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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/PEC/TA14
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 20 February 2014
Application Deadline: 20 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/SSC Strategy Support and Coordination
To eradicate poliomyelitis due to wild or vaccine related poliovirus. Complete the interruption of wild poliovirus transmission globally, and more rapidly detect and interrupt any new outbreaks due to wild or vaccine-derived polioviruses.
Description of duties:
Provide technical support for coordination of Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIA) planning in endemic and outbreak-affected countries as well as SIA activities to reduce vulnerability in countries at high risk of outbreaks.
1. Assist regions and countries with planning of SIAs based on risk analyses, epidemiologic situation and programme goals taking into consideration availability of vaccines, financial and other programme resources.
2. Support prioritization and coordination of global programme resources.
3. Help prioritize allocation of vaccine supplies, funding, and human resources based on thorough understanding of risks and poliovirus situation and in close coordination with regions, countries and partners.
4. Assist with tracking of critical human resource and emergency surge staffing gaps and facilitate recruitment and deployment of staff, consultants and surge personnel to adequately fill these gaps.

Provide technical support and coordination for deployment of the Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) teams.
5. Assist with identification of country and regional needs for assignment of STOP teams.
6. Coordinate closely with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the selection, training and deployment of STOP teams.
7. In addition, collaborate closely with the Programme Coordination and Management (PCM) unit in Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (PEC) to facilitate administrative processes needed for effective deployment of STOP teams.

Provide effective response to any importation of wild poliovirus or outbreak of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus in previously polio-free areas.
8. Under the guidance of the designated outbreak manager, support the planning, implementation and coordination with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners response to polio outbreaks in accordance with global guidelines.
9. Also support and participate in three and six month assessments of status of outbreaks, effectiveness of response and the likelihood of continuing transmission.

Provide technical support to assigned geographic areas.
10. Monitor progress and identify risks in countries or sub-regions assigned by the Team Leader.
11. Develop thorough understanding and knowledge of the assigned areas and responsible for providing ongoing technical assistance and programmatic support in coordination with regional offices.

Coordinate with other units within WHO and other organizations supporting polio eradication, immunization and disease control.
12. Collaborate closely with other units in the Polio Operations and Research (POL), Programme Operations and Cluster Management (PCM), and counterparts in GPEI partner agencies.

13. Undertake other duties as assigned by the Team Leader.
Advanced degree in health, international development, or public administration.

Medical degree or Masters level degree in epidemiology or public health.
Good knowledge of public health and epidemiology, with broad practical knowledge of public health, infectious disease surveillance and control, vaccine science, immunization and disease eradication policies and strategies and their application in developing countries.
Strong ability and experience with analysis of surveillance, immunization monitoring and epidemiologic data.
Familiarity with data management software in addition to software of common use, particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Familiarity with database and mapping programmes.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
4. Creating an empowering and motivating environment.
A minimum of 7 years' experience in public health, international development, or humanitarian emergencies which includes at least 3 years of international experience in developing country settings.

Experience working in the field of immunization or operational management in a developing country setting.
Proven experience for technical writing and analysis.
Experience with international organizations and/or nongovernmental organizations.
Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

Priority will be given to internal candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67611 at single rate
USD 72605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % 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.

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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