Terms of Reference
Provincial Polio eradication Officer
Under the technical supervision of the WHO Medical Officer in the province (the provincial team leader), under the overall supervision of the WHO Representative and in close collaboration with the National Surveillance Coordinator / campaign coordinator / National Professional Officer (at the national level), the provincial polio eradication officer (PPEO) will undertake the following duties:
1. Assist WHO provincial medical officer in coordinating all aspects of surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), measles and MNT in the province. Specifically:
1.1. to plan and conduct regular/periodic visits to districts of concern (based on the data/information) to review AFP, measles, and MNT surveillance data and to train district polio eradication officers
1.2. to assure a line list of AFP cases is maintained by each district and an updated list is sent to the province each week, and that a computerized line list of all cases from each district is maintained in the province and provided to the Federal level weekly
1.3. to conduct quarterly meetings with district polio eradication officers
1.4. to compile surveillance indicators for each district for use in improving AFP, measles and MNT surveillance
2. Participate in meetings of provincial expert committee to review AFP cases, requiring expert review.
3. Assist in coordinating surveillance activities with NGOs and other groups working with minority populations such as within Afghan refugee camps.
4. Participate in the planning and implementation of AFP surveillance training workshops within the province for Ministry of Health staff, private sector health care practitioners, NGOs and district polio eradication officers in the province.
5. Coordinate the activities of District polio eradication officers with the Provincial EPI manager and provide frequent updates of surveillance information.
6. Support the environmental surveillance for polioviruses including: a) providing assistance to the districts in the selection of the sites for environmental surveillance; in coordination with the National Technical Team; b) monitor the receipt of the samples as per schedule; while keeping liaise with the national level; and c) provide feedback to the provinces.
7. Undertake other relevant activities as directed by the supervisor.
8. Assist in preparing performing / preparing situational analyses and reports for the advisory bodies and other organizations / institutions.
9. To collect, review, summarize, analyze and the monthly reports of field technical staff and provide: a) summary to the provincial team leader; and b) technical feedback to the report originators.
10. Conduct any urgently needed field visits, and cover the exceptional shortage of WHO technical field activity.
Supplementary Immunization Activities
The incumbent will help in strengthening the efforts to improve the vaccination coverage of target children through supplemental campaigns. Specifically this includes:
1. Assist in the planning, supervision, and monitoring of provincial supplemental immunization activities required for polio eradication, including national immunization days, mopping up campaigns and outbreak response vaccination.
2. Develop and update detailed plans of work in line with the programme objective and targets set in the National & Provincial Polio Eradication Plans;
3. Strengthen and supplemental vaccination programme through improved micro-planning and supervision, increased government ownership and expanded partner participation.
4. Help the provincial/district health staff of the Government in preparation of campaign activities, implementation and supervision through regular field visits.
5. Assist in reviewing the reports submitted by districts and analyzing the data related to polio eradication initiative to provide feedback to various health authorities at the districts and provincial level. The timelines for data analysis and feedback have to be met.
6. Assist with the assessment/review of the programme planned time to time.
7. Coordinate and provide necessary inputs to the Department of Health and the relevant partner; for the planning and implementation of a comprehensive social mobilization / communication / advocacy plan for polio eradication.
8. Help in developing strategies and plans for the training of EPI staff regarding polio eradication.
9. Collaborate with routine EPI programme staff in developing plans to ensure that supplemental campaign activities facilitate improvements in the routine EPI programme
10. Prepare regular programme reports and follow-up documentation of special activities for eradication of polio.
10.1 Draft the provincial performance monthly report and revise it with the provincial team leader for submission to the WHO country team leader.
11. Assist in keeping regular liaise with the partner organizations / bodies for polio eradication
12. Undertake other relevant activities as directed by the supervisor.