Director, Communicable Diseases

World Health Organization, Manila, Philippines

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
Above 15 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st February, 2019

Job Description


The Division of Communicable Diseases is responsible for the prevention and control of all communicable diseases which has been categorized into four units: Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI); End TB and Leprosy (ETB); Malaria, other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases (MVP); and HIV, Hepatitis and STI (HSI). The Division oversees programmes developed for each of the specific diseases targeted at reducing their morbidity and mortality and ensure each unit under the Division contributes to the Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW13). It also monitors the collection, collation and analysis of data/information related to the diseases and applies them to formulate regional strategies and action plans and ensure monitoring of the GPW13 results framework.

To achieve in a manner that is both timely and high-impact, the control of communicable diseases throughout the Region, through the delivery of programmes and technical support that target the reduction of the morbidity and mortality of such diseases. The programme will respond to the needs of the Region through ground level surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; consistent efforts to provide access to the highest levels of prevention, treatment and care; and a comprehensive approach to advocacy, communication and involvement that results in the committed partnership of all stakeholders.


Reports to the Regional Director and Director, Programme Management advising on policy and technical matters in the areas of immunization, tuberculosis, leprosy, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria and other parasitic diseases prevention and control activities. The incumbent will brief and provide supervisors with key advice on all research and development related activities of the units. He/She will lead efforts in resources mobilization with the assistance of the coordinators and other unit staff. He/she will encourage interprogrammatic collaborations among the units as well as broker and coordinate partnerships, information sharing and exchange. He/She is expected to exercise a high degree of initiative and innovation in managing his/her programmes.


  • Ensure that the Division's technical cooperation in all of its units is consistent with the Regional Office's organizational goal and principles, and is contributing towards the Organization's corporate strategies;
  • Collaborate with other division directors on technical, administrative and financial matters of common interest, as well as serve on cross-cutting task force and other committees in the Regional Office as assigned by the Regional Director;
  • Participate in and guide the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Division's programmes through:
  • undertaking the assessment of the health needs in the field and evaluate the progress of plans/programmes in these areas;
  • in consultation, coordination and close collaboration with heads of WHO country offices (HWOs) and other stakeholders, supporting the development of national plans and implementation of programmes in accordance with Member States' mandates, World Health Assembly and Regional Committee for the Western Pacific resolutions and country cooperation strategy (CCS) whenever available;
  • examining critically all plans of operations within the Division's fields of competence in cooperation with the coordinators and HWOs to make appropriate recommendations;
  • conducting regular evaluations of the effectiveness of the technical cooperation within the Division's assigned fields in collaboration with the coordinators;
  • ensuring that technical cooperation, implementation of new strategies and guidelines and other products within the fields assigned to the Division are coordinated with the proper national counterparts from the planning to the implementation phase;
  • Explore alternatives to increase the Division's expertise potential by encouraging interprogrammatic collaborations involving different divisions, units and outside experts, optimizing the role of collaborating centres and by assisting those units whose interactions with expert groups and networks at regional and country levels are either weak or nonexistent;
  • Promote strategic alliances, new partnerships and joint ventures to sustain and increase communicable diseases' current resources mobilization capacity;
  • When so assigned and designated, act as DPM or Officer-in-Charge as required;
  • Prepare technical reports, speeches and other documents as required primarily within the Division's field of competence;
  • Perform other related duties as required.



  • Essential: Degree in medicine from a recognized medical school and postgraduate degree in public health or a related field.


  • Essential: At least fifteen years of experience, including international and managerial experience in a senior position. Extensive experience in the field of public health administration including supervisory, administrative and advisory functions at international level. Possess a track record in programme management, planning and implementation.
  • Desirable: Experience in successful networking with key stakeholders in relevant fields including intersectoral alliances, advocacy, public relations and resource mobilization. Experience working on the ground in developing countries in the area of communicable diseases. Experience working on government policy development.

Skills: Solid set of management, technical, public relations, networking, administrative and financial resources mobilization skills in those areas relevant to the Division's work and a proven track record of having been assigned to one or more senior level positions. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Other UN language.


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