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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/FT459
Title: National Professional Officer - Disease Early Warning System (DEWS); PD 327947
Grade: NO-C
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Post of limited duration for two years
Date: 27 October 2013
Application Deadline: 24 November 2013 Selection Suspended
Duty Station:  Islamabad, Pakistan
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_PAK WHO Representative's Office, Pakistan (EM_PAK)
Division of Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control (DCD)
To develop communicable disease-based risk profiling, and to design and implement early warning and outbreak response systems, including the development and implementation of tools, methodologies, practices, networks and partnerships for prevention, detection, preparedness and intervention to respond to and cope with major epidemic-prone diseases.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Post:
To build the capacity of the district health team and provincial departments of health (DOH), including other similar departments of administrative areas, for communicable disease control through early detection of key epidemic-prone diseases and appropriate response in line with their global responsibility under International Health Regulations (IHR-2005).

Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative (WR) and overall guidance of DCD, the incumbent will:
- Provide technical assistance to the district and provincial health authorities for prevention, detection, preparedness and intervention to respond to and cope with major epidemic-prone diseases.
- S/he will collaborate and coordinate with the different post-devolution structures and partners on technical and strategic matters relating to development of effective disease surveillance and response.
- S/he should act as manager of resources available for disease surveillance and be capable of recommending decisions in this regard to his/her immediate supervisor. S/he should make proposals to the donors and report on utilization of funds.
- The work environment has security hazards and hardships due to emergencies such as floods and militancy.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
1. Facilitate effective technical and financial collaboration with provincial DOHs for expansion of the scope and coverage of the DEWS in all potentially high risk areas.
2. Draft proposals for expansion of DEWS activities with costing for presentation to development partners with a view to securing possible funding from potential donor agencies.
3. Oversee production of Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin; collect, analyse and verify information on DEWS for regular reports to the Regional Office of the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) and donor agencies.
4. Support the national and provincial health authorities for field investigation on outbreaks of communicable diseases or other public health events, and assist post-devolution national structures for coordination of public health response to epidemics with other partners and stakeholders.
5. Conduct joint monitoring of DEWS in districts and provinces in collaboration with the provincial health authorities.
6. Provide regular feedback reports to DEWS surveillance officers about their performance.
7. Organize and facilitate weekly surveillance meetings with partners, especially Communicable Disease Task Force, Expert Measles Committee, Malaria Response Cluster Committee, etc.
8. Provide technical support to the national and provincial health authorities for developing surveillance guidelines, protocols, tools and SOPs for DEWS and for detection, verification and response to public health events of national and international concern.
9. Design and conduct operational research related to infectious disease surveillance with MOH; one project per year.
10. Act as back-up liaison with IHR's focal point of MOH and be sure all potential Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) are timely reported.
Essential: University degree in medicine.
Desirable: Masters degree in public health or epidemiology.
1. Producing results;
2. Ensuring the effective use of resources;
3. Fostering integration and teamwork;
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way;
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of public health, communicable disease control, planning and policy development, analysing data, concise reporting, and surveillance of communicable diseases.
- Good skills for the development, implementation and analysis of surveillance projects and activities, including budget programming and control.
- Strong communication, report writing and presentation skills.

Other Skills:
Proficiency in MS Office as well as surveillance databases.
Essential: At least 5 years of experience in communicable disease control programmes with expertise in epidemiology and surveillance of communicable diseases.
Desirable: Experience in an international organization with proposal writing and reporting, budgeting and procurement.
Excellent knowledge of English and of the local language.
Additional Information:
- Only nationals of Pakistan 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)
3695370.00 Rupees at single rate

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

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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Selection Suspended

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