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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/13/FT371
Title: Team Leader (ESR)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 6 September 2013
Application Deadline: 27 September 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Hanoi, Viet Nam
Organization unit: WPCO Countries (WP_ACO) /
WP_VNM Viet Nam (WP_VNM)
Health Security and Emergencies
To support the efforts of member states to prepare for and handle health emergencies and disasters, by leading inter-sectoral collaboration efforts, and by providing technical support in the areas of program planning, capacity building, risk management and mitigation, and recovery / rehabilitation efforts.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision and guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will be responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
1. Collaborate in and support the implementation of Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response (ESR) programme and related programmes, including implementation of the revised International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 and Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED 2010);
2. Provide leadership and coordination of the ESR programme of WHO in Viet Nam in terms of personnel, programme, and budgetary aspects;
3. In collaboration with national health officials, WHO staff and other partners, support the development of comprehensive, sustainable systems for communicable diseases and emergencies;
4. Advise and provide technical support to promote sound epidemiological practices and improve surveillance, risk assessment and response for pandemic, endemic, epidemic and outbreak-prone communicable diseases and public health hazards;
5. Coordinate and provide technical advice and direction to ESR activities related to communicable disease surveillance, control and prevention, outbreak investigation, and all hazards emergency preparedness in collaboration with national health officials, WHO staff and others;
6. Collaborate with government and partners in building capacity for communicable disease surveillance and control and strengthen epidemic and emergency preparedness and outbreak response;
7. Provide technical advice to other organizations involved in communicable disease control including UN agencies, development agencies, and non-governmental organizations to ensure coordinated response to communicable diseases and dissemination of information, and promote inter-agency coordination at country level;
8. Provide strategic leadership in the planning and coordination of on-going and future WHO programmes with national authorities, including programme and project monitoring and evaluation;
9. Provide timely support and lead and/or coordinate the investigation and control of disease outbreaks and emergency response activities;
10. Lead, manage and supervise staff, establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, provide coaching and feedback and support staff development opportunities;
11. Guide the development and implementation of research priorities and activities that support capacity development and the translation of data into policy;
12. Advocate at the national, sub-regional and international levels for policies and programmes that address important public health security issues, and are aligned with national, regional and global policies;
13. Broker strategic alliances and collaborations among the government, donor agencies, technical agencies and other stakeholders to ensure strategic use of support programmes;
14. Participate in resource mobilization, meetings, project assessments, internal and external evaluation missions and other appraisals as needed, and prepare relevant technical documents and reports;
15. Undertake other related duties as required by supervisors.
Degree in Medicine from a recognized university, and a postgraduate degree at the masters level in public health, communicable disease control or epidemiology are essential. Training or postgraduate qualifications in biostatistics, health systems development or programme management is desirable.
 Expertise in communicable disease epidemiology;
 Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships;
 Excellent understanding of global public health security issues;
 Ability to design and conduct research and field studies;
 Knowledge derived from experience leading and participating in the response to national or international communicable disease outbreaks;
 Expertise in strategic planning, training, monitoring, and evaluation;
 Knowledge of current national or WHO global and/or regional public health policies;
 Proficient in standard MS Office software applications. Presentation skills.
 Ability to manage and supervise a team;
 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

1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Setting an example
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
5. Driving WHO to a successful future
A minimum of 10 years' experience in one or more relevant fields including communicable disease control and prevention, epidemiology, or public health including relevant experience at senior level and at least five (5) years of relevant experience at international level are essential. Experience in health systems development, operational research, or monitoring and evaluation is an advantage. International experience working with UN agencies and other non-governmental organizations in a low- or middle income country is highly desirable. Work experience in Asia would be an advantage.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD80 734 at single rate
USD86 904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 34.7 % 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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