OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The WHE Response division (WRE) is responsible for rapidly detecting and responding to health emergencies while leveraging relevant national and international partnerships, ensuring that emergency-affected populations in acute and protracted emergencies have access to essential health services and that systems are maintained and strengthened in fragile, conflict and vulnerable settings while implementing at scale, proven prevention strategies for priority pandemic/epidemic-prone diseases. The HEI Department is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to timely and effective health services, ranging from humanitarian interventions, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Fragile, Vulnerable and Conflict-Affected Settings (FCVs) to key high impact epidemic diseases including Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs), Yellow Fever, Meningitis and Cholera. The Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
1. Provides technical leadership and managerial support within the Department/Programme, in the area of meningitis control ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively.
2. Develops and proposes technical health policies and strategies for implementation through collaboration with Regional and Country Offices and provides advice in developing further defeating meningitis by 2030 roadmap for strengthening and improving the technical capacity of the target clientele.
3. Manages the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient managing a small team of technical staff, financial resources and effective work planning to optimize the programme's deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization.
4. Leads and conducts research on best practices in implementing programmes and activities and dissemination of information for capacity building in meningitis control.
5. Manages the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the meningitis global roadmap of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize the performance of Programme deliverables.
6. Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies and other stakeholders at the technical levels in meningitis control.
7. Liaises with and utilizes partnerships in other UN Agencies, Donor, or research institutions in the control of meningitis to position the technical area of work and implementation into Global and/or National policies.
8. Perform all other related duties as assigned.
9. In coordination with Regional Offices, the International Group for Vaccine Provision (ICG), and other Departments in WHE, lead the HQ related activities to respond to meningitis epidemics
10. In coordination with other Departments (IVB, MSD) and Regional Offices, lead the global efforts to reach the 2030 roadmap strategic objectives related to meningitis surveillance, diagnostics, treatment and outbreak control, including their implementation in targeted countries.
Essential: An advanced level university degree in epidemiology, public health or international health, complemented by a degree or diploma in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, midwifery, nursing, medical biology or a related discipline, related to the functions of the position.
Desirable: A PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields.
Essential: A minimum of 10 years of public health experience in the management of infectious disease control, including experience in the area of health policies and strategies, and field experience in meningitis control related activities. Demonstrated experience managing human and financial resources. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable: Involvement in WHO technical advisory groups in the field of meningitis control. Leadership in a meningitis research project in an African context
Concrete skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes. Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing policies and strategies Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources. Good skills in mobilizing resources. Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders. Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the control of meningitis. Expertise and sound knowledge of surveillance and response activities of handling outbreaks in a multidisciplinary and international environment. Sound knowledge of infectious diseases epidemiology and surveillance with an emphasis on meningitis in particular.
Fostering integration and Teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.
Salary: 88.162 USD/year