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Team Leader - Global Leprosy Programme

New Delhi

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Grade: P-6, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-05-27

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The main objective of the Global Leprosy Programme is to ensure that the disease burden continues to decline in all countries.A target has been set at the global level which is to reduce the rate of new cases with grade-2 disabilities of 1 less than 1 per million population by the end of 2020 and to achieve the target no new child case with grade-2 disability.


Under the overall supervision of Regional Director/SEARO, as Team Leader of Global Leprosy Programme (GLP), the incumbent has the following responsibilities:

1. To lead and manage the Global Leprosy Programme as related to technical, administrative and financial, including fundraising aspects, by guiding and motivating team members and staff working across WHO HQ, Regional and Country Offices;

2. To provide expertise and authoritative advice to Member States and external partners on WHO strategies and priorities; to nurture and expand WHO leadership in the field of leprosy towards the elimination of the disease at national level of the remaining countries and at subnational level for countries which have achieved national level target of elimination;

3. To provide expertise and authoritative technical leadership to draw partner institutions into close collaboration; to elaborate new and innovative proposals to meet the challenges of leprosy, in particular to ensure access to leprosy services at all levels holistically and to integrate leprosy strategies into health care systems;

4. To encourage collaboration and coordinate efforts with national and international NGOs, donor agencies and other partners to raise funds for the Global Leprosy Programme and facilitate the implementation of agreed strategies at global, regional and national levels;

5. To identify the needs for, oversee the organization of, and actively provide guidance in technical meetings, workshops and seminars to ensure the proper dissemination of information and research findings in accordance with updated WHO policies and strategies;

6. To maintain expertise in leprosy at all levels;

7. In collaboration with Tropical Diseases Research (TOR), through appropriate managerial and technical networks at regional and global levels, to decide on and establish priority setting for leprosy research, ensuring follow-up on the recommendations of TOR Scientific Working Group on Leprosy, and to report on achievements to the relevant organizational segments including Technical Advisory Group on the leprosy situation, and progress made in reducing the burden of the disease in endemic countries;

8. To actively contribute to the WHO's strategies and policies on Neglected Tropical Diseases; and

9. To perform other related duties as required.



Essential: Medical degree with advanced post graduate degree in public health and/or epidemiology.
Desirable: Post graduate training in Leprosy.


Essential: At least 15 years of progressive experience in leprosy control and research and strong experience in the field of public health programmes, including considerable experience at senior levels obtained in an international context.
Desirable: Experience of working in the UN organization and/or donor agency. Experience in representing an organization at senior level in international forums.




  • Technical expertise in public health, epidemiology and disease control with emphasis on leprosy.
  • Proven leadership and managerial capacity, with the ability to direct comprehensive policy development, strategic planning and to initiate, manage and evaluate activities and stimulate interest and funding for the programme.
  • Excellent communication skills with proven ability to develop and maintain good working relations in a multi-cultural and multi-sectoral environment.
  • Negotiation skills in interacting and maintaining partnerships with the national authorities and with the international partners, international and local NGOs involved in the Global Leprosy Programme.



WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond



Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.



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 103,660 (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 3084 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.






  • 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
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  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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