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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/FT97
Title: National Professional Officer - position no. 333202
Grade: NO-A
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  For two years
Date: 18 March 2013
Application Deadline: 16 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Mogadishu, Somalia
Organization unit: EM_SOM WHO Representative's Office, Somalia (EM_SOM) /
EM_SOO Sub-Office, Mogadishu (EM_SOO)
Polio (POL)
Ensuring eradication of poliomyelitis from Somalia through routine and Supplementary Immunization
Activities (SIAs);
- Maintaining the high quality of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance system;
- To reduce morbidity and mortality from other Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) target diseases
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Post:
To contribute to the global polio eradication initiative.
Organizational Context:

As part of the WHO/UNICEF EPI/PEI (Polio Eradication) team and under the guidance of the Polio Eradication Team Leader and the overall supervision of the WHO Representative (WR), the incumbent is responsible, in his/her zone, for reporting of activities and advocacy of EPI/PEI eradication, together with all partner agencies operational in Somalia (comprising of UN agencies, international and national non-governmental organizations, counterparts, and local authorities).

Summary of Assigned Duties:
Under the guidance of the Polio Eradication team leader and the direct supervision of the WR for Somalia and in close collaboration with local authorities, other UN staff in the field as well as NGOs, the incumbent will undertake the following activities in his/her zone:

1. Together with the partners and technical staff, review and update zonal micro plans and other documents
to ensure appropriate and fair distributions of resources to guaranty quality campaigns;
2. Identify areas and reasons for poor coverage and develop a special plan that addresses refusals,
inaccessible areas and nomadic population;
3. Collect, analyze and use SIAs reporting and monitoring data for identifying gaps and recommending corrective measures ;
4. Support other immunization activities;
5. Support AFP surveillance in the zone in all aspects especially sensitivity, quality and timeliness;
6. Participate in the recruitment of District Polio Officers (DPOs) and other campaign auxiliary workers that support polio eradication activities at district levels;
7. Prepare monthly report to reflect activities conducted, progress made and constraints faced and recommendations for way forward;
8. Collect and collate daily security report from regions under his/her responsibility;
9. Ensure the Polio Eradication Officers (PEOs) maintain daily contact with the DPOs with regard to security in each region;
10. Contribute to the achievement of the certification standards in relation to sensitivity, quality and timeliness;
11. Communicate and security incidence or concerns to the Polio Team Leader;
12. Maintain close contact with the Area Field Security Coordination Officer in the zone;
13. Ensure that PEOs and DPOs obtain mandatory security clearances before all travels within or out of Somalia
Essential: University degree in medicine or diploma in nursing or paramedical sciences from a recognized university or college respectively.
1. Producing results ;
2. Fastening integration and teamwork ;
3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Skills in training health workers on PEI/EPI activities standard operational procedures
- Skills in planning, managing and coordination of PEI/EPI programmes
- Ability to prioritize, organize, manage and adapt management style according to needs
- Ability to build and motivate teams and work under pressure

Other Skills: Proficiency in MS Office
Essential: At least one year work experience in PEI and EPI activities in Somalia.

Desirable: Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals and or experience in UN organization/agencies or
international institutions
Excellent knowledge of English and of a local language
Additional Information:
- Only nationals of the country will be considered for this position.
- 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
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
14861.00 USD at single rate

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

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