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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/TA63
Title: Epidemiologist (position no. 345305)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  Temporary position for 3 months
Date: 6 June 2013
Application Deadline: 19 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Djibouti, Djibouti
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_DJI WHO Representative's Office, Djibouti (EM_DJI)
Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA)
The objectives of WHO's emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team are to support Member States by:
(1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services;
(2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency;
3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled;
4) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.

Organizational Context :
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will support health assessments, and map health needs for at risk populations, recommending measures and actions for life-saving health interventions and the reactivation of essential services after emergencies. Working in close collaboration with the other technical staff at duty station, Headquarters, Regional and Country Office, the incumbent will provide guidance and advice for the collection, validation, analysis and dissemination of data, the design and implementation of EWARS (Early Warning and Response System), and the coordination of related activities.

Purpose of the Post:
To monitor potential communicable disease outbreaks in the aftermath of the emergency by coordinating EWARS implementation with all partners at field level, including local, regional and national authorities and MOH officials and promoting effective coordination of surveillance and assessment activities with counterparts locally, regionally and internationally.
Description of duties:
-Conduct rapid assessments and maintain the data flows from centers in capital and regions on the newly designed list of events; ensure quality, reliability and effectiveness of rapid assessments of the health and general condition of affected populations during emergencies.
-Critically assess threats to human life and heath, readiness of the health referral and support systems, including cold chain, laboratory, essential drugs and health information systems, and the vital needs for the affected populations.
-Monitor the health situation by examining the main causes of illness and death, acute malnutrition rates, the occurrence of epidemics or starvation, the presence of endemic diseases, the state of relief operations, crude and under-five mortality rates, security and accessibility of the affected territories, displacement and migration of the population, state of communications and patterns of external assistance, patterns of violence against the general population.
-Assess the public health laboratory infrastructures, mapping capacity to diagnose priority diseases and foreseeable impact of epidemic-prone diseases, evaluating priority gaps for the reactivation of diagnostic and outbreak verification functions.
- Implement Early Warning and Response Systems (EWARS) to monitor potential communicable disease outbreaks in the aftermath of the emergency; and support EWARS implementation in collaboration with all partners at field level, including local, regional and national authorities and MOH officials.
-Secure information from a broad range of health sectors, analysing and recommending actions and guidelines for the elaboration of medium- and long-term plans of work and strategies, including consolidating health data in trends and trends assessment, with particular attention to surveillance, monitoring and early warning.
-Promote the effective coordination of surveillance and assessment activities with Regional Offices and HQ as well as local, regional and national health entities and other international health partners including UN agencies and NGOs.
Essential: University Degree in Medicine

Desirable: Postgraduate degree in epidemiology, field epidemiology or, mathematics, or statistics, with specialization in public health and studies in computer sciences. Degree of emergency response relief operations.
1) Producing results (core)
2) Fostering integration and teamwork (core)
3) Creating an empowering and motivating environment (managerial)
4) Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond (managerial)
5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences (core)

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Demonstrated knowledge of surveillance and monitoring systems as related to emergency response relief operations;
Excellent skills in the field of epidemiological or statistical data collection, assessment, analysis and the evaluation and monitoring in a public health context.
Ability to conceptualize and promote innovative strategies and policies.
Ability to communicate and write in a clear and concise manner, and to develop effective guidelines.
Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills complemented by ability to motivate and lead others, and to promote consensus.
Tact, discretion and diplomacy.
Excellent presentation skills

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Proficiency in standard WHO computer applications with emphasis on data assessment and analysis as related to epidemiological research and applications.
Essential: At least five years of practical experience in supporting the surveillance and monitoring projects, including experience in developing countries
Excellent knowledge of French with a good knowledge of English.
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.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.(This could be the base for roster)
Written test may be used as an elimentary tool.
Candidates will be interviewed using a competency- based approach.
This vacancy is published in English only
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 56091.00 at single rate
US$ 60091.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 38.6% % 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.

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