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Technical Officer (Expanded Programme on Immunization)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Dili
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: Closed


    Increase immunization coverage for vaccine preventable diseases, reduce the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases and to strengthen data utilization and evidence-based planning and implementation of immunization services in Timor Leste.


    Under the overall guidance of WHO Representative and direct supervision of Health Policy Advisor (Universal Health Coverage), the incumbent shall perform the following functions:

    Assist the Ministry of Health, Timor Leste in assessing and addressing national health needs to achieve and sustain immunization related targets (polio elimination, measles and rubella/CRS elimination, MNT elimination, ensure full Immunization, Japanese Encephalitis control, New vaccine introductions, in the context of primary care and in line with WHO's program of work. Support development of strategic plans based on sound analysis of possible strategies; the development of implementation plans, support to implementation activities, monitoring the quality of activities and results, and propose corrective action. This would entail technically supporting MOH to implement the revised national EPI Strategic Plan and institutional strengthening for capacity building across national and sub-national level. Act as main technical advisor on immunization policies and implementation strategies. Provide evidence-based advice on all immunization - related issues, taking into account existing knowledge, and in particular draw on WHO positions, guidelines and recommendations. Facilitate the development of methods and materials in support of immunization related activities, including surveillance, campaigns, routine immunization, training, etc. Provide technical support to further strengthen VPD surveillance system so that it can meet the standards needed for those VPDs targeted either for eradication or elimination. Liaise with donors and funding agencies to seek support for the Timor Leste Immunization program, and WHO's support to that program. Maintain regular contact with donors and funding agencies and explore potential interest from additional agencies. Prepare and/or assist the government in preparing funding proposals as required. Support to submit NCE proposals and action plan to GAVI for post-transition grant and provide technical assistance to implement activities identified in GAVI HSS project to achieve its goals. To provide technical assistance on a day to day basis on issues pertaining to immunization, VPD surveillance, vaccines and cold chain etc. Any other duties assigned by the supervisors.



    Essential: Medical Degree with post graduate degree in Public Health or Medicine or epidemiology
    Desirable: Post graduate or doctoral degree in public health or paediatrics in the field related to immunization


    Essential: Atleast seven (7) years of progressive experience in the management of public health programs especially immunization, vaccine preventable disease surveillance programs with demonstrated exposure at international level.
    Desirable: Experience in GAVI supported programme implementation especially at country level. Experience with disease surveillance, laboratory coordination and outbreak investigations. Knowledge of the UN and RC system would be an advantage.


    Excellent organizational and analytical skills complemented by sound interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural environment. Demonstrated ability to act independently and exercise sound judgement. Proven ability to work closely in harmony with government and international officials at all levels. Excellent management skills. Demonstrable technical knowledge and expertise of all aspects of immunization, including surveillance. Knowledge and understanding of current public health issues, disease epidemiology and control. Willingness to travel domestically and internationally. Desirable: Good knowledge of WHO/UN administrative and financial rules, processes and procedures including donor reporting.

    WHO Competencies

    Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    Producing results
    Ensuring the effective use of resources

    Use of Language Skills

    Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


    WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 77,326 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3009 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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