World Health Organization (WHO)

Medical Officer (CDS)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  The objective of the WHO Bangladesh Country Office is to implement the Country Cooperation Strategy by supporting the Bangladesh Government in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national health policies, strategies and plans and developing and managing WHO's technical cooperation programmes. WHO provides guidance and Technical Support in organizing the humanitarian health response and in revitalizing the capacity of the Health Sector to rebuild and recover from emergencies in appropriate and sustainable ways. The Country Office develops a two-way collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh in support of their efforts of achieving national health goals; of ensuring the attainment of universal health coverage and of contributing to global and regional public health action by providing need-based technical assistance in national level policy formulation, setting norms and standards, improving knowledge dissemination and management, monitoring country health situation and building sustainable institutional capacity, to play a greater leadership role in different national level policy and technical forums. The Communicable Diseases Programme aims at strengthening surveillance in all areas of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) vaccines preventable diseases, to eliminate Neonatal tetanus; to reduce Measles morbidity & mortality, to eradicate transmission of wild poliomyelitis; raise & maintain immunization coverages for all EPI vaccines preventable diseases; to transfer technology for the laboratory diagnosis of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD); to provide technical assistance to the National Tuberculosis Control Programme aiming to strengthen national capacity and reduce morbidity, mortality, disability & deformity caused by TB through support in monitoring epidemiology, programmatic & social impact and in resource mobilization and allocation for TB for improvement of efficiency of the national response. To provide technical support to national authorities in Capacity Building in Vector Borne Disease Control. To support the programme for effective prevention & control of Malaria, Kala-azar, Dengue & other VBD diseases as well as HIV/AIDS and including Neglected Tropical Diseases. The Programme is divided into two Units, IVD & Surveillance and Vector Borne Diseases and the immediate objective is to lead the team of Communicable Diseases programme, which includes VBD, TB, NTD (Kala-Azar and Dengue), HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Under the direct supervision of WHO Representative for Bangladesh and in close technical and administrative collaboration with the concerned Regional Advisors of Communicable Diseases and other relevant departments at WHO/SEARO, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:
  • Provide technical advice to the MoHFW in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating activities for prevention and control of communicable diseases.
  • Lead planning, implementation and monitoring of CDS Programme of category 1 of WHO collaborative workplans.
  • Provide support to the establishment of integrated Disease Surveillance and of sentinel surveillance for specific diseases like Vector - Borne Diseases (VBD) diseases, Kala-azar, Dengue, and HIV/ AIDS.
  • Facilitate the exchange of information on relevant programme areas and assist in developing proposals for resource mobilization and managing & monitoring implementation of donor funds and submitting annual as well as end-of-grant report as per donor requirement.
  • Contribute in Global Fund liaison and participate Global Fund CCM, and backstopping WHO representation in inter-agency meetings related to Communicable Diseases programmes; and
  • Contribute to evaluating the impact of WHO's collaboration with Bangladesh (aggregated and area specific) and to developing evaluation tools in relevant programme areas.
  • Ensure technical quality and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions, as well as make recommendations to the supervisors regarding WHO's support;
  • Collaborate with relevant ministries and other stakeholders in undertake gap analyses in relevant areas of work and support capacity building efforts in these deficient areas to ensure that priorities are fulfilled;
  • Perform any other task assigned by the supervisor.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education Essential: Degree in Medicine with Master's degree in public health with specialization in Epidemiology and Communicable disease control.

Desirable: Specialized training in minimum two or more following technical programme: HIV/AIDS, TB, NTD (Kala - Azar and Dengue), Malaria, Hepatitis.

Experience Essential: At least 7 years of relevant experience in communicable diseases in developing countries, some of which must have been obtained in an international context.

Desirable: Working experience in the UN agencies/ International Organization, Experience in two or more following technical programme areas: : HIV/AIDS, TB, NTD (Kala - Azar and Dengue), Malaria, Hepatitis. Experience in management of donor supported projects would be an asset.

Skills Specialist in health programme management in Communicable Diseases relevant to the priorities.Proven capability in programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and capacity building. Proven ability in preparation of technical proposals, plans and reports on communicable diseases for donor community and for other international organizations.Ability to effectively coordinate with partners/donors and collaborative agencies.

WHO Competencies
  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Producing results
Use of Language Skills Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

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 73,516 (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 2579 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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