Job Description

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME The objectives of WHO's emergency programme are to Design and implement programmes that prepare the Health Sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team are to support Member States by: 1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services; 2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency; 3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled; 4) Revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.


The incumbent will perform the following duties:1) Evaluates and analyses the progress of immunisation activities, including developing various technical reports and documentation, achieving results such as: --> Regular Analysis of collected data and reports, identifying gaps, recommending corrective measures and providing feedback to the respective partners and sites.--> Preparation of regular report to reflect activities conducted, progress made, constraints faced and recommendations for way forward. Reviewing and updating of locality micro plans for improving the Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) routine coverage in designated area.2) Monitors and coordinates the implementation of planned activities, campaigns and field action, achieving results such as:--> Implementation of mechanisms for sample collection and transportation following standards and regulations, for Data Collection and entry, and for regular analysis of collected data.--> Monitoring the implementation of vaccine and equipment supply plans in terms of continuous availability, proper transportation and storage as well as timely distribution. --> Regular visits to sentinel sites using standard checklists, ensuring systematic communication exchange and enabling implementation of activities as per agreed upon network Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).--> Facilitation to MOH in various activities, which depending on the designated area, may include any of the following technical specificities, e.g. implementation of national approaches to achieve the national targets of routine immunization coverage; efficient functionality of the Cold Chain at all levels including development and implementation of repair, maintenance, replacement and expansion plan of the cold chain, etc.. Manages training activities to strengthen capacity at various levels, achieving results such as:--> Identification of training and Capacity Building needs for respective target audiences and development of comprehensive and competency-based training plans for capacity building.--> Preparation of training material tailored to the specific needs. --> Organisation and delivery of an array of training activities to various target groups, this may include any of the following: --> Training on district micro planning, --> Training of provincial-level staff on SIAs activities --> On-going training for the EPI staff--> Build capacity of NEPI and Basic Package for Health Services (BPHS) implementing partners' intermediate and service level staff in accurate forecasting, maintaining stock records, inventory control, and reporting systems to minimize stock outs or overstocking of vaccines/supplies, and reduce wastage. --> Assessment of impact of training and capacity building activities.



Essential: University degree in medicine is required Desirable: Training in epidemiology of Communicable Diseases


Essential: At least 2 years of relevant experience in communicable diseases prevention and control, immunization programme, vaccine preventable diseases surveillance and Data Management. Desirable:


1. Broad knowledge in Immunization and surveillance systems delivery.2. Understanding Immunization Issues, constraints and opportunities in introduction of new vaccines in the Country Office.3. Sound knowledge of country level situations with regard to Polio and vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programmes, their development and management with good understanding of relevant country needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO's policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in the related areas and ability to apply them in the country office setting.Excellent knowledge of disease burden and surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases.Ability to analyse polio and immunization program data, to identify issues and make evidence-based conclusions and recommendation.Ability to structure and articulate complex technical issues.Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills by working harmoniously as a member of a team and maintaining a high standard of tact and patience.8. Good knowledge of WHO's procedures and policies is highly desirable.

WHO Competencies

Communication Producing results Teamwork Ensuring the effective use of resources Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Arabic. Desirable:


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 41,349 (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.

  • For information on WHO's operations please visit:

  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

  • 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 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.

Apply Now