Project Support Officer Job at Federal Ministry of Youth Development

Federal Ministry of Youth Development – Following the approval of His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and in line with youth empowerment programme thrust under the Transformation Agenda of Mr. President, the Federal Ministry of Youth Development (FMYD) in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) invite applications from suitably qualified young Nigerians to participate in the Junior Professional Officers’ Programme (JPO-P).
The Junior Professional Officers’ Programme (JPO-P) was established in 1963 to provide young professionals pursuing a career in development with hands-on experience in multilateral technical cooperation. It is funded with donations from donor countries. Currently, there are 19 sponsors comprising 16 countries from Europe and 3 from Asia. The programme is administered by the JPO Service Center in Copenhagen. Denmark and initially for one year with possibility of extension for another one year, depending on satisfactory performance making a total of two years objective of the programme

Job Title: Project Support Officer

Location: Enugu State
Agency: WHO

General Information

Programme/Department: Regional Program for Neglected Infectious Diseases
Country and Duty Station: Washington, DC, United States of America
Duration of assignment: One Year Renewable based on satisfactory performance

Objective of the WHO Programme/Department:

Promote, coordinate, and implement technical cooperation activities to reduce health, social and economical burden of communicable diseases, focusing in the surveillance, prevention and control, in ways that are technically sound and appropriate for the culture and society and strives to achieve sustainable impact through strengthened country capacity and effective inter-country collaboration; and to strengthen the coverage and quality of the health and vital statistics in the Region as the national capacity to monitor their health situation.

Assignment Summary:

This position is located in the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Project of the Area of Health Surveillance and Disease Management. The JPO will support the implementation of integrated plans of action for Neglected Infectious Diseases (NID), in priority countries in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Duties, Responsibilities and Output expectations

Under the general orientation of the Senior Advisor, Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases (HSD/CD), and the direct supervision of Regional Advisor for NID the JPO will be responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
  • Collaborate with the Regional program for the implementation of the guideline for integrated plans of action for NID
  • Provide support for the review of survey protocols for prevalence of NID in LAC and follow-up for the implementation of surveys in priority countries.
  • Support the NID Team with the organization of regional meetings for trachoma, lymphatic filariasis, monitoring and evaluation of NID, financial gap analysis and integration of deworming for soil-transmitted helminths within public health programs which target children under 15 years old.
  • Disseminate information throughout the PAHO’s Web site, as well as through networks
  • Collaborate with the Regional NID program to research opportunities to strengthen links between neglected infectious diseases programs and other disease control programs especially malaria, immunizations, indigenous health and social determinants on health in order to promote enhanced coverage and control of diseases, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness
  • Support the Regional program to provide technical cooperation for surveillance of NID in LAC, including monitoring and evaluation of indicators of the PAHO’s Directing Council Resolution CD49.R19.
  • Collect, analyze and disseminate information of NID in LAC, contributing to strengthen the regional databases and providing support for report of data requested by WHO for the preventive chemotherapy bank
  • Provide technical cooperation to countries in LAC to complete the joint report form of NID, including the coordination with the partnership conformed by the Task Force for Global Health, Children Without Worms and WHO for the inventory of NGOs doing deworming in LAC
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Minimum: Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a discipline related to public health, epidemiology, infectious diseases.
  • Desirable: A medical degree
Work experience:
  • Minimum: At least two years of combined national and international experience working in epidemiology of communicable diseases.
  • Desirable: Experience in Neglected Infectious Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Skills required for the assignment:
  • Technical skills in epidemiology of communicable diseases.
  • Excellent data base management, mapping and reporting skills.
  • Strong managerial, project monitoring and execution skills, including operational aspects of prevention and control programs.
  • Information Technology skills, including word processing, database application (excel) presentation software (power point) and internet appreciation.
  • An interest in adapting to varied physical environments; and a desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Evidence of ability to think strategically, work independently and demonstrate a sense of self-assuredness.
  • Respect for the UN principles of the United Nations Charter and the participating UN organisation’s mission statement.
  • Professional experience in preventive public health or epidemiological research.
  • Excellent writing and oral skills in English and ability to work in Spanish, in order to prepare funding proposals and epidemiological situation reports and communicate with the NID team.
  • -Desirable: Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
  • Age: Must not be more than 32 years on the date of application
WHO competencies required for the assignment:
  • Knowing and Managing Yourself
  • Producing Results
  • Fostering Integration and Teamwork
  • Ensuring the Effective Use of Resources
Note:  All Vacancies sorted by State (Applicants are to apply for vacancies in their state of origin)
Application Deadline: 31st December, 2013 by 11:59pm

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