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WHO began when our Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date we now celebrate every year as World Health Day. We are now more than 7000 people from more than 150 countries working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at our headquarters in Geneva. More than 7000 people from more than 150 countries work for the Organization in over 150 WHO country offices, 6 regional offices, at the Global Service Centre in Malaysia and at the headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Post : Team Leader (Communicable Diseases)

Objectives of the Programme
WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), to actively support the development and implementation of national health policies, strategies and plans for strengthening the work in the area of Communicable Diseases.
The WCO-India programme of work supports the GOI in:
• Providing technical support in developing national policies, strategies and programs activities in the area of Communicable Diseases and prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
• Contributing to strengthening the monitoring of the prevention and elimination of Communicable Diseases as public health problem.
• Facilitating the adoption of evidence-based public health interventions in relevant areas and well as the transitioning of existing programs and health systems reforms and changes with a view to promote equity and accelerate the movement towards Universal Health Coverage.

Description of Duties
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the direct supervision of D-WR, with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial workplans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India , the incumbent will lead WCO-India team working on communicable diseases and AMR and will have the following responsibilities:
1.  Provide technical leadership and managerial support to the WHO Country office team working on Communicable Diseases and AMR, facilitate the development and the implementation of the relevant work plans under the WHO-GOI collaborative programme while promoting the integration of health programmes with health systems approaches and ensure the monitoring and evaluation of related activities.
2.  Promote the generation of evidence on communicable diseases and AMR and contribute to informed policy decisions by government and provide cutting edge policy advice. Help improve the information system on communicable diseases / AMR and the monitoring of progress towards UHC and facilitate its integration in to the national health information system.
3.  Provide technical assistance and support for the development and adaptation to the country context of the relevant WHO's normative materials (including the production and/or adaptation of reports, guidelines, SOPs)
4.  Liaise and coordinate with concerned technical units/ departments of MOH&FW, WHO/SEARO and WHO/HQ and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) to harmonise recommendations on policies and strategies related to Communicable Diseases and AMR and advocate for intersectoral actions to address determinants.
5.  Contribute to the management of WCO's knowledge and advise on matters regarding universal health coverage of CDs, such as HIV/AIDS/hepatitis, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Neglected tropical diseases (including vector-borne diseases) , etc.;
6.  Advise in strengthening and integrating, innovative private sector engagement models, research and innovations in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of CDs.
7.  Ensure technical quality and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions, make recommendations to the supervisors regarding WHO's support.
8.  Collaborate with MOH&FW and selected states in undertake gap analyses and support capacity building efforts in these deficient areas to ensure that priorities are fulfilled.
9.  Contribute to evaluating the impact of WHO's collaboration with India (aggregated and area specific) and to developing evaluation tools (e.g. defining the necessary performance indicators).
10.  Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.
11.  Contribute to the external relationships, representation, communication and advocacy work of the WCO India aimed at improving health system transparency and accountability.
12.  Prepare administrative and technical reports and presentations and undertake any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisors.

Candidate Profile
Essential: Advanced university degree in Health (medicine or public health) or Social Sciences
Desirable: Post graduate degree in Medicine/Public Health/Communicable Diseases and/or Business Administration.

Essential: At least 10 years of relevant experience including considerable experience obtained in an international context with progressive responsibility in Public Health and Communicable diseases and policy analyses and advice as well as in technical assistance to countries, including capacity building, evidence generation and evaluation.
Desirable: Experience of work in UN and/or other International organizations

The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization. Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to Communicable diseases with good understanding of relevant country's needs and priorities, issues and policies. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas.  Good knowledge of the administrative functioning of government institutions and related departments/agencies, and of the other partners in India.  Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. Public health leadership skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and colleagues in a team setting at national and international levels, to share information and data and make oral and written presentations on technical issues. Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment. Modern management skills (team management, performance management, planning evaluation, etc).Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports.  Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.

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