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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/14/FT463
Title: Surveillance/National Professional Officer
Grade: NO-A
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 Years
Date: 29 August 2014
Application Deadline: 14 September 2014 Vacancy Notice Closed (automatic)
Duty Station:  Pretoria, South Africa
Organization unit: AF_SSR AF South-East Sub-Region (AF_SSR) /
AF_ZAF South Africa (AF_ZAF)
The main objective of the programme is to ensure that every child and high-risk group is fully vaccinated with high quality and effective vaccines against the target diseases according to recommended strategies.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the NPO/EPI and guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will provide technical assistance for the AFP surveillance system and other vaccine preventable disease surveillance. He/she is expected to interact with WCO, Department of Health, Provincial and District Level staff on a day to day basis on surveillance, monitoring& evaluation and capacity building issues, the detailed duties are as follows:

1. To accelerate progress towards polio eradication and the polio end-game.

 To monitor provincial level progress towards polio free certification.
 To perform secretariat functions and provide technical support and back-stopping to the three national Polio Committees: National Polio Expert committee (NPEC), National polio certification committee (NCC), and the National Task Force (NTF) for Laboratory Containment.

2. To support high levels of routine immunization coverage, carry out investigations for conditions with special reporting requirements, and expand the program of work to the private sector and among port health authorities.

 To visit the active surveillance sites on a regular basis concentrating on poor performing districts/sub-districts within the delegated provinces.
 To conduct epidemiological investigation together with the provincial EPI Manager for special reported conditions, i.e., confirmed measles cases and neonatal tetanus cases.
 To collate priority EPI disease notification from delegated provinces and to analyse data on monthly basis.
 To strengthen surveillance in Private Health Services and among Port Health Authorities.

3. To carry out capacity building exercises with surveillance officers at national, provincial and district levels.

 To carry out orientation exercises with newly-employed government surveillance officers (at National, Provincial and district levels)
 To liaise closely with the Provincial EPI Managers, meeting with them at least on a monthly basis and submit monthly reports.
 To regularly liaise with the Provincial CDC and Health Information co-ordinators on EPI priority disease surveillance
 To assist provinces with relevant training and sensitization to strengthen the capacity in EPI activities in the provinces.

4. To carry out capacity building exercises with the three WHO surveillance assistants, and provide technical back- up support.

To carry out orientation exercises with newly-employed WHO surveillance Officers
To continuously mentor WHO Surveillance Assistants.
To Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor.
Essential: University education/Diploma in health sciences
Desirable:. Post graduate qualification in health
sciences/health services management is strongly recommended
Proficiency in computer software. Competency in utilizing computer applications, including word processing, statistical packages, economic analysis software, power point, and excel among others.
Essential:. At least five years of experience in clinical setting or experience in health services administration.
Desirable:. Considerable experience at national level in administration would be an asset. Registration with the relevant health professional council is recommended
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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