Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Job Opportunity at WHO, Surveillance Officer

Surveillance Officer – SSA-NOB, Dodoma – (1905209)

Grade: No grade
Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)
Contract duration: N/A
Job Posting: Nov 12, 2019, 9:18:15 AM
Closing Date: Dec 3, 2019, 10:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Tanzania, United Republic of-Dar-es-Salaam
Organization: AF_TZA Tanzania
Schedule: Full-time

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In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies incident management system, at the country level, the incumbent will coordinate and implement technical activities directed towards surveillance of outbreaks and health emergencies, scale up the implementation of evidence-based interventions, facilitate policy and decision-making processes through improved health information coverage, analysis and quality throughout the full cycle of the incident.

In the country of assignment, reporting to the Team Lead, and based on priorities set by the Incident Manager and the WHO Head of Country Office, and working closely with counterparts at the respective regional office and HQ, the incumbent will act as the technical expert for the surveillance programme. S/he will provide technical oversight for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public health policies and programmes pertaining to surveillance of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases particularly those with epidemic and pandemic potentials. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with relevant technical officers at the level and subnational levels.

Scope and Methodology

Under the general guidance and supervision of the IM and general guidance of the WHE NPO, the incumbent will perform the following:

Summary of Assigned Duties:

Co-develop the guidelines, tools and indicators for effective disease surveillance at the subnational and community levels.

Coordinate and manage surveillance technical activities and programs, within the context of the outbreak and health emergencies programme at the country level.

Facilitate the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) including participation in the process of verification and risk assessment on reported public health events.

Strengthen the capacities of surveillance teams for the effective and sustained surveillance of epidemic prone diseases through training courses on field investigation, detection, data management, and rapid response to epidemics and health outbreaks.

Conduct, in collaboration with other team members and PHEOC Manager, real-time analysis of outbreak intelligence data, from a broad range of sources including non-health sectors, for epidemic forecasting and detection.

Promote the effective coordination for rapid assessment, surveillance and response activities for epidemic-prone diseases in consultation with Country Office, Regional Office and HQ as well as local, regional and national health entities and other international health partners including UN agencies and NGOs.

Provide technical guidance for the management of a unified information system to ensure availability of core data country files and other information on related technical areas such as: case incidence; case management surveillance data; laboratory surveillance data; contact tracing, etc.;

Analyze, systematize, and disseminate scientific and evidence-based technical information and knowledge; support the development of the WHO Situation Reports, other related regular and ad-hoc surveillance reports.

Undertake regular field supervision visits to assess and evaluate the implementation of surveillance activities, identify gaps and recommend corrective actions based on key performance indicators.

Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor

Technical Supervision

Objectives of the Review

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

1. Specific Requirements


Essential: Excellent knowledge of the English.

Desirable: Working knowledge of Swahili, Knowledge of French or other UN language.


Essential: First level university degree in epidemiology, statistics, database management, medicine or nursing from an accredited/recognized institute

Desirable: Advanced university degree in quantitative epidemiology, public health or health related field. Specialized training in communicable diseases.


Essential: At least two years’ related experience in quantitative epidemiology and the implementation of public health surveillance, outbreak investigation and response in humanitarian settings.

Desirable: Prior humanitarian working experience at field level with WHO, other UN agencies, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations or with an international nongovernmental organization with expertise in disaster and outbreak response.


Demonstrated knowledge of surveillance and monitoring systems as related to emergency response relief operations, complemented by skills in the field of epidemiological or statistical data collection, assessment, analysis and the evaluation and monitoring in a public health context.

Proven ability to multitask across various planning and implementation processes within a highly demanding environment.

Demonstrated knowledge, competency and professional skills on the public health aspects of infectious disease control, epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response with particular attention to application of an all hazard approach in the context of the International Health Regulations and the use of event based and indicator-based surveillance, as well as descriptive epidemiology and principles of public health in communicable disease surveillance and response.

WHO Competencies REQUIRED

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Producing results

Ensuring the effective use of resources



Other Skills (e.g. IT):

Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

Working knowledge of online data collection applications, statistical analysis packages (Stata, SPSS, etc).

Working knowledge of GIS mapping software (or similar) would be an asset


The Surveillance officer will be stationed in Dodoma Region, Tanzania.



The contract will be for six (06) months


Grade: NOB – 01 with amount of: TZS 8,476,250/- payable on monthly bases.

Closing Date: Dec 3, 2019, 10:59:00 PM