National Consultant – Laboratory Strengthening and Influenza

World Health Organization, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th December, 2016

Job Description

Objectives of the Programme: The overall objective
of the Category 5 is to prevent and control pandemic and epidemic prone
diseases in Bangladesh through working with Directorate General Health
Services under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (DGHS -MOHFW), and
Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IECDR) in (i)
building appropriate public health policies and programmes for control
of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; (ii) strengthening
field epidemiological capacity for outbreak investigation, detection and
response to epidemics and pandemics (iii) improving epidemic
forecasting and detection through real-time analysis of outbreak
intelligence data on infectious diseases; (iv) ensuring the availability
of and access to strategic guidance for detection, verification, risk
assessment, communication and public health response to public health

Purpose of the activity: The purpose of the post is
to provide technical support to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease
Control and Research (IEDCR), Directorate General Health Services under
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (DGHS – MOHFW) for smooth
implementation of National Avian and Pandemic Preparedness and Response
Plan and implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).
Which includes, but not limited to support Regional, National, and
Sub-national laboratory strengthening efforts to enhance laboratory
capacity for biosurveillance, detection of Public Health Events, support
implementation of the national laboratory services policy and strategic
plan, coordinate and provide technical support to laboratory partners
towards attainment of the laboratory policy objectives; The incumbent is
required to be technically independent, and able to work with minimum
guidance and certain degree of independence in decision making, with
regular contact and coordination with multi – stakeholders, including
GoB officials, other UN agencies, Donors, and other International

Job Description: Under the supervision and general
direction of the Team Leader – Health Security and Emergencies, overall
supervision of Deputy WHO Representative, and in close collaboration
with Regional Advisers, Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology (DSE) and
Blood Safety and Lab Technologies (BLT), SEARO, the incumbent will
provide technical support to the IECDR and DGHS – MOHFW Bangladesh: As
facilitator the incumbent will work in close collaboration with other
government counterparts, relevant stakeholders, UN organizations and
target institutions for smooth implementation of National Avian and
Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan and International Health
Regulations (IHR 2005). S/He will also provide technical support in
making advocacy to the MOHFW and other relevant Ministries and
Departments in this regards its need multi – sectoral approach.

  1. Assist the IECDR to establish the Public Health Laboratory Network for Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs)
  2. Provide support to the IECDR/DGHS/MOHFW to establish the
    laboratory diagnosis system of EIDs at Medical College ad District
    hospitals in order to provide feedback to Public Health Laboratory
    Network for early warning.
  3. Participate, monitor, and supervise outbreak investigations on
    Public Health Emergency of International Concern including seasonal,
    avian, pandemic and any other noble influenza in collaboration with
    IEDCR,ICDDR,B, USCDC, and DLS and act as a member of the National Rapid
    Response Team.
  4. Assist National Influenza Centre (NIC)/IECDR in laboratory
    diagnosis of avian and pandemic influenza and provide feedback to WGO
    i.e ensure reporting to Flu net/GISRS in timely manner
  5. Assist IECDR to develop SOPs on laboratory diagnosis of EIDs and
    training on developed SOPs to laboratory personnel of the national and
    district public health laboratories.
  6. Assist MOHFW to develop Laboratory Strategy on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
  7. Maintain liaison with the ICDDR, B, IECDR, DGHS, MOHFW officials
    in the national level and Civil Surgeones and Upazilla health Staff in
    the peripheral level for pandemic preparedness and response.
  8. Support the operationalization of an effective and functional
    laboratory network in the country to support effective patient
    management, disease surveillance, epidemic investigation, research and
    other specialized services in line with MOHFW.
  9. Close liaison with other stakeholders/ key partners/other UN agencies and donos agencies like World Bank and USAID.
  10. Support MOHFW to develop/strengthen laboratory safety standards
    within all laboratories in respect of space, personnel, clients and the
    community, including the development of laboratory logistics system to
    ensure that an effective supply chain management system is in place to
    provide adequate supplies to support uninterrupted delivery of the
  11. Support national development of an adequate and skilled human resource to deliver quality laboratory services at all levels.
  12. Support laboratories to participate in relevant health research,
    assessments, and monitoring and evaluation initiatives to improve
    patient management, laboratory performance and disease control;
    including supporting laboratories to detect any emerging or transmitted
    resistances to patient medications.
  13. Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

Required Qualifications: Education :Essential Bachelor degree in Medicine or health Science.

Desirable Master’s Degree in Public Health or Infectious Diseases or Microbiology or Virology or related Medical Laboratory science

Advanced training in Medical Laboratory Technology, that demonstrates
the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities as described.

Experience in quality and safety standards of laboratory in Communicable Diseases

Essential ** At least five (5) years' experience in medical laboratory
services quality and standards or experience in infection control or
Antimicrobial Resistance

Desirable Working experience in complex emergency
countries and experience of working in the WHO or UN agencies,
especially within SEAR countries; experience in management of donor
supported projects would be an asset

Functional Knowledge and Skills: High level analytical skills applied to monitoring and evaluation of emerging – remerging infectious diseases programme

Proven ability in preparation of technical reports, proposals, and
plans 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  Producing Results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Languages: Excellent writing/reporting and editing skills, communication and presentation skills in English and Bengali.

Computer Literacy: Proficiency in Microsoft Office
suit, and data analysis tools such as EPI Info, SPSS, SAS, etc; and
working knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications.

Annual Salary & others Benefits: Annual Salary Range: BDT B DT 1,215,216/= to BDT 1,490,484/=

Others Benefits WHO Offers locally competitive packages such as:

Health Insurance; Accident and illness insurance  Annual Leave (18
days per year) Sick leave (12 days per year);  WHO and Government
Holidays, Compensatory Time Off

How to apply:
NOTE: 1) Applicants should send a brief Resume of their relevant
experience, explaining reasons for being suitable of the activity,
together with duly completed Personal History Form (PHF), Screening
Questions, and scanned copies of educational certificates.

2) Please send your applications only via email to:
. The email and the attachment should not be exceeding 1MB. We regret
that due to large volume of applications normally received, applications
cannot be acknowledged individually.

3) WHO Personal History Form (PHF) and detailed vacancy notice can be downloaded from:

4) A written test using computer and interview will be held only for qualifying candidates.

5) This vacancy is open to Bangladeshi Nationals (all genders) only.
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply ."WHO is committed
to workforce diversity". “Any attempt to unduly influence on WHO’s
selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the
applicant.” WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit
smokers or other tobacco users


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