NPO (Drug Resistant and Latent TB)
New Delhi (India)
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMEThe Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) of the Government of India has implemented basic TB care and control services across the whole country since early 2006 and scaled up the quality services management of drug resistant TB across the whole country since early 2013. The RNTCP now has an ambitious National Strategic Plan (2017-25) to end the TB epidemic by 2025. It plans to conduct a national TB prevalence survey to measure the disease burden; establish a digital TB surveillance system through a gazette TB notification and treatment adherence monitoring of patients seeking care in public and private sector; shift to active case finding mode to achieve universal access to TB quality patient-centered diagnosis and treatment for all; scaling up nation-wide novel interventions for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) like universal access to drug susceptibility guided treatment addressing the epidemiological diversity of drug resistance with newer anti-TB drugs and shorter regimen; addressing TB co-morbidities like HIV, Diabetes, Tobacco, undernutrition-associated TB, palliative care and social protection. The target of the RNTCP is by 2025 to have achieved the TB-related indicators and targets laid out under the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals 2030; WHO End TB Strategy 2035 and the Stop TB Partnership, Global Plan to Stop TB, 2016-20. The WHO TB programme aims to support the RNTCP efforts towards ending the TB epidemic in India as per the National Strategic Plan (2017-25) detailed above. Major areas of WHO technical support are evidence generation to guide policy and strategy updates, drug resistant TB, collaborative activities to address co-morbidities, active case finding, surveillance including impact measurements and private sector engagement for TB care in India. WHO provides technical support at national level, working with central TB division, TB related national research and academic institutions and at state level with a network of technical officers for developing necessary guidelines, innovative models, research, monitoring and evaluation and now work towards a gradual transitioning of this network.Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHOAll the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation. WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions\: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.The South -East Asia Region of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.9 billion people, with India's population of 1.3 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.Mission of the WHO Country Office for India Within the framework of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy, the mission of WCO-India is to support India in\: (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIESUnder the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the Deputy WHO Representative to India, the direct supervision of the Team Lead (Communicable Diseases), the incumbent will have the following responsibilities\:
1. Provide technical contribution to the Union Government for policy and guideline development for universal access to quality-assured diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant TB and Latent TB, mobilize the necessary resources, and facilitate the required technical assistance.
2. Co-ordinate actions from various stakeholders such as the Union Government, technical and developmental partners concerning the preparation and the execution of the plan to scale up towards novel interventions for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) and Latent TB like universal access to drug susceptibility guided treatment addressing the epidemiological diversity of drug resistance with newer anti-TB drugs and shorter regimen; palliative care, social protection and all relevant interventions.
3. Provide technical contribution to Central TB Division and WHO collaborating centers in the country for operational research for innovative diagnostics, treatment, and case management strategies for DR-TB and Latent TB.
4. Provide technical contribution to Union and State governments for the supervision, monitoring, and evaluation of national scale-up towards universal access to quality-assured diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant TB.
5. Provide technical contribution for development of monitoring systems for DR-TB management including electronic case-based notification system.
6. Provide coaching, training, technical support and supervision on drug resistant TB to the Medical Consultants of the WHO/RNTCP Technical Assistance Project for implementation and monitoring of the National Strategic Plan, evidence generation through research andinnovation.
7. Act as the Subject Matter Expert of the WHO Country Office India on Drug Resistant TB and Latent TB.
8. Support the information brokering/exchange function of WHO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WHO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.
9. Prepare administrative and technical reports, publications and undertake any other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisors.
10. Advocate with donor partners / corporates to mobilize extra-budgetary funds for DR-TB activities.
11. Collaborate with other staff of WHO country office for India on matters related to management of other drug resistant diseases.
EducationEssential\: Degree in Medicine from a recognized university or equivalent degree
Desirable\: Postgraduate degree or an advanced university degree in public health / community medicine/epidemiology
ExperienceEssential\: At least 5 years of professional experience in the area of public health, including at least 2 years of experience with effective activities for ending TB including drug resistant TB.
Desirable\: Experience of work in UN and/or other international organization. Experience of working with donors and international partners. At least 5 peer-reviewed publications on public health or TB in recognized journals as author/co-author. Experience in mentoring and supervising public health professionals.
SkillsThe incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization. Demonstrated leadership ability and proven ability to work with senior government officials and other national and international staff. Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to TB, ability to work with senior government officials and other national and international staff. Extensive knowledge of tuberculosis control, especially on drug resistant tuberculosis and control including WHO policies and guidelines. Good knowledge of the working of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other related departments/ministries, and the country's needs. Knowledge and experience with global funding and technical initiatives that support TB control activities (e.g. the Global Fund, USAID, Green Light Committee [GLC], UNITAID etc). Knowledge of WHO SEAR flagship programmes and strategies, preferably experience with and regional MDR-TB advisory committee and regional GLC support to countries in the region on ending TB including drug resistant TB through capacity building, mentoring and monitoring assistance. Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment. Modern management skills (planning and evaluation, etc). Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports. Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Producing results
- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
- Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Use of Language SkillsEssential\: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of Hindi.
REMUNERATIONRemuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at INR 3,025,907 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.
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