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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/14/FT148
Title: Medical Officer. Polio Eradication
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two (2) years
Date: 25 March 2014
Application Deadline: 22 April 2014 Selection in Progress
Duty Station:  Libreville, Gabon
Organization unit:
To provide expertise and high-quality immunization services to all communities of the Member States of the central bloc of the African region, in order to prevent morbidity, mortality and disability from diseases which are preventable through the optimum use of currently available vaccines and vaccines that will become available in die future.

Description of duties:
Under the coordination of the IST Coordinator for Central Africa and the direct supervision of the IVE inter-country support Team Focal Point, provide technical expertise and cooperate with national counterparts towards the goals of polio eradication.
1. Provide technical support and expertise to national counterparts to achieve vaccine preventable diseases eradication and elimination goals with a focus on polio eradication initiative;
2. Provide technical support to countries of the Central Africa to improve their monitoring and evaluation systems, by actively conducting post-notification surveillance assessments and external reviews of the EN system, and preparing complete country ;documentation for the certification of polio eradication;
3. Provide guidelines to countries of Central Africa to conduct mass immunization campaigns of high-quality and evaluate them rigorously;
4. Provide support to Member States covered by the Central Africa Inter Country Support Team to implement high quality Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance and thereby achieve and sustain expected surveillance performance indicators at national and sub-national level;
5. Provide support to outbreak investigation of wild poliovirus or vaccine-derived poliovirus cases to interrupt virus transmission by identifying infection sources in the field and implementing containment activities;
6. Document key achievements and best practices in polio eradication in Member States covered by the Central Africa Inter Country Support Team;
7. Support the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of polio eradication projects funded by partners at sub-regional and country level;
8. Build capacity at country and sub-national level including (a) assess training needs in support of the above, (b) develop, finalize relevant training manuals, (c) monitor and evaluate training plans;
9. Other relevant duties as and when necessary and requested by the supervisor.

Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine with post graduate training in Public Health

Desirable: Technical expertise in public health, epidemiology, disease control and immunization. Experience in poliomyelitis eradication or other disease control and surveillance programs or EPI would be an advantage.

Ability to work effectively with colleagues and counterparts at national and international level.
Ability to provide leadership, monitor progress and design studies;
Computer literacy and knowledge of commonly used software. Good knowledge of data analysis tools.

Essential: At least 7 years of international public health experience in planning, training, surveillance and implementation of EPI.

Desirable: Field experience in the immunization, epidemiology and disease control including polio eradication. Experience with WHO in Africa would be an asset.

Excellent knowledge of French and good working knowledge of English is essential, Knowledge of Portuguese will be an asset.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67611 at single rate
USD 72605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 53.9 % 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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Selection in Progress

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