TECHNICAL OFFICER (HIV-AIDS) (SEAR/CO/13/FT18)

30 June 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: SEAR/CO/13/FT18
 
Title: Technical Officer (HIV-AIDS)
 
Grade: P5
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two Years
 
Date: 12 August 2013
 
Application Deadline: 11 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
 
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
 
OBJECTIVES 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, plans in the area of HIV/AIDS, and effective services to promote Universal Health Coverage.

The WCO-India programme of work supports the GoI in :

1. Enunciating options for and supporting the integration of health related HIV/AIDS services with the general health services/ national health mission (rural & urban);
2. Enhancing universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services along with cost-effective service delivery mechanisms to deal with HIV/AIDS related co-morbidities;
3. Supporting the nationwide rollout of the WHO-2010 guidelines for elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV as part of the enhanced maternal and child health services;
4. Policy advocacy and building capacity for the adoption of the new 'prevention as treatment' strategies and evaluating their impact on HIV incidence;
5.Strengthening strategic information areas for evidence based planning, implementation and assessment of results of the National Aids Control Programme (NACP) with a focus on HIV case reporting and effective linkages of existing and envisaged information systems.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO

All the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region 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 South- East Asia Region of WHO 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's 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.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India

Within the framework of WHO's 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.
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 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), as part of the WCO-India team working on health systems, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:
1. Provide general technical support in the area of prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS ART (Anti-Retroviral Treatment) while helping implement the related component of GOI-WHO collaborative program in India, giving a special emphasis to the progressive integration of HIV/AIDS related services and working in close collaboration with other WCO India technical teams.
2. Liaise and maintain regular good working relations with concerned technical units/departments of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (Communicable Diseases, National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)), other Ministries and governmental institutions and other partners with a view to facilitate the formulation and adoption of HIV/AIDS relevant policies, strategies and decisions.
3. Develop plans and activities with national authorities for implementation under the collaborative program of WHO-GOI biennium work plan for the area of HIV/AIDS. Collaborate with state, national authorities, non-governmental organizations and international organizations and other stakeholders to formulate/define relevant programs and activities.
4. Follow-up, monitor, evaluate and report on the progress of work in the area of HIV/AIDS as required in the GOI-WHO health programs. Identify and liaise with national centres of excellence through closely working with those centres and assist in their designation and support the work of WHO Collaborating Centres.
5. Promote the development of research in relevant areas and help build national capacities in the area of HIV/AIDS.
6. Support information brokering/exchange function of the WCO India through contribution to the health information repository at the WCO by collation analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.
7. Undertake any other tasks/duties as may be assigned from time to time.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: Advanced University Degree in Medicine or Public Health

Desirable: Post graduate degree in Health Service Organization, Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS or Business Administration.

Skills:
The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.
Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to HIV/AIDS with good understanding of issues, policies and strategies, main stakeholders and actors. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and activities in the related areas and good understanding of Health Systems functioning.

Good knowledge of the administrative functioning of government institutions and related departments/agencies, and of the other partners involved with HIV/AIDS.

Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. Public health 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.

Competencies:

- Moving forward in a changing environment
- Producing results
- Fostering integration and teamwork
- Communicating in a credible and effective way

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications, especially Excel computer skills for making high quality data analysis and technical presentations. Ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret HIV/AIDS data in the context of public health programmes.







Experience:
Essential: At least ten years in the field of Public Health and HIV/AIDS, as a part of broader Health Systems, including five years of international level.

Desirable: Experience of work in UN and/or other international organizations.

Languages:
Essential: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Desirable: Knowledge of other languages an asset.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80,734 at single rate
USD 86,904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 36.10 % 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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All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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