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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:

In the context of WHO, Expanded Program on Immunization and concurrent COVID-19 pandemic in the country are priority to extend WHO support for reducing mortality, morbidity and disability due to vaccine preventable diseases including Covid 19. the incumbent will support and contribute to early detection, investigation, and response to of vaccine preventable diseases and response, The incumbent will provide technical guidance to MOPH national and sub-national provincial public health surveillance of MOPH focusing on vaccine preventable diseases and diseases under control and elimination (of Measles, Rubella, CRS and MNT). The incumbent will provide technical support to MOPH and BPHS and EPHS NGOs in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation acceleration and supplementary activities towards achieving the goals of disease control, elimination, and eradication. The incumbent will also provide technical and operation support to public health laboratories dealing with the diagnosis of vaccine preventable diseases and Covid 19.

*Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective The mission of WHO’s Expanded Immunization Programs is to provide technical and financial support for reduction burden of the vaccine preventable diseases, reducing child and maternal mortality and assist to render WHO support in disease control and elimination. *Organizational context Under the direct supervision of the VPI Program Manger overall guidance of the WHO Representative.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Coordinates WHO activities in all aspects of surveillance for acute outbreaks in the designated areas, achieving results such as: • Planning and conduct periodic visits to designated areas of concern (based on the data/information) to review surveillance data and to train local surveillance officers • Regular update and maintenance of case lists in each designated area • Leading regular meetings with local surveillance officers and make recommendations on data gathered. • Compilation of surveillance indicators for each designated area for use in improving surveillance. • Supervisory visits to the designated areas. • Coordination and management of outbreak investigations, specimen collection and shipment, collection of descriptive data, application of statistical measures and epidemiological terms to develop a hypothesis, application of analytical methods to test the hypothesis, analysis and interpretation of data, assessment and monitoring of the disease patterns, publication of regular reports. • Management of all DEWS-related logistics, supplies and financial requirements for the designated areas, including preparation of all necessary documents and following up processing the payments. • Coordination of activities of surveillance personnel in the country and frequent updates of surveillance information. • Performance and preparation of situational analyses and reports for the advisory bodies and other organizations / institutions. • Aggregation, review, and analysis of reports of field technical personnel and provision of summaries to supervisors and technical feedback to the report originators. • Timely technical review of reports submitted by provinces and analysis of data, including feedback to various health authorities. • Establish and monitor DEWS sentinel sites in each designated area as required. • Technical input for planning, supervision, and monitoring of provincial supplemental immunization activities. 1.1 Function 2 (incl. expected results) Strengthens local capacities in preparedness against disease outbreaks, achieving results such as: • Identification of training needs for respective target audiences and development of comprehensive plans for capacity building. • Preparation of training material tailored to the specific needs. • Planning and implementation of surveillance training workshops within the designated area for Ministry of Health staff, private sector health care practitioners, NGOs and local Surveillance Officers • Development of detailed plans for LQAS activities and conduct respective training to programme staff in the designated area. • Conduct adequate training on Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Communicable Disease, Outbreak Investigation or similar areas for health personnel. • Briefing and training of new surveillance officers/staff. 1.2 Function 3 (incl. expected results) Ensures planning, development and implementation of appropriate preparedness and emergency activities in the designated area, achieving results such as: • Coordination with local health teams, vertical programmes, emergency and other partners to assign proper preparedness activities, including stockpiling supplies, training of response teams, and relevant assessments. • Establishment of proposals in emergencies and disease outbreaks situations and communicate with MoH counterparts for resource allocations. Serial Number: AFGHANISTAN/EDOC/2021/01438 Position Description – Professional 3 • Participate in meetings of relevant committees to review outbreak cases, requiring expert review. • Provide technical inputs for the planning and implementation of high risk and transit point immunization as well as migrant population strategies. • Collaboration with routine EPI programme staff in developing plans to ensure that supplemental campaign activities facilitate improvements in the routine EPI programme

Job Requirement:

Competencies: Generic Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required (See WHO competency model – list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones.) 1. Communication* 2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences* 3. Teamwork* 4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond 5. Knowing and managing yourself Functional Knowledge and Skills *Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position 1. Demonstrated knowledge, competency and professional skills on the public health aspects of infectious disease control, epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response; 2. Managerial skills for the development, implementation, monitoring, analysis and report writing of public health programs for infectious diseases 3. Knowledge of WHO mandate an

Education Qualifications *Essential First level university degree is required in medicine and/or public health planning and administration, complemented by a degree or studies in epidemiology, surveillance or monitoring. * Desirable: Master of Public Health is preferred. Training in surveillance and epidemiology will be an asset. Experience *Essential At least 2 year of experience required in health sector coordination with emphasis on emergency response relief and/or the management of epidemic-prone diseases. Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals or experience in UN Organizations, international institutions or NGOs is considered an asset. 4 Desirable Working experience with WHO/ UN or international nongovernmental organization with expertise in surveillance and response 3. Use of Language Skills Excellent knowledge of English and National Language (Pashto and Dari) is required. Other Skills (e.g. IT) Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Computer literacy in surveillance and monitoring applications as well as surveillance databases

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Submission Guideline:


« Screening of the candidates;

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

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

« Assessment method:

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

Ø 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-2021-10-48) along with their curriculum vitae, copy of National ID (Tazkira) to below mentioned email:

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