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NPO - Surveillance

Lilongwe (Malawi)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Lilongwe (Malawi)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-23

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The incumbent will report to the Team Leader of the FRH Cluster under the general guidance of the Head of the WHO country office. Within the delegated authority and in collaboration with other specialists at HQs and in other offices the officer will undertake independently under broad guidance of the supervisor, Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization programmes in the country including establishing /maintaining good relations with national counterparts, multiple stakeholders from professional agencies to United Nations agencies, from development banks and other donors and funding agencies to establish collaborative and consultative models of policy dialogue and resource mobilization for projects.


The incumbent will have the following assigned responsibilities/duties :Provide Technical support to the MOH in developing, implementing and evaluating national immunization programme (NIP) strategies at national and local levels in updating and adapting relevant guidelines, materials and tools, and in performing training needs assessments, organizing and implementing training activities;Support the Ministry of Health or other health related interlocutors in the country in planning and organizing vaccination campaignsSupport the Programme Coordinator, Immunization in implementing projects on vaccinations, including support to oblasts in capacity-building activities;Develop joint actions with MOH counterparts, such as working groups, roundtables, meetings to facilitate the NIP and VPI project implementation process at national and oblast levels, with emphasis on documenting experience for later review;Liaise with professional and general service staff on unit activities, follow-up on administrative actions, programme /project reviews to ensure timely implementation;Provide Liaison between the Programme Coordinator, counterparts and other WHO country offices on activities, facilitating partnership and coordination between the Ministry of Health and partners involved in the NIP;Facilitate smooth information flow of activities between MOH, NIP and other involved institutions and partners (UNICEF particularly) through sharing of reports, meetings etc;Advise on national policy and guidelines in the area of immunization in line with WHO recommendations;Draft/write regular reports and provide updates to the Programme Coordinator, WHO Representative and to the WHO Regional Office;Provide assistance in other areas of immunization programme support as needed;Conduct any other duties as assigned by the supervisors.



Essential: University degree in medicine, post graduate specialty in vaccinology or immunisation at Masters level or above from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Advanced degree in Medicine/Public Health.


Essential: At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in health developing capacity and policies linked to high quality immunisation, maternal, newborn, and reproductive health care programmes. Within this experience, demonstrated professional experience working at the country level providing technical advice and services to national counterparts, Ministry of Health, and other external partners on reproductive health programmes. Experience managing diverse teams.
Desirable: Relevant work experience with WHO and/or UN agencies, health cluster partners; experience working in relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations.


1. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.2. Excellent knowledge of Maternal, newborn and child health care systems and safety regulations.3. Proven knowledge of technical aspects in the field of specialty.4. Public speaking techniques.5. Excellent drafting and communication skills.6. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.7. Team leadership, team spirit and time management skills.

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. Expert knowledge of Local Language.
Desirable: Beginners knowledge of French.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at MWK 29,808,000 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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: 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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