Thursday, May 1, 2014

Surveillance Medical Officer - WHO (Apply by: 19 May 2014)

The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: WRO/VN/2014/6

Title: Surveillance Medical Officer (SMO)


Contract type: Special Service Agreement

Duration of contract:  Initial offer of one year, extendable (For details on contract type, please refer to Additional Information below) 
Date: 29 April 2014

Application Deadline: 19 May 2014 
(18 day(s) until closing deadline) 
Currently accepting applications

Duty Station:  New Delhi, India

Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
Multiple Duty Stations in India


The World Health Organization (WHO) India through its National Polio Surveillance Project provides an excellent opportunity for professional growth to dynamic and energetic medical professionals having an aptitude for public health. The Project provides a unique platform to be a part of a highly qualified team of experts engaged in the field of eradication/ control of vaccine preventable diseases.

The National Polio Surveillance Project supports the Union and state Governments with technical assistance for surveillance and immunization activities directed towards polio eradication, measles elimination and intensification of routine immunization as a part of the broader agenda of Universal Health Coverage.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India

Within the framework of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.

Description of duties:

Under the overall guidance of WHO Representative to India, Project Manager of the National Polio Surveillance Project of WHO- India and direct supervision of the Sub Regional Team Leader or Regional Team Leader with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India work plans in accordance with the WHO's country cooperation strategy with India, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities in her/his assigned area of work:

1. Provide technical guidance to the government and non-government staff on polio eradication activities including AFP Surveillance, Supplementary Immunization, Polio- free certification and Polio End Game strategies. 
2. Facilitate the support for activities related to intensification of routine immunization, measles elimination and rubella control and surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs).
3. Build capacity of the government and non-government stakeholders involved with polio eradication, routine immunization, measles elimination and rubella control and VPD surveillance.
4. Monitor and evaluate the planning and implementation of activities related to polio eradication, measles elimination and rubella control, routine immunization and VPD surveillance.
5. Conduct regular analysis and interpretation of epidemiological, surveillance and immunization data to support appropriate follow up actions by the government and partners.
6. Liaise and coordinate with partner agencies including UNICEF, Rotary and others for strengthening of activities related to polio eradication, routine immunization, measles elimination and rubella control and VPD surveillance.
7. Support implementation of other health priorities as a part of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy.
8. Provide oversight and support for administrative and finance duties of WHO field unit as per established guidelines.
9. Undertake any other tasks/duties as assigned by supervisors.


Essential: MBBS (MCI/State Medical Council registration essential)

Desirable: Post graduation in Community Medicine/Preventive & Social medicine/Public Health/ Pediatrics/other allied fields


1. Excellent Communication skills (both written and spoken);
2. Knowledge of Word Processing, Spreadsheet and presentation software;
3. Good analytical skills;
4. Ability to work in different environments and multi-task effectively;
5. Good presentation and inter-personal skills;


1. Moving forward in a changing environment
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and team work
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond


Essential: At least two years of public health experience after graduation (post graduation will count as experience)
Desirable: Experience in public health/program management and/or experience of working in the polio eradication / routine immunization programme.


Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and working knowledge of local language will be an asset.

Additional Information:

Monthly remuneration is INR 110,000, taxable as per Indian laws and the appointment will be through Special Services Agreement (SSA) extendable subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the function.

This position will be filled only by a national of India.

The incumbent should contribute to ensuring high professional, ethical, and institutional standards of the Organization. Meet professional conduct expectations, and basic universal norms of honesty, integrity, loyalty, and lawful behavior. This includes compliance with the above, including ability to: perform within existing organizational structures and governance; adhere to WHO's processes; demonstrate gender and cultural sensitivity; demonstrate respectful and constructive interpersonal communication; perform as a team player; and demonstrate due diligence.

Previous applicants need not apply.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at:
The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
Currently accepting applications

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