World Health Organization (WHO) Job Vacancies – 4 Positions

World Health Organization (WHO) recruitment for the following vacant posts:

  1. National Research Coordinator – Lassa Fever 
  2. Data Manager 
  3. Finance Assistant 
  4. Administrative Clerk 

World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

*Job Title: National Research Coordinator – Lassa Fever 

Ref No: 1801622
Location: Abuja
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Grade: NO-C
Contract duration: 12 Months

Objectives

  • The objectives of WHO’s OHE Programme are: to help Member States build their capacity to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to minimize the impact on the health of affected populations. WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme directs all of the Organization’s work in health emergency risk management, with an all-hazards approach comprising risk reduction, preparedness, readiness, response and early recovery activities, and with a particular emphasis on the identification and mitigation of infectious hazards and risks.
  • The Programme is responsible for establishing and managing WHO’s operational capacity in acute and protracted emergencies, setting overall strategy and ensuring appropriate operational planning, managing field operations, developing and ensuring adherence to technical standards, and ensuring risk and performance monitoring. 
  • The Programme engages in relevant partnerships and inter-agency processes, recognizing that its impact should be optimized by coordinating, leveraging and facilitating the implementation roles of other local, national and international entities and partner’s best positioned to deliver the relevant clinical or other public health services.
  • WHE Programme integrates and operates under the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence in serving populations affected by emergencies.

Description of Duties

  • Focusing on research activities coordination and implementation of the research on Lassa fever in Nigeria, the incumbent will:
  • Provide coordination for research activities relating to Lassa fever that will lead to improvements the prevention, detection and control of Lassa fever, in collaboration with the international research advisor from WHO.
  • Support NCDC to identify the key partners who should be involved in the research relating to Lassa fever and ensure that there is proper coordination and timely communication from the conception to the finalization of research activities.
  • Support the NCDC to organize appropriate forums for consensus building, providing inputs for the research ideas and protocols and disseminating research findings.
  • Support the research advisor in providing expert advice on the conceptualization, design and implementation of the full range of research studies on Lassa fever drawing on the expertise of R&D Blueprint team, WHE focal points and GOARN partners, WHO Collaborating Centres and other research methodology experts.
  • Support implementation of research capacity strengthening strategies on Lassa fever so that Nigerian research institutions and research partner organizations develop and implement collaborative research plans. The incumbent will ensure that research activities and capacities carried out are of high quality research, compliant with generally accepted scientific and ethical standards, as well as strengthen the research capacity of other research organizations.
  • Working in close collaboration with the international research advisor, provide scientific leadership and support to Nigerian CDC and other Nigerian researchers to improve and expand their research skills, and particularly for implementation science and product research related to Lassa fever.
  • Support the research advisor oversee the implementation of all research management procedures so that research protocols and budgets are developed, reviewed (technically and ethically) and approved as efficiently as possible by relevant federal and state institutions.
  • Participate and when appropriate and in the absence of the international research advisor, represent WHO on health research networks, committees and commissions so that the Nigerian CDC and WHO are able to inform and learn from key influential bodies; and engage with all relevant research groups within WHO Country Offices, and within other UN agencies as appropriate, to provide scientific leadership in evidence based guidance.
  • Provide support to the Office of the NCDC Director in coordinating in raising and leveraging funds to implement and expand the research and research capacity strengthening roles.
  • Support the NCDC to document proceedings of the meetings, and address critical gaps and actions points that require immediate attention in the process of conducting the research.
  • Carry out other tasks, as required by the WHO representative in Nigeria.

Competencies: Functional
Teamwork:

  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Communication:

  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Promoting innovation and organizational learning
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Education (Qualifications)

  • Essential: University degree or equivalent in a discipline related to research in communicable diseases.
  • Desirable: Specialization in field related to communicable disease, such as public health, epidemiology, or clinical trials. Recent training and certification in Good Clinical Practice in research and/or research ethics.

Experience 
Essential:

  • At least 5 years of experience in research and research management, with at least 2 years of experience in the health sector. At least 2 years of direct experience working in research in communicable diseases.
  • Expert knowledge of research in communicable diseases and its public health aspects, as evidenced by a track record of recent publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the topic area.
  • Experience of managing a portfolio of research projects in public health. Implementation research in public health. Expert knowledge of research methods. Knowledge and skills in capacity building.

Desirable:

  •  Experience in research knowledge and data management. Recent experience in fundraising of research grants writing.

Languages

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English
  • Desirable: Knowledge on local languages 

Application Closing Date
5th May, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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*Job Title: Data Manager 

Ref Id: 1800523
Location: Abuja
Grade: NO-B
Contractual Arrangement: Individual Service Contractor
Contract duration: 6 months

Purpose of the Position

  • The objective of the post is to ensure WHO data management and M&E activities at national level provides all the required technical support aimed at supporting the country to:
    • Ensure availability of quality, timely, and complete information that guides the surveillance and immunization program
    • Monitor achievement of recommended surveillance performance indicators for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP), other Vaccine Preventable Diseases as well as other diseases of public health priority as highlighted in Nigeria’s Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) strategy.
    • Provide evidences through the triangulation of different data available and guide the program;
    • To build capacity of government staff in data management, through formal and on-job training

Description of Duties
The incumbent is expected to provide data management support to Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and WHO country officer in the following specific tasks

  • Under the overall guidance of the WHO country office representative and over all supervision of IVE focal point and guidance of the M&E Coordinator, the monitoring and evaluation officer will carry out the following specific task:
    • Ensure quality and timely IDSR data/information is shared with all stakeholders;
    • Support all states in the compilation of data for implementation of IDSR.
    • Design and maintain all disease surveillance (Measles, NNT, YF, PBMS, ROTA) database for priority diseases.
    • Produce regular analysis feedback on Accelerated Disease Control (ADC) and New vaccine (PBMS and ROTA)
    • Monitor Timeliness, completeness, and data quality of IDSR data and provide timely feedback to states.
    • Collaborate with other data managers and laboratories to update and harmonize IDSR data.
    • Triangulation, analysis and feedback of data collected using case-based and IDSR system for selected case-based data set.
    • Produce periodic (weekly, monthly and quarterly) analysis feedback from data to enhance decision making at relevant levels.
    • Conduct data management training to build the capacity of officers in technological innovations.
    • Support the monitoring and evaluation system, immunization/Polio SIAs as well as overall Health Information Management System Strengthening efforts.
    • Perform other activities as required by WHO Representative.

