Roster for Data Monitoring & Epidemiology Officer, Honiara, Solomon Islands At WHO – World Health Organization


Closing date: Monday, 2 October 2023

Roster for Data Monitoring & Epidemiology Officer (P-3), Fixed-Term, (Solomon Islands & Micronesia)

( 2308193 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 2 years

Job Posting: Sep 10, 2023, 11:51:41 PM

The goal of WHO’s presence in countries, territories and areas is to develop a two-way collaboration between the Secretariat and countries, territories and areas, by supporting them to reach national health goals and contribute to global and regional public health action. The HWO in countries, territories and areas, supported by all levels of the Secretariat, lead the work of the WHO offices which are the main platform for delivering WHO’s technical cooperation.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Under the guidance of the Country Representative and in close collaboration with the Team Lead, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  •  Assist in developing appropriate tools and indictors for monitoring implementation of programmes on surveillance and response for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases;
  •  Contribute to the development of an early warning and response system for epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases;
  •  Collect and verify information on reported outbreaks or rumors from emerging and reemerging infectious diseases;
  •  Maintain and adapt an event management system database of reported outbreaks and public health events and document all steps taken in the verification and response process
  •  Undertake monitoring and evaluation of risk assessments based on incoming epidemic intelligence and verification of information, and brief the responsible officials on a periodical basis on the evolving health situation;
  •  Conduct retrospective analysis of reported events: determine trends, distribution patterns, and efficiency of the verification mechanism;
  •  Prepare and disseminate disease outbreak news, updates and assessments to key decision makers in the organizational hierarchy;
  •  Organize training courses for health care workers on field investigation, surveillance and response to outbreaks;
  •  Organize technical missions for field investigation of outbreaks as required;
  •  Participate in the development of rapid field assessment, risk assessment and investigation protocols for specific priority diseases, as required;
  •  Participate in the elaboration of guidelines for epidemic control;
  •  Disseminate technical documents, guidelines and protocols on prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases to the national health authorities;
  •  Build and maintain effective partnerships with relevant bodies, agencies and sectors in order to facilitate implementation of public health policies and programmes for emerging and remerging infectious diseases;
  •  Perform all other related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential :A first level university degree in epidemiology, medicine and/or public health; specialization in epidemiology

Desirable : An advanced university degree in one of the above mentioned areas

Experience

Essential : At least 5 years of experience working in epidemiology, conducting monitoring and evaluation of diseases and public health issues.

Desirable : Relevant international experience in the areas of outbreak investigation and response for emerging and re-emerging diseases

Skills

Demonstrated knowledge, competency and professional skills on the public health aspects of infectious disease control, and the use of monitoring and evaluation of descriptive epidemiology and principles of public health in communicable disease surveillance and response. Ability to write reports on outbreaks and interpret epidemiological surveillance and response. Demonstrable skills in the use of epidemiological and statistical software.

WHO Competencies

  •  T eamwork
  •  Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  •  Communication
  •  Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  •  Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential : Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable : Intermediate knowledge of French.

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 64,121 (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. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  •  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: http://www.whed.net/ . 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.
  •  For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
  •  WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  •  WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put 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.
  •  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.

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