World Health Organisation (Data Assistant)

World Health Organisation (WHO), our goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people. Together we strive to combat diseases – infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and noncommunicable ones like cancer and heart disease.
We help mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. We ensure the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need.

Job Title: Data Assistant (Polio Lab Maiduguri) 


  • The objective of the post is to ensure the ever increasing workload of the polio laboratory is supported by additional human resource with data management capacity to maintain quality of laboratory data (a) ensure availability of quality, timely, and complete information that guides the surveillance (b) provide a dedicated Data Assistant to Polio lab that relieves other technical lab personnel to focus on specimen processing . (c) ensure proper documentation of all case investigation forms and lab results.

Under the overall guidance of the Maiduguri Polio Laboratory Director and over all supervision of WHO Data Assistant, the staff will carry out the following specific task:

  • Establish, maintain and up-date Polio laboratory databases pertaining to AFP/contact and lab result
  • Perform data harmonization and cleaning on all AFP data received using the WHO Data Quality Check and harmonization Tool.
  • Ensures weekly submission of the polio lab data to the director to share with AFRO as per the agreed timeline 
  • Provide regular feedback on any data harmonization issue to the concerned zone and state. 
  • Track and obtain missing or incomplete data/reports and provide feedback to relevant levels. 
  • Produce weekly, monthly and quarterly analysis feedback on key polio laboratory indicators
  • Create and secure back-up copies of data in the lab.
  • Perform other activities as required by WHO Representative


  • Diploma in Computer Science, Statistics, data management or related field with additional data laboratory training.
  • At least 2 years' experience in health related data management.
  • Experience in quality collection, analysis, dissemination, and use of health information for program planning and management.
  • Experience in Ms. Access database tool management.
  • English


  • Working knowledge of laboratory, preferably Polio laboratory.
  • Ability to acquire sound knowledge of WHO rules, regulations and procedures. Demonstrated abilities for team-work.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good relations with people at various levels and of different background.
Additional Information 

  • "In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. 
  • WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Location: Maiduguri

Closing Date 
18th January, 2017



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