National Technical Officer (Surveillance and Monitoring)

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Organizational Setting

Under the overall guidance of WHO Representative to Myanmar, direct supervision of Technical Officer -Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and close coordination with Central Epidemiological Unit (CEU), MoHS, the National Technical Officer (NTO) will provide technical support to CEU to strengthen vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) surveillance and to achieve regional targets for elimination and eradication of the (VPD). Routine tasks are performed independently within detailed guidelines. Overall supervision is focused on the successful delivery of client oriented and efficient implementation of operational services.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The National Technical Officer will work under the direct supervision of Technical Officer (EPI), WHO and will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Provide technical support to Central Epidemiological Unit (CEU) on planning, implementation and evaluation of Vaccine Preventable Disease surveillance (Acute Flaccid Paralysis - AFP, Measles & Rubella, Japanese Encephalitis, Neonatal Tetanus and others) and also for outbreak investigations and appropriate response activities.
  2. Assist Central Epidemiological Unit and coordinate with National Surveillance Coordinator to undertake periodic review of VPD surveillance data, identify silent areas, design specific strategies and tools for increasing Polio/measles and other VDP surveillance sensitivity in all states and regions
  3. Facilitate CEU in managing WHO collaborative workplan activities proposal preparation and reporting.
  4. Visit low performing, silent townships and assist Township Medical officers in strengthening VPD surveillance, active case searches and facilitate technical trainings of health workers for VPD surveillance
  5. Coordinate with Department of Medical Research and National Health Laboratory to ensure that polio, measles and JE labs are fully equipped with required supplies and specimen results are collected and disseminated through CEU/ RSO to all states and divisions
  6. Monitor RSO monthly reports, their travel and partner communication, give feedbacks to RSO and support findings and recommendations to CEU and EPI.
  7. To provide support to CEU and EPI on analysis of surveillance and immunization data working together with data manager.
  8. To support operation researches, assessment and coverage survey in immunization and surveillance
  9. Liaise communication with different departments (IRD, DMR, NHL, CEU) from Ministry of Health and Sports.
  10. Perform any other additional duties as required
  11. To submit assignment report quarterly

Work Relations and Partnerships

The National Technical Officer (NTO) constantly provides technical support to CEU in planning, implementation and evaluation of surveillance activities. The NTO coordinates with National Health Laboratory for VPD surveillance related activities. The NTO also collaborates with other partners for the equitable access to immunization by all eligible children as well as in order to avoid overlapping of the activities. The NTO also coordinate with other teams (DSE, EHA) in WHO country office for disease surveillance and emergency.

Impact of functions

NTO plays a key role in strengthening surveillance system through delivery of services related to collaborative country programmes. NTO ensures to implement VPD surveillance and outbreak response timely. NTOs also ensures to monitor the activities of Regional Surveillance Officers at States and Regions.


Educational background


  • First university degree in Medicine, Health or Health-related sciences, biological sciences


  • Post graduate degree in Public Health and/ or related fields.

Professional experience and knowledge

  • At least 3 years of professional experience in the field of Epidemiology, including experience in programme/project implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of the programmes, and in preparation of donors' reports related to health programmes at national level.
  • Able to work independently and take initiative.

Language Skills

  • Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Myanmar.


  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources.


  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and no smoking policy
  • Duty station at Naypyitaw, Myanmar
  • Monthly salary is USD 1400 per month.
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