Required Qualifications
Education:

  • Essential: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Statistics, Monitoring & Evaluation or Data Management related field with additional data management training.

Experience

  • Essential:
    • At least 5 years’ experience in health related data management.
    • Experience in quality collection, analysis, dissemination, and use of health information for program planning and management.
    • Experience in database development.
    • Working knowledge of statistical application programs (EPI INFO, SPSS, STATA etc.) and mapping programs (ArcGIS, QGIS etc)
  • Desirable:
    • Previous related work experience in the UN or other International Development Agencies

Use of language skills:

  • Essential: Very good Knowledge of English.

Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of ICT, programming, mobile and web – based data technology
  • Ability to acquire sound knowledge of WHO rules, regulations and procedures. Demonstrated abilities for team-work.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good relations with people at various levels and of different background.

Application Closing Date
2nd May, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

 

*Job Title: Finance Assistant 

Ref No: 1801735
Location: Bauchi
Grade: G5
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract duration: 12 Months
Schedule: Full-time  

Objectives of the Programme

  • The objective of the EPI programme is to support national authorities to provide high quality immunization services that will contribute to (a) the reduction of mortality, morbidity and disability from vaccine preventable diseases through the optimum use of available and new vaccines and (b) the strengthening of national health systems as well as efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Description of Duties

  • The specific functions of the incumbent are:Assist the Admin Assistant to administer the E-Imprest and in the maintenance of financial records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile expenditures, balances statement and confirming adequacy of support documents as well as in rendering of monthly Imprest reports.
  • Assist in preparing payment schedules/bank instructions including upload into electronic payment platforms.
  • Assists with maintenance of petty cash account and replenishment of same. Assist with disbursement of SIAs funds including payment site monitoring and report.
  • Assist in transport planning including monitoring of usage of hired vehicles, fueling of vehicle fleets and generator maintenance.
  • Collects and deliver mails, pouches and other communication from and to courier companies, government agencies and other institution; maintains a mail movement register.
  • Replace and assist other Admin Assistants within the Zone to perform other related financial and administrative duties;Performs any other relevant duties that may be assigned from time by the ZC, SC or AA.

Required Qualifications
Education:

  • Essential: Completion of Secondary education, training in in Business/Accounting or technical courses in a field related to the work performed,
  • Desirable: Bachelor degree in business administration, accounting, social sciences or other related field is an asset.

Experience:

  • Essential: At least 5 years’ experience commensurate with the duties of the posts and its grade in an international, public or private organization of repute
  • Desirable: Experience in working with bilateral or multilateral International Organizations in the country is an advantage.

Skills:

  • Training in accounting/bookkeeping or equivalent work-related experience, including proven skills on standard office software. Proficient in Microsoft Excel. Training in Oracle or other ERP system.

WHO Competencies:

  • Producing results
  • Communication
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills:

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Remuneration

  • WHO offers staff in the General Services category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at NGN 6,613,613 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

Application Closing Date
10th May, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

*Job Title: Administrative Clerk 

Ref Id: 1801734
Location: Sokoto
Grade: G4
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract duration: 12 months

Objectives of the Programme

  • The objective of the EPI programme is to support national authorities to provide high quality immunization services that will contribute to:
    • The reduction of mortality, morbidity and disability from vaccine preventable diseases through the optimum use of available and new vaccines and
    • The strengthening of national health systems as well as efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals

Description of Duties
The specific functions of the incumbent are:

  • Assist the Admin Assistant in the maintenance of financial records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile expenditures, balances statement and confirming adequacy of support documents as well as in rendering of monthly Imprest reports.
  • Assist in preparing payment schedules/bank instructions including upload into electronic payment platforms.
  • Assists with maintenance of petty cash account and replenishment of same.
  • Assist with disbursement of SIAs funds including payment site monitoring and report.
  • Assist in transport planning including monitoring of usage of hired vehicles, fueling of vehicle fleets and generator maintenance.
  • Collects and deliver mails, pouches and other communication from and to courier companies, government agencies and other institution; maintains a mail movement register.
  • Performs any other relevant duties that may be assigned from time by the SC or AA

Required Qualifications
Education:

  • Essential: Completion of Secondary education, preferably supplemented by a Diploma in Business, Accounting, Finance or related discipline
  • Desirable: Training in accounting/bookkeeping or equivalent work-related experience

Experience:

  • Essential: At least 2 years’ experience commensurate with the duties of the posts and its grade in an international, public or private organization of repute
  • Desirable: Experience in working with bilateral or multilateral International Organizations in the country is an Advantage

Skills:

  • Proven skills on standard office software; Proficient in Microsoft Excel;Training in Oracle or other ERP system.

Competencies:

  • Producing results
  • Communication
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills:

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Remuneration
WHO offers staff in the General Services category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at NGN 5,333,561 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

Application Closing Date
10th May, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Additional Information

  • 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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • 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 post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.
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