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3 Feb 2019

National Professional Officer

Job Description


Position Title: National Professional Officer

Grade: NOA

Major Office: Somalia

Duty Station: Mogadishu

Organization: World Health Organization

Nature of Position: Temporary appointment

Duration: 1 year (subject to availability of funds)

Closing date: 17 Feb 2019

Background and Justification

Objectives of the Programme:

To reduce childhood morbidity and mortality attributable to vaccine-preventable diseases by implementing routine and supplemental immunization activities for children and women of childbearing age in accordance with established technical guidelines. To support the introduction of new and underutilized vaccines in Somalia with demonstrated burden of diseases and as needed

Purpose of the Position:

To provide the necessary technical input for strengthening the immunization programme in Somalia.

The successful candidate will undertake the following duties:

Work with the technical staff, review and update zonal micro plans and other documents to ensure appropriate and fair distributions of resources.

Collect, collate and use Immunization Activities reporting and monitoring data for identifying low coverage areas, reasons for poor coverage and suggest possible reasons for low coverage different population groups.

Participate in the recruitment of auxiliary workers that support immunization activities at district levels.

Prepare draft monthly report to reflect activities conducted, progress made and constraints faced.

Be responsible for data entry, editing, analysis and cleaning up of data and information related to vaccines/immunization activities.

Participate in conducting EPI review, data quality assessment and effective vaccine management assessment.

Participate in the preparation of the introduction of new vaccines including surveillance activities and preparation of training materials.

Collaborate with the MOH to build the national capacity for surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Qualifications Required:


University degree in Medicine or public health or nursing


Master’s degree in public health.

Functional Knowledge and Skills

Broad knowledge of EPI strategies and policies and interventions.

Ability to work well under pressure.

Proven ability to take initiatives and make recommendations.

Demonstrated ability to assess and analyze data.



At least one year experience in Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) programs.


Working experience with WHO or UN.

Language Skills

Good knowledge of English and the local language in Somalia.

French is an asset.

Competencies: Generic

1 Teamwork

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences*


Producing Results

Other Considerations

Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Your application should be sent to the address below indicating the position applied or by email by close of business Sunday 17 February 2019. It should include a cover letter & a detailed CV hard copy or as one document in PDF format with your contact details.

WHO Mogadishu Office

KM4 Airport Road

Bula Hubey, Mogadishu – Somalia

or send by email:


• 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.

• Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to the WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

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• WHO is committed to workforce diversity

• WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

• This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered

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