Surveillance & Immunization Medical Officers- Immunization & Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance
Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)
Objective of the programme
The WHO Bangladesh Country Office in Dhaka serves 64 districts and 12 City Corporations having over 164 million population with a combined annual birth cohort of nearly 3.2 million infants. Immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions and all districts in the country give high importance to their national immunization programmes (NIP).
The objective of the programme is to promote and support WCO Bangladesh in strengthening surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and in improving immunization performance, including introduction of new vaccines and accelerated control of vaccine preventable diseases. Selected candidates will be assisting in developing and improving the national and sub-national immunization plans and in promoting the capacity for sustainable improvement in alignment with the objectives and goals of the National EPI and WCO Bangladesh. If required, the candidate will be responsible to support the humanitarian sector (health emergencies).
Note: The following are generic descriptions of duties developed for a roster of Surveillance and Immunization Medical Officers (SIMO). The actual Terms of Reference (TOR) for the contract for selected SIMO is based on the specific requirements of the position.
Description of duties:
Surveillance and Immunization Medical Officer (SIMO) is a district-based position holding Special Services Agreement . SIMO(s) will be expected to provide technical assistance at the District and Sub district level as follows or as per contractual TOR:
- Guide district health authorities in planning and implementation of vaccine preventable diseases control activities and expanded programme on immunization as per WHO quality standards and best practices;
- Provide technical assistance for capacity building of district and sub districts level health staff to ensure quality implementation of vaccine preventable diseases control activities;
- Monitor the quality of polio eradication activities including Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance and any supplementary immunization campaigns and to ensure any importation of wild Polio virus is timely notified and contained and advise on corrective actions;
- Monitor the quality of measles elimination and rubella control activities including surveillance of suspected measles cases, identity areas with low immunization coverage and susceptibility to measles and rubella outbreaks and initiate appropriate immunization response.
- Advise district health staff in establishment of integrated vaccine preventable diseases surveillance activities;
- Develop capacity of district health staff to collect timely and complete data on programme performance and data analysis to ensure timely corrective action;
- Guide and assist mid-level managers in the appropriate response to vaccine preventable diseases outbreaks, including further investigation, disease control, and feedback to all levels involved in data collection;
- Provide technical assistance in the education and social mobilization of health and family planning officials, NGO and lay persons regarding accelerated vaccine preventable disease control activities and new vaccine introduction. Undertake extensive travel, including travel to remote communities, to assist EPI programme monitoring and surveillance activities;
- Provide technical assistance to district health authorities in planning, implementation and monitoring of immunization and other child health related activities including implementation and concurrent monitoring at vaccination sites, cold chain vaccine storage points , house to house visits , NGO run health posts, PHCs other health facilities, training sites;
- Provide technical support to district health authorities during emergency situations like flood, cyclones and other natural disasters and disease outbreaks in planning and monitoring of health relief activities in affected areas and for investigation of emerging diseases outbreaks including need-based assessments of facilities;
- Work within the norms of WHO regulations maintaining a cooperative relationship with all concerned;
- Complete all mandatory trainings, submit monthly activity report to the supervisor;
- Perform any other related duties as assigned.by supervisor
Essential: Medical Doctor (MBBS).
Desirable: Master of Public Health or equivalent post graduate degree in Public Health / Community and Social Medicine / Child Health.
Essential: At least five years’ relevant professional experience in any public health program such as disease surveillance, immunization, outbreak response;
- More than one year experience of working in health emergencies such as Rohingya crisis in Cox’s Bazar
- Experience of implementing/monitoring disease surveillance or immunization programs at national/ Divisional/ District / CC or Refugee response level
- Experience in field assessments and analyzing relevant data and producing relevant reports with time-bound recommendations.
Additional Functional Knowledge and Skills:
Functional Knowledge and Skills:
- Knowledge of principles of public health and health systems, immunization services, management, monitoring and evaluation.
- Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, with the ability to clearly and concisely communicate complex issues.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in government and beyond, including other development agencies.
- Skills in training and facilitation
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Producing Results
- Moving forward in a changing environment
Languages: Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and Bangla.
Computer Literacy: Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Power point
WHO offers locally competitive packages such as:
- Monthly salary: BDT 144,044.00 (SSA – 8, Step I)
- Health Insurance; Accident and illness insurance;
- Annual Leave (18 days per year); Sick leave (12 days per year)
- Applicable holidays as per WHO rules
- This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.
- A written test and interview may be used to screen applicants.
- Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
- A written test or a presentation using computer followed by an interview will be held only for qualifying candidates.
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 will require individual review.
- Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to availability of fund and performance.
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- WHO's workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.
- WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
- This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.
- This vacancy is open to Bangladeshi Nationals (all genders) only.
- Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
- Any attempt to unduly influence on WHO’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.