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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/FT76
Title: Medical Officer (Surveillance and Response) Position 323494
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 17 February 2014
Application Deadline: 19 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EM/DCD Division of Communicable Disease Control (EM/DCD) /
EM/CSR Surveillance, Forecasting & Responses (EM/CSR)
Division of Communicable Disease Control
The Communicable Disease Surveillance, Forecasting and Response (CSR) unit is responsible for providing technical and strategic support to the Member States of the Eastern Mediterranean Region for prevention and control and control of epidemic prone diseases including detection, verification and rapid response to epidemics and other public health events of international concern so as to limit its international spread and minimize impact on health and economy of the affected Member States.

Purpose of the Post:

The purpose of this post is, to be responsible for epidemiologican surveillance, epidemic and pandemic alert and response to public health events of international concern in accordance with International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR 2005).

Organizational Context:

Under the overall guidance of Director, Division of Communicable diseases (DCD) and direct supervision of the Regional Adviser for CSR, the incumbent will work with other professional staff members of the CSR unit in providing technical and operational support, policy guidance and assistance to build the public health capacity of the Member States of the Eastern Mediterranean Region for epidemiologican surveillance, outbreak detection, even verification and public health risk assessment from emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases including from diseases of unknown dangerous pathogens. The incumbent will also be responsible for developing appropriate project proposals, mobilizing resources and conduct training courses for public health personnel on epidemiological surveillance and outbreak investigation as part of public health capacity building programme.
Description of duties:
Under the guidance of the Regional Adviser, CSR/EMRO, within the Division of Communicalbe Disease (DCD) and in collaboration with the other professional staff members of CSR unit, the incumbent will perform the following functions:

* Provide technical support to the Member States of EMR for devleopment and implementation of policies and programmes related to prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging diseases of international public health concern;

* Coordinate/facilitate the establishment of epidemiological surveilance system for control and containment of diseases with epidemic and pandemic potentials including monitoring of antipicrobial drug resistence'

* Advise the Member States of EMR in developing plan of action and assessing their core surveillance, alert and response capacities for even detection, verification and response.

* Contribute to the development of a cross-cutting regional plans and activities for the strengthening of both epidemiological and laboratory surveillance component.

* Develop/adapt appropriate surveillance guidelines, protocols, tools and SoPs for event detection, verification and response to public health threats, particularly from emerging and re-emerging diseases.

* Advise the Member States to develop preparedness plans and strategic plans, rapid responses and containment for pandemic human influenza.

* Build and maintain effective relationships with key agencies, private and public health sector organizations and donors to assist the implementation of pandemic influenza preparedness programmes at country level and enhance synergies.

* Organize and conduct regional and sub-regional meetings and training workshops on epidemiological surveillance and outbreak investigation.

* Advise the Member States of EMR in developing infection protection and control programmes in health care facilities, particularly focusing on health facilities preparedness and response to epidemics and pandemics;

* Provide technical input in other activities as appopriate.

Essential: University degree in medicine with masters degree in health science/public health.

Desirable: Training on epidemiological surveillance and response.

1) Communicating in a credible and effective way.
2) Producing results.
3) Fostering integration and teamwork.
4) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
5) Promoting WHO's position in health leadership.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

Demonstrated knowledge, competency and professional skills on the public health aspects of infectious disease control with particular attention to the use of applied epidemiology and principles of public health in communicable disease surveillance and epidemic response. Experience in managing outbreaks and conducting outbreak investigations. Ability to process, analyze and interpret epidemiological surveillance data for epidemic and pandemic risk assessment. Effective presentation and writing skills. Excellent communincation skills for conducting training courses. Familiarity with work in complex emergency and humanitarian crisis situations. Familiarity with the health problems in the Region.
Essential: At least 7 years of national and international experience in public health and particularly in emergencies.

Desirable: Related WHO, UN or major NGO experience with the responsibility for programme delivery in a developing country.
Excellent knowledge in English. A good knowledge of Arabic or French is an advantage.

Other Skills:

Proficiency in MS Office and data management.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67,611 at single rate
US$72,605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 39.4 % 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.

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