Director of Communicable Diseases

World Health Organisation(WHO), Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th October, 2015

Job Description

Purpose of the Post:

- To lead, inspire and direct all the programmes in the area of Communicable Diseases and Health Security both politically and technically.
- Furthermore to develop strategies and plans of action for the overall area of Communicable Diseases and Health Security that is in line with the Regional Director's vision and which is consistent with resolutions of the WHO governing bodies and the priorities and needs of Member States.

Organizational Context:

- Reporting to Director, Programme Management, the incumbent leads, directs, supervises, coordinates, monitors and evaluates the programmes under his/her supervision in accordance with overall organization's policies and strategies, strategic partnerships with countries and stakeholders.
- Specifically, the tasks will entail technical coordination (to ensure synergy and added value in line with the Divisional strategy and plan of action) and supervision of and support to the Regional Advisers to develop their specific technical programmes (to ensure each programme is evidence based and coordinated with others in the Department and where relevant the programmes in other Departments).
- The Director shall also be responsible for ensuring coordinated, effective and relevant technical support to the Member States in the areas under his/her responsibility.
- In addition the Director shall together with the DPM evaluate the programmes be the first line supervisor of all the Regional Advisers in the Department and be responsible for the overall running and management of the Department.
- The Director will also work in close collaboration with the relevant clusters and units at Headquarters.
- The incumbent will also be responsible for the evidence base of policies, strategies and programmes and the quality assurance of scientific and technical outputs of the programmes in the Department.

Summary of Assigned Duties:

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Programme Management and overall supervision of the Regional Director, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

- Lead and direct the regional advisers in the relevant technical programmes; provide technical leadership in the formulation of evidence-based regional policies on communicable diseases prevention and control including pandemic and epidemic diseases, vaccine preventable diseases and immunization, epidemiological surveillance and International Health Regulations (IHR), public health laboratories and blood safety and health risk management.
- Ensure effective management of human and financial resources for programmes under his/her direct supervision.
- Promote intra- and inter-Divisional teamwork in planning and management of programmes that work to strengthen actions addressing the Communicable Diseases and Health Security.
- Initiate and coordinate capacity building in order to strengthen the Communicable Diseases and Health Security functions within the Organization.
- In the area of communicable diseases and health security, coordinate and maintain liaison with partner agencies within the UN system as well as with other multilateral and bilateral development agencies (including development banks) and WHO Collaborating Centres for reviewing, planning, management and evaluation of sector-wide approaches.
- Within WHO's overall policy framework advise countries in the region on taking innovative actions, and harmonize the work of EMRO's technical units at regional and country levels, as well as with national authorities on follow-up actions on major global conferences, conventions, global and regional declarations/resolutions related to Communicable Diseases and Health Security.
- Support the Regional Director and Director, Programme Management as part of the technical secretariat for the WHO governing bodies (World Health Assembly, Executive Board, Regional Committee and the Standing Committee of the Regional Committee (SCRC) and other senior management and advisory meetings.)
- Serve as a member of EMRO's senior staff management and other senior advisory bodies, including acting as RD/DPM or other Division directors during their absence when so designated by RD/DPM.
- Support Member States in their overall efforts to address Communicable Diseases and Health Security in all strategic areas as required.
- Work in close partnership with all relevant partners and stakeholders in the EMR countries as appropriate and play a role in resources mobilization.


- Essential: University degree in Medicine and Master's Degree or equivalent qualification in public health and/ or epidemiology.
- Desirable: Post graduate qualification in epidemiology.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

- Strategic knowledge of the areas under supervision.
- Leadership qualities including managerial skills to manage staff and budgets.
- Political and diplomatic skills.
- Thorough knowledge of WHO's mission, goals, policies, rules and regulations.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):

- Proficiency in Microsoft Office package (e.g. Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc.).


- Essential: Over 10 years of progressively responsible experience with special emphasis on prevention and control of Communicable Diseases, of which 5 years are at the international level with a proven track record in positions that required strong public health leadership of high-skilled professional teams in multidisciplinary settings.
- Desirable: Experience in modern management techniques and in WHO technical programme management. Experience in management of health programmes in the area of Communicable Diseases and Health Security in developing countries.


- Excellent knowledge of English.
- Working knowledge of French or Arabic will be an asset.

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