14 June, 2016

6345 Disease Surveillance Officer

World Health Organization

Non Government Organization
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Job Hour:
For a 12 month appointment, from July 2016
Due Date

Job Description:
The World Health Organization is seeking to appoint a Disease Surveillance Officer to assist the Ministry of Health in detecting and responding to infectious disease outbreaks. The successful applicant will work closely with the Ministry of Health, specially the Disease Surveillance Coordinator and the Director of Public Health, as well as other WHO staff based in Port Vila, in expanding and strengthening the current syndromic disease surveillance and outbreak response systems in the country. This post will be funded by WHO.

Terms of Reference
The post holder will be assigned to the National Public Health Unit in the Ministry of Health, Port Vila, Vanuatu and will have the following terms of reference:

1. To support the implementation of the routine weekly syndromic surveillance system in Vanuatu: 
  • To help facilitate the weekly receipt of data from the various national health facility sentinel sites, and to perform analysis of data and present them accurately in graphs, tables and narrative in the weekly syndromic surveillance report template
  • To provide accurate and timely information each week and at other specified times, such as during disease outbreaks or natural disasters, for sharing with the Ministry (through the Director of Public Health and the Director General) and other key government and private sectors
  • To assist the provincial health office, provincial health facilities and provincial health staff with the implementation of the syndromic surveillance system, as well as in disease outbreak investigations and outbreak responses
  • Support the drafting and maintenance of standard operating procedures for the national syndromic surveillance system
  • Assist with developing nationally relevant training and advocacy materials on disease surveillance and outbreak response
  • In close collaboration with the relevant Vanuatu Ministry of Health units and other supporting agencies, such as WHO, SPC and the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network, to generate, monitor, review and share information on public health surveillance.
2. To perform other duties that may be assigned by the WHO Country Liaison Office.
This position requires a person with excellent organizational skills, a proactive disposition, the ability to work as a member of a team and independently.

  • Professional qualification in medicine, public health or medical sciences
  • Training in medicine/health, public health or epidemiology would be an advantage
  • Excellent computer skills and a working knowledge of databases, the internet, search engines, and email
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, having the ability to handle multiple tasks independently with varying timelines
  • Strong interpersonal skills, working positively and sensitively with staff, community members, and constituents
  • Ability to work in the field under difficult environmental conditions
  • Minimum of three years experience working in a related programme area
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, knowledge of local language is an advantage
  • Valid passport and driving license.


        Renumeration will be at the Public Service Salary Scale of So 5.0, with Allowances


        English, Bislama

        How To Apply:
        Qualified and interested individuals should submit an application letter together with CV to: WHO Country Liaison Office, PO Box 177, Port Vila, Vanuatu. Appointments are made under the standard contract conditions of WHO, only short listed applicants will be contacted. Applications close on 25 June 2016.

        Contact Person:

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        (+678) 27683
        WHO Country Liaison Office, PO Box 177, Port Vila, Vanuatu


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