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Public health Specialist (epidemiology)


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


The incumbent will enhance national capacity in overall disease prevention and control by collaborating on the development and implementation of national, public health Programmes and strategies on surveillance and response which may include emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. This may also serve to strengthen early detection, verification and rapid response to epidemics and other public health events of national or international concern.


The incumbent will perform all, or part of the following, and other related responsibilities as required by the needs of the office.1. Advance coordination with all technical focal points at regional and headquarters levels, under the guidance of the head of the WHO country office.2. Provide authoritative advice to national public health authorities and lead the epidemiological work of the country office that under pins policy formulation.Support relevant teams on building core capacities for surveillance, early detection, verification and rapid response to epidemics and other public health events of international concern, as required in the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005.Ensure that the WHO Country Office has access to all relevant existing country-specific health-related data. This includes national and subnational datasets, such as demographics of populations affected by specific diseases (relevant age,gender, etc.) and time trends. Analyze such data sets to provide additional insights on the country's health context and epidemiological situation.Serve as focalperson for all internal and external requests related to country-specific data.As needed, ensure government agreement for the use and dissemination of such data. Assist the government and relevant institutions on the enhancement of national capacities in epidemic and disease-trends' forecasting and detection systems, including epidemiology and laboratory surveillance for monitoring and evaluating the core surveillance and real-time analysis of outbreak intelligence data.Lead and coordinate the development of training courses for public health professionals on epidemiological surveillance, outbreak investigation, and/or the improvement of related data management.Oversee the WHO Office's support to the government in conducting field investigations of public health events. when required by the specific country or health situation.Collaborate with Health Emergency teams to promote WHO's position and successfully influence national health authorities to develop infection prevention and control programmes in health care facilities, including (where and when required) focusing on preparedness and response to epidemics and pandemics. Participate, as needed, in risk assessments for unusual health events. Collaborate with relevant authorities on the development and maintenance of a national system or comprehensive data collection and trend analysis of public health events.Play a lead role in the analysis, interpretation, and knowledge building of surveillance data (including virological data) through WHO and peer-reviewed publications and media.Encourage collaboration and develop innovative advocacy initiatives and project proposals for joint action and resource mobilization to augment national, operational responses to public health events. Act as the mainliais on between government and WHO (all levels) on country-specific data gathering and dissemination of WHO-generated data and data analysis. Perform other activities as required by WHO Representative.



Essential: Advanced university degree (Master's level) in epidemiology, public health, medical or other studies in a field directly related to the position.Post-graduate training in epidemiology (EPIET) or similar programme
Desirable: Specialized training in public health would be an asset with a focus on monitoring impact of public health interventions


Essential: A minimum of seven (7) yearsof work experience relevant to the position (in epidemiology including developing and/or implementing Programmes, policies, and guidelines as well as monitoring and evaluation of diseases and public health issues), with some of it obtained in an international context. Part of this must have been in a developing country context
Desirable: Experience in public-health responses in complex emergency and humanitarian crisis situations Experience in WHO or within the UN system with an understanding of its mandate, goals, and procedures


Demonstrated knowledge and professional skills in the development and implementation of public health surveillance systems.Seasoned expertise in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological and event-based surveillance data. Strong ability to process, analyse and interpret epidemiological and event-based surveillance data. Expertise in providing technical support/guidance for a rapid, public-health response topublic-health events.Experience in data analysis and interpretation related to epidemics/pandemics.Knowledge of the communicable and non-communicable disease profile of the country. Demonstrated training skills (developing and conducting training).Ability to lead and coordinate multidisciplinary teams, projects, and programmes. Demonstrated skills to develop public-health guidelines

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Producing results

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 3873 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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