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Special Services Agreement (SSA): Laboratory Officer

  •  World Health Organisation
  •  Suva, Fiji


World Health Organization

The World Health Organization
Office for the South Pacific, Suva.
Employment Opportunities: Laboratory Officer
Special Services Agreement (SSA): Medical Officer
For a 1 -year initial appointment based in Suva, Fiji

The World Health Organization (WHO) invites applications for qualified individuals tv to serve as Medical Officer Climate Change to Project Manage the SHAPE Project and will be based within the Health Protection Division al the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and will be accountable to the WHO Division of Pacific Technical Support (WHO-DPS) in Suva Fiji.


Implement the laboratory strengthening activities related to Outcome 2 of the Strengthening Health Adaptation Project (SHAPE) under the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, World Health Organization and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Job description:


The position will be assigned as Project Manager for the SHAPE project and will he based within the
Health Protection Division at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Suva to conduct and assist in the
following activities:

1. Supervise officers working under the SHAPE project, and work in coordination with officers in aligned programs, tu achieve the outcomes and deliverables of the entire SHAPE project.

2. Co-ordinate, facilitate and implement activities of Outcome 2: Strengthened communicable disease surveillance system, which includes facilitating the building of web-based reporting and enhanced data management systems for Nationa] Notifiable Discase Surveillance System (NNDSS) integrating climate and disease information. Deliverables will include:

a) Assisting in conducting situational analysis and review of existing surveillance systems.

b) Improving vigilance and quality of the Nationa] Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) by providing web-based reporting and enhanced data management systems.

c) Integrate risk monitoring and climate-informed early warming system through collaboration among MOHMS, relevant institutions such as the Fiji Meteorological Service and academic institutions

d) Coordinate and provide training and technica] assistance on integrating geographic information and
climate information to NNDSS web reporting systems

¢) Coordinate and provide of training on use of NNDSS data to support decision-making and actions in epidemiological responses,

3. Coordinate officers working under the SHAPE project to provide secretarial support for the SETAPT: Project Steering Committee.

4. Implement monitoring, evaluation and learning through the preparation of annual results-based work plans and logical frameworks for the SHAPE project; developing, analyzing and submitting progress reports as required by MoHMS, WHO and KOICA; monitoring impact indicators on all expected outputs and report problems, challenges and problem-solving mechanist.

Subject to the agreement of both parties (WHO and Fiji MOHMS). these terms of reference may be modified from time to time, as required in the interest of the activity.

The signatory will primarily work under the direction and will report to the Head of Health Protection and technically to the ‘Team Coordinator Pacific Health Systems (PHS), WHO-DPS.


Essential: MBBS Degree or similar medical qualification


  • Postgraduate Diploma’Masters in Public Health or Epidemiology or similar
  • Advanced qualification in epidemiology or health information systems with digital web-based systems and GIS capacity would be an advantage.
  • Advanced qualification in climate change or environmental health is an advantage
  • Advanced qualification in project management or similar is an advantage




  • At least 5 years of experience in post-internship medical practice
  • Relevant field experience in primary care or other clinical settings
  • Experience in working with communicable disease surveillance systems
  • Experience in a supervisory role
  • Experience in stakeholder communication, engagement and training
  • Outbreak response and field epidemiology experience is an advantage
  • Relevant experience in climate change and or environmental health projects is an advantage.
  • Relevant experience in project management is an advantage.

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:


  • Sound knowledge of communicable diseases significant to Fiji
  • Knowledge of communicable disease surveillance systems, including NNDSS
  • Knowledge of climate change and health risk pathways, including relationships between diseases and climate meteorological variables.
  • Flexibility to travel (locally) on short notice.
  • Self-starter able to work with minimum supervision to produce deliverables
  • Team leader with excellent interpersonal relations, including communication with diverse audiences (eg.. medical professionals, environmental health specialists, data managers, etc. );
  • Competent in using a computer and the Internet with a focus on MS Excel analysis, web-based systems and reporting. GIS and additional discase data analysis skills are an advantage.

Languages: High level of written and spoken English is required.

Details of the proposed position:

Salary for this position will be based on qualifications and experience

Duration of position: 1 year

The position is for Fiji nationals only and may require travel within Fiji.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Timing of Appointment:

The position will remain open until filled. One qualified individual to sought to begin immediately at the Health Protection Division at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Suva.

Appointments are made under the standard contract conditions of WHO

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Additional Information:

  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance toward sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA}. sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e. discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment).
  • All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization.
  • WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.

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