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Surveillance and SIA Officer at WHO


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2 Year
Male, Female, Both
Bachelor Degree


  • Organization: WHO – World Health Organization
  • Location: Lilongwe
  • Grade: Level not specified – Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2023-06-07


The World Health Organization (WHO) is a technical agency of the United Nations accountable for international public health. It was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in GenevaSwitzerland, with six regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.WHO’s mission is to encourage health, maintain the world safe, and serve the vulnerable, guided by science and committed to the well-being of all people. The organization works with governments, civil society, international organizations, foundations, advocates, researchers, and health employees to advance the health and security of al.WHO’s areas of involvement include public health, AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, and more. The agency is led by a director-general appointed by the WHO Secretariat, which carries out routine operations and helps implement strategies.


The duties for Surveillance and SIA Officer at Malawi are :

  • Provide technical direction for coordination and rapid response framework at the district level to rapidly interrupt any polio outbreak.
  • Perform gap analysis to identify constraints to overall outbreak response and support the development of plans of action to address these gaps
  • Support performance of high quality Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIA), including update of micro-plans, training, supervision and evaluation with IM and LQAS. Ensuring high risk populations and vulnerable groups are compared.
  • Promote activities to improve Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance at facility, community levels and cross-border areas, including rapid surveillance assessments, prioritization of surveillance sites, development of surveillance action plans, usage of electronic surveillance (eSURV) tools, evaluation of the impact of these plans, and training/orientation of health workers, surveillance/ immunization officers and supervisors.
  • Fund surveillance and SIA data analysis and use at the district level, including preparation and dissemination of position updates.
  • Determine training needs, and evaluate and document outbreak response activities to ensure that all lessons learned are effectively incorporated into current best practices.
  • Provide technical guidance to maintain routine immunization systems at the district level.
  • Reinforcing vaccine safety surveillance by participating in the detection and reporting of adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) and strengthening district investigation teams in carrying out serious AEFIs. You are advised to complete an online training on basics in vaccine safety by WHO.
  • Reinforcing vaccine-preventable diseases surveillance in the districts including acute flaccid paralysis, partaking in community and environmental surveillance, if need be, measles and neonatal tetanus.
  • Reinforcing routine immunization activities including assisting developing the health facility micro-plan, mapping, the hard-to-reach areas, reducing missed opportunity for vaccination and understanding the district logistic system.
  • Reinforcing immunization monitoring and evaluation by ensuring the accurate and timely reporting of district immunization data for instance monthly coverage data. Promote district evidence-based decision by promoting data utilization at the lowest levels.

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The requirements for Surveillance and SIA Officer at Malawi are :

  • Degree in public health or connected major.
  •  Masters in public health or vaccinology or epidemiology
  •  A minimum of two years background in public health.
  •  At least two years background in running immunization programme at district or national level, Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance and emergency response.
  • Demonstrated understanding of public health fieldwork, organizing vaccination campaigns, conducting vaccine-preventable disease surveillance activities, or other relevant expertise
  • Advanced English and local language in the area of homework.


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