National Professional Officer – Immunization

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Крайний срок: 05/09/2023

The World Health Organization Country Office in the Kyrgyz Republic is seeking for a National Professional Officer – Immunization.

Job description and link to apply by 5 September 2023 at https://careers.who.int/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=2307643. Please note the only way to apply is online via WHO web site.

The Division of Country Health Programmes (CHP) assists country efforts to reduce the burden of non-communicable and communicable diseases and address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, and promotes policies and actions for health through stewardship of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. It focuses on health promotion measures; prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, and risks related to tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol; communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, and vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases; elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocacy for increased use of vaccines; containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance; addressing existing and emerging environmental health risks, and supporting violence and injury prevention. A determination to ensure universal access to people-centred quality health services across the continuum of care is matched by enriching the evidence base for policy design and interventions using social, cultural and behavioural approaches, to drive implementation of innovation at national, regional and local levels.

Within CHP, the Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization Programme (VIF) aims to reduce disease and death caused by vaccine-preventable diseases by:

•strengthening routine immunization programmes by achieving and maintaining high vaccination coverage with childhood vaccines;

•ensuring that all children, adolescents, adults, and women of childbearing age have equal access to safe and high-quality immunization services;

•ensuring that epidemiological surveillance, including laboratory networks, is sufficient to achieve and sustain disease elimination targets;

•supporting the implementation of an immunization week to promote immunization; and

•fostering appropriate partnerships with governmental and intergovernmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations and other relevant partners.

Qualification requirements


Essential: University degree (Bachelor’s level) in medicine, nursing, health management or relevant social/public health areas.
Desirable: Advanced University degree (Master’s level or above) in public health or epidemiology.


Essential: At least 2 years’ experience in planning and management of public health or immunization programmes; Experience in developing national policy and planning documents in the area of public health, immunization and/or emergency response.
Desirable: Work experience with WHO or another international public health organization.


Knowledge of WHO guidance and policies in the area of immunization, emergency response and/or COVID-19 response;

Strong analytical skills and ability to review and synthesize information from multiple sources;

Excellent communication, facilitation and report-writing skills;

Strong interpersonal skills, able to work across cultures and with the capacity to build strong working relationships;

Knowledge of Office software applications.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Russian & Kyrgyz languages.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French or German.


In the context of the implementation of the European Immunization Agenda 2030 at the country level, the incumbent will provide technical assistance towards achieving vaccine-preventable diseases control, elimination and eradication goals and targets by supporting the national efforts to strengthen vaccine-preventable diseases surveillance and immunization service delivery linked to vaccines in the national immunization schedule. The technical assistance is provided within the framework of Central Asia COVID-19 Crisis Response (CA-CCR) project – Phase 2.

Under the technical supervision of the Technical Officer (Immunization) in the WHO Country Office and overall supervision of the WHO Representative in WHO Country Office, the incumbent will:

•Provide technical support to Ministry of Health and/or relevant ministries and governmental agencies to support integration of COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination into broader health system mechanisms and including strengthening of routine immunization system;

•Disseminate and facilitate implementation of SAGE and ETAGE recommendations on vaccines and vaccination;

•Provide technical support to implement preparedness, readiness and monitoring activities of critical immunization programmatic areas of routine immunization including strengthening polio, measles, rubella and other vaccine-preventable diseases surveillance, addressing immunization inequity to achieve high and equitable vaccination coverage and facilitate new vaccine introductions;

•Provide technical support to implement the national vaccination strategies to strengthen immunization systems including (and not limited to) vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, evidence-informed decision making and strengthen service delivery modalities, vaccine safety monitoring, vaccine demand and acceptance, immunization information system and monitoring;

•Conduct field visits, collect and analyze data, undertake periodic programme reviews;

•Support to development of and/or prepare progress reports as requested by regional and global structures;

•Oversee and coordinate the development, planning and implementation of short-term and long-term plans of National Immunization Programme to operationalize the national and regional immunization programme goals and targets;

•Facilitate and coordinate regional staff and high-level immunization partner missions as appropriate;

•Undertake any other duties which may be assigned according to the needs of the WHO.


To apply please visit https://careers.who.int/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=2307643


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 30,699 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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