Surveillance Medical Officer (SMO) - SSA
World Health Organization (WHO)
SE_NEP WR Office, Nepal
Closed on 10 Aug 2020
Location: Nepal
Grade: No grade
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Objective of the position


The surveillance medical officer position provides technical assistance to provincial, district and municipality levels in all matters related to VPD surveillance and immunization. Such technical assistance includes but is not limited to capacity building and sensitization of government and private sector personnel in VPD surveillance and immunization, active case search, data analysis and reporting and other support as needed.  




Under the overall guidance of Team Lead IPD, SMO will provide technical assistance to surveillance and immunization (routine and supplementary) related programmes for immunization preventable diseases (polio, measles and rubella, Japanese encephalitis, neonatal tetanus and other diseases) at provincial and sub-provincial levels. 




He/she will be responsible for:


  1. Providing technical assistance to Govt. counterparts in assigned area for all programme aspects of vaccine preventable disease (VPD) eradication (polio), elimination (measles and rubella) and control (JE and other VPDs) in accordance with guidelines and procedures provided by WHO and the Department of Health Services (DOHS), Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), GoN. 
  2. Surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases (polio, measles, JE and others) including but not limited to, liaising with surveillance sites (in public and private sectors) for active case searches, case reporting and investigation, sample collection and shipment, data collection and processing, training and capacity building of provincial and sub-provincial level counterparts, and outbreak response to VPDs. Analyse and interpret VPD surveillance data to inform decisions for action in coordination with appropriate health authorities.
  3. Support immunization activities (routine and supplementary) to improve coverage with equity: This will include support in micro-planning, identification of high risk areas, capacity building, monitoring and coordinating corrective responses linking immunization and surveillance data.
  4. Develop and maintain excellent professional working relationships with health teams at provincial, district and local levels, in designated area, as well as with other individuals and organizations related to the polio eradication initiative and other VPD elimination and control activities.
  5. If instructed by supervisor, and in coordination with Government counterparts work with counterparts across international borders as required for coordinated activities for VPD eradication/elimination/control, e.g. in planning and implementing SIAs, cross-border notification, investigation, and follow-up of polio and measles cases, etc.
  6. Be accountable for and manage the assigned IPD field office including asset and budget management.
  7. Supervise and manage IPD field office personnel e.g. administrative assistant and driver as appropriate. Ensure that reports of activities, cashbook expenditures, and other administrative duties according to established WHO guidelines are performed by them.
  8. In addition to VPDs, SMO may also have to provide technical assistance to concerned province, local body or district in responding to other health emergencies and disease outbreaks.  
  9. Coordinate and collaborate with other stakeholders and donor representatives as advised by central IPD office. 
  10. Any additional tasks as per need of the programme. .






1. Communicating in a credible and effective Way;


2. Producing results


3. Ensuring the effective use of resources;


4. Technical expertise;


5. Teamwork 




Functional Skills and Knowledge:


Good interpersonal skills, able to work as a team member in a multi-cultural environment. Ability to travel within the country and to perform practical hands-on field work. Ability to participate actively and cooperatively in knowledge sharing and policy forums at various levels and also to coordinate with the GoN agencies. Good knowledge in vaccine, immunization and surveillance sector. Very good analytical skills including ability to collect and analyse 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.




Qualifications: Education:


Essential: Graduate degree in Western medicine (MBBS or equivalent) from a recognized college or university.


Desirable:  Post graduate qualification in one or more of the following disciplines or allied disciplines would be considered an asset: Paediatrics / Public Health / Epidemiology / Global or International Health / Community Medicine.




Work experience


Essential: At least two years’ experience in Public Health or related work or a minimum of two years’ experience in Health Sector inclusive of at least one year’s experience in public health.



  • Experience of working with national or international immunization programs
  • Experience of working in national or international disease surveillance programmes
  • Demonstrated experience of supporting translation of policy to implementation and impact
  • Demonstrated experience in training/teaching/learning activities
  • Demonstrated experience in Public Health data analysis and related software,
  • Demonstrated experience in public health emergency response
  • Experience of working in the NGO/INGO sector or UN would be an asset




Other Skills:


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






Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English, and Nepali




Salary: Approximately NPR 196,102 per month (taxable). 


Duty Station: WHO-IPD FIELD OFFICE (Outside valley)




Additional Information


  • This vacancy requisition may be used to fill other similar positions at the same level.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for test/interview etc.
  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply
  • Candidates should be ready to produce all testimonials and certificates in original.
  • Any misrepresentation of facts would disqualify the candidate. No telephone enquiries or paper applications please.



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