The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa is hiring a Team Leader!

Team Leader, Neglected Tropical Diseases
Grade: P5
Primary location: Congo, Brazzaville
Contract Duration: 2 years
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-Term Appointment

To reduce the burden and negative impact of communicable diseases on health and on the social and economic well-being of all people in the WHO/AFRO Region, through the prevention, control, eradication and/or elimination of selected Neglected Tropical Diseases. To support governments' NTD Programmes in coordination with national and international efforts for scaling-up NTD interventions to sustain the control, elimination and eradication of Neglected Tropical Diseases.

The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda:

  • To initiate and lead the development of a strategic vision aimed at supporting countries in the development and implementation of sustainable regional strategies and policies to accelerate activities and interventions to overcome the health, economic and social impacts of NTDs;
  • To provide technical expertise to countries and coordinate the development of various NTD guidelines and tools for planning, implementing and monitoring and evaluation of NTD control, elimination and eradication projects and programmes which contribute to the reduction of NTD morbidity and mortality in the African Region;
  • To provide leadership and strategic coordination for the monitoring and evaluation of progress in the implementation of global and regional action plans on prevention, control, elimination and eradication of NTDs ensuring successes, lessons learnt and best practices are documented and shared to facilitate remedial actions, innovative problem solving and enhanced effectiveness in the fight against NTDs.
  • To proactively advise on, coordinate and promote operational research to support evidence-based decision-making and appropriate future approaches for NTD control to improve lives, promote economic productivity, and build expertise at the community level;
  • To identify, develop and strengthen strategic partnerships and advocate for continued investment and drug donation partnerships in NTD control in the African Region and increased resource mobilization for control, elimination and eradication of NTDs;
  • To proactively advise and ensure participation in the identification of regional and national capacity gaps in NTD to initiate and implement training to strengthen health staff and Member State skill-sets.
  • To closely collaborate with the Director on the strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of the CDS cluster by leading the planning, implementation, monitoring and review of NTD objectives and outputs and contributing to regular revisions of the Cluster's strategic plan.
  • To lead and directly manage all staff in the NTD programme area, and relevant ISTs, including articulating the vision and goals of the Programme and the coordination, monitoring and approval of work plans and mission requests.In agreement with the Cluster Director oversee the formulation of objectives for Performance Management and Development System (PMDS) for all staff in NTD ensuring accurate and timely appraisals and any required follow-up actions take place.
  • To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.


Essential: Advanced medical degree and a postgraduate degree in epidemiology, public health or communicable disease control.
Desirable: Specialized training or a degree in Management.


  • At least ten years' experience in the area of prevention and control of communicable diseases and coordinating disease control programmes, of which at least five years at the international level.Field experience, preferably in the African region.
  • Extensive experience overseeing strategic planning with a results focused approach to the management of disease control programmes.
  • Proven experience of implementing NTD prevention, control, elimination and/or eradication activities at country and/or regional level.

Desirable: Experience with intergovernmental agencies, the UN System or WHO and knowledge of national, regional and global partnerships and networks.


  • Demonstrated expertise and managerial skills in epidemiological and socio-behavioural aspects of communicable diseases;
  • Sound track record in planning, monitoring and evaluation of various aspects of NTD prevention, control and/ or elimination and eradication;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clear direction and technical, authoritative advice and guidance to team members, colleagues, peers, governments and multiple stakeholders and partners, taking into account internal priorities and capacity and broader political and resource-limited contexts;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and/or take remedial action in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics;
  • Proven skills in negotiating, developing and nurturing partnerships at all levels including for resource mobilization; Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French.
Desirable: The above language requirements are interchangeable.

WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 85,543 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4170 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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To apply, please send the requested information to Lilian Wanjiku THAIRU: