World Health Organisation (WHO) recruits Medical Officer (Regional Adviser, Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology) for New Delhi India

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Vijaykumar Dave

May 15, 2010, 5:08:44 PM5/15/10

World Health Organisation (WHO) recruits Medical Officer (Regional Adviser, Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology) for New Delhi India

World Health Organisation (WHO)

The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: SEARO/10/FT-09

Title: Medical Officer (Regional Adviser, Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology)

Grade: P5

Contract type: Fixed-term appointment

Duration of contract: Two Years

Date: 12 May 2010

Application Deadline: 11 June 2010
(28 day(s) until closing deadline)

Currently accepting applications

Duty Station: New Delhi India

Organization unit: SEARO Regional Office for the South East Asia (SE/RGO) /
SE/CDS Department of Communicable Diseases (CDS) (SE/CDS)

In collaboration with member states, international organizations, NGOs and other WHO programmes, to develop, coordinate and evaluate the Region’s need for development of health systems, particularly in the area of surveillance of communicable diseases. To advise the national authorities on the need to strengthen the epidemiological surveillance system to effectively control outbreaks/epidemics of infectious diseases, new, emerging and re-emerging communicable diseases in countries of South-East Asia Region, particularly in the context of IHR (2005).

Description of duties:
Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases:

- Plan and develop methodologies and evaluate the activities of the regional programme on the basis of the Regional Directors priorities and policies and ensure close cooperation with other related areas.

- Ensure coordination and exchange of information with headquarters, other regional offices, health ministries, other organizations etc.

- Participate with national authorities, non-governmental organizations and international organizations to formulate the regional and country health programmes and to develop plans and activities to implement programme activities of the department; advise the Regional Director on the identification of priorities and action plans to meet objectives of the Department’s programmes.

- Administer support to regional and country activities by advice and guidance to consultants and colleagues and by recommendations on the selection of supplies and equipment.

- Mobilise extra-budgetary resources to meet the programme needs which enhance the programme implementation.

- Promote and coordinate the activities of international, bilateral and voluntary agencies in the delivery of the programme, advise and assist national authorities in identifying training needs and in organizing national and regional educational activities.

- Promote the development of research programmes by encouraging the application of appropriate research methods, ensuring collection and distribution of research information, formulating protocols and scrutinising research proposals for funding, advising on relevance and technical aspects of their design.

- Exercise delegated authority to approve exceptions to the established methodology, e.g. interpret the organization’s policies with respect to difficult and complex cases.

- Perform other related duties as assigned.


Essential: Degree in medicine or other health related field from a recognized university with Post graduate degree or study which is equivalent to an advanced university degree in epidemiology of communicable diseases.
Desirable: Training in management and/or Public Health Administration.

Essential: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of a wide range of public health issues. Specialized knowledge of the techniques required to achieve the objectives of the programme.
Desirable: Knowledge of WHO programmes and policies.
Essential: Extensive professional experience in the development and implementation of health programmes at national or international level.
Desirable: Exposure to public health work in developing countries.

Essential: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
Desirable: Knowledge of other UN Offcial languages.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 79,537 at single rate
US$ 85,615 with primary dependants Post Adjustment: 38.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO’s e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

To apply online click here

- Vijaykumar Dave

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