NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL OFFICER (DRUG RESISTANT TB) (WRO/VN/2013/14)

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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/2013/14
 
Title: National Professional Officer (Drug Resistant TB)
 
Grade: NO-B
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years
 
Date: 4 October 2013
 
Application Deadline: 31 October 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 :
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 aiming at promoting access to and utilization of affordable and quality health services and improving the financial protection against health related risks.

The Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) of the Government of India has implemented basic TB care and control services across the whole country since early 2006. The RNTCP now plans to move forward towards achieving universal access to TB quality patient-centred diagnosis and treatment for all, and is scaling up nation-wide interventions for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) and HIV-associated TB. The medium target of the RNTCP is that by 2015 to have achieved the TB-related indicators and targets laid out under the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals and the Stop TB Partnership's "Global Plan to Stop TB, 2006-2015".

The WHO-TB programme aims to support the RNTCP efforts towards achieving universal access to quality diagnosis and patient-centred treatment for all TB patients and the effective monitoring of tuberculosis prevention, care and control activities in India, including DR-TB and HIV-infected patients.

Major areas of WHO technical support are in operational research, drug resistant TB, TB/HIV collaborative activities, surveillance including impact measurements and private sector engagement in TB care in India. WHO provides technical support at national, working with TB related national research and academic institutions and at state level with a network of technical officers for developing necessary guidelines, innovative models, research, monitoring and evaluation and now work towards a gradual transitioning of this network.

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.

WHO - SEAR is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, including 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 the 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 by providing technical assistance to Tuberculosis control activities in India, in support to the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) of the Government of India with a view to effectively monitor tuberculosis prevention, care and control efforts in India and help scale up interventions for Drug Resistant TB.
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 to the Union Government for policy and guideline development for universal access to quality-assured diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant TB.

2. Co-ordinate and liaise with Union Government, technical and developmental partners to plan scale-up towards universal access to diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant TB, mobilize the necessary resources, and to facilitate the required technical assistance.

3. Provide technical support to Central TB Division and WHO collaborating centres in the country for operational research for innovative diagnostics, treatment, and case management strategies for DR-TB.

4. Provide technical support to Union and State governments for the supervision, monitoring, and evaluation of national scale-up towards universal access to quality-assured diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant TB.

5. Provide technical support for development of monitoring systems for DR-TB management including electronic case based notification system.

6. Liaison and coordinate with other staff of WHO country office for India on matters related to management of other drug resistant diseases.

7. Timely technical contribution for management team meeting in the relevant technical areas.

8. 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.

9. Prepare administrative and technical reports, and undertake any other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisors.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential:
Degree in Medicine or Public Health or Social Sciences from a recognized university.

Desirable:
Postgraduate degree or an advanced university degree in public health / community medicine/public health administration.

Skills:
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
1. The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.

2. Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to TB, ability to work with senior government officials and other national and international staff. Extensive knowledge of tuberculosis control, especially on drug resistant tuberculosis and control including WHO policies and guidelines. Good knowledge of the working of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and other related departments/ministries, and the country's needs. Knowledge and experience with global funding and technical initiatives that support TB control activities (e.g. the Global Fund, Green Light Committee, UNITAID etc). Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas.

3. Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence.

4. 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.

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

Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Fostering integration and teamwork
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
5. Building and Promoting Partnerships Across the Organization 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.
Experience:
Essential:
At least 2 years of professional experience in the development and implementation of health programmes at national / state level in the area of tuberculosis.

Desirable:
Experience of work in UN and/or other international organization.
Languages:
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and knowledge of Hindi.
Additional Information:
THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO LOCAL RECRUITMENT AND WILL BE FILLED ONLY BY A NATIONAL
OF INDIA.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
INR18,34,190/- at single rate

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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