EPI Technical Officer, Damascus, Syria

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Syria

City: Damascus, Syria

Office: WHO Damascus, Syria

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Sunday, 28 March 2021

EPI Technical Officer

( 2101143 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 1 Year (subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position.)

Job Posting: Mar 14, 2021, 1:38:11 PM

To reduce morbidity and mortality attributable to vaccine preventable diseases by implementing routine immunization, supplemental immunization activities and introduction of new vaccines in accordance with established technical guidelines and in line with the Global and regional VaccineAction Plans


Contribute to the development and follow up on the progress of comprehensive EPI Multi-Year plan for Syria Availing GAVI support (through submitting specific applications to GAVI) and implementation the related activities necessitate significant amount of technical support that’s alwaysprovided by Gavi alliance partners. Participate in the development andfollow up on the Health System Strengthening HSS under the GAVI through theProgram Support Rational (PSR) proposal.To coordinate with, and support WHO regional office and country office counterparts, and partners to ensure transition plans are developed and implemented in ways that strengthen the sustainability of immunization programmes. This includes supporting the monitoring of transition plans and participation in the development of theAnnual GAVI Joint AppraisalFollow-up plans of action for supplemental immunization including, Maternal Neonatal Tetanus campaigns, measles SIAs and surge activities including localized campaigns to boost routine immunization (RI).Monitor the implementation of planned activities and ensure the availability of potent vaccines as well as the required equipment and injection materials. Support technical investigations and response to outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.Co-develop the Expanded Programme on Immunization plan in Syria through the provision of technically sound advice to strengthen the evaluation and monitoring of immunization activities.Analyze data and information on Expanded Programme on Immunization and provide feedback to stakeholders. Contribute to the development and dissemination of guidelines for evaluation of the impact of newly introduced vaccines in the national immunization schedule of the country and submit project proposals for the extension of existing health-care networksand the strengthening the existing systems.Participate in thenational planning for COVID-19 vaccination in Syria



Essential: First university degree in medicine, public health, administration, management, or equivalent.

Desirable: NA


Essential: At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of immunization and vaccine development programmes

Desirable: Experience in a developing country in the area of immunization. Experience working in a WHO-graded emergency country.


Sound knowledge WHO’s policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in the related areas and ability to apply them in the country office setting.

Excellent knowledge of disease burden and surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases.

Sound knowledge of immunization programmes, disease burden and surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases and in-depth knowledge of measles control, new vaccines introduction as immunization agenda 2030

Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned program and activities.

Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.

Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.Sound understanding of COVAX and national planning process for COVID-19 vaccination

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Producing results

Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Expert knowledge of Arabic.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 62,120 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1491 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1615748630490