TECHNICAL OFFICER (NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES) (WPRO/12/FT461)

30 August 2016
 
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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/12/FT461
 
Title: Technical Officer (Neglected Tropical Diseases)
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  One year
 
Date: 5 December 2012
 
Application Deadline: 2 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Manila, Philippines
 
Organization unit:
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
To expand the implementation of the Stop TB / Malaria - Vectorborne and Parasitic (including Dengue and Neglected Tropical Diseases) strategy and strengthen disease control by: applying effective strategies and policies, including those related to co-infection and multi-drug resistance; increasing the involvement of communities, health-care providers, nongovernmental organizations and corporate partners, through increased country support and strong partnerships; and to strengthen surveillance, monitoring and evaluation.
Description of duties:
In coordination with the Team Leader, the incumbent will perform the following:
1. Coordinate the Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) programmes in the Region, including the translation of the Regional Action Plan for Neglected Tropical Diseases and disease-specific global strategic plans into country programmes, plans and action, including the organization of Regional NTD programme managers and Regional NTD Programme Review Group (RPRG) meetings;
2. Provide technical cooperation to Member States, especially the "Mekong Plus" countries (Cambodia, China, the Lao PDR, Viet Nam, Malaysia, the Philippines), in elimination and control of all relevant NTDs, with emphasis on elimination of lymphatic filariasis and schistosomiasis, and the control of soil-transmitted helminthiases and food-borne trematodiases, including development/update of national plans of action and their implementation and monitoring and evaluation;
3. Coordinate the supply of donated and procured drugs for NTDs;
4. Provide technical support in surveillance, and monitoring and evaluation of NTDs at national levels, further develop and maintain the regional NTD database (harmonized with that of WHO Headquarters) and disseminate this information, including through reports and regular updates of the Western Pacific Regional Office NTD webpage;
5. Explore and provide technical support to the synergizing/integration of NTD elimination and control activities with other programmes, e.g. Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), malaria, leprosy (e.g. intensified lymphatic filariasis elimination in Federated State of Micronesia, Kiribati and Marshall Islands) and yaws elimination (e.g. Vanuatu);
6. Coordinate NTD partners at regional level and provide support for in-country coordination to Member States;
7. Strongly advocate NTDs among governments and partners, and engage in partners networking and in innovative resource mobilization for NTD programmes, including donor meetings, proposal development, reports to donor agencies, development of advocacy materials and preparation of database on potential as required;
8. Technically support operational research projects on NTDs as well as publications in peer-reviewed journals;
9. To participate in meetings, project assessments, internal and external evaluation missions and other appraisals as needed, and to prepare relevant technical documents and reports;
10. To carry out related duties as required or assigned by the supervisors.

Expected specific outputs/outcomes:
 Member States are supported to reduce the burden of major neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) including lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths (in preschool children, school-aged children and women of childbearing age), foodborne trematodiases, yaws and other NTDs of public health significance, or eliminate them where feasible, through development / updating of national NTD plans and implementation of appropriate disease management, prevention and surveillance measures, based on the Regional Action Plan for NTDs (endorsed by the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in 2012) and relevant disease-specific WHO resolutions and strategies;
 NTD interventions are coordinated and supported by development partners including UN agencies, bilateral partners, NGOs, WHO Collaborating Centers and other organizations;
 NTD drug donations are secured, including Regional Program Review Group (RPRG) clearance;
 NTD partnerships contributing to NTD programme in kind and/or in cash are maintained and expanded, and resources for the control and elimination of NTDs are mobilized;
 Surveillance and monitoring & evaluation data for the major relevant NTDs are available and are part of a regional regularly updated database, relevant regional or global or donor reports and the Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) NTD webpage;
 Relevant operational research priorities are identified and key research is supported.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
University degree in medicine from a recognized university, with postgraduate degree in public health, tropical medicine, medical parasitology or epidemiology is essential. Postgraduate degree or training in tropical or communicable disease epidemiology is desirable.
Skills:
 Knowledge of the specific or technical area of public health;
 Ability to develop plans and proposals;
 Proficiency in standard MS Office software applications
 Ability to establish harmonious working relationships as part of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and maintain a high standard of personal conduct;
 Ability to demonstrate gender equity and cultural appropriateness in the delivery of services to Member States.

Competencies:
 Communicating in a credible and effective way
 Producing results
 Moving forward in a changing environment
 Fostering integration and teamwork
 Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Experience:
Minimum seven years of experience in neglected tropical disease control and/or elimination, including at least three years at international level (which may include research) is essential. Experiences in implementation of public health programmes, project management, monitoring and evaluation, international collaboration is desirable; working experience in developing countries would be an advantage; research experience is a plus.
Languages:
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD67 483 at single rate
USD72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 59.1% % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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