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This is a NO-B contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 2 years of experience, depending on education. More about NO-B contracts.


The Division of CountryHealth Programmes (CHP) assists country efforts to reduce the burden ofnon-communicable and communicable diseases and address the social, economic andenvironmental determinants of health, and promotes policies and actions forhealth through stewardship of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. Itfocuses on health promotion measures; prevention and control of noncommunicablediseases, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratorydiseases and diabetes, and risks related to tobacco use, physical inactivity,unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol; communicable diseases such astuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, and vector-borne and neglected tropicaldiseases; elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocacyfor increased use of vaccines; containing and controlling antimicrobialresistance; addressing existing and emerging environmental health risks, andsupporting violence and injury prevention. A determination to ensure universalaccess to people-centred quality health services across the continuum of careis matched by enriching the evidence base for policy design and interventionsusing social, cultural and behavioural approaches, to drive implementation ofinnovation at national, regional and local levels.Within CHP, the VaccinePreventable Diseases and Immunization Programme (VIF) aims to reduce diseaseand death caused by vaccine-preventable diseases by:strengthening routine immunization programmesby achieving and maintaining high vaccination coverage with childhood vaccines;ensuring that all children, adolescents,adults, and women of childbearing age have equal access to safe andhigh-quality immunization services;ensuring that epidemiological surveillance,including laboratory networks, is sufficient to achieve and sustain diseaseelimination targets;supporting the implementation of animmunization week to promote immunization; andfostering appropriate partnerships withgovernmental and intergovernmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations andother relevant partners.


In the context of the WHO Health EmergenciesIncident Management System (IMS) at the country level, the incumbent will supportnational efforts in response to COVID-19 pandemic, through provision oftechnical assistance on preparedness for and deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine,including strengthening of national vaccine-preventable disease control andelimination programmes. The technical assistance is provided within theframework of EU funded project “Strengthening health systems resilience in theWestern Balkans”.Please describe the key duties: Provide technical supportto Ministry of Health and/or relevant ministries and governmental agencies tosupport deployment of COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination including strengtheningof national routine immunization;Disseminateand facilitate implementation of SAGE and ETAGE recommendations on deploymentof COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination; Providetechnical support to implement preparedness and readiness activities oncritical programmatic areas based on COVID-19 vaccine characteristics;Providetechnical support to implement the strategies outlined in the national COVID-19vaccination plan including (and not limited to) evidence-informed decisionmaking and service delivery modalities as per the vaccine characteristics,vaccine safety, demand and acceptance;Facilitatesubmission of the national vaccination coverage data to the “COVID-19 VaccineMonitor” online platform;Providesupport to document implementation of national COVID-19 vaccine deployment planto share lessons learnt and to leverage and integrate the achievements toroutine immunization programme strengthening;Conductfield visits, collect and analyze data, undertake periodic reviews;Supportto development of and/or prepare progress reports as requested by regional andglobal structures;Oversee and coordinate thedevelopment, planning and implementation of short-term and long-term plans of NationalImmunization Programme to operationalize the national and regional immunizationprogramme goals and targets;Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and/or relevantministries and governmental agenciesin line with already organized activitiesof WHO office regarding the cooperation with relevant and adequate counterpartsand subnational systems;Facilitate and coordinateregional staff and high-level immunization partner missions as appropriate;Undertake any other dutieswhich may be assigned according to the needs of the WHO.



Essential: University degree in medicine, nursing, health management or relevantsocial/public health areas. Desirable: Advanced University degree (Master's level or above) in public health orepidemiology.


Essential: Atleast 2 years' experience in planning and management of public health orimmunization programmes; Experience in developing national policy and planningdocuments in the area of public health, immunization and/or emergency response. Desirable: Work experience with WHO oranother international public health organization


Knowledge of WHO guidance and policies in the area ofimmunization, emergency response and/or COVID-19 response;Strong analytical skills and ability to review andsynthesize information from multiple sources; Excellent Communication, Facilitation andReport-writing skills;Strong interpersonal skills, able to work acrosscultures and with the capacity to build strong working relationships;Knowledge of Office software applications.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Producing results Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of local language. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Other WHO language.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at EUR 30,563 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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