Immediate Opening: Vaccine Research Officer

Immediate Opening: Vaccine Research Officer

Vaccine Research Officer (2404955)


  • Grade: P4
  • Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
  • Contract Duration: Two (2) years
  • Job Posting: Jun 11, 2024
  • Closing Date: Jul 2, 2024
  • Primary Location: Multiple locations
  • Organization: AF/UCN UHC/Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases
  • Schedule: Full-time
Immediate Opening: Vaccine Research Officer
Immediate Opening: Vaccine Research Officer



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Objectives of the Programme

The Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Programme aims to reduce disease burden in the WHO African Region by guiding disease control agendas, strategic investments, and tailored interventions. The approach includes comprehensive, people-centered, and integrated disease control strategies.

Immediate Opening: Vaccine Research Officer

Description of Duties

The Vaccine Research Officer will undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Provide authoritative advice on R&D innovations for priority vaccines and support Member States regarding vaccine preventable diseases.
  • Strengthen regulatory oversight of clinical trials in the Region, including facilitating joint reviews for clinical trial applications.
  • Coordinate activities related to vaccine quality, safety, and standards in collaboration with WHO HQ and other partners.
  • Develop work plans for vaccine regulation in the Region, including milestones for evaluating regulatory activities.
  • Provide technical guidance for the AVAREF platform, coordinating its development, implementation, and reporting.
  • Undertake resource mobilization for vaccine regulation activities.
  • Ensure consistency in legal interpretation within WHO frameworks and AFRO regulations.
  • Collaborate across clusters and departments at AFRO for joint planning of vaccine regulation activities.
  • Support implementation of WHO plans and recommendations through global and regional advisory groups.
  • Monitor and report on implementation of WHO governing bodies’ recommendations.
  • Coordinate with various advisory groups and partners for effective vaccine safety initiatives.
  • Update guidelines, policies, and procedures for regulatory frameworks at regional, sub-regional, and national levels.
  • Support development and implementation of harmonized regulatory pathways and emergency response plans.
  • Assess National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) through WHO benchmarking and partner frameworks.
  • Coordinate collection of Clinical Trial Review timelines for performance evaluation.
  • Facilitate country support in programme planning, implementation, and capacity building.
  • Provide research and evidence for decision-making on vaccine development, regulation, and safety.
  • Facilitate vaccine research agenda, regulatory capacity building, and ethics committee involvement.

Required Qualifications


  • Essential: Master’s degree in Vaccinology, Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Public Health, or related field from a recognized University.
  • Desirable: PhD in Immunology, Vaccinology, or Medical Microbiology.


  • Essential: Minimum seven (7) years’ experience in clinical research at national and international levels, including regulatory evaluation and capacity building.
  • Desirable:
    • Experience in regulatory policy formulation and working with regulatory authorities.
    • Research experience with publications in peer-reviewed journals.
    • Experience in overseeing policy implementation and updating strategies.
    • Experience in clinical research and innovation.
    • Experience in programme management, monitoring, evaluation, and strategic planning.
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Join ESCAP : Human Resources Officer Position Available


  • Strong track record in global public health, vaccine development, and regulatory systems strengthening.
  • Strategic planning skills related to vaccines, immunization, and disease prevention.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills.
  • Ability to provide technical advice and guidance to stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in English or French; working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Creating a motivating and empowering environment
  • Moving forward in a changing environment


  • Annual base salary starting at USD 77,326, subject to deductions.
  • Variable post adjustment reflecting the cost of living in the duty station.
  • Additional benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

Additional Information

  • This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions at the same grade level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • Application assessments may include written tests and/or asynchronous video assessments.
  • Candidates must provide scanned copies of required degrees/diplomas/certificates.
  • WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment, and other forms of abusive conduct.
  • Staff members must confirm vaccination status before undertaking WHO assignments, unless medically exempt.

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Keywords: WHO, Vaccine Research Officer, Vaccinology, Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Clinical Research, Public Health, Regulatory Affairs.


Join ESCAP : Human Resources Officer Position Available
Join ESCAP : Human Resources Officer Position Available



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