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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/14/FT378
Title: Team Leader -HIV/Hepatitis/STI
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 21 July 2014
Application Deadline: 8 September 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Organization unit: WP_PNG Papua New Guinea (WP_PNG) /
WP_PG3 Director, Combating Communicable Diseases (WP_PG3)
HSI - HIV, Hepatitis and STI
 To develop highly functional and multi-faceted programmes that will provide support to Member States in their efforts to prevent and treat HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and viral hepatitis by: guiding national strategies and policies towards increasing access to prevention, treatment and care; coordinating and leading efforts of partner agencies in order to achieve mutual goals; and ensure effective surveillance and information dissemination to inform programme and service improvement.
Description of duties:
1. Provides strategic direction for and monitors implementation of the WHO country office programme on HIV, hepatitis and STI, including preparation of the bi-annual programme and budget proposals, and provides advice to the WHO Representative on country priorities and policies. Ensures close cooperation with other related areas and programmes such as health system development, TB, expanded programme on immunization, maternal and child health, laboratory/diagnostic services, pharmaceuticals, health education, research promotion, and development of human resources for health.

2. Participates with the national authorities in developing and reviewing plans and activities to strengthen HIV, hepatitis and STI strategic information, prevention and management. This involves advice on analysis of specific health and health resources situations, definition of priorities, identification of priority populations and geographical areas, and development of projects to inform national policy and guidelines. Ensures leadership and facilitation of multilateral, bilateral, national and civil society partnerships, and monitoring and evaluation of collaborative activities.

3. Provides updates on WHO HIV, hepatitis and STI strategies and guidelines to National Department of Health (NDOH) and organizes policy dialogues on program areas that require change/innovation in particular HIV, hepatitis B, C, cervical cancer and STI screening, HIV-testing in particularly among TB/STI patients and treatment strategies, TB/HIV and HIV-hepatitis co-infection management with attention to key populations such as men who have sex with men, sex workers and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, congenital syphilis and hepatitis B.

4. Support and advises implementation research on innovative strategies to inform national policies and guidelines for the surveillance, prevention and management of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis B and C and other STI and documents and shares experience and lessons learned from PNG's successes and expertise.

5. Provides support and coordination to HIV/STI related work through Delivering as One (DaO)/ One UN mechanism by leading the HIV cluster and supports the implementation of Global Funds to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants.

6. Performs other duties as needed.
University degree in medicine or related field in health sciences and postgraduate degree in epidemiology, public health or related discipline are essential. Postgraduate studies or training in clinical or epidemiological research an advantage.
- Sound knowledge of HIV and STI surveillance, prevention and management
- Skills in health policy planning, monitoring, evaluation and implementation research for HIV/AIDS and STI programmes in low or middle-income countries
- Sound knowledge of working in HIV/AIDS and/or STI programmes
- Skills in resolving complex issues with political and socio-cultural implications.
- Health planning at operational, sub-national, and national levels, with political and technical elements;
- Capacity building through multiple methods, including training, mentoring and example setting;
- 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;
- Ability to demonstrate gender equity and cultural appropriateness in the delivery of services to Member States.
- Proficient in standard MS Office software applications.
- Presentation skills.

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

More than 10 years of professional experience in HIV/AIDS, and/or STI programme planning, monitoring, evaluation and surveillance are essential. Knowledge and experience of working on viral hepatitis prevention and control. Knowledge and experience of working in international organizations in low and middle-income countries with proven experience in partnering with national, regional and international counterparts, including managing multi-agency efforts and resources mobilization preferred. Experience in HIV and STI prevention sciences in low or mid-income countries an asset.
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. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80 887 at single rate
USD 87 069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 109 % 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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