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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/PEC/TA15
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:
Work in coordination with WHO regional offices and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners to support country teams in the development of operational tactics and flexible vaccine delivery methods, including support for social mobilization activities in high risk and hard-to-reach communities.
Identify constraints to polio eradication in priority countries and areas and support the development of plans of action to overcome those constraints.
Support activities to enhance Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance, including rapid surveillance assessments, development of action plans to improve surveillance, evaluation of the impact of these plans, and training/orientation of national and sub-national staff.
Be assigned geographic areas and expected to develop thorough understanding and knowledge of the assigned areas and be responsible for providing ongoing technical assistance and programmatic support in coordination with regional and country offices.
Develop guidelines and other tools that provide evidence and advice on the best practice strategies for interrupting poliovirus transmission and conducting AFP surveillance.
Conduct in depth analysis of polio priority areas to understand the root causes for continuing poliovirus transmission, the proposed strategies to address the problems, and the progress of the programme in implementing these strategies.
Work with regional office and country office colleagues to maintain, synthesize, and disseminate this information to others in the department (i.e. communications team, fundraising team, etc.) and to international partners.
Support the planning, implementation, and coordination with GPEI partners for response to outbreaks in accordance with global guidelines.
Responsible for training, evaluation and documentation of outbreak response activities to ensure that all lessons learned are effectively incorporated into current best practices.
Support three and six month assessments of status of outbreaks, effectiveness of response and the likelihood of continuing transmission.
Finally, work with other units within WHO and other organizations on approaches that can achieve polio eradication while contributing to strengthening routine immunization systems.
Advanced degree in a health discipline, plus training in public health, epidemiology, or vaccinology.

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.
Strong technical writing and analytical skills.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with governments, and in field conditions.
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. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Knowing and managing yourself
5. Fostering integration and teamwork.
Seven years of experience in public health including developing country settings.
At least 4 years of experience in disease eradication, immunization, or infectious disease control.
Significant experience at the international level.

Significant experience with polio eradication programmes.
Experience with international organizations and/or nongovernmental organizations.
Experience in the management of large-scale public health programmes involving immunization.
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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