EBOLA OUTBREAK RESPONSE AND HEALTH SYSTEMS RECOVERY - EPIDEMIOLOGIST - IDSR COORDINATION

Freetown | SierraLeone

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The unprecedented Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone (May 2014 - present), as in the other two neighboring Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, has been attributed largely to what has been referred to as a "weak" health system. In this regard, the Government's (MOHS) is in the process of finalizing its recovery-resilience multi-year plan. A multi-sectoral recovery 6 - 9 month plan has been developed as well as a more long term plan with coordination cascaded from the President's office. As Sierra Leone continues to focus on getting to zero, revitalization of essential safe health services has become the Government's policy priority. As part development of the multi-year health recovery pan, the 2010 Basic Package for Essential Health Services (BPEHS) was revised for delivery of an integrated quality health care. In the context of presidential 6-9month 2015 recovery plan, the first phase of BPEHS will be implemented.Revitalisation of Essential Health Services over and above provision of requisite inputs such as medical supplies, critical human resource, equipment, etc. will require capacity building to build community trust in the health system, updating of life-saving skills, patient and health worker safety, enhancing surveillance, etc.Effective long-term health recovery plan requires strengthening of health systems and existing co-ordination mechanism as per the International Health Partnership (IHP+) country compact, establishment of functional management arrangements. Established country compact coordination mechanisms have been revitalized through development of the health recovery plan, but their effective functionality require evidence-based guidelines, operations procedures, proactive facilitation. WHO being part of the IHP+ secretariat.WHO Country Office is expected to technically contribute towards and support the implementation of this work and plans and the restoration of essential health services. Preparatory work for the plan implementation is being concluded in tandem with initiation of critical activities. Description of duties: Under the guidance of the WHO Representative (WR) or his representative and under the direct supervision of the EVD and Health Security and Emergencies Coordinator, the incumbent will be the WHO country office focal point for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and Public Health Emergency Management in the WHO Sierra Leone Country Office. The incumbent will coordinate the development/updating of strategies, norms, standards and tools for disease prevention and control, as well as for disaster preparedness and response for use in the country. He/She will work in close collaboration with other units, within the Country Office and across the organization and partners, in coordinating the development of a detailed work plan and budget for WHO operations. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the approved activities and to ensure alignment of purpose between Headquarters, the Regional Office, including the Inter-country teams and the WHO Country Offices on matters related to Disease Surveillance and Response; IHR (2005) and Disaster Preparedness and Response in the Country Office. The incumbent will also be responsible to ensure monitoring, reporting, performance assessment and evaluation of the work plans, to achieve the targets within the agreed budget and monitoring the availability and flow of financial resources and ensure proper communication with relevant clusters/Units/Offices across the Organization. Summary of Assigned Duties:Under the direct supervision of the Technical Co-ordinator and guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will oversee the Country Programme areas of disease surveillance and response and disaster preparedness and response. The specific duties will be to:1) Oversee the development and implementation of strategies, norms, standards and tools as well as planning, monitoring and evaluation related to IDSR and Disaster Preparedness and Response program areas in the country.2) Coordinate the Country Office support to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in the program areas under his/her responsibility, in order to ensure sound technical support for planning, programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.3) Build strong partnerships for the implementation of harmonized collaboration among all stakeholders supporting IDSR implementation in Sierra Leone. 4) Organize advocacy and promotion of country level activities for Disease Surveillance and Response and Disaster Preparedness and Response in the country.5) Promote research activities on Disease Surveillance and Response and Disaster Preparedness and Response in the country. 6) Contribute as a member of the Country Office management team to the strategic thinking, planning, monitoring and evaluation of the country objectives. 7) Advise the WHO Country Office on issues related to Disease Surveillance and Response; Prevention and Control of Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases and Disaster Preparedness and Response in the Country. 8)Represent the country office at national and international meetings and fora related to Disease Surveillance and Response and Disaster Preparedness and Response9) Undertake other duties as requested by the WHO Representative. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.EssentialA first university degree in Medicine with an advanced University degree in EpidemiologyDesirableAdvanced University Degree of Public Health or equivalent, or Advanced training in Management. Skills: Functional Knowledge and Skills-Extensive Management experience and communication skills including ability to negotiate with National and international authorities and partners.-Detailed knowledge of WHO procedures and practices including close familiarity with the work of the country office and Regional Office, -Ability to exercise leadership and to work effectively with colleagues at national and international levels.-Proven ability to plan, execute, supervise and manage a large national health programme.-Ability to work in a multicultural environment.-Ability to work under pressure.Competencies: Producing resultsEnsuring the effective use of resourcesBuilding and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyondCommunication in a credible and effective wayFostering integration and team workPromoting WHO's position in Health Leadership Experience: EssentialAt least seven (7) years public health experience at national or international level in planning, monitoring and implementation of disease prevention and control programme, of which five (5) years in developing countries Languages: Excellent knowledge of English is a mustKnowledge of the other UN approved languages is advantageous Additional Information: Only those applicants who are considered for deployment against a specific position will be contacted. As reference checks will be made through your current and previous employers at the point of shortlisting, please ensure that they are informed of the urgency to provide rapid feedback. Please ensure that you indicate their e-mail address when completing your personal history form.Prior to deployment candidates must:1. hold a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate2. complete the online UNDSS Basic II Security in the Field Training which is accessible through https://training.dss.un.org/courses/v21/pages/dss_login_register.php3. provide all copies of degrees/diplomas indicated in their personal history form (PHF).Candidates contracted against this vacancy notice will comprise a mobile workforce and may be deployed to any location within the assigned country, based on the needs of that country. They may also be redeployed to another location during the course of their assignment. Annual salary: (Net of tax)USD 68 294,- at single rate Post Adjustment: 56.6 % 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. Post Adjustment: 56.6 % 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. Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. WHO is committed to workforce diversity. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Freetown | SierraLeone
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Ebola
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Ebola
  • Closing Date: 2015-09-15

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