Closing Date : 2017-01-17
Duty Station : Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Organization: World Health Organization
Country: Bangladesh
Closing date: 17 Jan 2017


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.
The Programme is divided into two Units, IVD & Surveillance and Vector Borne Diseases and the immediate objective is to lead the team of Communicable Diseases programme, which includes VBD, TB, NTD (Kala-Azar and Dengue), HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis.

Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of WHO Representative for Bangladesh and in close technical and administrative collaboration with the concerned Regional Advisers, of Communicable Diseases and other relevant departments at WHO/SEARO, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

Provide technical advice to the MoHFW in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating activities for prevention and control of communicable diseases. Lead planning, implementation and monitoring of CDS Programme of category 1 of WHO collaborative workplans. Provide support to the establishment of integrated disease surveillance and of sentinel surveillance for specific diseases like Vector - Borne Diseases (VBD) diseases, Kala-azar, Dengue, and HIV/ AIDS. Facilitate the exchange of information on relevant programme areas and assist in developing proposals for resource mobilization and managing & monitoring implementation of donor funds and submitting annual as well as end-of-grant report as per donor requirement. Contribute in Global Fund liaison and participate Global Fund CCM, and backstopping WHO representation in inter-agency meetings related to Communicable Diseases programmes; and Contribute to evaluating the impact of WHO's collaboration with Bangladesh (aggregated and area specific) and to developing evaluation tools in relevant programme areas. Ensure technical quality and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions, as well as make recommendations to the supervisors regarding WHO's support; Collaborate with relevant ministries and other stakeholders in undertake gap analyses in relevant areas of work and support capacity building efforts in these deficient areas to ensure that priorities are fulfilled Perform any other task assigned by the supervisor.WHO e-Recruit - Medical Officer - CDS (SE/CO/P/2016/37)


Degree in Medicine with Master's degree in public health with specialization in Epidemiology and Communicable disease control.
Specialized training in minimum two or more following technical programme: HIV/AIDS, TB, NTD (Kala - Azar and Dengue), Malaria, Hepatitis.
WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. The list can be accessed through this link:

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

Specialist in health programme management in Communicable Diseases relevant to the priorities. Proven capability in programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and capacity building. Proven ability in preparation of technical proposals, plans and reports on communicable diseases for donor community and for other international organizations. Ability to effectively coordinate with partners/donors and collaborative agencies
Competencies: Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond Producing results
Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications, especially Excel for making high quality data analysis and PowerPoint for technical presentations and working experience in ERP systems.


At least 7 years of relevant experience in communicable diseases in developing countries, some of which should have been obtained in an international context

Working experience in the UN agencies/ International Organization,

Experience in two or more following technical programme areas: HIV/AIDS, TB, NTD (Kala - Azar and Dengue), Malaria, Hepatitis.

Experience in management of donor supported projects would be an asset

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English

Additional Information:
WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance

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Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)

USD 69,032 at single rate
USD 74,130 with primary dependants

How to apply:
Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. WHO is committed to workforce diversity. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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