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Medical Officer (CDS)

Libreville (Gabon, Gabonese Republic)

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

Reducing the burden of communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases and Protection of the Human Environment.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Working at the IST level, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and priorities\:To provide technical support, advice and guidance to countries on, and serve as focal point the development, implementation and scaling up of interventions, policies and guidelines in HIV/AIDS/HEP prevention and case management including in surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, including community based adherence and support. This includes critically reviewing, analyzing and using evidence-based data for policy formulation and research promotion to improve availability of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis prevention, testing and case management tools, interventions and approaches. To technically advise countries and partners at the regional and sub-regional levels on, and participate in the development, updating, and proactive implementation of, guidelines, norms and standards for HIV/AIDS and HEP Prevention and Case management, in close cooperation with the HIV/AIDS/HEP Team at the Regional Office. Proactively promote results-oriented approaches, , development, incorporation and implementation of HIV-AIDS and HEP Prevention and Case Management strategies into health sector development plans and essential health services packages.To serve as focal point for the review of Prevention and Case Management experiences and best practices at country level, to improve implementation, quality and efficiency, including through proposing new approaches, and remedial actions. Actively monitor progress and achievements, working in close collaboration with the HIV/AIDS/HEP Team, national and regional officials, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral partners, health and other professionals and stakeholders. Assess countries progress including through visits to assess performance and ensure the use of standard, quality-assured Prevention and Case Management data, paying particular attention to methods used for evaluating progress, results, lessons learnt and gaps.To work in partnership with development partners, contributing expertise and technical information consistent with the needs for shared knowledge on AIDS and Hepatitis epidemiology, prevention and case management, with particular attention to progress, outcomes and constraints. Ensure regular reporting on the situation and progress of HIV-AIDS/HEP Prevention and Case Management. To encourage close collaboration, informal consultations, exchange of views, information-sharing and cross-cutting activities at the regional and country levels including through video and tele-conferencing and, as required, inter-country meetings. Participate in the development of new and review of existing guidelines, training materials and E-training modules.To strengthen countries' capacity in the development/strengthening and testing of effective methods for data collection to ensure the use of standard, quality-assured data in the field of AIDS and Hepatitis epidemiology, prevention and case management. Guide collaboration and advise on the development and maintenance of up-to-date regional and national databases on the epidemiology, prevention and case management of AIDS and Hepatitis to ensure regular reporting on the situation of, and influence the research and development of new/improved tools and strategies. To collaborate with, as well as provide advice and guidance to, countries, regional and national partners on the elaboration and implementation of resource mobilization and advocacy strategies, in support of the WHO and AFRO Resolutions pertaining to HIV-AIDS/HEP Prevention and Case Management. To support the development of work plans and budgetary proposals for the IST, as required.To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential\: Degree in medicine, pharmacy, or a related field complemented with specialization or post-graduate qualification in Public Health.
Desirable\: Post-graduate training in HIV-AIDS and/or Hepatitis with emphasis on Prevention and Case Management, public health programme management, statistics and/or community health.

Experience

Essential\: At least seven years' practical experience at the national and/or international levels in the field of HIV-AIDS/HEP prevention and case management. Experience in policy and strategy formulation and implementation policy planning as well as facilitating multi-stakeholder consultations.
Desirable\: Experience in epidemiology, M&E, research and analysis, and/or the development of training tools and databases for monitoring and evaluation purposes

Skills

Sound understanding of global and regional issues on HIV-AIDS/HEP and its health, social and economic impact. Proven ability to provide technical support to countries for development of strategies and implementation of multifaceted aspects pertaining to HIV-AIDS/HEP Prevention and Case Management activities and interventions, development, use and testing of effective methods of data collection, surveillance and M&E. Excellent knowledge of norms, standards and guidelines for scaling up HIV-AIDS/HEP Prevention and Case Management interventions, Proven ability to accurately use data and summarize findings in the form of technical reports, develop proposals and recommend pertinent actions. Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write in a clear and concise manner and give technical advice and guidance taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders and partners. Excellent track record of resource mobilization and advocacy skills. Proven interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and resolve issues in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics. Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Communication
Producing results
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of French.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.

REMUNERATION

WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 71,332 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3216 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • 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\://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\://www.who.int/employment/en/. Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Libreville (Gabon, Gabonese Republic)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-04-09

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