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05 August 2016

Technical Officer, Vector Borne Diseases Control (VBDC) UN Careers - World Health Organisation (WHO)

Organisation: World Health Organisation (WHO)
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/16/ROST28
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Grade: P4
Reports to: WHO Representative

About WHO:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations (UN) system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Job Summary: The Technical Officer, Vector Borne Diseases Control (VBDC) will provide technical expertise and guidance on strategic, organizational and operational aspects of comprehensive Vector Borne Diseases Control (VBDC) activities at the country level. The incumbent will manage the VBDC component of the incident management system and provide technical guidance to the MOH and partners on the use of integrated vector control measures, ensuring the alignment with the WHO recommended standards throughout the full cycle of the event.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Co-develop, in collaboration with other partners, related Vector Borne Diseases Control (VBDC) activities and plans of action, in the context of the Health Emergencies Incident Management System.
  • Coordinate and facilitate scaling up of implementation, control and prevention activities, drawing on linkages between WHO office and UN Partners, donors, current and potential implementing partners, through:
    • Providing technical guidance to team members, national authorities and other partners for the successful implementation of the planned programme activities including their monitoring and evaluation;
    • Building and maintain partnerships with stakeholders, exchanging technical data and maintaining a database of key project findings including insecticide resistance data and, where appropriate, preparing manuscripts for advocacy materials;
    • Managing the development of a comprehensive related information system, compiling and collating data from stakeholders, ensuring the timely reporting of activities and dissemination of related information;
    • Actively participate in technical meetings, track progress and address challenges/constraints for successful implementation of the related activities.
  • Plan and implement training of trainers and refresher courses for national programme staff and partners on control of VBDs, in close collaboration with broader initiatives.
  • The incumbent will cooperate with the surveillance team for determination of sentinel sites and ensure appropriate vector surveillance mechanisms are in place for prevention and control; with support from the Regional Office and HQ.
  • Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidates for the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Officer, Vector Borne Diseases Control (VBDC) job placement should hold an Advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in Entomology and Vector Control. First university degree in Biology or Medicine from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • A minimum of seven years of related experience, at the national and international levels, in planning, implementing, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of vector control programmes.
  • Practical and field experience on monitoring and managing insecticide resistance.
  • Related experience working closely with government and international agencies.
  • Previous experience in developing and conducting training programmes for health personnel; developing of strategies for strengthening human resource and health system capacity for augmented vector borne diseases control; implementing quality assurance systems and monitoring and evaluation techniques is desired
  • Relevant work experience in outbreaks and/ or health emergency management and related strategy development with WHO and/or other UN agencies is desired
  • Comprehensive knowledge of vector control, medical entomology, vector ecology, transmission of diseases and a broad understanding of public health issues.
  • Demonstrated skills on insecticide resistance monitoring and management, and database management are essential.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills including ability to negotiate with National and international authorities and partners.
  • Languages: Excellent knowledge of English or French (depending on the country of assignment). Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.
Personal Competencies:
  • Producing results.
  • Moving forward in a changing environment.
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources.
  • Teamwork.
  • Communication.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
  • Good computer skills in Microsoft office applications.

How to Apply:
All candidates who so desire to join the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) by sending their online applications to enable WHO to store their personal profiles in a permanent database. Visit WHO’s e-recruitment website below and follow the instructions for online application procedures.

NB: All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Deadline: 12th August 2016

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