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JOB TITLE: MEDICAL OFFICER
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
THE SPECIFIC DUTIES ARE TO:
PROVIDE TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO THE WHO REPRESENTATIVE (WR);
in providing policy advice, and leading the health policy dialogue with the Ministry of Health and stakeholders on HIV/AIDS,- in advocating for collaboration among stakeholders and convening and coordinating and/or supporting the convening and coordination of stakeholders in HIV/AIDS and – 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;
Support the country in adapting and implementing WHO guidelines and tools and also 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, documentation and sharing of national experiences;
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 and
Perform any other duties as assigned by the WHO Representative.
ESSENTIAL: Medical degree from a recognized university with post-graduate degree in epidemiology or public health.
DESIRABLE: Training in the management of health programmes
Technical expertise in public health and epidemiology, planning, programme 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. Detailed knowledge of WHO procedures and practices is also required including close familiarity with the work of the Regional Office, the Executive Board and the 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.
Familiarity with software in common use such as EPI info, Excel, Access Work.
At least ten 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.
Experience in capacity building, planning and monitoring and evaluation of health programs.
Excellent knowledge of English with a good working knowledge of French or Portuguese.