Technical Officer (Surveillance and Risk Assessment for Surveillance and Health Response Program)

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Port Moresby, NCD, Papua New Guinea
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Title:   Technical Officer (Surveillance and Risk Assessment forDeadline for application: 26 July 2019
Surveillance and Health Response Program)Duty Station: Port Moresby, NCD
Contract type: Special Services AgreementOrganization Unit: Regional Office for the Western Pacific,
Duration of contract: 1 year (renewable)WHO Representative for Papua New Guinea

Description of duties:
In close collaboration with the National Department of Health and under the direct supervision of the WHO Team Coordinator (Outbreaks and Health Emergencies) and overall guidance of the WHO Representative, the Technical Officer Surveillance and Risk Assessment for Surveillance and Health Response Program will carry out specific duties as below:
  • Event-based Surveillance (EBS) and risk assessment (RA)
  1. To ensure the timely obtaining of information of planned mass gathering events, e.g., sports events, in order to plan response to potential disasters if needed
  2. To monitor ongoing mass gathering events to detect the need of public health response
  3. To monitor the happening of natural disasters, e.g., earthquake and flooding and prompt collection of information of public health consequences for decision making
  4. To monitor and collection information on disease events through media (newspapers, radios and televisions, etc), social media and rumours and provide as sufficient information as possible to supervisors for decision making
  5. To produce a weekly report on EBS and share among stakeholders and partners
  6. To organize risk assessment if it is signalled
  • Syndromic surveillance (SS) and risk assessment
  1. To ensure the timely reporting of health facilities (hospitals and district health centers and sub- centers) with excellent coverage
  2. To conduct timely analysis of reports from health facilities and provide promptly weekly report to supervisors for decision making on response if needed
  3. To collect illness information from Port of Entry (POE) weekly
  4. To collect, weekly and any time when needed, lab information of reported or unreported case specimen test results from CPHL and other hospital labs for confirmation of diagnosis of outbreak-prone diseases to support risk assessment
  5. To organize risk assessment if it is needed
  6. To generate and share weekly report and share among stakeholders and partners
  • Improvement of capacity and competency of surveillance team
  1. To support supervisors in selection and dispatching of National or provincial staff to WPRO FETP alumni project for short-term on-job EBS training
  2. To support supervisors in selection and deployment of FETP fellows or graduates to Office for Surveillance and Response Unit of NDOH for short-term on-job training in EBS and SS
  3. To support supervisors in selection and deployment of University students as interns to Office for Surveillance and Response Unit
  • Influenza Surveillance
  1. To monitor the weekly activities of sentinel sites, i.e., daily specimen collection and storage and weekly submission of specimens to National Influenza Center (NIC)
  2. To make quarterly supportive supervisory visits to sentinel sites for on site problem solving and training
  3. To monitor the activities in NIC through smartphone based information collection and submission system and make field visits if necessary
  4. To facilitate the annual WHO External Quality Assurance of NIC and participation of NIC in global Influenza conference
  • Other tasks
  1. To establish/re-establish/maintain disease outbreak event database
  2. To perform any tasks assigned by supervisors
Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in medicine, public health, biology and other related area
  • Diploma or higher training in public health or epidemiology
  • Education in medical or public health laboratory is an advantage

  • More than 5 years working in public health or emergency response
  • More than 2 years working in government agencies or international agencies
  • Experience in disease surveillance or disease research
  • Experience in technical work of laboratory or laboratory management is an advantage
  • Working in challenging environment

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
  • Proficiency across the Microsoft Office package is required
  • Skills in comprehensive report writing
  • Experience in use statistical software such as SPSS, Epi Info, Epi Map, Stata etc is advantage
  • Experience in publication of research papers is an advantage, especially as first author

Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English

Interested candidates should submit an application and attach the standard WHO Personal History Form which can be obtained from the WHO office. Please include 3 referees and contact details in your application letter. Submit to any of the following addresses, no later than Friday, 26 July 2019: by hand delivery to WHO Office at 4th Floor, AOPI Centre Building, Waigani Drive; OR, by email to

NB: Only short-listed applicants will be notified.

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