Team Lead - Precision Public Health Metrics (PPHM) (readvertisement)
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Precision Public Health Metrics (PPHM) Unit is part of and contributes to the work of the Universal health coverage/Communicable and non-communicable diseases (UHC/UCN) cluster in the WHO African region. The strategic agenda of the cluster is to reduce disease burden in the WHO African Region, by guiding disease control agenda in Africa, and using analytics to inform strategic investments and tailored interventions for disease control, thus contributing to 3 disease control outcomes at country-level: improved disease programme governance; improved interventions coverage; and improved services quality. Investments towards these outcomes are guided by comprehensive whole of society, people-centered, and integrated approaches to disease control. The comprehensive whole of society approach entails investments around: (a) coherent implementation of triple response - technical response: implementing diseases specific normative guidance, promoting intervention mixes and deploying medical commodities; health systems response: building capacities of district service delivery systems in disease mapping and stratification, interventions tailoring, and sector/subsector planning; and multi-sectoral response: addressing socio-economic and environmental determinants of diseases through mobilizing non-health sectors, communities and stakeholders; (b) disease control partnership of public and private sectors, health and non-health sectors; and (c) community involvement in targeted high risk communities, focused on managing determinants of diseases, health services demand creation and accountability by local health stewards. The people centered, integrated approaches to disease control involves investments around: (a) integrated guidance on disease control for each health service delivery platform, a move away from stand-alone disease specific guidance; and (b)integrated and efficient disease control investments in strengthening the capacity of appropriate health services delivery platforms through deployment of appropriate technologies and analytics to guide stratification of disease risks across population groups in order to develop and deploy comprehensive packages of interventions appropriate for each population group and health service delivery platform, as well as monitor population access, coverage and impact to leave no one behind. The specific objectives of the UCN cluster to which the PPHM Unit contributes, are to: (i) provide leadership on disease control coordination, partnership and resource mobilization; (ii) contribute to the development of WHO disease control technical products, services and tools including adoption of new technologies and innovations; (iii) support generation and use of strategic information for action and decision making including optimizing investment; and (iv) provide or facilitate provision of technical support in deployment of WHO technical products and services and institutional capacity building, including support to national disease programmes and regulatory authorities.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
1. Leadership on disease control coordination, partnerships and resource mobilization Initiate and lead innovative and enhanced resource mobilization targeting both traditional and new donors in order to increase the capacity of WHO country offices and countries to deliver results Ensure people-centered approaches across the life course to address the priority health problems of different population sub-groups through building and coordinating a competent and committed team of PPHM experts in the development and implementation of regional PPH policies, strategies, programmes and strategic initiatives for disease control in the region. This will be done in in collaboration with other WHO technical clusters, and partners, in an integrated manner in the context of Universal Health Coverage; Oversee the development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the team's strategy and operational plan and provide high quality leadership, epidemiological, analytic and coordination support the work of the team; Provide leadership and manage the staff under his/her responsibility; ensure their performance, continuous development and engagement, promoting a culture of working across boundaries, while promoting the principles of equity, and value for money, integrity and a respectful workplace in accordance with the Organization's policies, rules, procedures, and values; Drive the team members' collaboration with other clusters and programmes to ensure that PPHM interventions are integrated in strategies on universal health coverage, primary health care, sexual and reproductive health, and communicable diseases; Lead application of analytics to drive improved strategies across the UCN cluster.2.Developmentof WHO disease control technical products, services, and tools Lead development and deployment of functionale-platforms including operational manuals, for sub-national stratification of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and annual disease control agenda setting and investments guidance (publication of respective country annual disease outlook with district disease profiles);Lead the development of common geo-registries and meta data and harmonization of current multiple data platforms as necessary; Coordinate the development and dissemination of scientific papers on PPHM related policy and planning initiatives and innovations.3. Generation of analytics-driven strategic information for disease control agenda setting and interventions tailoring Lead in monitoring socio-political and health situations in member states, facilitating political and social analysis for disease control action in the region, including impact of climate change and human and natural disasters; Lead the mainstreaming of research and innovation in disease control including monitoring and containment of biological and other threats to available disease control interventions; Provide advanced analysis support to UCN Teams and as relevant to other clusters in the Regional and Country offices Lead in strengthening the capacities of UCN teams in the data-to-action processes; Lead global ancillary data assembly (climate, biodiversity, genomics, socio-economic etc) Support disease and health programme teams to implement analysis for sub national tailoring of public health interventions in countries Work with various WHO departments and partners to track biological and other threats to progress in disease control4. Technical support and institutional capacity building for disease control support Lead country capacity building for use of analytics to drive diseases control agenda setting and to guide investments including use of triangulated data on disease occurrence (incidence and mortality), interventions coverage, health services access, and determinants information for disease stratification and tailoring of national policies and operational responses in member states. Lead development of annual disease outlook reports that implement country deep dives aligned with the African Health Observatories and various WHO global reports Lead country capacity development in analysis and surveillance systems strengthening Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Essential: Advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in Epidemiology, Geoscience/GIS, Biostatistics, Health Demography or Public Health or equivalent.
Desirable: PhD in Epidemiology, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Health Demography or Public Health.
Essential: A minimum of ten (10) years' progressive experience in epidemiology, biostatistics, Health demography or public health with a particular emphasis in communicable diseases. Demonstrated capacity to manage large datasets and produce advanced analysis. Demonstrated track record of publications in peer reviewed journals. Ability to undertake analysis in R, Stata or equivalent statistical packages.
Desirable: Knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology, statistics, public health and operational work in the WHO African Region. Experience in spatial temporal analysis and working with routine information and surveillance systems. Experience in spatial analysis and mapping.
Leadership, management and supervision skills to effectively lead the PPHM team and develop collaborative across the UCN cluster, other AFRO regional office entities, country offices, WHO HQ and ministries of health and external partners. Advanced knowledge of epidemiology and disease surveillance. Strong statistical analysis with demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret complex datasets and present findings clearly and concisely. Experience in electronic surveillance systems and other digital solutions in health. Ability to work quickly and willingness to deliver products under time pressure and short deadlines. Self-starter, self-motivated, self-manager Willingness and capacity to take responsibility, ability to juggle many tasks concurrently and prioritize workload in a pressured environment with competing demands and high expectations Excellent interpersonal skills, including integrity, good judgment, team working and diplomacy Knowledge of office software applications, development of websites and online data portals, experience in the application of mobile based surveillance systems and surveillance in mobile and migrant populations. Ability to undertake analysis in R, Stata or equivalent statistical packages. Advanced database programming and development skills to build and customize data-driven applications and other tools to automate data processing.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.
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 90,664 (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 4805 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.
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