Data Manager

  • World Health Organization
  • Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
  • 22/05/2023
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Grade : P4
Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 1 year
Job Posting : May 17, 2023, 3:23:45 AM
Closing Date : Jun 6, 2023, 4:59:00 PM
Primary Location : Switzerland-Geneva
Organization : HQ/POL Polio Eradication DGO
Schedule : Full-time
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The objective of the Polio Eradication Initiative is to interrupt the transmission of wild poliovirus globally and ensure long-term biosafety from polioviruses, by leading the global eradication effort of national governments and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The World Health Assembly has declared Polio Eradication a Programmatic Emergency for Global Public Health. WHO and the core Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners have taken a number of steps to put the polio eradication program on an emergency footing, including the development of the Global Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2022/2026 and the Global Polio Surveillance Action Plan 2022/2024 (GPSAP).The poliovirus surveillance team leads the ongoing epidemiologic analyses and risk assessments, coordinates activities to strengthen poliovirus surveillance at the regional and national level and participates in providing secretariat functions to the Global Polio Certification Commission (GCC) and Regional Certification Commissions (RCCs).


  • Oversee, perform and provide technical expertise to ensure timely production and dissemination of key polio updates and outputs. These updates include weekly meeting presentation, Weekly and Monthly Global Updates, Ad-hoc analysis, online surveillance indicator summaries and quarterly WER AFP summaries. It also entails contribution to POB reports, IMB reports, IHR reports, research articles and epidemiological narratives.
  • Research, analyze and evaluate to build and maintain robust data analytics system and develop innovative methods to transform data Into information and actionable Insights.
  • Perform and coordinate production of epidemiological and spatial analyses, summaries and on-going monitoring report of global AFP surveillance and program indicators.
  • Present epidemiological summaries and findings in weekly Wednesday country support group meetings. Identify, acquire, integrate, document and mine AFP, LQAS and SIA data from multiple sources to support evidence generation for global polio eradication certification.
  • Acts as the lead data manager for WHO's AFP, Lab and polio data and data management system, as well as associated databases, in collaboration with other polio program staff, Regional and Country offices, Labs and national programs.
  • This includes first-line responsibility for AFP and lab weekly cycle of collection, uploading, validation, storage, extraction, analysis, reporting and dissemination of data.
  • Conduct regular data quality and consistency assessments and lay plan and work with regional offices and member states to address data discrepancies and issues.
  • Lead development and management of global poliovirus containment database and mapping system.
  • Act as focal person to strengthen data management capacities of the regional and country offices to manage and analyze AFP and lab data using industry best practices; Identify training needs and provide training on data management and analytics to staff in program and in Regional and Country offices, as appropriate.
  • Develop detailed POLIS data quality improvement plan and provide guidance to POLIS development team in feasibility studies, systems analysis, design, development and implementation.
  • Review and provide key direction for design of data collection forms and data entry screens; algorithm and programming related to upload of data, data extraction, data dissemination and generation of standard reports.
  • Engage key stakeholders and maintain collaborative links with GPEI partners, data managers and system experts in other departments and IT support teams in WHO, to ensure that the polio data management system meets the minimum quality and security standards expected by Members States and partners, and is compatible with (and, where applicable, integrated with) other systems (such as the Global Health Observatory) being developed, supported and promoted within WHO.
  • Undertake systematic review of various guidelines and revise standards for AFP surveillance and related specifications for electronic recording and reporting systems, and provide strategic and technical advice as well as training to support their implementation at Regional and country level.
  • Performs other related duties, as required.




  • An advanced university Degree in computer science, information technology, mathematics or related field.


  • Post graduate degree/ diploma in epidemiology, demography or other allied public health and social science field.



  • At least 7 years' experience in health information system, statistical analysis and data management services with specific experience in managing public health databases and analysis.
  • Experience working in infectious diseases preferably with polio eradication.


  • Experience of global data, regional and national management in the context of polio eradication and vaccination.
  • Experience in WHO, to have a knowledge and understanding of its mandate and related policies and strategies for polio eradication.


  • Proven expert knowledge of the optimum use of databases as an information/management tool.
  • Proven expertise in database programming, data management, user interface design, browser-based and web application development with role-based access control as well as report layout and design technologies and techniques, including experience of complex query design, stored procedures, and views and functions using T-SQL within MS SQL-Server.
  • Expert knowledge of Relational Databases Management principles, database design and normalization, development methodologies and use of SVN version control.
  • Proven experience in using VBScript, Python, VBA, R, HTML and/or T-SQL to develop applications.
  • Proven use of SQL-Server.
  • Excellent MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access and ArcGIS skills.
  • Ability to utilize health informatics theories, principles, concepts, and standards.
  • Skilled in all aspects of the statistical and database programming, development, and operation of health information systems.
  • Knowledge of standard polio data analysis and reporting procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills combined with the ability to synthesize and present facts in a clear and logical manner.
  • Ability to produce results under pressure.
  • Ability to be proactive/take initiative, and to work with a high degree of independence.
  • Excellent at working as part of a multidisciplinary team, and with people from a wide range of countries and backgrounds.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills


  • Expert knowledge of English.


  • Intermediate knowledge of French.
  • Intermediate knowledge of WHO official language.


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 5413 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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