National Surveillance Officer (3 positions) WHO

Vacancy Notice No: WR/INO/09/TA10
Title: Temporary National Professional
– National Surveillance Officer (3 positions)

Grade: NO-A
Contract type: Temporary
Duration of contract: 12 months
Date: 31 August 2009
Deadline for application: 20 September 2009
Duty Station: JAKARTA Indonesia
Organization unit: Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI)
WHO’s Country Office, Jakarta, Indonesia

The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the Ministry of Health (MOH) collaborative programme in Indonesia;

  1. By providing technical assistance for AFP, and integrated vaccine preventable disease (VPD) surveillance
  2. To contribute to the prevention, control and elimination/eradication of VPD and other emerging diseases, with special focus on polio eradication, control of measles/rubella and elimination of neonatal tetanus.
  3. To establish sustainable systems of immunization and surveillance as an important tool of disease control initiatives; and to promote regional and country self-reliance in vaccine quality control and production.

Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the WR and overall technical supervision/guidance by MO-EPI, the incumbent provides the following technical and progarametic support;

  1. Assist the WHO EPI Medical Officer in providing technical assistance and coordination to the Ministry of Health Government of Indonesia (GoI) in the field AFP and integrated vaccine preventable disease (VPD) surveillance activities consistent with achieving internationally acceptable standard of AFP surveillance and ultimately certification of polio eradication and control/elimination of other vaccine preventable diseases.
  2. Serve as a resource person in meetings with government counterparts, hospital officials, health care providers, professional organizations, NGOs, medical schools, universities and others as appropriate to promote understanding and support for integrated surveillance activities in collaboration with GoI Surveillance Officers.
  3. Provide on-the-job training to Government Surveillance Officers to achieve adequate level of understanding of the principles and practice of integrated surveillance.
  4. Attend and conduct formal training and review sessions of SOs and Government Counterparts in the principles and practice of integrated Surveillance.
  5. Together with other National Surveillance Officers, develop a national plan of action for meeting internationally recognized level of AFP and integrated surveillance.
  6. Provide motivation, technical support and logistic assistance to Surveillance actors to ensure prompt detection, adequate investigation and prompt reporting of AFP and measles cases.
  7. Ensure that all reported cases of AFP are properly investigated and followed up. For cases of AFP, ensure that the surveillance team are conducting appropriate investigations, collecting two adequate stools specimens, labeling them appropriately, arranging shipment to lab and are following-up every case of AFP.
  8. Maintenance and analysis of national surveillance data including internationally accepted AFP Surveillance indicators zero reporting weekly from reporting units and making spot maps.
  9. Prepare and maintain national up-to-date line lists, spots maps and other presentations of AFP and integrated surveillance data.
  10. Coordinate and conduct quarterly review meetings with all surveillance team.
  11. Visit on regular schedule surveillance team.
  12. Review and provide guidance on monthly summary report including the plans for coming months.
  13. Act when required as a liaison with National Certification, Expert Committees and SEARO for Polio Eradication.
  14. To support coordinating the Laboratory Containment and clinical examination and follow up of AFP cases with pediatricians and neurologists.
  15. Other duties as assigned by the Medical Officer WHO/EPI.


Essential: Medical degree from a recognized medical school or Post graduate qualifications or training in public health preferably in epidemiology or child health.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

  1. Proficiency in use of computer (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations);
  2. Ability to work in harmony with national/international staff of WHO and Ministry of Health;
  3. Ability to write clear reports and prepare presentation;
  4. Good skills in organizing and conducting meetings, workshops and training sessions;
  5. To be able to travel extensively through-out Indonesia.


  1. Producing results;
  2. Communicating in a credible and effective way;
  3. Fostering integration and teamwork;
  4. Ensuring the effective use of resources;

Essential: At least five years’ professional experience in the field of polio eradication and vaccine preventable disease surveillance.
Desirable: 1) Familiarity with government structure and procedures; 2) Familiarity with WHO policies and practices; 3) Working experience with WHO or other UN Agencies at the national and international level is an asset.

Essential: Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and Bahasa Indonesia.

Additional Information:
Please submit applications to the WHO Representative, at WHO Office, Bina Mulia 1, Jl. HR Rasuna Said, Jakarta 12950. Please submit application in the attached ‘Personal History Form’ in English and send necessary certificates of qualifications and experience. At the top left of the application, please mention (Application for the post of TNP, National Surveillance Officer Vacancy Notice WR/INO/09/TA10)

This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, we only accept applications from nationals of Indonesia. Please REFRAIN from applying if you are not a national of Indonesia.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted to undertake a written test or presentation prior to interview.

WHO does not cover any expenses related to participation in tests and/or interviews.

Annual salary: (Net of tax) In accordance with WHO salary scale for TNP at NO-A level.

WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or other tobacco users.

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