Team Leader (Communicable Diseases)

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

Coordinate technical support to the country in the control of communicable and noncommunicable diseases, provide support for human resource capacity building related to planning, prevention, monitoring as well as monitoring and evaluation of implementation plans, programmes in collaboration with, Regional Office and Headquarters.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

I.Enabling capacity1.Ensures sound management through Strategic positioning (Regional/National work plans) Communicates, and gains the commitment of team members to, a clear view of the desired vision that is within the blueprint and agenda of WHO global and regional frameworks. Translates these directions into actionable strategies, and prioritizes goals and projects to effectively support country implementation of their health plans and policies. Promotes and drives cross-sectorial work with health officials and non-health partners. Builds a competent team by securing the best resources, allotting learning opportunities, and providing on-going coaching and feedback. Sets clear performance expectations, delegates effectively, and monitors and measures progress against objectives;2.Conducts Networking, capacity building, Fund raising, builds partnerships and plays a strong advocacy/communication role. Actively secures opportunities to build partnerships across an extensive network of contacts, including donor partners and national focal points. Presents technical briefings to ensure accurate and consistent delivery of corporate messages and WHO advice by team and programme staff;II.Technical Capacity1.Stays abreast of key health concerns and utilizes knowledge and expertise to systematically analyses issues, overcome obstacles and make key decisions that result in the effective application of technical support to Member States. Takes a Leading role in initiatives as well as innovations around research, forecasting and clinical studies. Engages in strategic level dialogue to influence national policy, and ensures consistency of policy advice from the team and programme staff; 2.Serve as the primary WHO Liaison with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other partners in matters related to his/her domain, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) TB, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases and Non-communicable diseases;3.Plans, organizes and coordinates the organization’s technical cooperation program in the Country in the area of Disease Prevention and Control;4.Participates in the formulation of policies, strategies, plans, objectives methodologies for program execution and evaluation, taking into account specific country needs and the goals / objectives that the Cluster and WCO aim to achieve;5.Provide technical and functional administrative guidance to the Head of WCO and assigned technical staff. Provides technical guidance to staff in the field. Provides inputs and reviews into the performance evaluations of all assigned staff.6.Coordinates and analyses the collection of technical and scientific knowledge related to their area of specialization and disseminates up to date knowledge and findings, including to the Regional Office, in order to meet the technical requirements of the region’s WHO Representatives, as well as to the appropriate national institutions and partners;7.Coordinate the programming and execution of the Unit’s activities along with those of other related areas of work in order to maximize resource utilization;III- Managerial Responsibilities1.Builds a competent team by securing the best resources, allotting learning opportunities, and providing on-going coaching and feedback. Sets clear performance expectations, delegates effectively, and monitors and measures progress against objectives;2.To guide, coach, motivate and manage all the UCN Cluster staff under him/her (i.e. Malaria Officer, TB Officer, Public Health Officer/NTD Officer, NCD Officers, PHE Officer and the DPC Programme Assistant) including articulating the vision and goals of this sub-team in the SMO Cluster, ensuring the coordination, monitoring and approval of work plans and mission requests, resolving problems while promoting effective team work and results, within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, and AFRO accepted procedures. Managing related budgets within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, financial rules and AFRO accepted procedures.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine / public health / communicable diseases.
Desirable: Higher Diploma in Epidemiology

Experience

Essential: At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in disease management focusing on the areas of investigation, surveillance and control, as well as strategy formulation and action plans for the implementation of disease prevention programs.
Desirable: Experience working with bilateral or multilateral organizations would be an asset

Skills

The incumbent must have the essential knowledge and skills specific to the position, including:1.In-depth knowledge of the country’s situation regarding communicable diseases; good understanding of the needs, priorities and policies of the country, as well as WHO policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in related areas and ability to apply them in the country office.2.Ability to identify problems, formulate arguments and opinions, formulate conclusions and recommendations.3.Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of the program and assigned activities.4.Excellent knowledge of health and safety regulations and technical aspects of the specialty area.5.Public speaking techniques.6.Excellent writing and communication skills.7.Commitment to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring equal participation and full participation of women and men in all aspects of work.8.Ability to lead and effectively manage a team;9.Ability to develop innovative approaches and solutions;10.Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills by working well as a member of a team, adapting to educational, socio-political and cultural diversities

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
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable:

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 77,326 (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 2242 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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