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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 137,729 USD and 177,573 USD.

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The Division of Country Health Programmes (CHP) assists country efforts to reduce the burden of non-communicable and communicable diseases and address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, and promotes policies and actions for health through stewardship of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. It focuses on health promotion measures; prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, and risks related to tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol; communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV, STI and hepatitis, and vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases; elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocacy for increased use of vaccines; containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance; addressing existing and emerging environmental health risks, and supporting violence and injury prevention. A determination to ensure universal access to people-centred quality health services across the continuum of care is matched by enriching the evidence base for policy design and interventions using social, cultural and behavioural approaches, to drive implementation of innovation at national, regional and local levels.

Through the lens of the European Program of Work 2020-2025 (EPW) and with the commitment to leave no one behind, the Joint Infectious Diseases unit will identify opportunities and innovations within and beyond health with the aim to direct health policies towards the most effective country tailored interventions and to accelerate progress towards the targets of Sustainable Development on eliminating TB, ending AIDS and malaria, and combating viral hepatitis. The unit will foster innovation through conducting operational research for the fast uptake of new technological advances, seeking new perspectives and identifying new approaches to unlock country specific bottlenecks to ensure that needs of the most vulnerable and hard to reach populations are met and that provision of affordable quality health servicesfor TB, HIV/STI and viral hepatitis do not incur in catastrophic expenditure. It will also seek synergies to better define the links and develop a response between climate change and expansion of Vector-Borne Diseases in the Region.

To ensure patient-centered quality care, the unit will work across the Division of Country Health Programmes, Division of Health Policies and Systems and with relevant Geographically Disbursed Offices, WHO Collaborating Centres, regional platforms, partners, community-based and civil society organizations towards ensuring that elements of decentralization and simplification of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB, HIV/STI and hepatitis are part of and delivered through Primary Health Care and community platforms.


To support Member States in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of response to viral hepatitis and HIV, with the focus of providing policy and technical advice within the overall work of the Joint Infectious Diseases (JID) Programme in line with Universal Health Coverage.

Key Duties:

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Regional Adviser HIV/ STI and viral hepatitis, and the guidance of the Unit Head JID, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities:

Provide Member States with technical advice and guidance to implement the Action plan for the health sector response to viral hepatitis in the WHO European Region and to update national strategies and guidelines in line with global and regional consolidated guidance with attention to harm reduction for vulnerable populations and HIV-STI-hepatitis integrated service delivery approaches;

Build capacity of Member States and engage with civil society community-based organizations to operationalize and monitor innovative hepatitis prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care interventions, with the support of WHO collaborating centers on hepatitis;

Support the development, implementation and monitoring of WHO workplans in the area of viral hepatitis within the JID programme;

Work with WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care, Almaty to fully reflect elements of simplification and decentralization of hepatitis prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care into the service delivery package that needs to be delivered at PHC and community level and pilot it in central Asia

Work incollaboration with research institutions to build investment case for hepatitis treatment

Work incollaboration with the “access to medicine and health products unit' in the regional office and other partners to assist countries in improving access to affordable drugs and diagnostics for hepatitis;

Work in collaboration with WHO/Europe immunization programme on prevention of hepatitisB through immunization and validation of regional elimination goal

Contribute to seek new approaches to address the needs of vulnerable and key populations for hepatitis and HIV, in coordination with selected flagship programmes (mental health and behavioural and cultural insight) and the unit of substanceuse disorders in EURO;

Support the preparation of World Hepatitis Day(s), communication on hepatitis and update and maintain the WHO Europe viral hepatitis website;

Support the documentation of good practices in viral hepatitis prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care throughout the Region.Perform other duties as assigned.



Essential: University degree (Master's level ) in medicine and diploma in public health. Desirable: Additional university degree in a field, relevant to the position. Postgraduate studies in the field of viral hepatitis, university degree in epidemiology.


Essential: At least seven years public health experience in prevention and control of communicable diseases, of which at least two years at international level and in the field of viral hepatitis. Desirable: Demonstrated experience in the management of public health projects in WHO, the UN or other international organizations. Relevant experience working with(in) the WHO European Region. Demonstrated experience raising funds and managing donors. Experience working with key populations at higher risk for viral hepatitis.


Demonstrated knowledge of public health, epidemiology and particularly of disease prevention and control strategies and programmes. Ability to design and implement studies, to conduct effective planning, to analyse data and to write concise reports. In depth knowledge of country context and health systems. Skills to plan, implement and evaluate public health interventions and improve performance on a continuous basis. Knowledge of Epi info, knowledge of standard text, spreadsheet and presentation software applications required. Emotional awareness; the ability to identify and harness one's emotions and apply them to tasks; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one's own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of either French, Russian, or German.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 75,602 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3030 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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