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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: EURO/14/FT190
Title: Technical Officer, Malaria & other Vector-Borne & Parasitic Diseases (MVP)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year (*please see below under additional information)
Date: 16 April 2014
Application Deadline: 8 May 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DCE Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment (EU/DCE)
Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO:

All Member States of WHO in the European 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 European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. 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 and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.

The aim of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security, and Environment is:

(i) to assist countries in the Region to design, establish and run effective health programmes that are able to tackle the burden of communicable diseases, particularly, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, especially X/MDR-TB, influenza, malaria, vaccine-preventable diseases, and antimicrobial resistance, and to achieve/maintain regional elimination/eradication goals as for measles, rubella, malaria, and poliomyelitis; (ii) to improve health security across the WHO European Region by maintaining regional alert and response operations and assisting countries in developing disease surveillance systems, preparedness for, and response to public health emergencies, in line with the requirements of the International Health Regulations and specific country risks, a; (iii) to determine and monitor environmental risks to health as well as environmental determinant of health, and propose relevant research projects, health interventions and partnership to tackle the acute and long-term health impact of environmental changes, including climate change; (v) to ensure, within EURO, the availability of state-of-the-art competency to provide high level technical support to Member States of the Region, in collaboration with Headquarters and in close partnership with relevant institutions of the Region; (v) to promote WHO leadership in communicable disease control, health security, and environment and health programmes, including through relevant regional initiatives and specific research projects.

The main objectives of the Malaria & other Vector-Borne and Parasitic Diseases programme are:

(1) to provide strategic/normative guidance and technical assistance to MSs in developing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating national malaria elimination programmes and interventions against other vector-borne and parasitic diseases in accordance with the Tashkent Declaration "The Move from Control to Malaria Elimination in the WHO European Region" and the global/regional strategies; (2) to provide support to regional, inter-country and country training activities in various areas of malaria elimination and control/prevention of other vector-borne and parasitic diseases; (3) to assist in strengthening epidemiological, disease management and preventive services, rapid response mechanisms, cross-border collaboration and information systems and operational research capabilities on issues of relevance to malaria elimination and control/prevention of other vector-borne and parasitic diseases; and (4) to support in advocating for political commitment, promoting partnerships and mobilizing resources for actions against malaria and other vector-borne and parasitic diseases.
Description of duties:
Under the guidance of the Director DCE, responsibilities in assisting Member States in relation to malaria elimination and control/prevention of other vector-borne and parasitic diseases include -

1. Providing technical assistance with the development of mechanisms, instruments and tools in the following areas:

 planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities;
 strengthening of surveillance systems;
 development/update of national guidelines;
 strengthening of cross-borders collaboration;
 planning and implementation of operational research;
 capacity building for improving and assessing interventions.

2. Supporting the development/implementation of regional plans to implement global and regional strategies in the area of malaria elimination and control/prevention of other vector-borne and parasitic diseases.

3. Liaison between priority countries of the region, the Regional Office and the HQ in:

 providing situation analysis and recommendation on malaria and other vector-borne and parasitic diseases to countries in need;
 coordinating activities among countries;
 participating at regional/global meetings, conferences and other events on the subject.

4. Acting as regional focal point for malaria elimination and control/prevention of other vector-borne and parasitic diseases.

5. Advocacy, knowledge transmission and advice for the enhancement of the capacities and skills of health ministries in carrying out their function related to Malaria & other Vector-Borne and Parasitic Diseases.

6. Ensuring technical quality and timeliness of all programme deliverables of both country and intercountry workplans.

7. Coordinating and streamlining publishing activities, including development and promotion of research papers in scientific journals, conferences and other appropriate venues.

8. In collaboration with the web team maintains the Malaria & other Vector-Borne and Parasitic Diseases website and contributes to office wide strategic information products.

9. Collaborates with other staff and parts of the WHO working in relevant technical areas.

10. Undertakes ad-hoc assignments upon need as requested by the supervisor.
University degree in medicine and/or public health and/or epidemiology and/or tropical medicine and/or a related field.

Advanced university degree in one of the above mentioned fields. Specialized training in planning and management of malaria and other vector-borne parasitic diseases control programmes.
- Knowledge in public health, epidemiology and particularly in disease control strategies, and especially in planning and management of Malaria & other Vector-Borne and Parasitic Diseases control programmes;
- Proven skills in developing partnerships with and between Government officials and agencies (particularly those responsible Malaria & other Vector-Borne and Parasitic Diseases), civil society, community-based organizations and other networks;
- Knowledge of the WHO and UN systems would be an asset.

Other skills:
Knowledge of standard text, spreadsheet and presentation software applications required.

Competencies required:

1) Producing results - The incumbent should demonstrate a systematic and efficient approach to work and produce high-quality results and workable solutions in a timely manner.

2) Knowing & managing yourself - The incumbent should be able to work productively in an environment where clear information or direction is not always available, remains productive even when under pressure, stays positive in the face of challenges and recovers quickly from setbacks and shows willingness to learn from previous experience and mistakes, and applies lessons to improve performance.

3) Building & promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond - The incumbent should understand and promote synergies between the work produced in WHO and the work of external partners to improve organizational success, build and maintain mutually beneficial working relationships and alliances inside and outside the WHO and encourage colleagues from different parts of the organization to work together.

4) Setting an example - The incumbent should understand and behave in accordance with WHO's professional, ethical and legal framework, demonstrate consistency between expressed principles and behaviors, be transparent in dealing with others and stand by own decisions or actions and take responsibility for them.
At least five years of working experience in public health programmes including prevention and control of communicable diseases, with a minimum of three years working on malaria and other vector-borne parasitic disease projects within an international public health programme context.

Working experience in the malaria control in the Newly Independent States (NIS) is highly desirable. Experience of working for WHO is also an asset.
A very good command of the English and working knowledge of another WHO and/or EURO official language.

Knowledge of Russian highly desirable.
Additional Information:
* Any extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.

Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.

Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56,198 at single rate
USD 60,205 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 76.4 % 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.

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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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