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Guinea Worm Field Officer position open at World Health Organization (WHO)

Guinea Worm Field Officer position open at World Health Organization (WHO), March 12 2022



Position: Guinea Worm Field Officer

Job Time: Full-Time

Job Type: Contract

Place of Work: Gambella, Ethiopia

Application Deadline: March, 25/2022 







The World Health organization has been supporting the country in enhancing Dracunculiasis surveillance nationwide, including increasing community awareness on Dracunculiasis precertification activities. Following the change in the division of labor between WHO and TCC in assisting EDEP, starting from April 2015 WHO has focused on the technical support on the overall leadership and coordination of GWEP in the country, strengthening of the refugee and cross border surveillance, advocacy, precertification activities, joint monitoring, and evaluation of the overall implementations. One of the big challenges in the eradication endeavor is the cross-border issues between South Sudan and Ethiopia, including seasonal and regular population movement and lack of information exchange between the two countries at the border. On top of these more than 400,000 South Sudanese refugee influxes are hosted in Gambella in 7 refugee camps with more expected to come. In this connection, the country office has devised a concrete strategy by hiring a Guinea worm disease field officer to expedite the effort of controlling the importation of Guinea worm disease cases from South Sudan refugees and realize interruption of the disease transmission.


To assist in planning, implementing, and monitoring Guinea worm eradication activities in the refugee camp.

To undertake continuous technical support and surveillance to the refugee camp where he/she is assigned, in collaboration with the national GWEP coordinator, Gambella Regional Health Bureau, and Refugee and Returnees Service (RRS).

  • To support the implementation of cross border meeting recommendations and PoA
  • To participate on behalf of WHO in joint activities, events, and projects in collaboration with other partners at district and regional levels.
  • To actively engage in social mobilization and advocacy activities
  • Support the documentation of GWEP activities within the refugee camps for precertification of the country
  • To strengthen cross border collaboration and communication


Under the overall supervision of WR Ethiopia and with close supervision of UCN team leader and NPO/GW, the incumbent will have the overall responsibility of supporting the planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of Refugee Guinea Worm activities in the region he/she is assigned to:

  • Organize Training workshops on Guinea Worm, particularly to RRS health workers and community health agents within the refugee camp
  • Coordinate refugee surveillance activities, compile and submit monthly reports to the regional refugee surveillance coordinator and NPO/GW
  • Gather relevant data on Guinea Worm and prepare and submit monthly, report timely
  • Assess the awareness level of the refugee community on GWD and the cash reward
  • Use other public health programs like polio and other NTDs as opportunities to carry out activities such as case search and sensitization
  • Actively participate in GW and other outbreak prone diseases investigations within the refugee camps
  • Joint woreda refugee camp emergency task force and RRT strengthening
  • Implement the cross-border consultation meeting recommendations;
  • Conduct active case search and health education within the refugee camps;
  • Ensure that IDSR weekly report reaches to woreda health office timely including outbreak line list
  • To strengthen GWD screening at refugee entry and reception centers
  • When the need arises, in consultation with the country office, the consultant will perform GWEP activities out of the refugee camp in the region and may support other refugee camps as well
  • Support other NTDs endemic to the region and integrate where possible GWD during Mass Drug Administration campaigns and SBCC activities
  • To support other UCN program implementations in refugee camps such as on HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria
  • Support COVID19 response in the region as per the Guidance given from the WCO
  • Ensure to implement all the planned activities in line with the recommendation given in the COVID19 Guideline and Continuity of Essential Health Services






  • First University Degree in Public Health or related fields


  • Master’s degree in Public Health or Health data analysis.



  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience in Public Health related positions and Minimum of 3 years in Guinea worm disease eradication program.


  • At least 3 years proven experience in the Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Program
  • Functional Knowledge and Skills
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Good group work relationship and communication skills;
  • Extensive experience in health activities at the regional levels with experiences in program planning;
  • Experienced in public health activities and working under difficult conditions;
  • Providing leadership on issues critical to the health and working with partners in joint action and coordination.

WHO Competencies

1) Promoting the Organization’s Position in Health Leadership

2) Fostering Integration and Teamwork

3) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

4) Communicating in a credible and effective way

5) Producing results

6) Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of French or another WHO official language would be an asset.

Other Skills (e.g. IT Skills)

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) Microsoft Teams Audio/ Video Conferencing (Webex, Zoom, Meet, etc.)


Remuneration – This is a Special Service Agreement at NOC Level for six months (6).

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

If 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 shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions, or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions, and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.


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