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Technical Officer (Response)

Multiple locations (Various)


The general objective of the Polio Eradication Programme is to support national authorities to eradicate poliomyelitis, both\: wild or vaccine derived. Specifically, the objectives are timely detection and interruption of poliovirus transmission, strengthening immunization systems, laboratory containment of polioviruses, certification of poliomyelitis eradication, legacy planning and transitioning of polio assets for other public health interventions.


The incumbent is expected to perform specific tasks which include\:Provide technical support to countries, using the recent Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines to build capacity for adequate responses to polioviruses (WPVs, VDPVs and cVDPVs) outbreaks;Technically assist countries in updating guidelines for further improving the quality of planned polio SIAs to boost population immunity;Provide technical support to countries to strengthen preparations for polio campaigns such as micro-planning, training etc.;Contribute todetermining, annually, the number and geographical scope of polio SIAs in the African Region based on risk assessment;Follow up with countries and AFRO on timely availability of polio SIAs and outbreak response funds;Provide guidance with forecasting the vaccine requirements for the planned polio SIAs and outbreak responses;Participate in prioritized polio outbreak responses and polio SIAs in selected countries;Use monitoring data such as independent monitoring and lot quality assurance surveys (LQAS) to advise ISTs and WHO Country Offices on how to improve quality of subsequent rounds / responses;Supportin compiling technical support needs to improve the quality of rounds in priority countries;Perform any other activities as required by the IST Polio/EPI Team Leads and AFRO Polio Eradication Programme Coordinator.



Essential\: Essential\: Health sciences degree with a post graduate degree in public health from a recognized university with formal training in communicable disease control. 


Essential\: At least seven years of experience in public health services delivery with demonstrable experience in the control of vaccine preventable diseases, particularly polio eradication.


Ability to travel extensively, including to some difficult places, within a short notice;Analytical and presentational skills;Ability to work effectively with colleagues at different levels of the organization; Formal training in any of the following, principles of epidemiology, communication, vaccinology and logistics;Proven skills in organizing and providing training programs for public health workers; and staff managementField experience in polio eradication, coordinating outbreak responses in countries, immunization, vaccinology and disease control; International experience in polio eradication with WHO in Africa and developing countries.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Fluent knowledge of English or French ; and working knowledge of the either (Language depends on duty station).


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 71,332 (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 1979 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.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • 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\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations (Various)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2018-10-01

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