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29 Mar 2019

Medical Officer 

Job Description

Medical Officer – (1901441)

Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract duration: 2 years (subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position)
Job Posting: Mar 26, 2019, 3:58:27 PM
Closing Date: Apr 17, 2019, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Somalia-Garowe
Organization: EM_SOM WHO Representative’s Office, Somalia
Schedule: Full-time

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PN 399856


To reduce morbidity and mortality attributable to vaccine preventable diseases by implementing routine immunization, supplemental immunization activities and introduction of new vaccines in accordance with established technical guidelines and in line with the Global and regional Vaccine Action Plans.

Generic DutiesThe incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Collaborate with Member States to transition WHO-supported vaccine preventable disease surveillance sites/systems to government-supported institutions. Develop national guidelines and indicators.
2. Prepare and follow-up plans of action for supplemental immunization including, MNT campaigns, measles SIAs and surge activities including localized campaigns to boost RI.
3. Conduct field studies to estimate burden of disease and monitor the impact of the program activities.
4. Provide technical guidance investigations and response to outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.
5. Provide technical support for the development of the Expanded Programme on Immunization plan in Somalia and assist regional states through the provision of technically sound advice to strengthen the evaluation and monitoring of immunization activities.
6. Establish collaborative and consultative models of policy dialogue and resource mobilization for immunization with stakeholders, donors, and funding agencies.
7. Analyze data and information on Expanded Programme on Immunization and provide feedback to stakeholders on the impact of newly introduced vaccines in the national immunization schedule of the country and submit project proposals for the extension of existing health-care networks and the strengthening the existing systems.
8. Promote research in vaccines, including the coordination of clinical trials of new vaccines of relevance to the country.
9. Develop and disseminate guidelines for evaluation of the impact of newly introduced vaccines in the national immunization schedule.
10. Develop programmes for capacity building in the area of Immunization and Vaccine preventable diseases surveillance and the management and implementation of the related activities.
11. Serve as a technical resource to the public concerning sustainable Immunization and VPDs outbreaks; respond to inquiries and provide detailed and technical information concerning related principles, practices, issues, measures, techniques and procedures.
12. Liaise with national counterparts, technical departments at RO and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) to harmonize recommendations on policies and strategies related to vaccine-preventable diseases in Somalia and resolve issues or concerns.


Essential: Master’s degree in a Health-related science (medicine or public health) with specialization in immunization or vaccine relevant areas.

Essential: At least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of immunization and vaccine development programmes. Within this experience demonstrated professional experience at the international level providing support to Member States and evaluating vaccine preventable diseases and immunization programmes.
Desirable: First hand working experience in a developing nation.

–>Sound knowledge of country level situations with regard to vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programmes, their development and management with good understanding of relevant country needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO’s policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in the related areas and ability to apply them in the country office setting. Excellent knowledge of disease burden and surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases.
–>Sound knowledge of immunization programmes, disease burden and surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases and in-depth knowledge of measles control, new vaccines introduction as well global and regional vaccine action
–>Ability to conduct research and analyze results, identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations for clinical trials of new vaccines.
–>Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned programme and activities.
–>Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
–>Excellent knowledge of Health care systems and safety regulations.
–>Public speaking techniques and excellent drafting and communication skills.
–>Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
WHO Competencies

WHO global Competencies model at
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Local language.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 72,637 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2306 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
A written test may be used as a form of screening.
In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
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Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
In view of the current situation, Somalia has been declared as a non-family duty station; i.e., dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station.


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