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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/15/TA294
Title: National Professional Officer: Supplementary Immunization Activities (374533)
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  Temporary for 12 months
Date: 29 November 2015
Application Deadline: 20 December 2015 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Mogadishu, Somalia
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_SOM WHO Representative's Office, Somalia (EM_SOM)
Polio Eradication Programme (POL)
- Eradication of Poliomyelitis from Somalia through routine supplementary immunization activities (SIAs);
- Maintaining high quality Acute Flaccid Paralysis(AFP) Surveillance system;
- To reduce morbidity and mortality from other Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) target diseases.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Post:
To contribute to the global polio eradication initiative Program of Somalia

Organizational Context:
As part of the WHO Extended Programme on Immunization/Polio Eradication Initiative team and under the direct supervision of the Polio Medical Officer and the overall guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of Supplementary Immunization activities jointly with the Government and all partner agencies operational in Somalia (comprising of UN agencies, international and national governmental organizations, counterparts, and local authorities). He/She will also provide technical advice and coordinate the response to the wild polio/ Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (cVDPV) outbreak in particular as well as outbreak response for other VPDs in Somalia.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
The incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Analyze epidemiological and immunization data to identify strategic areas of focus for supplementary immunization activities.
2. Identify and recommend actions required to achieve high immunity against polioviruses through supplementary immunization activities across the country.
3. Work closely with all MoH, UNICEF, Rotary and other relevant partner agencies on strengthening supplementary immunization activities. This includes technical input on planning, training and improving social mobilization and Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities.
4. Contribute to the review and update of SIA micro plans and other documents to ensure rational distributions of resources for quality campaigns.
5. Collect, analyze and use Supplemental immunization Activities (SIAs) reporting and monitoring data for identifying gaps and recommending corrective measures.
6. Provide technical advice and build capacity of field staff to facilitate implementation and monitoring of polio supplementary immunization activities including NIDs, SNIDs and mopping-up immunization activities.
7. Write and review reports on the quality of SIAs for internal WHO review and to share with the government and partners.
Essential: University degree in medicine or equivalent professional training.

Desirable: Master Degree in public health.
WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.
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1. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
2. Producing results
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Fostering integration and team work
5. Moving forward in a changing environment

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Skills in training health workers on PEI/EPI activities standard operational procedures.
- Skills in planning, managing and coordination of PEI/EPI programmes.
- Excellent organizational and analytical skills, complemented by sound interpersonal skills and ability to work in mutlicultral environment.
- Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors
- Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals

Other Skills:
Proficiency in MS Office.
Essential: At least two years' experience in Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) and Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) activities in Somalia.

Desirable: Working experience with NGOs/UN agencies/ Ministry of Health.
Excellent knowledge of English and a local language.
Additional Information:
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- Only nationals of the country will be considered for this position.
- 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 eliminating tool.
- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 26,849.00 at single rate

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

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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