PROGRAMME MANAGER, COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL (EMRO/14/FT431)

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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/FT431
 
Title: Programme Manager, Communicable Disease Control
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  1 year contract, with possibility of extension
 
Date: 7 August 2014
 
Application Deadline: 25 November 2014 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Kabul, Afghanistan
 
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_AFG WHO Representative's Office, Afghanistan (EM_AFG)
Division of Communicable Disease Control (DCD)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The overall objective of communicable disease control programme is to reduce mortality, morbidity, and stop the transmission and achieve elimination of the communicable diseases. Other objectives include:
 Ensuring effective and timely implementation of JICA and GFATM funded programme activities as well as efficient utilization of funds within the same framework.
 Achieving MDGs and positioning for the Health Post-2015 Development Agenda.


Purpose of the Post:
Provide technical advice and co-develop/update national policies, programs and plans, facilitate implementation, monitoring and reporting for the Communicable Disease Control Programme in Afghanistan, with a focus on TB Control, Malaria, HIV/AIDS and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs; Leishmaniasis and Leprosy); strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Public Health.

Organizational Context
Under the guidance and direct supervision of WHO Afghanistan Country Representative and the overall technical guidance of the Director, Communicable Disease Control, WHO/EMRO the incumbent will be the Programme Manager for the multicomponent Communicable Diseases Disease control Programme in AfghanistanArea with a focus on TB Control Programme and including Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs; Lesihmaniasis and Leprosy). , act as WHO Focal Point and lead the JICA funded Project, as well as the -WHO Focal Point for the GFATM supported activities. S/he will actively engage with a broad range of officials from Ministry of Public Health, governmental and non-governmental organizations/institutions, local community, counterparts in WHO/EMRO and Headquarters, to coordinate technical activities, provide expertise advice, and influence the development and implementation of related policies and strategic workplans. The incumbent will have contacts with individuals infected with TB especially in security compromised areas where the access to services and outreach are impeded. S/he will identify gaps in the delivery of services, recommending appropriate actions and innovative approaches to improve the situation. The incumbent will lead and provide managerial oversight to all program staff and non-staff in the Country office.

Description of duties:
TB responsibilities:
- Co-develop a comprehensive national plan of action for sustaining and scaling up TB care and control, with focus on reaching vulnerable populations, guide national counterparts in innovating and updating related policies and strategies.
- Advice on the appropriate implementation of DOTS activities with a special emphasis on Community Based DOTS, the design of a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system as well as the development of an efficient national drug management information system.
- Build capacity of health personnel in program planning, implementation, management of TB including MDR-TB, TB-HIV, TB Public Private MIX, surveillance and M&E, this include (a) assess training needs (b) develop and finalize relevant training manuals (c) monitor and evaluate implementation of training plans.
- Coordinate related activities as required by high TB cross border transmission.

Other Communicable Diseases:
- Adopt area specific approach according to the epidemiological trends to scale up the malaria confirm parasitological diagnosis at all health facilities in Northern, Northeastern and Western region provinces through community based malaria management (CBMM), and undertake regular field visits to the regions/provinces.
 - Update the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Framework with a focus on community based interventions for/with vulnerable population (including intravenous drug users, MSM, FSWs) focus on prevention, harm reduction, treatment (ART) and care.
 - Co-develop the National Leishmania Control Strategic Plan and Leishmaniasis Treatment Guidelines and update National Leprosy Elimination Strategic Plan.

Managerial responsibilities:
 - Responsible for the overall timeliness and quality of all program deliverables, oversee the finalization of operational and financial transactions in accordance with the biennial plan for communicable diseases, assure strict compliance with WHO rules and regulations, mobilize and allocate resources and efficiently deliver services/products within the country.
 - Co-develop proposals for Global Fund grants and other donor projects and ensure effective and timely implementation as well as accurate donor reporting of approved grants/projects;
- Ensure smooth implementation, management and reporting of the WHO Project supported by JICA.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: First University Degree in Medicine. Master Degree in public health and/or epidemiology.

Desirable: Technical and clinical training in the field of TB and communicable diseases.

Skills:
Competencies:
WHO global Competencies model at
http://www.who.int/employment/WHO_competencies_EN.pdf

1) Creating an empowering and motivating environment
2) Producing results.
3) Communicating in a credible and effective way.
4) Moving forward in a changing environment.
5) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.


Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Essential:
In-depth knowledge and proven skills in planning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluation of communicable disease control activities.
Advance skills in training and capacity building.


Demonstrated ability to cooperate and negotiate with government and other stakeholders involved in TB control.
Demonstrated ability to advocate innovative solutions based on field challenges.


Desirable:
Knowledge and experience of the WHO and UN system, GFATM, GAVI and bi-lateral funding mechanisms, as well as Common Country Assessment (CCA) and United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) will be an asset.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Very good knowledge of Microsoft applications and software for data analysis.
Experience:
Experience:

Essential: At least 7 years' experience combined at the national and international levels in communicable disease control.

Desirable: Experience working with or in other multi- and bilateral development agencies active in the health sector, involvement in designing and conducting communicable disease control related programs.
Languages:
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English. Knowledge of the local language is an asset.
Additional Information:
Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.

Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.

A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).

Interviews will include competency-based questions.

In view of the current security situation, Afghanistan has been declared a non-family duty station; i.e. dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station. The entitlements will be determined as applicable at the time of recruitment.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67611 at single rate
USD 72605 with primary dependants

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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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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