Technical Officer

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The Global Malaria Programme:a) addresses key malaria control and elimination strategic questions;b) sets, communicates and disseminates evidence-based normative guidance, policy advice and implementation guidance to support country action; c) coordinates WHO capacity building and technical support to Member States, jointly with Regions, ISTs and Countries; d) helps countries develop and implements robust surveillance systems to generate quality data and uses that data to achieve greater impact; e) keeps an independent score of global progress in malaria control and elimination, including drug and insecticide resistance. The Technical Support and Capacity Building Team (SCB) ensures countries develop WHO recommended and quality plans based on country needs and available funds, and receive appropriate training to build capacities for implementation. Description of duties: Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader SCB, the incumbent will:1) Support selected African countries, in collaboration with the Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), in the planning and implementation of strategic activities for enhanced effectiveness of malaria programme reviews and planning in the African Region; particularly in the area of analysing data to support decision-making.2) Support implementation of the project, strengthening the use of data for malaria decision-making and action in the African Region.3) Support selected African countries in collaboration with AFRO to build capacity on the use of surveillance and other health data at national and sub-national levels.4) Collaborate with AFRO to elaborate progress reports of the strengthening of the use of data for malaria decision-making and action in the African Region.5) Undertake any other functions assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.Essential:Master's degree in medical epidemiology, health statistics, public health or related field.Desirable:Post graduate training in malariology or communicable disease epidemiology; use of statistical and GIS software for disease stratification; and Policy advocacy. Skills: Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of communicable disease epidemiology with specific experience in malaria surveillance and operational research. Proven experience in the development and evaluation of systems, policies, strategies, guidelines and tools for malaria control and/or elimination. Proven skills and knowledge in the development and evaluation of disease surveillance systems in a public health setting. Demonstrated skills in capacity building especially training of health workers.Other skills:Data processing with statistical packages such as Stata, SPSS, EPI-Info, and MS Excel. Presentation and communication skills.WHO Competencies:1. Producing results2. Fostering integration and teamwork3. Communicating in a credible and effective way4. Knowing and managing yourself5. Moving forward in a changing environment6. Technical Expertise7. Overall attitude at work8. Creating an empowering and motivating environment Experience: Essential:More than seven years' experience in the development and evaluation of national disease surveillance systems with at least five of these years at the international level. Demonstrated expertise in analysing data from routine health information systems and household surveys.Desirable:At least five years' work experience in malaria control programmes or malaria research at the national or international level. Experience working in WHO. Languages: Essential:Expert knowledge of English.Desirable:Intermediate knowledge of French. Additional Information: Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: (to learn more about WHO's operations) Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by dateWHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. This vacancy is published in English only.Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world. Post Adjustment: 89.2 % 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 at: 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. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2015-11-17

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