Thursday, November 13, 2014

Medical Officer (GLP) - World Health Organization (Apply by: 26th Nov'2014)

Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/RO/14/FT14

Title: Medical Officer, Global Leprosy Programme

Grade: P5

Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment

Duration of contract:  Two Years
Date: 6 November 2014

Application Deadline: 26 November 2014
(13 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications

Duty Station:  New Delhi, India

Organization unit: SEARO Regional Office for the South East Asia (SE/RGO) /
SE/RDO Regional Director's Office (SE/RDO)

The main objective of the Global Leprosy Programme is to further reduce disease burden of leprosy in all Member States,2 with the global target of reducing the rate of new cases with grade-2 disabilities rate per 100 000 population by at least 35% at the end of 2015, compared to the 2010 baseline at the national level.
Description of duties:
Under the broad supervision of the Regional Director and direct supervision of Team Leader- Global Leprosy Programme (GLP), the Medical Officer is responsible for the following:

1. Working in close collaboration with leprosy experts, provide authoritative advice to Member States to implement WHO's Enhanced Global Strategy and its integration to other outreach initiatives such as neglected tropical diseases and primary health care.

2. To provide technical support to national leprosy programmes in the development of country-specific plans for further reducing leprosy disease burden in the endemic countries in collaboration with other programmes in Regional Offices, and coordinate activities at country level with various partners working in the field of leprosy.

3. To actively support the development of global plans for leprosy control activities and mobilize resources to implement these activities in relevant endemic countries.

4. To develop innovative approaches, adapting them to individual country needs, integrate leprosy services into the national health policies of Member States, and enhance WHO's leadership role in leprosy control.

5. To establish and/or oversee the establishment of a database to evaluate results of field programmes in endemic countries, with emphasis on countries reporting large number of cases annually, and to facilitate the identification of areas in endemic countries where, due to past or present civil conflicts, strengthened information and promotion campaigns are needed to improve the coverage of leprosy services.

6. To identify unreached areas where "hot spots" may exist for further efforts, identify benchmarks of successful implementation with a view to implement similar projects at the regional and country levels, including the development of comprehensive toolkits and to support and advise Member States, national programmes and partners regarding the planning, implementation and subsequent evaluation of such campaigns and projects.

7. To monitor results and progress towards the reduction of leprosy disease burden at the global, national and sub-national levels, and to prepare technical reports for publication in the annual reports on global leprosy situation.

8. To foster the development of collaborative linkages with key stakeholders in all WHO Regions, enlisting their support and expertise to facilitate the implementation of leprosy activities in countries, and assisting them in the integration of leprosy services within the general health care system.

9. To develop and strengthen networks for the area of work to promote awareness among Member States and to identify opportunities for collaboration with research institutions to promote collaborative research on leprosy, including operational research to improve the quality of programme strategies and their implementation.

10. Addressing leprosy related social issues like reduction of stigma and discrimination towards people affected by leprosy and their families, promote community participation in leprosy services, and prevent leprosy-related disabilities based on community-based rehabilitation.

11. To take on any other related responsibilities as required.
Essential: Advanced university degree in health related science with specialization in public health, epidemiology or communicable diseases.

Desirable: Epidemiology or communicable diseases preferably at a doctorate degree level.
Thorough knowledge of epidemiology and control aspects of leprosy. Ability to plan, design and implement public health programmes. Demonstrated ability to organize and provide high quality technical assistance to the countries.


1) Producing results
2) Communicating in a credible and effective way
3) Fostering integration and teamwork
4) Ensuring the effective use of resources
5) Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Excellent computer skills
Management skills
Essential: At least ten (10) years of experience in leprosy control activities, communicable or infectious diseases, including development and implementation of programmes related to communicable diseases prevention and control, with at least five (5) years of experience at international level. 
Excellent knowledge or spoken and written English.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80887 at single rate
USD 87069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 41 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
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.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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