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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/TA88
Title: National Professional Officer, Post #346071
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  7 months
Date: 5 September 2013
Application Deadline: 20 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_SYR WHO Representative's Office, Syrian Arab Republic (EM_SYR)
EM/EHA Emergency Humanitarian Action
Purpose of the Post:

To provide technical assistance and support to the MOH and partners with regard to epidemic preparedness, capacity building and rapid response to outbreaks in emergency situation and monitoring the implementation of Early Warning and Response System (EWARS) as well as controlling communicable diseases including TB and HIV.

Objectives of the Programme:
Early detection of outbreaks
Timely outbreak response and control
Monitoring communicable disease trends
Reduce the burden of different communicable diseases in the community
Description of duties:
Organizational Context:

Under the overall supervision of the WHO Representative and direct supervision of Emergency Coordinator and the technical guidance of Regional Adviser for Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases , the incumbent will work closely with the staff in the Ministry of Health at the national and sub-national levels as well as with other stakeholders such as NGOs providing health services and academic institution to provide the technical support to implement Early Warning & Response System and strengthen public health preparedness for response to epidemics.
The incumbent will also work closely with concerned staff members in the country office, other UN agencies and relevant stakeholders to plan and monitor the implementation of the different communicable diseases programs including TB and HIV.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
Under the overall supervision of WR Syria and direct supervision of Emergency Coordinator and technical guidance of Regional Adviser for Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

 Interpret and verify disease intelligence data related to epidemic prone communicable diseases.
 Assist the MoH, in collaboration with the Regional Office, in strengthening, public health preparedness for epidemic diseases including improving capacities for detection and rapid response to epidemics and other public health events of concern.
 Organize training courses on field investigation and rapid response to epidemics.
 Participate, in close collaboration with the MoH, in field investigation for detection and response to epidemics.
 Expand the EWARS and monitor its coverage and performance across the country.
 Support MOH in analyzing weekly epidemiological data related to EWARS.
 Follow-up with the MOH for implementation of appropriate public health measures in response to occurrence of diseases with epidemic potentials.
 Produce weekly epidemiological reports on EWARS.
 Work in close collaboration and cooperation with WHO technical staff, other UN agencies, NGOs and other health partners for improving surveillance and response to epidemic diseases;.
 Coordinate the implantation of prevention and control programs for HIV/AIDS, TB and other epidemic diseases in collaboration with Regional Office, MOH and other involved partners.

Essential: University degree in Medicine.

Desirable: Master's Degree in public health or any relevant field. Training on epidemiology and/or outbreak investigation.
1) Producing results
2) Communicating in a credible and effective way
3) Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
1- Very good knowledge in epidemiology
2- Good planning and monitoring skills

Other Skills:
Proficiency in standard WHO computer application (such as MS office).
Essential: At least 2 years' experience in managing communicable disease surveillance programme. Experience in capacity building, developing and promoting collaborative partnerships.

Desirable: Experience in communicable diseases programs.

Excellent knowledge of English and Arabic 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 VN is published in English language only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$25511 at single rate

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

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