• Medical Officer Job at World Health Organization

  • Posted on: 10 January, 2017 Deadline: 18 January, 2017
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    The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Medical Officer - HIV/AIDS


    Description Of Duties

    The incumbent, under the direction of the WHO Representative, and in close collaboration with other team focal persons, and other related Programmes in other Clusters in the WHO Country Office, will assist the WHO Representative in coordinating and providing policy advice and technical support for the health sector response to HIV/AIDS and STIs in Kenya.

    Guidance on policy, technical aspects and overall direction of the work will be provided by the WHO Representative and the Director of the DPC Cluster, the Programme Area Coordinator for Communicable Diseases and the Regional Adviser for HIV/AIDS. The incumbent is expected to work towards agreed objectives and targets which are in line with the Global HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Regional HIV/AIDS Strategy, regional targets and the Millennium Development Goals. Within the overall programme objectives, the incumbent has substantial scope to exercise individual professional judgment.

    The incumbent will have access to and regular guidance from the WHO Representative, the Director of the DPC Cluster, the Programme Area Coordinator for Communicable Diseases and the Regional Adviser for HIV/AIDS. The incumbent's plan of work will be prepared in consultation with the Programme Area Coordinator for Communicable Diseases and the Regional Adviser for HIV/AIDS. The incumbent will also have continuous access to colleagues within the WHO Regional Office, especially colleagues in the DPC cluster for consultation as needed. He/She will be informed of AFRO's priorities, policies and strategies. Through telephone, email and other electronic communications, the incumbent will have access to colleagues in the sub-regions, countries and the Regional Office and to colleagues in the HIV Department in WHO/HQ.

    The incumbent should work closely with the WCO technical staff involved in Tuberculosis Control and Malaria Control. This includes, under the direction of the WHO Representative, the partnership interactions with the GFATM.

    Reviews of the incumbent's performance will be based on the WHO/ePMDS, and will be guided by the broad programme goals, specific objectives and measurable indicators. New initiatives and long term plans required for the achievement of the programme's objectives will be discussed. Expected results will be reviewed to determine the achievement of objectives as set up in work plans and the milestones related to the MTSP and the AFRO Strategic Directions.

    The Specific Duties Are To

    • Support the WHO Representative (WR) in providing policy advice, and leading the health policy dialogue with the Ministry of Health and stakeholders on HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
    • Support the WR in advocating for collaboration among stakeholders and convening and coordinating and/or supporting the convening and coordination of stakeholders in HIV/AIDS
    • Support the WR in mobilizing financial, human and technical resources required for the HIV/AIDS work of the WHO Country Office
    • Serve as the gateway for WHO's Technical Cooperation with the country, including leading and managing the provision and brokering of Technical Assistance and identifying areas requiring institutional strengthening in the area of HIV/AIDS
    • Serve a the focal point for HIV/AIDS and STIs related matters in partnership fora, including the governance and technical support committees related to the GFATM.
    • Support the country in adapting and implementing WHO guidelines and tools and in the development of national HIV/AIDS policies, strategies and plans
    • Provide support for strengthening the national capacity for HIV surveillance, monitoring and evaluation and for programme reviews and documentation and sharing of national experiences
    • Serve as focal point and technical support to the Ministry of Health on the prevention, control and treatment of hepatitis;
    • Ensure that all national HIV/AIDS reports are submitted to the Regional Office on a regular basis
    • Contribute to the preparation of WHO regional and global reports on HIV/AIDS
    • Perform any other duties as assigned by the WHO Representative.



    • Essential: Medical degree from a recognized university and post-graduate degree in epidemiology or public health
    • Desirable: Training in the management of health programmes

    Verification Of Educational Qualifications

    "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 these will be reviewed individually".


    Technical expertise in public health and epidemiology, planning, programming management and coordination of health programs, especially on HIV/AIDS. Ability to work effectively with colleagues at national and international levels and to train others. Familiarity with key health sector HIV/AIDS interventions, in particular prevention and treatment and care scale up in the African Region. Familiarity with key hepatitis control, prevention and treatment interventions in the African Region Detailed knowledge of WHO procedures and practices is also required including close familiarity with the work of the Regional Office, the Executive Board and World Health Assembly. Ability to exercise leadership and to work effectively with colleagues at national and international levels. Proven ability to plan, execute, supervise and manage a large international health programme. Ability to work in a multicultural environment. Excellent communication skills. Ability to work under pressure.

    WHO Competencies

    • Producing results;
    • Ensuring the effective use of resources;
    • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond;
    • Communication in a credible and effective way;
    • Fostering integration and team work.

    Other Skills (e.g. IT): Computer literacy. Familiarity with software in common use such as Excel, Presentations, Word, Access Work.


    • Essential: At least seven years' experience in epidemiology, planning and coordination of HIV/AIDS interventions or public health programs at country level with at least 5 years' experience at international level. Experience in coordination of the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS health sector response programmes in African countries will be an advantage
    • Desirable: Experience in capacity building, planning and monitoring and evaluation of health programs


    • Excellent knowledge of English, French or Portuguese with good working knowledge of at least one of the other official languages.

    Additional Information

    WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment (for international positions only) 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 (for international positions only), education grant for dependent children (for international positions only), pension plan and medical insurance.

    Mobility (for International Positions 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.

    Annual salary:(Net of tax)
    USD 69032 at single rate
    USD 74130 with primary dependantsPost Adjustment:31.8 % 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.

    Please Visit WHO's E-Recruitment Website

    Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database.

    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

    WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.


    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to World Health Organization career website on erecruit.who.int to apply

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