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  • Posted: Jun 30, 2020
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    The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group. Its predecessor, the Health Organization, was an agency of the League of Nations....
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    Surveillance Officer

    Under the overall guidance of WHO Representative to Ghana and direct supervision of the GPEI Coordinator and the National Professional Officers (NPOs) for Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and Surveillance, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities in her/his assigned area of work:

    •  Collaborate closely with GPEI partners and officials of the Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Service at national and sub national levels for all surveillance and immunization activities, providing regular technical support and feedback.
    •  Support Ministry of Health at all levels to strengthen and maintain a sensitive surveillance system within the framework of the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) with a special focus on polio eradication, and vaccine preventable diseases as follows:
    •    Support development and implementation of response work plans
    •   Support active case search, acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) case investigation, validation, 60 days follow up
    •    Support mapping of high risk and special populations and provide technical support to areas that have these populations
    •     Support for Environmental surveillance activities and operations.
    •    Support epidemiological investigation, risk assessment and outbreak response activities.
    •   Support the Ministry of Health (MOH) at all levels to strengthen immunization services especially in high risk and special populations through:
    •    Support to plan and conduct good quality Supplementary Immunization Activities
    •     Support for mapping of high risk and special populations, development of micro plans and strategies in areas of assignment
    •    Support for high risk areas to conduct risk assessments and opportunistic immunization activities to increase population immunity.
    •   Support capacity building activities for immunization personnel at all levels.
    •  Monitor and evaluate the planning and implementation of activities related to polio eradication, routine immunization and vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) surveillance.
    •  Conduct regular analysis and interpretation of epidemiological, surveillance and immunization data to support appropriate follow up actions by the government and partners.
    •  Support implementation of other health priorities as a part of WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy
    •   Undertake any other tasks/duties as assigned by supervisors

    Education:

    • Essential: Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health / Community Health or a relevant health field obtained from a recognized institution.
    • Desirable: Master’s in public health or related programme is desirable

    Experience and Skills:

    •     Excellent Communication skills (both written and spoken);
    •     Knowledge of Word Processing, Spreadsheet and presentation software;
    •     Good analytical skills;
    •     Ability to work in different environments and multi-task effectively;
    •     Good presentation and inter-personal skills;
    •     Sound knowledge of WHO standards and policies such as the IDSR and IHR
    •     Knowledge and understanding of the functionality of EPI and surveillance systems at national, sub national, local and community levels of the health systems in Ghana
    •     Good scientific writing and development of reports
    •     Experience working successfully in similar position as outlined in the scope of work

    Competencies:

    •     Moving forward in a changing environment
    •     Producing results
    •     Fostering integration and team work
    •     Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond

    Experience:

    • Essential: At least five years of public health experience/practice
    • Desirable: Experience in public health/program management and/or experience of working in the polio eradication / routine immunization programme.

    Languages:

    • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and working knowledge of local language will be an asset.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to World Health Organization (WHO) on who.taleo.net to apply

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