Grade: NO-C
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  24 months
Date: 30 January 2013
Application Deadline: 21 February 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Muzaffarabad, Pakistan
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/RDO Office of The Regional Director (EM/RDO)
EM/POL Polio Eradication
Purpose of the Post:
To provide technical support to the province as well as provincial teams to develop, implement and evaluate Polio Eradication activities, both Acute Flaccid paralysis (AFP) Surveillance & Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIAs) and Routine Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI).

Objectives of the Programme:
To stop transmission of poliovirus from Pakistan by the year 2011 early 2012 through routine and supplementary immunization and high quality AFP surveillance system. In addition, to reduce morbidity of other EPI target diseases.

Organizational Context:
Under the technical directions of the Federal Polio Eradication Team Leader, Polio Emergency Coordinator and the overall supervision of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will work as National Professional Officer with responsibility for a certain geographical area. He/ she will be responsible for the work of a number of Polio Eradication Officers by providing advice and supervision.
Description of duties:
Summary of Assigned Duties:
1. Support surveillance activities (for AFP and VPI diseases) to ensure achievement/maintenance of certification standards by:
a) Participating in the planning and in the implementation of active surveillance and routine reporting.
b) Supervision of surveillance/support staff in the area of assignment and supporting the training activities.
c) Participating in the organization of advocacy/orientation meetings for health care providers.
d) Ensuring proper case investigations, follow-up and classification.
e) Regular analysis of surveillance data and monitoring indicators.
2. Support the development and strengthening of routine immunization through:
a) Participating in the development of micro-plans for implementation of Reaching Every Districts (RED) approach and ensure their proper implementation and monitoring.
b) Coordinating with partners on activities related to routine immunization and ensure community participation.
c) Timely analysis and interpretation of routine immunization data and its use for corrective action.
3. Support supplementary immunization activities through:
a) preparation, implementation and monitoring of supplementary immunization activities including micro-planning, training and monitoring
b) Timely analysis of data and its use for corrective action
4. Contribute to strengthening of the development of Health system infrastructure particularly through training and assistance in building national capacity in the area of assignment.
5. Liaise with different EPI/PEI (Polio Eradication initiative) partners and enlist continued commitment of national local authorities to stated goals.
6. Oversee activities of national support staff recruited by WHO working in the Polio eradication activities
7. Submit monthly reports to reflect progress achieved, constraints and proposed actions.     
Essential: University degree in medicine

Desirable: Post graduate qualifications in epidemiology/ public health (preferably in epidemiology of child health)
1) Producing Results
2) Fostering integration and team work
3) Communicating in a credible and effective way
4) Creating an empowering and motivating environment
5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Managerial and leadership skills
Sound knowledge of Epidemiology,
Very good presentation skills

Other Skills: Proficiency in MS Office and familiarity with EPI INFO
Essential: At least 5 years experience in Expanded Programme of Immunization/Polio related activities

Desirable: Experience in NGOs, UN agencies or Ministry of Health in immunization related areas
Excellent knowledge of English and the local language
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).
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.

This Vacancy Notice is published in English language only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
3203430Rupees at single rate

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

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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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