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WHO Job Openings in India – Join WHO’s Surveillance Team – Apply below

Role: Roster of Surveillance Medical Officer (SMO)

Location: Uttar Pradesh & Bihar

Req ID: 2309025

Grade: No grade

Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 12 months

Closing Date: Nov 8, 2023, 4:29:00 AM

Primary Location: India-New Delhi

Organization: SE_IND WR Office, India

Schedule: Full-time

Objectives of the Programme

WHO Job Openings in India, WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), to actively support the development and implementation of national health policies, strategies, and plans aiming at promoting access to and utilization of affordable and quality health services and improving the financial protection against health-related risks.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO

WHO’s mandate revolves around six (6) leadership priorities specifying:

(i) Advancing universal health coverage

(ii) health-related sustainable development goals

(iii) addressing the challenge of non-communicable diseases and mental health, violent injuries and disabilities

(iv) implementing the provisions of the International Health Regulations (2005)

(v) increasing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products

(vi) addressing the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health.

The South–East Asia Region (SEAR)

The Southeast Asia Region (SEAR) of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.9 billion people, with India’s population of 1.4 billion. All the Member States of WHO/SEAR (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor Leste,) share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO’s actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity, and participation.

The mission of WHO India

WHO Job Openings in India, The mission of WHO India is to improve the quality of life of the 1.4 billion people in India by supporting the government in eliminating vaccine-preventable and other communicable diseases, reducing maternal and neonatal mortalities, promoting healthy lifestyles, addressing determinants of health, preparing and responding to health emergencies and strengthening health systems for universal health coverage.

Description of duties:

  • Under the direct supervision of the Sub-Regional Team Leader (SRTL), and under the managerial supervision of the Officer on Special Duty (OSD)/NPO-NPSP (as the case may be), in compliance with project guidelines in the assigned district/state with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial work plans and in accordance with WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy with India, the incumbent is expected to effectively discharge technical, administrative and financial responsibilities in her/his assigned area of work as outlined below.
  • In the context of WCO India’s transition from Polio to Public Health, the set of roles and responsibilities will apply not only to Polio eradication and end-game activities but will also cover technical support to routine immunization, Measles Elimination, and Rubella control, and new vaccine introduction.
  • Provide technical guidance and build the capacity of the government and non-government staff to sustain polio-free status as per the polio eradication and end-game strategic plan. Facilitate activities for AFP Surveillance, supplementary immunization for polio, strengthening of routine immunization, outbreak response to any wild, vaccine-derived, or Sabin-like type 2 polioviruses and transitioning to support other public health priorities;
  • Facilitate activities related to intensification of routine immunization, measles elimination, and rubella control and surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs);
  • In accordance with the WCO mandate and as per State priorities and requirements technical assistance for, and strengthening of vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, and related outbreak response in coordination with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP);
  • Liaise and coordinate with partner agencies, non-governmental organizations, and professional bodies for strengthening of above-mentioned activities;
  • Conduct regular analysis and interpretation of epidemiological, surveillance, and immunization data to support appropriate follow-up actions by the government and partners;
  • As a technical expert of WHO, make presentations, draft reports and strategic documents required for decision-making and implementation at the district and in the state;
  • Support implementation of other health priorities including SDG goals as a part of WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy;
  • Ensure propriety and follow established internal controls over the use of financial resources. In case of suspected misappropriation or fraud etc., immediately report to the Administrative Officer and WHO Representative to India directly;
  • Take responsibility and provide oversight and support for administrative, HR, and finance duties of the unit office as per WHO guidelines and established procedures;
  • Ensure timely performance assessment of supervisee and provide timely feedback;
  • Provide full cooperation to auditors and ensure ‘closure’ of audit findings within a reasonable timeframe;
  • Create a work culture that thrives on transparency, and healthy work relations with other team members of the unit by observing the highest ethical standards; and
  • Take responsibility for overall management and administration of the Unit including all financial transactions in compliance with WCO India Project financial rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Undertake any other tasks/duties as assigned by supervisor(s).

Qualification required


  • Essential: University degree in modern medicine – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) recognized by the National Medical Commission, India (earlier Medical Council of India) with State Medical Council registration is essential.
  • Desirable: Post Graduation in Community Medicine/Preventive and Social Medicine/Public Health/ Pediatrics/another allied field.


  • Essential: At least two (2) years of public health experience after Graduation (Post-graduation will count as experience)
  • Desirable: Experience in public health/program management and/or experience working in the polio eradication/routine immunization program.


  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Moving forward in a changing environment


  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and working knowledge of the local language will be an asset.


Monthly remuneration is INR 157,449 taxable as per Indian laws and the appointment will be through a Special Services Agreement (SSA) extendable subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the function. S/he could be posted anywhere in India as per the Project needs.




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