Surveillance & Immunization Medical Officer (Roster), Bangladesh At World Health Organization (WHO)


Closing date: Wednesday, 4 October 2023

Surveillance & Immunization Medical Officer(Roster)

( 2307670 )

Grade : No grade

Contractual Arrangement : Special Services Agreement (SSA)

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : Initially one year (maybe extendable)

Job Posting: Sep 14, 2023, 3:59:27 AM

Objective of the programme

The WHO Bangladesh Country Office in Dhaka serves 64 districts and 12 City Corporations having over 164 million population with a combined annual birth cohort of nearly 3.2 million infants. Immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions and all districts in the country give high importance to their national immunization programmes (NIP).

The objective of the programme is to promote and support WCO Bangladesh in strengthening COVID-19 related activities including surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and in improving immunization performance, including introduction of new vaccines and accelerated control of vaccine preventable diseases. Selected candidates will be assisting in developing and implementing COVID -19 related national and sub-national immunization plans and in promoting the capacity for sustainable improvement in alignment with the objectives and goals of the National EPI and WCO Bangladesh.

Note: The following are generic descriptions of duties developed for a roster of Surveillance and Immunization Medical Officers (SIMO COVID-19 & Immunization program). The actual Terms of Reference (TOR) for the contract for selected SIMO will be based on the specific requirements of the position.

Description of duties:

Under the overall leadership of Team Leader IVD, the SIMO will work under the direct supervision of the respective National Professional Officer ( Divisional Coordinator) WHO.

Since the Surveillance and Immunization Medical Officer (SIMO) is a district-based position holding Special Services Agreement, he/she will be expected to provide technical assistance at the district level and have the following job responsibilities:

  •  Provide technical assistance for capacity building of district health staff to ensure quality implementation of the COVID-19 program and other Immunization related activities including vaccine-preventable diseases control activities as per WHO quality standards and best practices.
  •  Assist activities related to COVID-19 operational planning and implementation such as training, monitoring and evaluation, vaccine and cold chain, vaccine safety surveillance, data reporting and recording, communication, and advocacy in districts / City Corporations.
  •  Assist EPI in capacity building of HWs and physicians and other staff on COVID-19 vaccination.
  •  Ensure optimal use of tools for documentation and recording of events/activities related to COVID-19. Develop the capacity of district health staff to collect timely and complete data on program performance and data analysis to ensure timely corrective action
  •  Assist in undertaking visits to priority districts to support COVID-19/ EPI vaccination-related activities and other EPI activities.
  •  Assist the technical and administration teams in preparing the budget and other necessary documentation related to COVID-19 / Routine immunization/ Surveillance related activities
  •  Engage with relevant immunization partners and stakeholders to update and raise awareness related to COVID-19 / immunization-related activities.
  •  Provide need-based assistance to the WCO technical team on routine EPI / VPD surveillance activities including monitoring the quality of polio eradication and Measles and Rubella elimination activities such as Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance, Measles elimination, and rubella control activities including surveillance of suspected measles cases, identification of vulnerable population with low coverage and improve immunization coverage, supervise outbreak response where required
  •  Provide technical assistance to local government authorities, NGOs regarding COVID vaccines and/ or any other new vaccine introduction.
  •  Undertake extensive travel, including travel to remote communities, to assist immunization and surveillance programme monitoring and surveillance activities.
  •  Provide technical support to district health authorities during emergency situations like flood, cyclones, and other natural disasters and disease outbreaks in planning and monitoring of health relief activities in affected areas and investigation of emerging diseases outbreaks
  •  Work within the norms of WHO regulations maintaining a cooperative relationship with all concerned.
  •  Submit monthly activity report to National Professional Officer – Divisional Coordinator
  •  Perform any other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Education:

Essential: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS)

Desirable: Master of Public Health or equivalent postgraduate degree in Public Health / Community and Social Medicine / Child Health

Experience:

Essential: At least two years of experience in any public health program, disease surveillance, immunization.

Desirable: Experience in implementing/monitoring disease surveillance or immunization programs, and COVID-19 vaccination programs at the national/Divisional/District / CC level.

Experience in analyzing relevant data and producing relevant reports with time-bound recommendations.

Functional Knowledge and Skills:

Essential :

  •  Knowledge of principles of public health and health systems, immunization services, management, monitoring, and evaluation.
  •  Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate complex issues clearly and concisely.
  •  Demonstrated ability to maintain effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in government and beyond, including other development agencies.
  •  Skills in training and facilitation .

Competencies:

  •  Teamwork
  •  Respecting and promoting individual and cultural difference
  •  Communication
  •  Producing results
  •  Moving forward in a changing environment

Languages:

High level of proficiency in written and spoken English, and report writing

Computer Literacy:

Proficient in using of computer application software: MS – Office and other statistical packages.

Duty Station : Multiple locations in Bangladesh

No of Position: Multiple

Salary & others benefits:

WHO offers locally competitive packages such as:

  •  Monthly salary: BDT 120,263.00 (SSA – 7, Step I) (non-negotiable)
  •  Insurance, Leave and Applicable holidays as per WHO rules.

Additional Information:

  •  This Vacancy Notice may be used to fill similar positions at the same level.
  •  Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  •  A written test and interviews will be used as a form of screening
  •  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 a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  •  This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.
  •  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.
  •  For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
  •  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.
  •  Any extension of appointment would be subject to programmatic requirements, performance of the incumbent and availability of funds.
  •  Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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