Regional Adviser (Neglected Tropical Disease Control)

WHO - World Health Organization, Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th October, 2018

Job Description


The Neglected Tropical Diseases Unit (NTD) is located within the Department of Communicable Diseases (DCD) at the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO).In close collaboration with WHO/HQ and the relevant WHO Country Offices, the NTD Unit works with EMR Member States, stakeholders and partners to implement the global WHO NTD Roadmap, with the objective of reducing the burden of disease within the EMR through prevention, control and elimination of NTDs.


  • Lead the development and adaptation of manuals, guidelines, standard operating procedures, training material, advocacy material and other relevant publications in the area of NTDs.
  • Provide leadership and technical guidance to EMR Member States and all actors working in this area for the implementation of NTDs activities at country-level; ensuring compliance of interventions implemented at country level with WHO roadmaps, recommendations, norms and standards.
  • Carry out and coordinate programmatic reviews of disease control interventions and develop appropriate policies and new approaches at the regional and country level.
  • Promote progressive transfer and strengthening of technical competencies on NTDs within the EMR, through partnering with and relying on academic institutions, WHO Collaborating Centres and other centres of expertise and excellence.
  • Guide the countries to develop the NTDs national plan, monitor their implementation and develop progress reports.
  • Manage funds allocated to WHO in support of NTD activities; prepare proposals and other project documents.
  • Initiate and negotiate funding agreements with government, non-government organizations and develop a resource mobilization strategy to support NTD activities in the region.
  • Raise the profile of NTDs within national and international health agenda; link Member States with suitable partners; convey NTD stakeholders and coordinate their activities within the EMR; develop proposals for WHO in support of Member States.
  • Provide insight on NTD technical areas requiring scientific investigation; facilitate, promote and support NTD research activities within the EMR.
  • Provide technical expertise in collecting and analyzing data and information for the estimation of the burden and progress of NTDs in EMR.
  • Represent WHO/EMRO at national and international NTD events, technical meetings, workshops, and training courses; promote links and partnerships with donors, partners and other relevant actors.



  • Essential: University degree in Medicine and a Master's degree in Public Health with a specialization on tropical diseases
  • Desirable: Training in prevention, control, and elimination of tropical diseases


  • Essential: At least 10 years of experience combined at the national and the international levels in the field of neglected tropical diseases prevention, control and elimination. Within this experience, demonstrated professional experience at the regional or country level delivering and managing public health programmes while providing technical advice and support to regional and or country level counterparts.
  • Desirable: Working experience with WHO, other UN agencies. Field experience in control of tropical diseases in the developing countries and development of surveillance system


  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a global health programme.
  • Sound judgment and decision making skills to identify the key issues in a complex situation, and find solutions to problems and takes decisions with an eye to the impact on stakeholders and counterparts and on the Organization.
  • Proven ability in managing resources and partnership.
  • Excellent communication skills to provide expert advice on substantive issues and to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to action plans and WHO's position during advocacy events and meetings.
  • Excellent knowledge of the core values and policies of the World Health Organization, UN system and donor community.


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