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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/FT465
Title: National Professional Officer (Epidemiologist Polio Eradication), Post #348183
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 29 October 2013
Application Deadline: 20 November 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Kabul, Afghanistan
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/DPM Director of Programme Management (EM/DPM)
EM/POL Polio Eradication
Purpose of the Post:
To provide technical support to the national as well as regional teams to develop, implement and evaluate Polio Eradication activities, both Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance, Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIAs) and routine
Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI).

Objectives of the Programme:
To eradicate polio from Afghanistan through routine, (SIAs) and highly sensitive surveillance system for (AFP).
Description of duties:
Organizational Context:

Under the direct supervision of the Medical Officer Polio and overall guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will work within the framework of national policies and guidelines defined in WHO program and policy documents.

Summary of assigned duties:
The incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Assist in planning, implementing and monitoring of Supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in the field.
2. Undertake frequent travels to different regions of the country particularly the Southern region to supervise SIAs, oversee the process of different types of data collection and timely analysis for its use and prepare country SIAs reports.
3. Take all necessary measures to ensure achievements/ maintenance of high vaccination coverage, particularly in the low performing districts.
4. Undertake regular performance reviews including weekly analysis of AFP surveillance data, in order to identify and overcome technical and performance bottle necks and build the epidemiological capacity of the field staff through technical assistance.
5. Update guidelines, training modules and other material and assist in the development of monitoring and evaluation tools.
6. Facilitate training and other capacity building activities for national staff and suggest measures for its appropriate training on newly introduced interventions.
7. Strengthen surveillance for other vaccine preventable disease; ensure appropriate monitoring of routine EPI activities and timely analysis of routine EPI data for corrective action.
8. Assist the Medical Officer on any other related task assigned and to submit a monthly report on the activities undertaken.
Essential: University Degree in Medicine.

Desirable: Post graduate qualifications in Epidemiology / Public Health.
1) Communicating in a credible and effective way
2) Producing results
3) Setting an example
4) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Sound technical knowledge on epidemiology and surveillance of vaccine preventable; prevention and control measures and preparedness and response.
Ability to establish harmonious working relations with national counterparts and international colleagues.

Other Skills: Proficiency in MS Office, EPI info statistical software.
Essential: At least two years working experience in EPI/ Polio eradication or Primary Health Care with public/private sectors, NGOs and UN agencies.

Excellent knowledge of English and local language.
Additional Information:
- Only nationals of Afghanistan 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.
- This Vacancy Notice is published in English language only
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$39962 at single rate

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

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