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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: WRO/VN/2013/13
Title: National Professional Officer (Labs)
Grade: NO-C
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 8 August 2013
Application Deadline: 4 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
Objective of the Programme:

WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), to actively support the development and implementation of national health policies, strategies and plans in the area of communicable diseases.

The WCO-India programme of work supports the GOI in:
 Providing technical support in developing national policies, strategies and programs activities in the area of Communicable Diseases (as well as related to the implementation of the Internal Health Regulations-2005).
 Contributing to strengthening the monitoring of the prevention and control of Communicable Diseases.
 Facilitating the adoption of evidence-based public health interventions in relevant areas and well as the transitioning of existing programs and health systems reforms and changes with a view to promote equity and accelerate the movement towards Universal Health Coverage.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO:

All the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region (SEAR) share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

The seven point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; (iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The WHO- SEAR is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, with India's population of 1.2 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India:

Within the framework of WHO Country Cooperation Strategy, the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.

Purpose of the Position:

Contribute to implementation of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with the Government of India by supporting the work of the WHO Country Office for India in the area of communicable diseases and laboratory surveillance with a view to help the Government of India further develop policies, strategies and interventions aiming at improving the quality and performance of laboratory services (Lab surveillance with special focus on TB laboratory services) and move towards Universal Health Coverage.
Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the direct supervision of Coordinator, Health Programmes, with a view to help achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial workplans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India (2012-2017), the incumbent will have the following responsibilities to:

1. Provide technical support in the area of laboratory and diagnostic services, with emphases on TB, while helping implement the related component of GOI-WHO collaborative programme in India. Assist in developing national laboratory guidelines and improving processes for laboratory certification and accreditation.

2. Liaise and maintain good working relations with concerned technical unit/departments of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and relevant National Programmes with a view to help develop and optimize laboratory services, including a nation-wide state-level network of accredited TB laboratories for mycobacterial culture, drug susceptibility testing, and quality assurance systems for smear microscopy, culture and drug susceptibility testing for first and second-line anti-TB drugs.

3. Facilitate/support the implementation of activities defined in the WHO Country Office for India work plans in the area of, Communicable diseases, Laboratory services with emphasis on TB. Collaborate with state, national authorities, non-governmental organizations and international organizations and other stakeholders to plan for relevant activities and facilitate the implementation. Advise on technical specifications, guidelines, and standard operational procedures for microscopy, mycobacterial culture and drug susceptibility testing and newer TB diagnostics. Coordinate evaluations and field demonstrations of novel TB diagnostic tools, in collaboration with the National Reference Laboratories, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, and other partners.

4. Follow-up, monitor, evaluate and report on the progress of work in the area of TB laboratory and diagnostic services. Participate in laboratory assessment and evaluation missions in collaboration with partners. Identify and liaise with national centres of excellence through closely working with these centres' and assist in their designation as WHO collaborating centres.

5. Promote the inclusion of medical college and private laboratories providing TB diagnostic services into a quality-assured national laboratory network.

6. Support the development and implementation of operational research and help build national capacities within the framework of laboratory capacity strengthening.

7. Support the strengthening of National Public Health Laboratory Network including mainstreaming of surveillance across disease control programmes, CD/ NCD collaboration at State/ District Level Laboratories.

8. Support and build in-country capacity for Health Technology assessments, establish minimum standards for licensure of diagnostics and development of indigenous technologies in collaboration with other national and international technical partners/stakeholders.

9. Serve as Country Focal Point for the WHO Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI).

10. Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.

11. Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisors.
University degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health or Social Science

Postgraduate degree in Microbiology, Laboratory or Public Health.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:

The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.

Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to laboratory services with good understanding of country's needs and priorities, of issues and policies in various aspects of communicable diseases, especially tuberculosis. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas.

Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. Leadership skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and colleagues in a team setting at national and international levels, to share information and data and make oral and written presentations on technical issues. Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.
Modern management skills (planning and evaluation, etc.). Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports.

Knowledge of WHO/UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.


 Moving forward in a changing environment
 Producing results
 Fostering integration and teamwork
 Communicating in a credible and effective way
 Building and promoting partnerships across the Organisation and beyond

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Excellent knowledge of computer applications; ability to make oral and written presentations on technical issues; and ability to write detailed, coherent, and concise briefing documents.

At least five years' of professional experience in the development and implementation of relevant programmes at national/state level.

Experience of work in UN and/or other international organizations.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and knowledge of Hindi.
Additional Information:
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
INR 25,59,470/- at single rate
- with primary dependants

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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