Surveillance Officer at WHO, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Deadline: 30 November 2018

World Health Organisation (WHO) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Surveillance Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The duration of this post is 24 months.

The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Surveillance Officer will perform following functions-

  • Co-develop the guidelines, tools and indicators for effective disease surveillance at the national, subnational and community levels.
  • Coordinate and manage surveillance technical activities and programs, within the context of the outbreak and health emergencies programme at the country level.
  • Facilitate the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) including participation in the process of verification and risk assessment on reported public health events.
  • Strengthen the capacities of surveillance teams for the effective and sustained surveillance of epidemic prone diseases through training courses on field investigation, detection, data management, and rapid response to epidemics and health outbreaks.
  • Conduct, in collaboration with other team members, real-time analysis of outbreak intelligence data, from a broad range of sources including non-health sectors, for epidemic forecasting and detection.
  • Promote the effective coordination for rapid assessment, surveillance and response activities for epidemic-prone diseases in consultation with Country Office, Regional Office and HQ as well as local, regional and national health entities and other international health partners including UN agencies and NGOs.
  • Provide technical guidance for the management of a unified information system to ensure availability of core data country files and other information on related technical areas such as: case incidence; case management surveillance data; laboratory surveillance data; contact tracing, etc.
  • Analyse, systematize, and disseminate scientific and evidence-based technical information and knowledge; support the development of the WHO Situation Reports, other related regular and ad-hoc surveillance reports.
  • Undertake regular field supervision visits to assess and evaluate the implementation of surveillance activities, identify gaps and recommend corrective actions based on key performance indicators.
  • Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • First level university degree in epidemiology, statistics, database management or public health from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • At least 5 year’s related experience, at the national and international levels, quantitative epidemiology and the implementation of public health surveillance, outbreak investigation and response in humanitarian settings.
  • Excellent knowledge of English or French (depending on the country of assignment).
  • Work knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of surveillance and monitoring systems as related to emergency response relief operations, complemented by skills in the field of epidemiological or statistical data collection, assessment, analysis and the evaluation and monitoring in a public health context.
  • Proven ability to multitask across various planning and implementation processes within a highly demanding environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, competency and professional skills on the public health aspects of infectious disease control, epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response with particular attention to application of an all hazard approach in the context of the International Health Regulations and the use of event based and indicator based surveillance, as well as descriptive epidemiology and principles of public health in communicable disease surveillance and response.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WHO.