Deadline: 29 April 2021
World Health Organisations (WHO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Medical Officer in Geneva, Switzerland. The duration of this post is 1 year.
The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.
Key Job Responsibilities
The Medical Officer will perform the following functions:
- Serve as the lead of WHO’s Zika Task Force and coordinate the work of the secretariat for all aspects of control of Zika virus disease, including engagement with internal and external partners to ensure alignment and harmonization of clearly planned activities.
- Provide technical leadership and authoritative expert advice on WHO’s overall technical work on Zika developing a global, evidence-based, comprehensive strategic and operational framework, guidance and establishment of a prioritized and programmatically-relevant research agenda.
- Lead the technical aspects of resource mobilization activities, coordination of inputs from various WHO departments in line with the Zika global strategic framework and advocate with stakeholders and partners.
- Establish coordination mechanisms, partnerships and networks to facilitate knowledge-generation and -sharing on all aspects of the virus, the disease, control measures to mitigate the public health impact through identification and prioritization of gaps in knowledge.
- Develop, implement and monitor progress on the plan of activities through relevant WHO departments.
- Collaborate monitor the risk of Zika and creation of new knowledge, ensure quality of information received from all related fields (maternal and child health, reproductive health, mental health, vector control, immunizations etc) and inform timely senior management to ensure that the Organization is proactively prepared for any the situation.
- Lead role in the collaboration with the transfer of knowledge to the team to develop user-friendly materials for risk communication and training.
Applicant must have
- University Degree in medicine, with emphasis on infectious diseases or maternal and child health or epidemiology.
- Post graduate training in epidemiology, microbiology or infectious diseases.
- At least 10 year’s experience combined working on infectious diseases epidemiology and public health programs for the control and prevention of infectious diseases including on epidemic diseases, some of which should be at a regional or international level.
- Proven experience in developing study and research protocols for public health projects related to infectious diseases.
- Experience in field research in developing countries.
- Experience in epidemic diseases and/or in pandemic diseases.
- Proven primary responsibility for managing cross-cutting initiatives involving different departments or organizational entities in a multinational context such as the UN, WHO or similar.
- Proven primary responsibility in developing strategies in prevention and control of infectious diseases or public health programs requiring multidisciplinary approaches.
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of global infectious disease epidemiology and risk assessment , in particular epidemic and pandemic diseases.
- Proven understanding of the management of acute and urgent public health responses, including infectious disease outbreaks.
- Demonstrate effectiveness in building sustained partnerships and working with others in international settings.
- Capacity to work on cross-sectoral projects.
- Intermediate knowledge of French and expert in English.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit applications through online process.
For more information, visit WHO.