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Surveillance Officer needed at World Health Organization (WHO), May 15 2022


Surveillance Officer



Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Position: Surveillance Officer

Grade: No grade

Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 6 Months

Date of Announcement: May 13, 2022

Deadline: May 28, 2022, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location: Ethiopia

Schedule: Full-time




Job description

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The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

The Programme seeks to promote and uphold the humanitarian and public health principles by leading a coordinated and effective health sector response together with the national and international community, with specific attention to vulnerable and marginalized populations, through effectuating WHO’s commitment to work within the framework of the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) and the cluster approach.  The incumbent will be responsible for performing a dedicated coordination, health needs assessment, strategy development and resource mobilization, supporting the implementation and, monitoring the joint incident management system and advocacy function.

An exceptional three-season drought sequence has struck the Eastern Horn of Africa due to the poor rains in October-December 2020 and March-May 2021 followed by an extremely dry October-December 2021 season. In Ethiopia, millions are estimated to be in need of life saving humanitarian assistance affecting Somali region, Oromia and SNNP and southwest regions. To reduce excess morbidity and mortality resulting from the public health consequences of the drought-related humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, WHO will be working with the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopian Public Health Emergencies Institute (EPHI) and health partners to respond to this emergency while building on existing health sector development programmes, enhancing preparedness for further deterioration of the humanitarian situation, boosting capacities and integrating risk reduction and resilience building components to foster long-term development solutions to the crisis.



The surveillance officer will support the investigation and response to emergency health and nutrition and events of national or international concern with the national or regional RRTs.



Working under the oversight of the Incident Manager and the direct supervision of the Field Coordinator, the surveillance officer will perform the following tasks:

1.            Provide leadership and guidance on technical matters related to early detection, verification, investigation and response to public health and nutrition incidents; ensuring efficiency of data collection, correlation, analysis, interpretation and timely reporting at health facility at the district levels.

2.            Support the verification of data on reported public health and nutrition emergency or rumors received from multiple sources, conduct retrospective analysis of reported incidents: determine trends, distribution patterns, and efficiency of the verification mechanism.

3.            Support emergency health and nutrition data quality improvement, use of data for monitoring of trends, alert and action thresholds (triggers)

4.            Support supervision, training and on-job mentorship in building the core surveillance (health and nutrition), alert and response capacities

5.            Support the early warning systems for public health and nutrition emergencies

6.            Support the preparation and dissemination of public health and nutrition emergencies news, technical documents, updates and assessments to key decision makers

7.            Initiate and/or support/strengthen scientific documentation of response efforts and activities in line with WHO global best practice.

8.            Produce regular and written feedback to FMOH/RHB/ ZHB and other response actors, and report to the field coordinator.

9.            Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.


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Required Qualifications




First university degree in medicine or public health with specialization in epidemiology.


Advanced training or certification in biostatistics or related field.




At least two years of relevant experience in the areas of public health or epidemiology with national authorities.


Experience in epidemiological surveillance and investigation with reportable diseases in the country. Experience working with UN/WHO or other large international organizations would be an added advantage.



Ability to work harmoniously as a member of WHE team, experience in the areas of emergency health and nutrition investigation/assessment and response
Working knowledge of statistical packages used for data management and analysis

– Communication
– Teamwork
– Producing result
– Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
– Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Use of Language Skills


Excellent knowledge of English.  Working knowledge of the local language.


Other Skills (e.g. IT Skills)

Knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications.  Excellent presentation skills.



The duty stations of this assignment are located in Oromia, Somali, SNNPR, South West regions

Remuneration – this is a Special Service Agreement (SSA) contract at NO-B, with a monthly remuneration of $2,359
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 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 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 an assignment reserved for local recruitment; so only applications from Ethiopians will be considered.
Applications from women are particularly encouraged.
WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.

WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.

The SSA holder shall perform the work as an independent contractor in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a SSA contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the SSA holder.
WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the SSA holder. The SSA holder shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the SSA holder in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the SSA holder shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.


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