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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/14/FT407
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 30 July 2014
Application Deadline: 20 August 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Organization unit: WP_PNG Papua New Guinea (WP_PNG) /
WP_PG3 Director, Combating Communicable Diseases (WP_PG3)
EPI_Expanded Programme on Immunization
To establish and leverage the impact of an effective prevention and control programme that targets the reduction of morbidity and mortality resulting from diseases, through a comprehensive approach to immunization, that is made timely and responsive through ground level surveillance and the promotion of related health interventions.
Description of duties:
1. Supports the planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of the National Immunization Programmes (NIP) through the following activities:
a) Advises government and health partners on the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases, immunization policies and strategies, and regional and global disease reduction/eilimination initiatives;
b) Assists in the development of medium and long-term National Department of Health and NIP plans, target setting and monitoring of performance indicators for immunization;
c) Assists NIP with all operational aspects of the EPI including strengthening of routine immunization, planning and implementation of supplementary immunization activities (SIA), strategies for maintaining poliomyelitis-free status, strategies for achieving measles and neonatal tetanus elimination and hepatitis B control, implementation of safe injection practices and monitoring of adverse events following immunization (AEFI);
d) Assists NIP in determining the disease burden on new/re-emerging vaccine preventable diseases and support evidence based decision making in introduction of new vaccines in the National Immunization Schedule;
e) Plans, implements and evaluates vaccine management and logistics and cold chain systems in the country;
f) Organizes and conducts regular programme reviews to assess progress, identify problems, and make recommendations to improve programme implementation;
g) Collaborates with national counterparts and WHO staff in the collection data and analysis of specific performance indicators in order to identify programme strengths and weaknesses;
h) Organizes and provides technical assistance for the development and conduct of national training courses on EPI planning, epidemiology and management; and
i) Assists NIP to develop linkages with related programmes as Maternal Health, Child Health, Disease control programmes to envisage the benefits for EPI from the health system strengthening and cross-programme collaboration.

2. Collaborates with United Nations Organizations (UNOs), NGOs and the private sector through the following activities:
a) Coordinates EPI policy development, planning of activities and project implementation;
b) Advocates for sustainable funding and technical assistance for EPI and disease reduction/elimination activities;
c) Coordinates technical input in relation to comprehensive EPI Programme reviews;
d) Coordinates and plans operational research in the area of EPI.
Postgraduate degree in public health or related field from a recognized university is essential. Specialized training in the control/elimination of vaccine preventable diseases an advantage.
- Strong knowledge of planning, implementation and evaluation of EPI activities
- Clear understanding of the comprehensive immunization programme and related programmes is desirable
- Ability to contribute to the development of norms and standards, as well as training materials;
- Capacity to plan and conduct operational activities with political and technical elements;
- Ability to establish harmonious working relationships as part of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and maintain a high standard of personal conduct;
- Ability to demonstrate gender equity and cultural appropriateness in the delivery of services to member States.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Essential: Minimum of 7 years of experience in public health, including EPI, and experience at international level. Several years experience in developing countries.     

Desirable: Development and implementation of communicable disease control programmes, and/or research in the area of EPI and vaccine preventable diseases.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67 611 at single rate
USD 72 605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 100.7% % 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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