Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) of the Government of India has implemented basic TB care and control services across the whole country since early 2006 and scaled up the quality services management of drug resistant TB across the whole country since early 2013. The RNTCP now has an ambitious National Strategic Plan (2017-25) to end the TB epidemic by 2025. It plans to conduct a national TB prevalence survey to measure the disease burden; establish a digital TB surveillance system through a gazette TB notification and treatment adherence monitoring of patients seeking care in public and private sector; shift to active case finding mode to achieve universal access to TB quality patient-centered diagnosis and treatment for all; scaling up nation-wide novel interventions for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) like universal access to drug susceptibility guided treatment addressing the epidemiological diversity of drug resistance with newer anti-TB drugs and shorter regimen; addressing TB co-morbidities like HIV, Diabetes, Tobacco, undernutrition-associated TB, palliative care and social protection. The target of the RNTCP is by 2025 to have achieved the TB-related indicators and targets laid out under the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals 2030; WHO End TB Strategy 2035 and the Stop TB Partnership, Global Plan to Stop TB, 2016-20. The WHO TB programme aims to support the RNTCP efforts towards ending the TB epidemic in India as per the National Strategic Plan (2017-25) detailed above. Major areas of WHO technical support are evidence generation to guide policy and strategy updates, drug resistant TB, collaborative activities to address co-morbidities, active case finding, surveillance including impact measurements and private sector engagement for TB care in India. WHO provides technical support at national level, working with central TB division, TB related national research and academic institutions and at state level with a network of technical officers for developing necessary guidelines, innovative models, research, monitoring and evaluation and now work towards a gradual transitioning of this network.Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHOAll the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation. WHO's mandate revolves around six core
monitoring and assessing health trends.The South -East Asia Region of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.9 billion people, with India's population of 1.3 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.Mission of the WHO Country Office for India Within the framework of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy, the mission of WCO-India is to support India in:
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the Deputy WHO Representative to India, the direct supervision of the Team Lead (Communicable Diseases), the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:
The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization. Demonstrated leadership ability and proven ability to work with senior government officials and other national and international staff. Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to TB, ability to work with senior government officials and other national and international staff. Extensive knowledge of tuberculosis control, especially on drug resistant tuberculosis and control including WHO policies and guidelines. Good knowledge of the working of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other related departments/ministries, and the country's needs. Knowledge and experience with global funding and technical initiatives that support TB control activities (e.g. the Global Fund, USAID, Green Light Committee [GLC], UNITAID etc). Knowledge of WHO SEAR flagship programmes and strategies, preferably experience with and regional MDR-TB advisory committee and regional GLC support to countries in the region on ending TB including drug resistant TB through capacity building, mentoring and monitoring assistance. Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment. Modern management skills (planning and evaluation, etc). Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports. Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of Hindi.