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National Professional Officer (Tuberculosis) – WHO Uganda

Grade: NO-C
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 12 months
Job Posting: Jun 7, 2021, 8:53:50 AM
Closing Date: Jun 28, 2021, 11:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Uganda-Kampala
Organization: AF_UGA Uganda
Schedule: Full-time

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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The overall objective of Tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control is to reduce the emergence of new TB infections, TB transmission, morbidity and mortality until it no longer poses a threat to public health. To achieve these objectives, the WHO TB Programme promotes the END TB strategy with a goal of ending the global Tuberculosis Epidemic by 2035. The WHO Africa Region supports Member States in developing effective TB programming, implementing strategies and capacity building towards the delivery of the health sector response to TB and achieving the Global TB goal, in line with the Framework for implementing the Global TB Strategy in the African Region.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

1.Provide strategic and technical support for the development of national policies, guidelines and plans for TB prevention and care: developing and updating policies and strategies on specific technical areas such as TB testing and treatment activities for children, adolescents, adults and other vulnerable populations; treatment of latent TB infections, programmatic management of drug-resistant TB, management of co-morbidities, especially HIV/TB and increased involvement of community actors, in addition to private sector health services providers.2. Provide strategic and technical support on assessing the epidemiological and programmatic situation, designing and implementing interventions, and mobilizing resources for effective implementation of the priority activities, in particular from the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria:3. Provide technical support to monitor and facilitate the implementation of the tuberculosis program, by supporting supervision, facilitating periodic monitoring activities, conducting programme reviews and technical missions, facilitating capacity building activities, collecting and analyzing programmatic and surveillance data, designing and supporting programmatic operational research, as well as preparing documents for various purposes including policy recommendations, technical communications , advocacy materials, donor proposals and reports;4. Provide technical support for the development and implementation of a strategy for human resource capacity building on TB control for front line workers;5. Provide technical support for development of advocacy materials to strengthen the political leadership, the development of a multisectoral approach for the national TB response and increase domestic contribution to the funding of the national response;6. Strengthen collaboration with international technical and funding partners including technical institutions, financial institutions and bilateral donors as well as for facilitating the timely mobilization of experts;7. Activity promote harmonization and integration of tuberculosis programmes with overall health systems strengthening strategies and intervention especially in the areas of disease surveillance, integrated people-centered care delivery, legislation and regulations including drug regulatory policies, social protection and health care financing to strengthen and sustain tuberculosis control.8. Support production and transmission of quality data for the production of the Global TB report, in addition to the production of the national accountability framework, with its attached score card;9. Keep the WHO Country Representative consistently abreast of the epidemiological situation, the progress of the response and make available relevant intelligence for advocacy purposes. 10. Liaise with the Inter-country Support Team, WHO Regional Office and headquarters in providing technical support to the TB Programme.11. Perform any other related duties as assigned by the supervisor and WHO Representative.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: First University degree in Medicine or public health from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree in Epidemiology or Public Health; Training Tuberculosis prevention and control. Proficiency in at least one statistical/ epidemiological analysis package such as Epi Info or Stata

Experience

Essential: At least five (5) years of experience in prevention and control of Tuberculosis, drug resistant Tuberculosis, TB/HIV control at national/subnational level in developing countries. Practical experience in programme review and strategic plan development
Desirable: Working experience with the WHO or other international experience would be an asset. A minimum of 3 years of working experience in large public health projects would be an asset.

Skills

Demonstrated innovative, analytical and problem- solving skills; statistical, monitoring and evaluation skills; ability to lead policy level dialogue, advocacy and partnerships on tuberculosis and the risk factors.Broad knowledge and experience on tuberculosis surveillance, monitoring, and/or evaluation required. Good communication skills. Ability to interact with health professionals at various levels. Ability to establish effective networks and working relationships with people of different nationalities and cultural background.Computer skills – Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and data analysis, browsing and information searching on the internet.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable:

REMUNERATION

Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at UGX 182,401,000 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • 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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

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