Diseases Surveillance Officer, Kathmandu, Nepal

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Nepal

City: Kathmandu, Nepal

Office: WHO Country Office in Nepal

Grade: NO-A

Closing date: Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Diseases Surveillance Officer (SSA-NOA)

( 2003920 )

Grade : No grade

Contractual Arrangement : Special Services Agreement (SSA)

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 1 Year

Job Posting: Sep 30, 2020, 6:29:26 AM

Purpose of the Position:

The purpose of the position is to support Epidemiology and Diseases Control Division (EDCD) by providing technical support, coordination at local level and liaison for the implementation of activities related with strengthening of climate-sensitive diseases surveillance by integrating climate and weather information and other related climate change and health aspects.

Service period: One year with possibility of extension)

Outputs and Deliverables:

The incumbent will be placed in Surveillance and Research Section within Epidemiology and Diseases Control Division (EDCD), and under the overall guidance of EDCD Director, Public Health Administrator/WHO and in coordination with/supervision of Surveillance and Research Section Chief and of the National Professional Officer (NPO)/Climate Change, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

Provide technical support to EDCD to plan, develop, implement and follow up various activities related to the integration of climate/weather information into climate sensitive diseases surveillance system

Support for customization of climate informed decision support tool such as risk maps and, if feasible climate-informed early warning system for priority climate-sensitive diseases such as water- and vector-borne diseases.

Assist in piloting of the developed model to selected sentinel sites for climate sensitive diseases

Support for collection, recording and reporting of information and data e.g. climate/weather data, diseases specific health data, WASH, socio-economic and environmental information from various sources ( EWARS, HMIS, districts, sentinel sites, DWSSM, DoHM and others)

Undertake technical support and monitoring visits to sentinel sites and provide on-site support in recording & reporting, data management and surveillance etc.

Assist to organize trainings and other capacity building activities at national level and at sentinel sites.

Support to liaise and coordinate activities with other partners at national level and sentinel sites including organization of meetings and seminars with stakeholders and experts.

Tags climate change data management disease surveillance environmental health environmental information project implementation trainings

Provide contribution to prepare reports on regular basis

Assist for development of presentations, technical notes, and communication activities

Facilitate any other operation to support the implementation of DfID funded and GEF/UNDP project activities, including support for implementation of H-NAP and other activities related with strengthening of climate sensitive disease surveillance system.

Education (Qualifications):

Essential: Bachelor’s degree in environmental epidemiology, or a closely related public health field.

Desirable: Masters degree in above mentioned subject with training in issues related to disease surveillance.


Essential: At least 2 years professional experience on epidemiology, including practical experience on surveillance and monitoring of climate sensitive diseases.

Desirable: Experience working on inter-sectoral projects or programs. Experience of supporting the project implementation.

Languages : Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Nepali.

Functional Skills and Knowledge :

Self-motivated with ability to work with a minimum of supervision.

Good interpersonal skills, able to work as a team member in a multi-cultural environment.

Ability to perform practical hands-on field work.

Good technical knowledge in public health, diseases surveillance and monitoring and environmental health issues both in national and local level.

Very good analytical skills including ability to collect and analyze technical data and information and to draw and present conclusions in written and spoken form.

Very good writing skills in English, including ability to write clear and concise progress reports, analytical reports, plans and proposals.

Other Skills (e.g. IT)

Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Internet essential.

Proficiency in statistical software (e.g. Stata, R).

Salary : Lump sum NPR 196,102.00 per month (taxable).