Public Health Specialist (Disease control)

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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 90,970 USD and 117,287 USD.

Salary for a P-4 contract in Port Sudan

The international rate of 90,970 USD, with an additional 0% (post adjustment) at this the location, applies. Please note that depending on the location, a higher post adjustment might still result in a lower purchasing power.

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To ensure that effective WHO country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State's health and development agendas, and harmonized with the United Nations country teams.


The incumbent will perform all or part of the following, and other related responsibilities as required by the needs of the office. • Work under the direct supervision of the respective (Sr) public health officer and/or the head of the WHO country office. • Establish innovative action plans for high-risk groups and environments, and the inclusion of disease prevention and control interventions across the life course and continuum of care. • Advise on and ensure the adoption of norms, standards, guidelines and tools to support the implementation of disease control projects. • Manage the operational aspects of related operational research, surveillance, epidemiology and health surveys. • Guide or facilitate the implementation of projects for the control of the respective diseases, including the procurement of safe, efficacious, and affordable medicines and technologies. Guide the documenting and dissemination of best practices and partners' experiences. • Analyse and evaluate a diverse range of data and information related to communicable diseases and outbreaks; identify disease sources and provide recommendations and reports on the appropriate response to identified risks, and the implementation of preventative and • control measures. • Monitor the national burden of communicable and noncommunicable diseases or factors, especially through health information systems and health research activities. Oversee the development or enhancement of existing information systems on communicable and noncommunicable diseases and the monitoring of progress towards universal health coverage. • Act as a technical advisor to the public concerning communicable diseases in the country; and establish new community outreach activities concerning the prevention, control, diagnosis, and treatment of communicable and noncommunicable diseases. • Advocate, build and strengthen partnerships and networks to enhance multi-sectoral collaboration and mobilize resources to address integrated, communicable and noncommunicable disease prevention and control.



Essential: An advanced university degree (master’s level) in a relevant field (such as medicine, public health, epidemiology or statistics). Desirable: PhD in public health or related medical field. Training or specialization in communicable diseases and noncommunicable diseases.



A minimum of seven years of work experience relevant to the position (in communicable and non-communicable diseases, focusing on disease investigation, surveillance, and control, as well as developing strategies and action plans for implementing capacity building and disease prevention programmes), with some of it obtained in an international work environment.

Demonstrated professional experience providing technical advice and services to national counterparts, ministries of health, and other partners on communicable disease related issues.

Desirable: Relevant work experience, with WHO and/or United Nations agencies, health cluster partners, non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Some of the above-listed experience to have been obtained at an international level.


● In-depth knowledge of transmissions, specialized methods of diagnosis, development and treatment of communicable diseases, including HIV infection and other communicable and noncommunicable diseases.

● Technical and programmatic knowledge of the prevention and control of a range of communicable and/or noncommunicable diseases.

● Expertise to strategically plan, coordinate, and support the implementation of health programme interventions.

● In-depth knowledge of international best practice in the related disease control areas, ideally of WHO's policies, practices, guidelines and procedures, and ability to apply them in the country office setting.

● Skills in developing and promoting collaborative multisectoral partnerships and mobilizing resources.

WHO Competencies

*1) Teamwork *2) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences *3) Communication 4) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond 5) Ensuring effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English Language. Desirable: Beginners knowledge of other UN languages.


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 77,326 (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. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


• This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. • A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening. • In the event 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 will require individual review. • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and E-Manual. • The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics. The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its workforce . Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States ( are strongly encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to [email protected]. • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter ( into practice. • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of short-listed candidates. • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco. • WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully. • The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65. 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