Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/HQ/FT150
Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Duration of contract: 1 year
Date: 1 May 2012
Application Deadline: 22 May 2012
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) / HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM) Stop TB Dept, LDR - Laboratories, Diagnostics & Drug-Resistance
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The WHO Stop TB Department aims to:
- guide the global response to the TB epidemic and facilitate partnerships;
- provide evidence-based norms, standards and policies;
- support Member States in adapting and adopting the Stop TB Strategy within strengthened health systems;
- measure global progress, monitor and assess national programme performance, financing and impact;
- enable progress across the continuum of TB research, linked within a wider health research strategy.
The WHO Stop TB Strategy aims to achieve:
- universal access to quality diagnosis and patient-centred treatment;
- reduce the human suffering and socioeconomic burden associated with TB;
- protect vulnerable populations from TB, TB/HIV and drug-resistant TB;
- support development of new tools and enable their timely and effective use;
- protect and promote human rights in TB prevention, care and control.
The Laboratories, Diagnostics and Drug Resistance Team (LDR) is responsible for:
(a) developing new policies and strategies for universal access to diagnosis, care and treatment of MDR-TB in the context of national TB control programmes and their local and international partners;
(b) developing new policies on TB diagnostics and laboratory procedures, norms and standards;
(c) coordinating the technical assistance to member states for the diagnosis, care and treatment of MDR-TB through partner agencies using the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) platform, the Global Green Light Committee (GGLC) mechanism, the TB TEAM coordination platform, and WHO regional networks;
(d) monitoring progress in scale-up of laboratory capacity and the MDR-TB response in countries in collaboration with TME, and publishing regular reports;
(e) mobilizing resources for laboratory strengthening and MDR-TB control activities, including establishing and maintaining strong partnerships with major funding partners such as USAID, UNITAID, The Global Fund and the Stop TB Partnership, and managing the WHO component of major USG TB control funding projects;
(f) acting as the Secretariat for the Stop TB Partnership MDR-TB Working Group and the Global Laboratory Initiative and their sub-groups.
Description of duties:
1. As a member of the STB Department senior management team, leads and manages the LDR Team, supervises staff in the delivery of Team work plans and activities, oversees financial and staff performance management, and participates in the Departmental planning and policy making process;
2. Directs the development of WHO policies relating to the diagnosis, care, and treatment of MDR-TB, including prevention of transmission, and coordinates with Regional and Country Offices for the effective transfer of these policies into national programmes;
3. Provides leadership and expert advice and guidance to regions, member states and WHO partners on implementation of new TB diagnostics within the context of national TB policy reform and national laboratory strengthening strategies and plans;
4. Coordinates and guides inputs on laboratory services and MDR-TB in priority countries to accelerate/scale-up the response and implementation of WHO recommended policies
5. Monitors scale-up activities to address laboratory capacity development and MDR-TB in high burden countries, in collaboration with TME, to focus policy development, coordination, and technical assistance;
6. Directs and coordinates support for the Global Laboratory Initiative and the global Green Light Committee mechanism and coordinates with all partners including the Global Drug Facility (GDF) and STP Working Groups to accelerate, scale up and effectively manage the global response to laboratory strengthening and MDR-TB;
7. Manages relations with UNITAID, The Global Fund, PEPFAR and The World Bank to obtain maximum support for countries to expand laboratory capacity and fight MDR-TB;
8. Provides secretariat services for Stop TB Working Groups;
9. Performs other duties as required.
Advanced university degree in biomedical/health sciences
Doctorate in microbiology or related field.
The work requires a thorough knowledge of TB control, TB diagnostics and laboratories, epidemiology, planning, monitoring and evaluation as well as knowledge of WHO resolutions, programmes and policies, related to laboratory strengthening and the programmatic management of drug resistant TB. The work requires extensive leadership skills to work with different countries and stakeholders and provide guidance and technical expertise on the development of national programmes to scale up laboratory services and effectively address the complexities of MDR-TB care and control. Highly developed communication and coordination skills are required to develop consensus with a variety of partners as well as funding agencies. Full computer literacy; working knowledge of project management systems; working knowledge of staff performance management systems.