Team Lead (Universal Health Coverage)

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This is a NO-C contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education.


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Purpose of the Post:

Lead the UHC/CN team with a focus on overseeing the review and updating existing strategies and guidelines as appropriate, and recommending new initiatives from the Office. WHO country office covers all aspects of the programme focused on the investigation, surveillance and control of communicable and non- communicable diseases in the country. The UCN Team lead will coordinate all activities of the cluster namely those related to HIV, Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) TB, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases and Non-communicable diseases. The incumbent builds and leads a competent and committed team in both the strategic and operational support of the Country in the respective field of public health. He/ She manages and enhances the team’s efforts with and across programmes in order to attain greater effectiveness of country-level work.

Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity (Overview of the programme):

Coordinate technical support to the country in the control of communicable and noncommunicable diseases, provide support for human resource capacity building related to planning, prevention, monitoring as well as monitoring and evaluation of implementation plans, programmes in collaboration with, Regional Office and Headquarters.

Organizational Context (Describe the work environment, the role of the individual within the team – team member, specialist, adviser, facilitator, coordinator/manager, representative, expert, authority in the field, etc; available guidelines and degree of independence in decision making, and nature and purpose of contact within and outside the Organization):

Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative (WR), as well as the technical and programmatic guidance of UHC/CN AFRO and in collaboration with the other country office programme officers, the incumbent will plan, develop and implement programmes and activities for disease prevention and control, including consultation, investigation, training and counselling. It coordinates and supervises independently, within the framework of defined objectives, the programs of the UCN Cluster of the country office. S/He fulfils all other related tasks assigned. Within the scope of work defined by regional strategies,

policy guidelines, and programme objectives, and under the guidance of the WR, the Divisional Director, DPM and the Regional Director, the incumbent functions as the unit's leader and primary representative, with the leeway to modify and adapt existing guidelines, and recommend new initiatives with a high degree of judgment, discretion and operational freedom. The aforementioned guidelines include the WHO Country Cooperation Strategy, General Programme of Work, World Health Assembly, Executive Board and Regional Committee for the Western Pacific resolutions, WHO Policy and Procedures Handbook, and information circulars and administrative instructions. The incumbent focuses on policy guidance and integration with other programme areas, cultivates networks with contacts both inside and outside the team and division & throughout WHO at large.

Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected):

I. Enabling capacity

1.Ensures sound management through Strategic positioning (Regional/National work plans) Communicates, and gains the commitment of team members to, a clear view of the desired vision that is within the blueprint and agenda of WHO global and regional frameworks. Translates these directions into actionable strategies, and prioritizes goals and projects to effectively support country implementation of their health plans and policies. Promotes and drives cross-sectorial work with health officials and non-health partners. Builds a competent team by securing the best resources, allotting learning opportunities, and providing on-going coaching and feedback. Sets clear performance expectations, delegates effectively, and monitors and measures progress against objectives;

2.Conducts Networking, capacity building, Fund raising, builds partnerships and plays a strong advocacy/communication role. Actively secures opportunities to build partnerships across an extensive network of contacts, including donor partners and national focal points. Presents technical briefings to ensure accurate and consistent delivery of corporate messages and WHO advice by team and programme staff;

II. Technical Capacity

1.Stays abreast of key health concerns and utilizes knowledge and expertise to systematically analyses issues, overcome obstacles and make key decisions that result in the effective application of technical support to Member States. Takes a Leading role in initiatives as well as innovations around research, forecasting and clinical studies. Engages in strategic level dialogue to influence national policy, and ensures consistency of policy advice from the team and programme staff;

2.Serve as the primary WHO Liaison with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other partners in matters related to his/her domain, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) TB, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases and Non-communicable diseases;

3.Plans, organizes and coordinates the organization's technical cooperation program in the Country in the area of Disease Prevention and Control;

4.Participates in the formulation of policies, strategies, plans, objectives methodologies for program execution and evaluation, taking into account specific country needs and the goals / objectives that the Cluster and WCO aim to achieve;

5.Provide technical and functional administrative guidance to the Head of WCO and assigned technical staff. Provides technical guidance to staff in the field. Provides inputs and reviews into the performance evaluations of all assigned staff.

6.Coordinates and analyses the collection of technical and scientific knowledge related to their area of specialization and disseminates up to date knowledge and findings, including to the Regional Office, in order to meet the technical requirements of the region's WHO Representatives, as well as to the appropriate national institutions and partners;

7.Coordinate the programming and execution of the Unit's activities along with those of other related areas of work in order to maximize resource utilization;

III- Managerial Responsibilities

1.Builds a competent team by securing the best resources, allotting learning opportunities, and providing on-going coaching and feedback. Sets clear performance expectations, delegates effectively, and monitors and measures progress against objectives;

2.To guide, coach, motivate and manage all the DPC Cluster staff under him/her (i.e. Malaria Officer, TB Officer, Public Health Officer/NTD Officer, NCD Officers, PHE Officer and the DPC Programme Assistant) including articulating the vision and goals of this sub-team in the SMO Cluster, ensuring the coordination, monitoring and approval of work plans and mission requests, resolving problems while promoting effective team work and results, within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, and AFRO accepted procedures. Managing related budgets within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, financial rules and AFRO accepted procedures.


Competencies (Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required - See WHO competency model – list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones – identify a minimum of three and a maximum of five competencies):

1) Communicating in a credible and effective way

2) Fostering integration and teamwork

3) Ensuring the effective use of resources

4) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Functional Skills and Knowledge (Describe skills and knowledge specific to the post):

The incumbent must have the essential knowledge and skills specific to the position, including:

1.In-depth knowledge of the country's situation regarding communicable diseases; good understanding of the needs, priorities and policies of the country, as well as WHO policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in related areas and ability to apply them in the country office.

2.Ability to identify problems, formulate arguments and opinions, formulate conclusions and recommendations.

3.Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of the program and assigned activities.

4.Excellent knowledge of health and safety regulations and technical aspects of the specialty area.

5.Public speaking techniques.

6.Excellent writing and communication skills.

7.Commitment to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring equal participation and full participation of women and men in all aspects of work.

8.Ability to lead and effectively manage a team;

9.Ability to develop innovative approaches and solutions;

10.Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills by working well as a member of a team, adapting to educational, socio-political and cultural diversities

11.Ability to maintain a high level of personal conduct.

Education (Qualifications):

Essential: MD in Medicine or University degree in a health-related field (medicine or health).

Desirable: Advanced degree in medicine / public health / communicable diseases. Higher Diploma in Epidemiology


Essential: At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in disease management focusing on the areas of investigation, surveillance and control, as well as strategy formulation and action plans for the implementation of disease prevention programs.

Professional experience in providing technical advice and services to national counterparts and other partners in addressing communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Desirable: Experience working with bilateral or multilateral organizations would be an asset


Essential -Very good knowledge of English

Desirable -Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):

1) Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Software applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc and other database software)

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