World Health Organization (WHO)

Technical Officer (Special Services Agreement)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), to actively support the development and implementation of national health policies, strategies and plans aiming at promoting access to and utilization of affordable and quality health services and improving the financial protection against health-related risks.

The Country Office contributes to providing Technical Support in developing national policies, strategies and activities in the area of health systems strengthening including, (i) advocating for Universal Health Coverage and building up national capacity in UHC-related matters (ii) facilitating the adoption of evidence -based public health interventions as well as appropriate reforms/changes with a view to promote equity and accelerate the movement towards universal health coverage.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO All the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region (SEAR) share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

WHO’s mandate revolves around six (6) leadership priorities specifying (i) advancing universal health coverage (ii) health related sustainable development goals (iii) addressing the challenge of non-Communicable Diseases and mental health, violence and injuries and disabilities (iv) implementing the provisions of the International Health Regulations (2005) (v) increasing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products (vi) addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.

The South – East Asia Region of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, with India’s population of 1.3 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems as well as of the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India In the context of the General Programme of Work and within the framework of the WHO Country Cooperation Strategy, the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.

In pursuit of the above goals, the National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) of WCO-India was launched in 1997 to work closely with the Union and State governments to support polio eradication activities in India. Following eradication of polio from India in 2011 and certification of WHO SEAR as polio-free in March 2014, NPSP continues to support the government in implementation of the Polio Eradication and End Game Strategic Plan (2019-23).

Further, NPSP has transitioned to the National Public Health Surveillance Project by broadening its scope of work and is providing support for the intensification of routine immunization as a part of the overall health system strengthening, supporting the goal of measles elimination and rubella control, introduction of new vaccines, and addressing other public health priorities in consultation with the Government of India.

Description of Duties: Under the overall guidance of Deputy Team Leader (NPSP) and direct supervision of National Professional Officer (Immunization Intensification) with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India work plans in accordance with the WHO’s country cooperation strategy with India, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities in her/his assigned area of work: The position would work under the guidance and report to the National Professional Officer (Immunization Intensification), WHO with technical inputs from Advisor (RCH) and Joint Commissioner (UIP), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), GoI. The appraisals and other administrative approvals such as leave will be carried out by the National Professional Officer (Immunization Intensification) with inputs from Advisor (RCH) and the Joint Commissioner (UIP ) GoI.

  1. Collect, compile and analyze routine and supplementary immunization coverage and monitoring data and provide feedback to senior officials in MoHFW for appropriate interventions at national and sub national levels.
  2. Assist MoHFW with planning and implementation of immunization campaigns such as ‘Mission Indradhanush’ for periodic intensification of routine immunization and catch up immunization activities.
  3. Provide technical assistance to MoHFW for implementation of activities related to polio eradication & end game strategic plan 2019-2023.
  4. Follow up with states for annual revision of Emergency preparedness response plans (EPRP) for polio eradication.
  5. Assist MoHFW with immunization program reviews for different states of the country.
  6. Provide assistance to MoHFW for introduction of new and under-utilized vaccines.
  7. Assist the priority states in preparation and review of project implementation plan (PIP) under National Health Mission and thereafter monitor the implementation status of the program implementation plans.
  8. Assist MoHFW in establishing monitoring and review mechanisms related to status of vaccine stock out, Cold Chain logistics and trainings.
  9. Ensure exchange of appropriate information on monitoring and program performance among all partners and other stakeholders.
  10. Support MoHFW in documenting the minutes of strategic meetings and subsequently follow up on action points.
  11. Undertake field visits to monitor planning and implementation of immunization program; and
  12. Undertake any other activities/tasks as assigned by the supervisor(s).

Education: Essential: University degree in Medicine (MCI/State Medical Council registration essential) Desirable: Post graduation in community medicine/preventive & social medicine/public health/pediatrics/ other allied fields.

WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from accredited institutions. The list can be accessed through this link: Competencies: • Teamwork • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences • Communication • Producing results • Moving Forward in Changing Environment • Ensuring the Effective Use of Resources Additional Information: Monthly remuneration is INR 180,759 taxable as per Indian laws and the appointment will be through Special Services Agreement (SSA) extendable subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the function. S/he could be posted anywhere in India as per the project needs.

Technical Officer is a national of the country (India) in which he/she is to serve, is recruited locally and is not subject to assignment to any official station outside the home country. Only Indian Nationals should apply.

The incumbent should contribute to ensuring high professional, ethical, and institutional standards of the Organization. S/he should also meet professional conduct expectations, and basic universal norms of honesty, integrity, loyalty, and lawful behavior. This includes compliance with the above, including ability to: perform within existing organizational structures and governance; adhere to WHO's processes; demonstrate gender and cultural sensitivity; demonstrate respectful and constructive interpersonal communication; perform as a team player; and demonstrate due diligence.

Functional Skills and Knowledge: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and working knowledge of local language will be an asset.

Experience: Essential: At least five years of professional experience in public health programmes in the area of immunization, epidemiology and control of communicable diseases.

Desirable: Experience in public health/Program Management and/or experience of working in the polio eradication / routine immunization programme. Experience of work in WHO/UN/international organization or Multi National Company (MNC)/reputed Indian company/non-government organization (NGO) will be added advantage.

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