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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/FT479
Title: Medical Officer, TBM (KGZ)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year (1) See Additional Information below
Date: 4 November 2013
Application Deadline: 7 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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 Millennium Development Goal Target 6 and 7 in particular. To provide support to 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 European TB and M/XDR-TB control programme are:
  • to guide the European Region 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 high MDR-TB burden and 18 high TB priority countries;
  • to provide state-of-the-art and context-specific technical assistance to the Member States on TB and M/XDR-TB prevention, control and care;
  • to provide evidence-based TB and M/XDR-TB control policies, guidelines and standards;
  • to support the Member States in adapting Stop TB Strategy, within the context of strengthening health systems and patient-centred and primary health care based approaches;
  • To foster bilateral, multilateral and multisectoral collaboration and partnership in TB and M/XDR-TB control particularly with Global Fund (GFATM) supported grants;
  • to assist the Member States in monitoring and evaluation of national TB and M/XDR-TB control programmes;
  • to promote and enable TB and M/XDR-TB research within a wider health research strategy;
  • To improve TB and M/XDR-TB surveillance data management and decision making based on data analysis;
  • to enhance advocacy, communication and social mobilization for improved TB and M/XDR-TB.
WHO Regional Office for Europe has received funds from USAID to support capacity building for effective TB control in Kyrgyzstan. 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 Kyrgyzstan. 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 Kyrgyzstan 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.

Purpose of the post:
Lead the coordination, implementation and provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan in TB and M/XDR-TB in order to improve capacity for surveillance, prevention and control of TB, M/XDR-TB within the overall framework of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement (BCA) between the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan. The post is to be embedded in the Ministry of Health and/or national TB control programme team to work closely with the Ministry of Health and relevant structures.
Description of duties:
Under supervision of Head of Country Office and WHO/Europe TBM programme manager and with the support of National Professional Officer (where applicable), the incumbent will:
  1. supervise the WHO supported activities on prevention, treatment and care of TB and M/XDR-TB and other communicable diseases in particular the WHO-USAID project for TB control;
  2. coordinate and provide technical assistance to Ministry of Health's initiatives to reform structure, functions and links of different national bodies responsible for TB prevention and control and articulate needs for WHO technical assistance in improving governance of programme for achieving effective TB control in Kyrgyzstan;
  3. support the Minister of Health and senior decision makers of the Ministry of Health including key institutions in relevant management aspects of the TB programme by providing technical expertise and for strategic advice for interventions in line with national legal requirements, and in compliance with WHO recommendations;
  4. develop and maintain WHO planning and budgetary responsibilities and influence resource allocations of major WHO partners (including USAID, World Bank, The Global Fund, UNAIDS, among others). Based on the needs assessment, raise necessary funds to expand interventions in the country and assist the government in their fund raising efforts;
  5. 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 Kyrgyzstan;
  6. support the Ministry of Health in policy and strategy development in TB, MDR-TB and HIV/AIDS prevention and control;
  7. liaise with the major donors and technical agencies in order to develop and coordinate a coherent plan of technical assistance to Kyrgyzstan;
  8. organize and supervise training of key TB and health care staff (including laboratory personnel) at central, regional and district levels with the support of NPO and organize TB health educational activities;
  9. prepare regular technical reports on the progress of implementation of assigned projects;
  10. perform other duties as requested by WHO/Europe TBM Programme Manager and HCO.
Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine with postgraduate training in TB and M/XDR-TB.
Desirable: Postgraduate 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 knowledge of TB and M/XDR-TB prevention, control and care, epidemiological surveillance and operational research. Ability to provide guidance and technical assistance to members of national and international community.

Competencies:see WHO Global Competencies model at
  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. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond:: The incumbent establishes, maintains and extends partnership with relevant national and international stakeholders involved in TB control.
  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 M/XDR-TB control programme 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 management of public health programmes in high burden countries and management of TB programmes at senior national and international level. Track record experience in advising high level officials. Experience in successful and sustainable transfer of knowledge and building capacity of national programme and Ministry of Health in the above mentioned technical areas.
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 Russian.
Desirable: Knowledge of other WHO and/or EURO official languages.
Additional Information:
(1) 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: 43.5 % 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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