Provincial Polio Officer

  World Health Organization
Bachelor's Degree   Paktya, Afghanistan Full Time 1241
Date Posted:Dec 1, 2019
Closing Date:Dec 14, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Health/Medical
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:5 - 10 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Contractor
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About World Health Organization:

In February 1949, when the first session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean was held in Cairo, the world was still recovering from the wounds inflicted on it by the Second World War. The historic first session reflected then the vision and determination of eleven countries with similar values, heritage and aspirations to work together in a unique partnership, and start building a better world for future generations. The exceptional spirit of partnership and collaboration that has governed the relationship between WHO and its Member States in the Eastern Mediterranean Region over the years, resulted in landmark achievements bringing health and hope to all corners of the region. Let us acknowledge our achievements, so that we may build on the success to meet the challenges of a new world ahead

Job Summary:

To coordinate Provincial Polio Eradication activities including Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIAs), maintain quality AFP surveillance and support EPI through PEI

Objectives of the Programme and the immediate Strategic Objective (Overview of the program):

To provide technical assistance for polio eradication activities in Paktia province for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Planning, implementation, supervision and evaluation of supplementary immunization campaigns, AFP surveillance and for RI. Priority is specifically to focus on house-to-house campaign of oral polio vaccine (OPV), administrating of Vitamin A supplementation and Albendazole.

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on the intricacy and difficulty of working environment):

-         In charge of the Province allocated in PEI

-         Conduct Surveillance activities for AFP cases

-         Supervise DPOs under his/her Jurisdiction

-         Train of health workers and FLWs

-         Conducting NIDs and SIAs

-         Supervision of routine immunization

-         Supervision of PTTs

-         Supervise District Coordinators

-         Supervision of Cluster supervisors

-         Selection of volunteers

-         Compiling Micro Plans for the Province

Coordination of all AFP activities in the Province

Duties & Responsibilities:

Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected):

    The incumbent will perform the following duties:

Under the direct supervision of the WHO Assistant Regional Polio Officer/Regional Polio Officer/Medical Officer, Regional TL, Polio TL/AFG, and under the overall supervision of the WHO Representative. Provincial Polio Officer will undertake the following duties:

1. Assist MoPH/PEI stakeholders in volunteer selection, training, micro-planning, supervision and monitoring of SIAs.

2. Negotiate access through local channels and ensure all under targeted population is reached for SIA/PEI activities in the assigned area.

3. Strengthen coordination on PEI activities through regular meetings of various partners at district level.

4. Facilitate selection of supervisors and volunteers.

5. Facilitate trainings of Cluster Supervisors and volunteers.

6. Supervise and Monitor PEI activities in the assigned district.

7. Carry out basic AFP surveillance sensitization of the reporting volunteer network in the assigned district as requested by the Medical Officer.

   8. Collect, compile, analyze data, produce and make report

9. Submit monthly plan and report to Assistant Regional Polio Officer.

10. Assist in strengthening routine EPI in the assigned district.

11. Assist implementing partners in training, micro-planning, supervision and monitoring of routine EPI in their assigned areas.

12. Assist MoPH/implementing partners on Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance and reporting AEFI.

13. Assist the Assistant Regional Polio Officer under the direct supervision of the WHO Assistant Regional Polio Officer/Regional Polio Officer/Medical Officer on any other related tasks assigned.

   14. Collecting from field, checking, compiling, certifying and proper management of the financial documents and timely submitting to regional office.

Job Requirement:

Qualifications Required:

Medical Doctor (MD)

Skill of Good relations with all relevant stakeholders in the area.

Local languages (Pashtu and Dari) is mandatory with advanced working knowledge of English.

Ability to negotiate access and effective communication on PEI/EPI relevant issues/activities.

Results oriented in the context of the PEI/EPI program.

Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team to adapt to diverse educational and cultural background and maintain high standards of personal conduct.

Willingness to work long hours and weekends, especially during important activities such as conferences/meetings, vaccination campaigns, and other events.


1) Producing results

2) Fostering Integration and Team work

3) Communicating in a credible and effective way

4) Moving forward in a changing environment.

5) Effective use of resources

6) Team Player

7) Able to working in harsh conditions and under pressure


Functional Skills and Knowledge:

-      Training skill to be able to train health workers and FLWS

-      High Knowledge on AFP surveillance

-      Excellent Knowledge of PEI and EPI


           Medical Doctor (MD)

           Master’s Degree in Public health or Epidemiology will be an added advantage



           Essential: 5-10 years in Polio Surveillance

At least 5 years of relevant Technical and Managerial experiences, preferably with National or international agencies.

PEI/EPI experience required

Languages: Very good working knowledge of English and the local languages.

IT Skills:

-Good working knowledge on word, excel and power point and able to use internet browsers



« Screening of the candidates;

Long List - The candidates shall be longlisted base on the minimum qualifications and relevant experience to the Vacancy Notice (VN).

Short List - Further shortlist shall be done base on years of relevant experience, higher education and required skills.

« Assessment method:

- WHO may conduct written/presentation and interview or combination of the mentioned mediums to select the most qualified candidate.

- WHO is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply and equally qualified female candidate will be given preference.

-      Training skill to be able to train health workers and FLWS

-      High Knowledge on AFP surveillance

-      Excellent Knowledge of PEI and EPI

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Paktya
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