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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/FT461
Title: Technical Officer, VPI - Closing date EXTENDED
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year (1) See Additional Information below
Date: 26 November 2013
Application Deadline: 10 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DCE Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment (EU/DCE)
Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization (VPI)
The VPI programme aims to reduce disease and death caused by vaccine-preventable diseases by: (i) strengthening routine immunization programmes by achieving and maintaining high vaccination coverage with childhood vaccines; (ii) ensuring that all children, adolescents, adults, and women of childbearing age have equal access to safe and high-quality immunization services; (iii) ensuring that epidemiological surveillance, including laboratory networks, is sufficient to achieve and sustain disease elimination targets; (iv) supporting the implementation of an immunization week to promote immunization; and (v) fostering appropriate partnerships with governmental and intergovernmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations and other relevant partners. The VPI Programme is divided into four main strategic areas each with its own scope, goal and set of objectives. These strategic areas are: (i) communication, partnerships, and management; (ii) immunization systems strengthening; (iii) accelerated disease control, including eradication and elimination goals; and (iv) surveillance, laboratories, monitoring and evaluation.
The VPI Programme provides technical input into the implementation of WHO country programmes (Biennial Collaborative Agreements), which are led by the WHO country offices, aimed at prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases through strengthening health systems capacity. It also supports Member States in designing and implementing evidence-based operational research and interventions. These activities are coordinated with management and dissemination of technical knowledge. The VPI Programme develops norms and standards, provides normative guidance in developing regional and national policies to assist countries to implement effective vaccine-preventable disease control programmes, promotes partnerships, and advocates for political commitment towards elimination and eradication goals.

Purpose of the position:
To facilitate the management and presentation of the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization programme (VPI) data activities, and supporting Member States in meeting data reporting expectations. Post responsibilities also include working with other VPI technical officers on data management, analysis, presentation and dissemination, interpretation and report writing, including serving as a focal point on data related issues and correspondence with Member States and partner organizations, management of the centralized information system for infectious diseases (CISID) for VPI and online polio and measles laboratory data management systems (LDMS). The focus of responsibility will be to develop, maintain and manage information systems to further VPI goals and objectives through strengthened disease surveillance and immunization data management, and to assist in assessing the burden of disease and progress towards disease reduction and elimination/eradication goals.
Description of duties:
  • Manage all information technology (IT) and public health related applications, databases, and systems for the regional Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization (VPI) providing technical leadership to analysis design, development and implementation of information systems.
  • Collecting, follow-up and circulation of data and updating CISID and ensuring consistency with and timely inclusion into the global WHO/UNICEF Joint Reporting Form database;
  • Act as a liaison with EPI Managers and data gatekeepers in Member States on issues and queries related to complete and accurate case-based reporting of targeted diseases. This includes addressing user concerns and requests, providing technical assistance and regular feedback and following up and resolving reporting delays;
  • Contribute towards the development and oversee implementation of the strategies to ensure good quality collection of vaccine-preventable disease and immunization data. This includes development of user friendly disease reporting templates, tools and guidelines and providing continuing user support, advising on the use of new techniques and monitoring transactions to measure performance and continued effectiveness of database;
  • Act as a technical liaison between VPI and CISID teams, ICT, partner agencies, HQ, Member States and regional surveillance networks for the successful development and implementation of major data management systems;
  • Apply advanced statistical principles and techniques to VPI data;
  • Contribute and participate in data quality assessments and audits in the Member States;
  • Contribute towards the development of training materials to strengthen the vaccine-preventable disease data analysis capacities of Member States and of the Regional Office's Technical Units, and participate in training-related activities;
  • Participate in writing reports and papers on disease surveillance, immunization coverage, etc. Compose written analyses of data for publications, scientific papers and country reports;
  • Manage VPI shape files (digital maps) and administrative codes updated, production of high quality maps, linkage of disease and intervention data with digital maps and development of tools for easy access of maps for VPI technical officers. Generate graphs, tables, maps or other visual data presentations for EPI programme users;
  • In collaboration with advocacy and communication technical officers, develop, finalize and keep updated surveillance web content, reports and summaries;
  • Perform duties as assigned.
Essential: Masters in Computer Science or Information Technology, or integrated masters degree (MEng, MMath, MPhys, MSci). Training in epidemiology, communicable diseases or public health.
Desirable: Additional qualification in demography, biostatistics or epidemiology.
Functional skills and software skills:
  • Broad knowledge in public health data management and presentation, epidemiology and particularly in disease control and immunization programmes.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Access, MS SQL Server*, MS Excel and RDBMS with proven skills of setting up and managing complex database structures
  • Advanced knowledge of: computer programming languages (VBA, VB or C# )
  • Advanced knowledge of at least two or more statistical and data analyses packages (SAS, STATA, SPSS, R, Statistica, or Matlab)
  • Advanced knowledge of complex query design, stored procedures, views and functions
  • Advanced knowledge of GIS software (ArcGIS, Mapinfo or similar software)
  • Advanced knowledge of graphic editing and desktop publishing programmes
  • Proven quantitative, conceptual and writing skills for understanding and reporting the results of data analysis and producing strategic information;
  • Experience in generating strategic information and contributing to scientific publications.
Competencies: see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Fostering integration and teamwork: As a team member, the incumbent develops and promotes effective relationships with team members and with other unit and other professional colleagues. Works in a collaborative fashion to achieve results by encouraging co-operation and building a positive rapport among fellow team members. Supports, acts in accordance with team decisions - accepting joint responsibility for both successes and outcomes. Identifies conflict early and supports actions to facilitate its resolution. Takes positive measures to recognize good performance of team and individual members. Proven ability to facilitate activity coordination in a multidisciplinary team.
  2. Producing results: Produces and delivers quality results by positioning oneself as a proactive and committed facilitator of an outcome oriented team. The incumbent produces high-quality results and workable solutions to achieve desired outcomes; monitors personal and team progress towards objectives taking corrective actions when necessary; acts early, independently and effectively to resolve problems and takes responsibility for own work and for team goals and objectives.
  3. Communicating in a credible and effective way: Speaks and writes clearly, adapting communication style and content to the intended audience. Conveys information and opinions in a structured and credible way. Produces effective written communications. Encourages others to share their views; employs good listening skills, and considers other views. Ensures key messages are communicated and understood and keeps others informed of key and relevant activity updates and issues. Possesses strong communication and advocacy skills and excellent presentation skills.
  4. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond: Ability to plan for and build partnerships supporting both technical collaboration and resource mobilization activities. Skills in communication and contributing and/or advancing technical partnerships and resource mobilization activities. Ability to establish harmonious relations with national and international technical counterparts. Ability to negotiate with officials in Member States, of other international organizations/institutions issues pertinent to data exchange, format and quality.
Essential: A minimum of 5 years experience in collection, management and analysis of epidemiological data and report writing at regional or country level. Experience in data quality control process at national or international level. Excellent database development and administration skills. Experience introducing new statistical methods to routine VPI data management.
Desirable: Three or more years gathering, recording, analysing and reporting of vaccine preventable diseases and immunization information related data.
Essential: Excellent command of the English language and knowledge of another WHO and/or EURO official language.
Desirable: Knowledge of Russian.
Additional Information:
(1) Extension of appointment is subject to:
- satisfactory performance,
- continued need for the function, and
- availability of funds.

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Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56,091 at single rate
USD 60,091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 79.9 % 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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