World Health Organization (WHO)

Consultant / Expert (Epidemiology for Leprosy)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  Purpose of the Post: Analyzing global and country data and prepare an epidemiological Analysis of the leprosy situation Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity (Overview of the programme): The main objective of GLP is to further reduce disease burden of leprosy in all Member States, with the global target of reducing the rate of new cases with grade-2 disabilities (G2D) rate per million population to less than one, reduce number of new child cases with G2D to zero and zero legislations/laws that allow discrimination on the basis of leprosy. As per the Global Leprosy Strategy 2021-2030, several countries are targeted for reaching interruption of transmission and elimination of new disease. GLP has a major role in providing normative guidance as well as monitoring global and country trends.

Organizational Context (Describe the work environment; the role of the individual within the team – team member, specialist, Adviser, facilitator, Coordinator/manager, representative, expert, authority in the field, etc.; available guidelines and degree of independence in decision making; and nature and purpose of contact within and outside the Organization): Unde-r the overall guidance of Team Leader – GLP and direct supervision of the Technical Officer – GLP, the incumbent will analyse different data elements and indicators used in monitoring leprosy programme and prepare a comprehensive status report on leprosy including long-term time trends for the world as a whole as well as for selected countries (in particular high burden countries and those that have reached or are close to zero leprosy).

Epidemiological analysis will also include trends of new case detection disaggregated by age group, disease type, disability status, gender.

Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected): Under the overall guidance of the Team Leader of GLP and direct supervision of the Technical officer of GLP, the incumbent will: i. review published annual le-prosy reports in Weekly Epidemiological Records ii. review trends of data elements and indicators recorded in DHIS2 leprosy programme data base iii. review national leprosy programme evaluation reports and leprosy elimination monitoring reports.

iv. review the literature on epidemiological analysis of leprosy data in different countries.

v. prepare a monography on leprosy situation.

RECRUITMENT PROFILE Competencies (Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required, with reference to WHO competency model; list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones; identify a minimum of three and a maximum of five competencies): 1. Teamwork 2. Communication 3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences 4. Producing results Education (Qualifications): Essential: University degree in epidemiology, public health, from a recognized university.

Desirable : Post graduate degree/diploma in epidemiology, public health Essential Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience, including some years of demonstrated international exposure; Relevant experience includes: professional work experience in epidemiological analysis or studies in Disease Control programmatic Monitoring and Evaluation in disease control field or related public health field Desirable: Working experience with UN system, in general, and the WHO system, in particular will be an advantage.

Experience of working with institutions/organizations in developing epidemiological situational assessments Functional Skills and Knowledge Essential skills: • In-depth knowledge in disease control, surveillance and response and related public health areas.

• Capacity to analyse epidemiological data of large number of countries • Proven ability to write technical documents in a clear and concise manner.

• Capacity in assessing relevant operational research and epidemiological studies.

Desirable Skills: • Technical expertise to support leprosy control programmes at international, national or subnational levels.

• Knowledge on ways to work with the research institutions and government programmes • Experience of working in an international environment.

• Experience in publishing epidemiological analyses Additional information: • The purpose of this VN is to invite qualified professionals with relevant expertise for P3 grades for inclusion in a roster of experts for possible short-term consultant assignments which may arise from time to time • The grade of the position is fixed based on the level of responsibilities and complexity of tasks assigned as reflected in the terms of reference.

• The duration of assignment would vary from two weeks to one year. Any extension of contract would be subject to programmatic requirements, performance of the incumbent and availability of funds.

• The place of performance of the work under the Contract shall be onsite/offsite (as per requirements and current conditions). The implementation of the assignment may require travel; costs for such travel will be borne by WHO according to its rules and regulations.

• The contractor has to be legally entitled to work in the country or countries where the work is to be carried out and is expected to be in the possession of an unrestricted passport.

• Please note applications should be submitted through WHO's online recruitment portal. Please visit to complete an online profile and to apply to this vacancy.

• In the event your candidature is retained for a proposed consultant assignment, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma (s)/certificate(s) required for the assignment. 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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Languages: Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English; Knowledge of either French, Spanish or Portuguese is an additional advantage Other Skills (e.g. IT): Proficient in standard MS Office Software Applications, Data Analysis using statistical packages, DHIS2 and SPSS.

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