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Medical Officer (HIV)

Freetown (Sierra Leone)


HIV prevention and care is considered part of the Sierra Leone Basic Package of Essential Health Services, (BPEHS), and AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria (ATM) is one of several portfolios of the BPEHS Cluster at the WHO Country Office. The overall objective of the national HIV prevention and control efforts is to reduce new infections, ensure that 90% of people living with HIV know their status, 90% are on treatment, and 90% of those on treatment attain viral suppression – UNAIDS 90-90-90 – as part of the global efforts to ‘END AIDS’ by 2030.  For Sierra Leone, this will mean having a strong national Health Sector Response at the core of the multi-sectoral response; and taking HIV out of isolation by ensuring that HIV is part and parcel of the national Health Sector recovery efforts and building resilient and sustainable health systems which are HIV sensitive.



To provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), the National AIDS Secretariat (NAS) and other stakeholders in Sierra Leone to strengthen the Health Sector Response to HIV in order to reduce new infections, reduce AIDS-related deaths and combat discrimination as a means to realizing the GoSL vision of a Sierra Leone where HIV is no longer a public health threat by 2030. The post is part of the health sector recovery efforts to both catch up on opportunity lost as a result of the Ebola outbreak, and to accelerate efforts to reach ambitious national targets as stipulated in the National HIV Strategic Plan.



1. Provide strategic and technical support for the development of health sector HIV policies, guidelines and plans for HIV prevention treatment and care, while ensuring specific attention to children, pregnant and lactating women, key populations as well as patients with co-infections, (TB, Hepatitis B and C and other co-infections) and ensuring programmatic coordination with TB and Hepatitis programmes to promote synergies and efficiencies.


2. Assess the epidemiological and programmatic situation through analyzing programmatic, consumption and surveillance data, as well as triangulation of data sets in order to ensure, at all times, a good understanding of the HIV situation at national and sub-national levels. Support programmatic operational research and country contribution to the global AIDS monitoring structure.


3. Support the development of operational plans and translation of normative guidance from WHO and partners into actions and activities and enable progressive realization.


4. Support the development of patient-centered approach in areas of linkages and retention to care and related strategies.


5. Provide technical support for the implementation and monitoring of the HIV programme performance, by supporting the establishment of a joint government-led platform for real-time monitoring of progress at decentralized level and also conducting periodic programme reviews, and supporting the use of data for decision-making at all levels of the health system for the resolution of policy and implementation bottlenecks, including through capacity building activities.


6.Mobilize resources and support effective use of resources through effective implementation of priority activities, in particular those supported through the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; support preparation of documents for various purposes including donor proposals and reports.


7. Strengthen collaboration with international and national technical and funding partners including technical institutions, financial institutions and bilateral donors.


8. Actively promote harmonization and integration of HIV programming with overall health systems especially in the areas of disease surveillance, integrated people-centered care delivery, legislation and regulations including drug regulatory policies, social protection and health care financing to strengthen and sustain HIV control.


9. Support the MoHS to ensure effective coordination of the members of health sector (including community actors, academia, private sector) and to promote the leadership of the sector within the multisectoral coordination of the national response led by the NAS.


10.Support the development, implementation, monitoring and review of the Joint UN Team on AIDS plan of action in addition to ensure that HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and TB are mainstreamed in the United Nations Assistance Development Framework (UNDAF). 


11. Work with the MoHS and partners to facilitate dialogue and elevate the profile and visibility of HIV and HIV control activities at national and local levels. 


12. Liaise with the WHO Regional Office and headquarters in providing technical support to the HIV Programme.


13. Any other duties as requested by his/her supervisors.




Essential\: Medical Degree from a recognized university with postgraduate degree or equivalent in public health or epidemiology or related field.


Essential\: At least 7 years of experience in HIV and TB/HIV control at national or subnational level in developing countries. Practical experience in programme review and strategic plan development.

At least 5 years international experience in working with UN and/or international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies

Familiarity with Global Fund Policies & Procedures

Clinical experience in HIV treatment and care, including paediatric care and treatment

Experience with key populations programming, TB programmes and health systems strengthening approaches.

Functional Skills and Knowledge


Extensive knowledge and experience in HIV prevention and control programming and implementation. Proven experience in HIV technical and programme management at country level.  Knowledge of health systems management and strategic planning at national level. Ability to develop and facilitate the development of HIV guidelines and effectively monitor progress in use of guidelines. Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to cooperate and negotiate with technical and funding agencies, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff. Experience with Global Fund proposal development, grant making and implementation processes. Excellent communication skills, including presentation skills, ability to write strategically and speak clearly.


WHO Competencies

1.  Producing results

2.   Teamwork

3.   Communication

4.  Ensuring effective use of resources

5.   Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.


Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Excellent knowledge of English


WHO offers staff in the Professional category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at USD 70 647 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.



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

·     Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

·     A written test may be used as a form of screening.

·     In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link\: http\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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·     Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.


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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Freetown (Sierra Leone)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-21

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