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Duty Station : Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Vacancy Notice No:SE/CO/NPO/2016/FT19
Title: National Professional Officer - Vector Borne Diseases and HIV/AIDS
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract: Two years
Date:26 December 2016
Application Deadline:14 January 2017
(18 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:Dhaka, Bangladesh
Organization unit:SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_BAN WR Office, Bangladesh (SE_BAN)

The objective of the WHO Bangladesh Country Office is to implement the Country Cooperation Strategy by supporting the Bangladesh Government in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national health policies, strategies and plans and developing and managing WHO's technical cooperation programmes. WHO provides guidance and technical support in organizing the humanitarian health response and in revitalizing the capacity of the health sector to rebuild and recover from emergencies in appropriate and sustainable ways. The Country Office develops a two-way collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh in support of their efforts of achieving national health goals; of ensuring the attainment of universal health coverage and of contributing to global and regional public health action by providing need-based technical assistance in national level policy formulation, setting norms and standards, improving knowledge dissemination and management, monitoring country health situation and building sustainable institutional capacity, to play a greater leadership role in different national level policy and technical forums.
The Communicable Diseases Programme aims at strengthening surveillance in all areas of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) vaccines preventable diseases, to eliminate Neonatal tetanus; to reduce Measles morbidity & mortality, to eradicate transmission of wild poliomyelitis; raise & maintain immunization coverages for all EPI vaccines preventable diseases; to transfer technology for the laboratory diagnosis of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD); to provide technical assistance to the National Tuberculosis Control Programme aiming to strengthen national capacity and reduce morbidity, mortality, disability & deformity caused by TB through support in monitoring epidemiology, programmatic & social impact and in resource mobilization and allocation for TB for improvement of efficiency of the national response. To provide technical support to national authorities in capacity building in Vector Borne Disease control. To support the programme for effective prevention & control of Malaria, Kala-azar, Dengue & other VBD diseases as well as HIV/AIDS and including Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Objective of the immediate unit are - to provide technical support to national authorities in capacity building in HIV/AIDS and vector borne disease control. To assist the programme for effective prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, and vector borne disease, particularly malaria, chikungunya, and dengue. To assist the programme in developing research priorities on HIV/AIDS and vector borne disease control.

Description of duties:
As a member of the WHO Team in the Country, the NPO-VBD carries out the following duties:
1. Support the CDS team in providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Directorate General of Health Services in developing and updating policies, strategies, guidelines and manuals for control and elimination of vector borne diseases and HIV/AIDS;
2. Assists in building national capacities for effective control and elimination of vector borne diseases of public health importance and HIV/AIDS;
3. Assists national programmes to prepare state-of-the-art reports on trend assessment, monitoring and evaluation of interventions, and disease and vector surveillance with reference to WHO global and regional policies and strategies;
4. Support WCO BAN efforts in liaison and coordination with donors, international and national institutions/organizations to foster team work and enhance partnerships in planning and implementation of effective and affordable interventions;
5. Assists national programmes to train staff and develop their capacities for effective control and elimination of vector borne diseases; improve programme implementation at all levels; conduct periodic reviews; undertake operations research and disseminate results;
6. Provide inputs to the preparation of annual planning, implementation plan, and budget revisions in consultation with counterparts, and WCO BAN team.
7. Assist in the implementation of country cooperation strategy in relation to the related HIV/AIDS and vector borne diseases program.
8. Provide technical inputs for relevant reports, including donor reports
9. To perform any other duties assigned by the Supervisor.


Medical degree
- Master of Public Health or equivalent degree
- Certified Training in Malaria and other vector borne diseases
WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. The list can be accessed through
this link: http://www.whed.net/

- Good knowledge of vector borne disease strategies
- High level skills of planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of vector borne control principles and procedures
- High level communication skills to facilitate coordination among decision makers and partners.
1. Teamwork
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
3. Communication.
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Producing Results
Other IT Skills:
- Analytical and leadership skill at professional level and ability to work individually and lead a team;
- Computer literacy; Proficient in use of Microsoft Office applications; Epi-Info.

At least 3 years in communicable disease control with at least two years of experience in vector born disease control.
Working experience in WHO and / or other UN agencies and experience in HIV/AIDS would be an advantage.

Expert level knowledge of spoken and written English and Bengali;

Additional Information:
- Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, child allowance, pension plan and medical insurance.
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Annual salary:(Net of tax)
BDT 28,30,000/- at single rate

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