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The World Health Organization (WHO) is the technical and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership in global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical and implementation support and monitoring and assessing health trends. In Afghanistan, WHO works to improve the health and well-being of all Afghans by preventing and reducing mortality, morbidity and disability and strengthening health services in close coordination with national and international partners.

Job Summary

Purpose of the Post:

– To implement Polio SIAs campaign in the respective area

– To help in AFP Surveillance in the respective area

– To Support Routine Immunization in the respective area

Objectives of the Programme and the immediate Strategic Objective (Overview of the programme):

– To prevent establishment of WPV circulation in the area achieving high immunity level in the community

– To detect any AFP case by helping in establishing high sensitive AFP surveillance network in support of PPO

– To improve the quality of the Routine Immunization service through PEI support EPI strategy

– To improve the coordination among partners in the area

Organizational context:

– The incumbent will have an active role among district team members to keep the Polio eradication activities on the right track with technical support and undertaking tasks assigned to him/her.

Duties & Responsibilities

Summary of Assigned duties:

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. To support the selection process of FLWs

2. To develop micro-plan of the area

3. To conduct the trainings for all FLWs levels (DCs, CSs, volunteers, ICMs and PCMs)

4. To monitor the SIAs and active surveillance activities

5. To monitor the RI activities

6. To play active role in improving the coordination among partners

7. To report his/her activities regularly to the supervisor

8. To provide feedback to the FLWs on their activities

9. To attend the meetings of the partners at his/her level

10. To keep record and documents properly

Main TORs of District Polio Officer:

Under the direct supervision of the WHO Provincial Polio Officer/Medical Officer, Regional TL, Polio TL/AFG, and the overall supervision of the WHO Representative, the District Polio Officer will undertake the following duties:

1. Assist MoPH/PEI stakeholders in volunteer selection, training, micro-planning, supervision and monitoring of SIAs/CVAs.

2. Negotiate access through local channels and ensure all targeted population is reached for SIA/PEI activities in the assigned area.

3. Strengthen coordination on PEI activities through regular meetings of various partners at district level.

4. Facilitate selection of supervisors and volunteers.

5. Facilitate trainings of Cluster Supervisors and volunteers.

6. Supervise and Monitor PEI activities in the assigned district.

7. Carry out basic AFP surveillance sensitization of the reporting volunteer network in the assigned district as directed by the supervisors/regional team.

8. Submit monthly plan and report to Provincial Polio Officer.

9. Assist in strengthening routine EPI in the assigned district.

10. Assist implementing partners in training, micro-planning, supervision and monitoring of routine EPI in his/her assigned areas.

11. Assist MoPH/implementing partners on Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance and reporting AEFI.

12. Assist the Provincial Polio Officer/Medical Officer on any other related tasks assigned.

Job Requirements

Qualifications Required:

– Bachelor degree/Medical doctor would be preferred


1. Producing results

2. Fostering Integration and Teamwork

3. Communicating in a credible and effective way

4. Moving forward in a changing environment.

5. Effective use of resources


Functional Skills and Knowledge:

– Training skills

– Monitoring skills

– Reporting skills

– Management skills

– Communication skills


Essential: Bachelor’s degree in any field preferably medicine or related

Desirable: Bachelor of medicine.


Essential: 1-3 years of related experience in public health.

Desirable: Relevant experience in the UN and NGO system

Languages: Very good knowledge of English and the local languages (Dari and Pashtu).

IT Skills:

– Good knowledge of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel and Power point).

– Internet skills


 Screening of the candidates;

 Long List – The candidates shall be longlisted base on the minimum qualifications and relevant experience to the Vacancy Notice (VN).

 Short List – Further shortlist shall be done based on years of relevant experience, higher education and required skills.

 Assessment method:

 WHO may conduct written/presentation and interview or combination of the mentioned mediums to select the most qualified candidate.

 WHO is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply and equally qualified female candidate will be given preference.

Submission Guideline

Interested applicants (Afghan National) meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit their applications quoting this Vacancy Announcement Number (WHOAFG-2023-01-09) along with their curriculum vitae, copy of National ID (Tazkira) to below mentioned email:


Female Afghan Nationals are strongly encourage to apply

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. ONLY CANDIDATES UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION WILL BE CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEW AND TEST.

WHO is a smoke free environment!

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