OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
To expand the implementation of the Stop TB strategy and strengthen disease control by: applying effective strategies and policies, including those related to co-infection and multi-drug resistance; increasing the involvement of communities, health-care providers, nongovernmental organizations and corporate partners, through increased country support and strong partnerships; and to strengthen surveillance, monitoring and evaluation.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Coordinator, Stop TB and Leprosy Elimination and guidance from the Director, Communicable Diseases, the incumbent is expected to perform the following duties: 1. Leads the development of regional policies, guidelines and plans for TB control and strategies on specific technical areas such as TB surveillance, intensified case finding, TB drug management, laboratory strengthening, TB/HIV collaborative activities, programmatic management of drug-resistant TB, as well as TB among children, elderly and other vulnerable populations; 2. Leads the design and development of national policies, strategies and plans that strengthens the national tuberculosis control efforts of Member States, which includes providing advice on assessing the epidemiological and programmatic situation, designing and implementing interventions, and mobilizing resources for effective implementation of the priority activities;3. Leads the implementation of tuberculosis programmes in Member States, by conducting programme reviews and technical missions, facilitating in capacity building activities, collecting and analysing programmatic and surveillance data, designing and supporting programmatic operational research, as well as preparing documents for various purposes including policy recommendations, technical communications, advocacy materials, donor proposals and reports; 4. Ensures effective collaboration with international technical and funding partners including technical institutions, WHO collaborating centres, WHO’s technical advisory groups, financial institutions and bilateral donors; 5. Leads and ensures harmonisation and integration of tuberculosis control programmes with overall health systems especially in the areas of disease surveillance, integrated people-centred care delivery, legislation and regulations including drug regulatory policies, and health care financing to establish and sustain tuberculosis control systems in Member States; and 6. Undertake other related and assigned duties as required.
Education:University degree in medicine from a recognized university with a postgraduate degree in public health, epidemiology or a related field are essential. Research experience and qualifications including Doctorate degree in a relevant field an advantage.WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.
Broad expertise and experience in the field of tuberculosis control in a wide range of epidemiological programmatic contexts. Experience in working with major international donors particularly in the Global Fund grant application and implementation processes. Proven experience in programme management including planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation, as well as resource mobilization.Competencies:1. Teamwork2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences3. Communication4. Creating an empowering and motivating environment5. Ensuring the effective use of resources6. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Essential: Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in TB control both at national and international levels. Working experience in developing countries. Desirable: Experience in tuberculosis control and other public health programmes/policies at national or sub-national levels. Familiarity with health system and socio-cultural contexts in the Asia-Pacific regions is an asset.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.