Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) Officer at WHO, Abuja, Nigeria

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Deadline: 26 June 2019

World Health Organization (WHO) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) Officer in Abuja, Nigeria. The duration of this post is 12 months.

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The Infectious Hazard Management Officer will lead the work of the department of Country Cooperation and Collaboration with the United Nations System as part of the initiative with a focus on supporting the development of Country Cooperation Strategies with priority countries and enhancing the WHO Country Office capacity in Strategic Policy Dialogue.

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

Key Jobs Responsibilities

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The Infectious Hazard Management Officer will perform the following functions:

  • Support the development, implementation and evaluation of the national strategies and workplans pertaining to the prevention and control of high threat diseases of pandemic & epidemic potential or infectious risks and the implementation of evidence-based strategies to manage infectious hazards, interventions in high-risks groups and recommend measures for special attention, ensuring compliance with organization-wide IHM strategies.
  • Adapt IHM global policies, concepts, tools and strategies and manage their implementation at the country level, for the prevention and, where feasible, elimination of diseases/epidemic risks.
  • Work with the Ministry of Health, NCDC and Partners, to improve approaches and methods of controlling epidemics in different epidemiological situations.
  • Conduct the periodic reporting of infectious hazards activities, support the information systems and the monitoring facilitating integration with the national health information systems, as required.
  • Contribute to the surveillance and risk analysis of infectious diseases; participate in the rapid response teams responsible for the rapid investigation of alerts, field risk assessments and early detection and response.
  • Ensure that risk communication messages are technically sound and socio-culturally appropriate to induce, engage and empower stakeholders in the prevention, mitigation and control of infectious hazards.
  • Make recommendations and give guidance on relevant courses of actions to be taken in affected as well as non-affected areas to prevent and/or control cause of excess morbidity and mortality.
  • Request the activation of technical expert’s networks at global or regional level to characterize the pathogen and the disease in case of unknown infection.
  • Perform any other related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

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  • First University degree in medicine, public health or health related field from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • At least 5 years working experience in planning, developing and implementing the control and prevention of infectious diseases programme including outbreak prevention and control, infectious hazard management and/or dangerous pathogens.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of infectious diseases, particularly in infectious disease epidemiology, prevention or control, clinical management and significant practical application of this knowledge in an international context.
  • Proven ability to coordinate with the government, manage projects, build partnerships with multiple partners in the context of health emergencies.
  • Ability to formulate clear comprehensive strategies and plans.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure.
  • Expert knowledge of English.
  • Nationality of Nigeria.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WHO.

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