WHO is Recruiting Medical Officers (Closes 3 Dec 2023)

WHO in Harare is Recruiting

WHO was founded in 1948 is the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health. 

WHO leads global efforts to expand universal health coverage. We direct and coordinate the world’s response to health emergencies. And we promote healthier lives – from pregnancy care through old age. Our Triple Billion targets outline an ambitious plan for the world to achieve good health for all using science-based policies and programmes. 

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The Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Programme is part of and contributes to the work of the Universal Health Coverage/Communicable and Non-communicable diseases (UHC/UCN) cluster in the WHO African region.

The strategic agenda of the cluster is to reduce disease burden in the WHO African Region, by guiding disease control agenda in Africa, and using analytics to inform strategic investments and tailored interventions for disease control. This approach is underpinned by the guiding principles of comprehensive whole of society, people-centered, integrated approaches to disease control.


The incumbent will be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Develop and update norms and standards related to HPV vaccines, while facilitating information-sharing, education, and communication, toward a good understanding of their benefits and acceptance by communities, health workers and families;
  • Provide expertise and develop/revise guidelines for HPV Vaccination programmes and proactively facilitate their implementation to enable best M&E practices; Develop and implement capacity building for the identification of adverse events following immunization to align with global vaccine safety monitoring strategies;
  • Support countries decision making by providing support to assess vaccine impact in close collaboration with other VPD technical areas (Surveillance and vaccine effectiveness, National immunization advisory mechanism,
  • Coordinate the provision of guidance and technical support to countries in: Determining and setting policies for the introduction of HPV vaccines and related technologies, including strengthening country capacity to assess the burden of HPV related cancers including cervical cancer; Developing and implementing harmonized protocols to facilitate policy decisions and organize regional training on new vaccine introduction; Supporting WCO in the submission of applications to GAVI to receive financial support (for GAVI eligible countries)Support planning, vaccine forecast, country readiness, assessment on logistics, training of immunization staff at all levels,
  • Support advocacy, communication, development of key messages for social mobilization, launching of the vaccines and evaluation of the introductions;
  • Development of partnerships with maternal, child and adolescent health departments (within WHO and other organizations) to tackle HPV diseases related especially cervical cancer; and in providing support to ESA countries for the integration of adolescent health interventions with HPV vaccination which target 9-14 year old girls within the broader landscape of cervical cancer elimination;



Essential: University Degree in a Health Sciences Field with post-graduate degree/training in public health, epidemiology or infectious or communicable diseases.
Desirable: Post-graduate training in Public Health preferably in epidemiology, vaccinology, immunology, other related public health fields.


Essential: A minimum of 7 years of practical national and international experience in new vaccines introduction, vaccine logistics management, and related activities. Experience in working and collaboration with wide range of stakeholders. Experience in project management, analysis and development of capacity building tools and databases for monitoring and evaluation purposes.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 77,326 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1959 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

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