world health organization , Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th November, 2019

Job Description


The Global TB Programme leads and guides the global effort to end the TB epidemic through universal access to people-centered prevention and care, multisectoral action and innovation.Specifically GTB:

  • provides global leadership to end TB through strategy development, political and multisectoral engagement, strengthening review and accountability, advocacy, and partnerships, including with civil society;
  • shapes the TB research and innovation agenda and stimulates the generation, translation and dissemination of knowledge;
  • develops policy options, norms and standards for TB prevention and care and facilitates their implementation;
  • provides specialized technical support for Member States and partners, working with WHO regional and country offices to catalyse change and build sustainable capacity; and
  • monitors, evaluates and reports on the status of the TB epidemic and progress in financing and implementation of the end TB Strategy at global, regional and country levels.

The Policy, Research & Innovations team leads the development of:

  • policy guidance, norms and standards for prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of drug-susceptible and drug-resistant tuberculosis; and
  • the Global Strategy for TB Research and innovation.

The team also works on the promotion of innovations to maximize impact of action in all areas of TB prevention and care, including digital technology.
All work is done in the context of TB targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the End TB Strategy and political declarations from high-level meetings of heads of state and government.
The team also contributes to other essential functions of the Global TB Programme.


  • To lead the development of WHO policies, norms and standards for the diagnosis of TB infection and disease and for the detection of drug resistance;
  • To provide leadership to the Supranational Reference Laboratories (SRL) Network through, innovative resource mobilization strategies, monitoring and evaluation strategies (including SRL accreditation), strengthening of drug resistance surveillance using DNA sequencing platforms and sustainable technical assistance and training models;
  • To provide technical oversight to Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) secretariat and coordinate the development of implementation guidance for laboratory strengthening efforts;
  • To provide leadership and knowledge on the use and interpretation of phenotypic and genotypic drug susceptible testing (DST) methods including whole genome sequencing for the detection of drug-resistant TB;
  • To oversee key technical areas for laboratory strengthening (technical support, tools/manual development, laboratory biosafety, laboratory accreditation);
  • To serve as the focal point for TB laboratory activities involving external partners including helping with development of resource mobilization opportunities.



  • Essential: Advanced degree (Masters) in microbiology or a closely related subject.
  • Desirable: Advanced university degree (Masters) in public health or infectious diseases (preferably tuberculosis).


  • Essential: At least 10 years' experience in microbacteriology and genomic work related to TB at national and international levels, and organization and management of laboratory systems. Documented experience in advanced project management. Documented experience in writing of technical reports, scientific publications and funding proposals. Documented experience in multi-agency collaborative projects. A record of peer-reviewed publications on infectious diseases and/or laboratory systems. Documented experience in managing staff and financial resources.
  • Desirable: Experience in WHO or a sound understanding of its mandate and goals in the field of TB, or similar experience in another international organization/institution. Experience in establishing laboratory capacity at country level. Experience in managing SRL activities.


Extensive knowledge of mycobacteriology, molecular biology, genetics as well as organization and management of laboratories and laboratory systems. Extensive knowledge of applying TB control public health strategies to a laboratory context. Excellent managerial, organizational and analytical skills related to laboratory aspects of TB control. Excellent inter-personal skills with ability to cooperate, guide, advise, and negotiate with technical and funding agencies, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with international and national staff at all levels. Proven skills in writing technical reports, scientific publications and funding proposals. Proactive inclination to problem-solving and ability to work under pressure. Proven ability to develop effective working relationships with government officials, scientists and different cultures. Ability to work independently and under pressure; ability to multi-task and problem-solve. Excellent communication and presentation skills.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


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