World Health Organization (WHO)

Medical Officer (New Vaccines Introductions)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description


The Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Programme is part of and contributes to the work of the Universal Health Coverage/Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases (UHC/UCN) cluster in the WHO African region. The strategic agenda ofthe cluster is to reduce disease burden in the WHO African Region, by guiding Disease Control agenda in Africa, and using analytics to inform strategic investments and tailored interventions for disease control. This approach is underpinned by the guiding principles of comprehensive whole of society, people-centered, integrated approaches to disease control. The comprehensive whole of society approaches to disease control involves: (a) coherent implementation of triple response - technical response: implementing diseases specific normative guidance, promoting intervention mixes and deploying medical commodities; healthsystems response: building capacities of district service delivery systems in disease Mapping and stratification, interventions tailoring, and sector/subsector planning; and multi-sectoralresponse: addressing socio-economic and environmental determinants of diseases through mobilizing non-health sectors, communities and stakeholders;(b) disease control partnership of publicand private sectors, health and non-health sectors; and (c) community involvement in targeted high risk communities, focused on managing determinants of diseases, health services demand creation and accountability by local health stewards. The people centered, integrated approaches to disease control involves: (a) integrated guidance on disease control for each health service delivery platform, a move away from stand-alone disease specific guidance; and (b) integrated and efficient disease control investments in strengthening thecapacity of appropriate health services delivery platforms through deployment of appropriate technologiesand analytics to guide stratification of disease risks across population groupsto develop and deploy comprehensivepackages of interventions appropriate to each targeted population groupand health service delivery platform, as well as monitor population access, coverage and impact to leave no one behind.The specific objectives of the UCN cluster to which the VPD programme contributes, are to: (i) provide leadership on disease control Coordination, partnership and resource mobilization; (ii) contribute to the development of WHO diseasecontrol technical products, services and tools including adoption of new technologies and innovations; (iii) support generation and use of strategicinformation for action and decision making including optimizing investment; and (iv) provide or facilitate provision of Technical Support in deployment of WHO technical products and services and institutional Capacity Building, including support to national disease programmes and regulatory authorities.


The incumbent will be expected to perform the following duties:Develop and update norms and standards related to new vaccines, with attention to information-sharing, education, and communication, toward a good understanding of their benefits and acceptance by communities, health workers and families;Provide expertise and develop/revise guidelines and proactively facilitate their implementation to enable best M&E practices; Develop and implement capacity building for the identification of adverse events to align strategies;Coordinate the provision of guidance and technical support to countries in:determining and setting policies for the introduction of new vaccines and related technologies, including strengthening country capacity to assess the burden of preventable diseases, developing and implementing harmonized protocols to facilitate policy decisions and organize regional training on new vaccine introduction;in the submission of applications to GAVI to receive financial support (for GAVI eligible countries), planning, vaccine forecast, country readiness, assessment on logistics, training of immunization staff at all levels, advocacy, development of key messages for social mobilization, launching of the vaccines and evaluation of the introductions;Development of partnerships with maternal, child and adolescent health departments (within WHO and other organizations) to tackle vaccine preventable diseases in addition to other interventions, e.g.Pneumonia, diarrhoea, liver cancer, cervical cancer; and in providing support to countries for the integration of adolescent health interventions with HPV vaccination which target 9-14 year old girlsSupport the coordination and monitoring of the RTSS, Malaria Vaccine roll-out, Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine and other new vaccines as may arise. Supportthe development of related work-plans and budgetary proposals as required within the framework of WHO staff Rules and Regulations; financial rules and AFRO accepted procedures;Provide leadership and manage the staff under his/her responsibility; ensure their performance, continuous development and engagement, promoting a culture of working across boundaries, and integrity in accordance with the Organization's policies, rules, procedures, and values;Contribute to resource mobilization forthe Cluster's programmes, in collaboration with EPG, ORD and WCOSs;Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.



Essential: Medical degree with post-graduate degree/training in public health, epidemiology or infectious or communicable diseases.
Desirable: Post-graduate training in vaccinology, immunology.


Essential: A minimum of 7 years of practical national and international experience in new vaccines introduction, vaccine logistics management and related activities;Experience in project management, Analysis and development of capacity building tools and databases for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
Desirable: Diverse work experience incorporating private sector, NGOs, other UN, or governmental Health related agencies will be an advantage..


Demonstrated knowledge of the introduction of new vaccines projectsProven ability to think independently and strategically, plan, coordinate and implement strategies, activities, and capacity building together with monitoring and reporting on results, progress, lessons learnt and obstacles;Proven skills in the surveillance of adverse events complemented by track record in the development and implementation of norms and standards and effective reporting mechanisms and systems, and M&E;Demonstrated ability to strengthen partnerships and resource mobilization;Proven writing and communication skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.


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 3267 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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