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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/ROST8
Title: Medical Officer (Roster)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Rosters
Duration of contract:  Fixed and temporary appointment (duration depends on organizational needs)
Date: 14 July 2014
Application Deadline: 29 June 2015 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Multiple duty stations, various
Organization unit: EM Eastern Mediterranean (EM) /
EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO)
Division of Communicable Disease Control (DCD)/ Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization (VPI)
To reduce morbidity and mortality attributable to vaccine preventable diseases by implementing routine immunization and supplemental immunization activities in accordance with established technical guidelines and in line with the Decade of vaccine Goals and the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP).
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Post:
To strengthen immunization programmes in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, including routine immunization, supplementary immunization activities and introduction of new vaccines, in order to achieve the national and regional targets.

Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Adviser, Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization (RA/VPI) (or the WHO Representative of the duty station) and the overall guidance of the Director, Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control (DCD) and in close collaboration and coordination with the other members of VPI team and EPI medical officers at country offices, the incumbent will provide the necessary technical guidance for strengthening immunization programmes in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The incumbent is expected to take the necessary decisions in providing the technical advice to Member States and work independently on developing the necessary plans and guidelines, within the overall objectives, strategies and plan of action of the vaccine preventable diseases and immunization programme (VPI) and within the framework of the regional guidelines of the different components of the programme (measles elimination, routine immunization strengthening, new vaccines introduction).

Summary of Assigned Duties:
1) Strengthening routine immunization system:
- Implement the Reach Every District (RED) approach at the district level.
- Improve routine immunization coverage, including periodic intensification of routine immunization, child health days and integrated child health intervention.
- Develop and implement a strategy and plan of action to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation system of immunization programmes and to improve the immunization programmes at all levels.

2) Implementation of measles and Rubella control/elimination strategy:
- Review, update, and oversee the implementation of the plan of action for measles/rubella control and elimination as well as establishing and implementing a system to monitor measles elimination indicators.
- Provide technical guidance for planning and implementation of measles/rubella supplementary Immunization Activities (SIAs), including, conducting outbreak risk assessment, ensuring proper planning and preparation for the SIAs through using the country readiness tool, conducting intra SIAs monitoring and follow up and conducting post SIAs evaluation and vaccination coverage survey.
- Implement, monitor and evaluate measles case-based laboratory surveillance according to regional and national guidelines and monitor measles surveillance performance indicators.

3) Introduction of new vaccines:
Provide technical input for:
-Developing applications to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).
-Developing new vaccine introduction plan and necessary guidelines.
-Reviewing the registration and reporting system to include the new vaccine.
-Developing relevant training materials as well as conducting the necessary trainings.

4) Establishing and strengthening surveillance vaccine preventable diseases:
- Implement, monitor and evaluate regional networks for laboratory-based surveillance of diseases preventable by new vaccines, including, bacterial meningitis, other invasive bacterial diseases (bacterial pneumonia and Sepsis) and Rotavirus gastroenteritis surveillance.
- Develop and implement a strategy and plan of action for strengthening surveillance of other vaccine preventable diseases.
University Degree in Medicine and Masters' Degree in Epidemiology or Public Health.

Training in epidemiology of communicable diseases, particularly Vaccine Preventable Diseases as well as in biostatistics and data analysis.
WHO Global Competencies model at:
1. Communicating in credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and team work

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
1. Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of principles, practices, methodology and techniques of immunization programmes.
2. Excellent knowledge in analysing vaccine preventable diseases and EPI-related data, synthesizing information and presenting clear and concise conclusions and decision making.
3. Good understanding of measles control and elimination strategy and introduction of new vaccines.

Other Skills:
Proficiency in MS Office, spread sheets and data analysis.
At least 7 years of relevant experience combined at the national and international levels in immunization programmes, vaccine preventable diseases surveillance and data management.

Extensive training/experience in EPI, surveillance and data management.
Experience in resource mobilization and policy development preferably in emergency countries.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.
Additional Information:
-Successful candidates will be added to the roster from which individual Medical Officer opportunities will be filled. Candidates will be retained on roster for two years.
- 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.
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.
- Salary comprises of the annual salary mentioned below supplemented with the post adjustment (PA) which is based on a cost of living and is designed to preserve equivalent purchasing power for all duty stations. Percentage of PA varies from one country to another. Variations may occur either upward or downwards depending on currency exchange rate fluctuation or inflation in the assigned duty station. Other entitlements will be determined based on the nature/ duration of contract and duty station to which staff member is to be assigned to.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 68, 294 at single rate
US$ 73, 338 with primary dependants

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