State Coordinator – NPO Surveillance at the World Health Organization (WHO)

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NPO Surveillance (State Coordinator)

Job Ref No: 2000121
Location: Lagos
Grade: NO-C
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract duration: 12 months
Schedule: Full-time

Objectives of the Programme

  • The Federal Government of Nigeria continues to oversee the implementation of intensified Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) activities in the country. These efforts have resulted in improved quality of PEI activities¬†as well as¬†interruption¬†of the wild poliovirus transmission in Nigeria.¬†Priority Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization strategies and activities are articulated¬†in the National Polio Eradication Emergency Plan and the Comprehensive EPI Multi-Year¬†Plan
  • The purpose of this post is to coordinate¬†WHO technical, programmatic and managerial activities aimed at supporting the State to (a) achieve and maintain very high population immunity against polioviruses through high quality SIAs and routine immunization (b) achieve 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.

Description of Duties
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Country Representative, overall leadership of EPI Team Leader and direct supervision of the Zonal Coordinator, the incumbent is expected to support State authorities, partners and other appropriate stake-holders in the following specific tasks:

EPI Programme Areas (Routine Immunization, SIAs, Surveillance):

  • Support timely preparation of State EPI/PEI (Polio Eradication, Routine Immunization and other¬†accelerated¬†control of¬†vaccine preventable¬†diseases) annual work-plans in line with national plans with great emphasis on the National Polio Eradication Emergency Plan (NPEEP).
  • Advocate for and¬†participate¬†in weekly coordination meetings of the State Technical Team to monitor implementation of priority EPI/PEI activities as articulately in the State EPI/PE State plans.
  • Advocate for and¬†participate¬†in monthly State Inter-agency Coordination Committee or State Immunization Task Force meetings to review implementation of priority EPI/PEI activities and EPI/PEI performance indicators.
  • Support timely (a) collection of all EPI/PEI data (RI, SIA dashboard, Abuja commitments, surveillance, and PEI accountability framework data…etc), (b) use of EPI/PEI data for action and (c) feed-forward clean data to Zonal and National level.
  • Ensure regular updating of State EPI/PEI plans to incorporate technical recommendations from ERC meetings, programme reviews including Rapid Surveillance Assessments (RSAs), National EOC action points…etc
  • Collate monthly review reports from all clusters and compile a¬†monthly¬†state EPI/PEI review report.
  • Develop innovations as¬†solution¬†to pertinent issues affecting quality implementation of activities in the State

Coordination of WHO State Technical Team:

  • Ensure that all WHO personnel (Cluster consultants, LGA Facilitators, Field Volunteers) prepare (a) weekly work-plans in line with State EPI/PEI work-plans and priorities and (b) weekly reports of implementation of their weekly work-plans at the end of each week
  • Conduct weekly in-house coordination meetings and follow up priority actions for follow up.
  • Collaborate closely with other partners in the state (CDC, UNICEF, Rotary…)¬†through¬†joint participation in meetings with State officials and other stake-holders (State team meetings, State Task Force meetings, State EOC or Operations Room meetings…etc)¬†as well as¬†in partner meetings as¬†may be¬†required.
  • Ensure timely sharing of activity reports and or plans of activities to¬†be supported¬†by WHO with¬†State¬†authorities, partners and other relevant stake-holders in the state.
  • Undertake at least 2-3 supportive supervision of WHO personnel supporting high risk or poor performing LGAs.
  • Ensure quality selection and training of EIM and LQAS surveyors
  • Validate at least 5¬†‚Äst10% of the verified AFP cases
  • Ensure quarterly performance appraisals of all WHO personnel in the¬†State.

Cross Cutting Tasks:

  • Support training and capacity building of State, LGA staff¬†as well as¬†all WHO personnel (Cluster consultants, LGA Facilitators, Field Volunteers).
  • Implement administrative, financial, security and office operations responsibilities in line with laid down WHO rules and regulations.
  • Provide any support as requested by WHO Zonal Coordinator, EPI TL and/or WHO Representative.

Required Qualifications

  • Essential: Degree in Medicine (MBBS,¬†MBChB, MD)
  • Desirable: Post graduate degree in¬†Public Health¬†preferably in epidemiology or other related public health fields


  • Essential: At least¬†Five¬†years of experience in EPI activities after post graduate qualification in government or non-governmental organizations.
  • Desirable: Experience in an international organization


  • Computer literate in Microsoft¬†windows¬†applications, analytical soft-wares such as EPIINFO

WHO Competencies:

  • Communication;
  • Fostering integration and teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organisation and beyond
  • Promoting WHO‚Äôs position in health leadership

Use of Language Skills:

  • Essential: Excellent command of English
  • Desirable: Knowledge of other UN language would be an asset

Application Deadline
14th February, 2020

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Additional Information

  • Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications¬†indicated¬†above reflects your personal device’s system settings.
  • 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 WHO Staff Regulations, Staff¬†Rules¬†and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged¬†to apply.
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  • WHO¬†is committed¬†to workforce¬†diversity.
  • WHO’s workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and¬†is committed¬†to¬†put¬†the WHO Values into practice.
  • 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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