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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/FT23
Title: Medical Officer (UZB)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years* See Additional Information below
Date: 21 January 2013
Application Deadline: 16 February 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DCE Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment (EU/DCE)
TB and multi-drug and extensively drug resistant TB (TBM)
To support implementation of European Health 2020 policy framework in general, and attainment of Millenium Development Goal 6 Targets 6 and 7 in particular. To provide support to the Member State in strengthening the National TB and HIV/AIDS Programmes, aiming at improving capacity for prevention, control and surveillance in line with Consolidated Action Plan to Prevent and Combat M/XDR-TB in WHO European Region 2011-2015 and Regional Action Plan to combat HIV/AIDS 2011-2015.

The objectives of the WHO Europe TB and M/XDR-TB programme are to:
  • guide the European Region's response to the TB epidemic (with focus on prevention and control of drug-resistant tuberculosis, TB/HIV co-infection, TB infection control, TB in prisons and TB in special populations, strengthening human resources for health, diagnostic services and retooling) and with particular attention to the high MDR-TB burden and the 18 high TB priority countries;
  • provide state-of-the-art and context-specific technical assistance to the Member States on TB and M/XDR-TB prevention, control and care;
  • provide evidence-based TB and M/XDR-TB control policies, guidelines and standards;
  • support the Member States in adapting the Stop TB Strategy within the context of strengthening health systems and patient-centred and primary health care based approaches;
  • foster bilateral, multilateral and multisectoral collaboration and partnership in TB and M/XDR-TB control particularly with Global Fund (GFATM) supported grants;
  • assist the Member States in monitoring and evaluation of national TB and M/XDR-TB control programmes;
  • promote and enable TB and M/XDR-TB research within a wider health research strategy;
  • improve TB and M/XDR-TB surveillance, data management and decision-making based on data analysis;
  • enhance advocacy, communication and social mobilization for improved TB and M/XDR-TB control.
WHO Regional Office for Europe has received funds from USAID CAR for Partnership Project for TB Control. This Project is based on a comprehensive multi-component approach to strengthen local capacity and bring significant and rapid improvement in TB prevention, control and care to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The strategy of the Project is aligned with the Consolidated Action Plan to Prevent and Combat Multidrug- and Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB) in the WHO European Region, 2011-2015.

The Project will contribute to the overarching goal of reducing the burden of TB and MDR-TB in the Region and assist local governments to provide universal and equitable access to high quality TB services for vulnerable populations through a strengthened and sustainable health system. The Project works with national and international stakeholders, particularly USAID-funded projects, to address TB and M/XDR-TB from a health system strengthening perspective and intensify evidence-based interventions for TB prevention, control and care. The Project provides technical assistance to support the introduction and scale-up of WHO-recommended guidelines for TB and MDR-TB.
Description of duties:
Under supervision of WR/Head of Country Office and Programme Manager TBM:
  1. Supervise the WHO supported activities on prevention, treatment and care of TB and M/XDR-TB and other communicable diseases in particular WHO-USAID partnership project for TB control.
  2. Develop and maintain WHO planning and budgetary responsibilities on strategy development and programme monitoring in Uzbekistan, developing a clear strategic workplan and setting standards and guidelines for selection and development of priority projects to be implemented in the country.
  3. Coordinate and provide technical assistance and advice to the Government in implementation and monitoring of strategic planning in line with the WHO diseases strategies and European Action Plans for M/XDR-TB & HIV/AIDS, Health 2020 and Public health Action Plan. Advise other organizations and NGOs supporting communicable diseases control in Uzbekistan in order for them to coordinate their activities in a unique approach to prevention, treatment and care of TB and MDR-TB.
  4. Coordinate the strategy and policy development agenda in TB and HIV/AIDS in Uzbekistan by influencing resource allocations of major WHO partners (including USAID, World Bank, The Global Fund, UNAIDS, among others). Based on the needs assessment, raise funds necessary to expand interventions in the country and assist the government in their fund raising efforts.
  5. Supervise the organization of national and regional training workshops and meetings.
  6. Liaise very closely with major donors in order to develop and coordinate a coherent plan of technical assistance to Uzbekistan.
  7. Organize and supervise training of key TB and health care staff (including laboratory personnel) at central, regional and district levels.
  8. Organize health educational activities including translation of necessary materials.
  9. Prepare regular technical reports on the progress of implementation of assigned projects.
  10. Perform other duties as requested.

Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine with post graduate training in TB.
Desirable: Post graduate training in health systems, HIV/AIDS and TB/HIV management.
Functional skills and knowledge:
  • Good knowledge of policy making process at the national and international levels.
  • Sound diplomatic skills and ability to work with senior policy makers, officials and scientists at national and international levels.
  • Sound knowledge of TB and M/XDR-TB, HIV/AIDS and TB/HIV prevention, control and care, epidemiology, surveillance and operational research.
  • Ability to provide guidance and technical assistance to members of national and international community.
  1. Producing results: Produces and delivers quality results. Is action oriented and committed to achieving outcomes.
  2. Communicating in a credible and effective way: The incumbent expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others; listens actively. Produces effective written communications. Ensures that information is shared.
  3. Moving forward in a changing environment: The incumbent is open to and proposes new approaches and ideas. Adapts and responds positively to changes.
  4. Fostering integration and teamwork: The incumbent develops and promotes effective relationships with colleagues and team members. Deals constructively with conflicts. Ability to establish effective working relationship with colleagues at WHO and other agencies. Ability to develop effective working relationships with officials and scientists in a variety of settings and cultures.
  5. Ensuring the effective use of resources: The incumbent identifies priorities in accordance with WHO strategic directions. Develops and implements action plans, organizes the necessary resources and monitors outcomes.
Essential:At least seven years experience in management of TB, and MDR-TB control programmes based on WHO recommendations. At least five years experience in strategy development, programme planning, implementation and monitoring. Extensive experience in the field of communicable diseases control, especially TB in different settings (national programs, involvement of other sections and prison settings). Experience in managing public health programs in high TB priority countries and management of TB programs at senior national and international level.
Desirable: Experience in working in Former Soviet Union countries. Experience in management of HIV/AIDS control programmes. Experience in working with WHO or other UN agency.
Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and good knowledge of Russian as follows: at least intermediate level speaking and basic reading and writing.
Desirable: Knowledge of other UN official languages.
Additional Information:
* Extension of appointment is subject to:
- satisfactory performance,
- continued need for the function, and
- availability of funds.

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Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,483 at single rate
USD 72,467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 40.8 % 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.

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