WHO is Hiring a Technical Officer to End Polio! Apply Now for this Exciting Opportunity!
Technical Officer (Polio Endgame) – (2400230)
Contract Duration: Two years
Job Posting: Jan 22, 2024, 3:50:26 PM
Closing Date: Feb 13, 2024, 4:29:00 AM
Primary Location: India-New Delhi
Organization: SE/IVD Immunization and Vaccine Development
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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME: To contribute to the prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), with special focus on polio eradication/endgame, measles elimination, neonatal tetanus elimination, and rubella control. To establish sustainable systems for (a) ensuring access to immunization against diseases of major public health importance; and (b) integrating vaccine preventable disease surveillance. To promote vaccine quality assurance from production through delivery, including the development of new and underutilized vaccines.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: Under the overall guidance of Coordinator (IVD) and direct supervision of the Regional Advisor (Accelerated Disease Control), the incumbent will provide
technical support to Member States by performing the following duties:
- Review the current status of the four objectives of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategy 2013-2018 in SEAR countries and support implementation of specific actions to achieve the objectives, with a specific focus on objective 4 that relates to transition planning.
- Review progress of transition planning in the five priority countries in SEAR and evaluate against the Polio Transition Planning Guidelines issued by the Transition Management Group (TMG) at WHO-HQ.
- Support the finalization and implementation of country-specific transition plans, including a plan for the regional office, as per the GPEI Polio Transition Planning Guidelines.
- Support the implementation of all critical activities in the transition planning process, including asset mapping and the development of communication and resource mobilization strategies.
- Facilitate stakeholder agreement on final transition strategies and the execution of the transition plans.
- Ensure that the knowledge generated and lessons learned from polio eradication activities are documented and shared for the benefit of other health initiatives.
- Provide guidance for cross-border collaboration among SEAR countries and with other regions on surveillance and implementation of the polio eradication activities.
- Provide support to Member States for maintenance of polio-free status and expansion of surveillance of other vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Other tasks as assigned by the supervisors.
Experience: Essential: At least seven (7) years’ of experience in the area of immunization with at least 4 years of international exposure Desirable: Experience of supporting control/elimination activities for vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs); including planning, implementation & monitoring response to large VPD outbreaks
Skills: Expertise in planning and evaluation of public health programmes, including experience in vaccine preventable disease control and immunization
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Producing results
- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Use of Language Skills: Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: [Additional language skills, if any.]
REMUNERATION: 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 2507 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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- Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
- A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment 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: World Higher Education Database (WHED). Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
- According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
- 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.
- The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.
- The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its staff. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to [email protected].
- An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to putting the WHO Values Charter into practice.
- WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment, and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment, and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment, or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
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- WHO also offers a wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.
- The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65 years. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.
- Please note that WHO’s contracts are conditional on members of the workforce confirming that they are vaccinated as required by WHO before undertaking a WHO assignment, except where a medical condition does not allow such vaccination, as certified by the WHO Staff Health and Wellbeing Services (SHW). The successful candidate will be asked to provide relevant evidence related to this condition. A copy of the updated vaccination card must be shared with WHO medical service in the medical clearance process. Please note that certain countries require proof of specific vaccinations for entry or exit. For example, official proof/certification of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter many countries. Country-specific vaccine recommendations can be found on the WHO international travel and Staff Health and Wellbeing website. For vaccination-related queries please directly contact SHW directly at [email protected].
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