WHO was founded in 1948 is the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health.
WHO leads global efforts to expand universal health coverage. We direct and coordinate the world’s response to health emergencies. And we promote healthier lives – from pregnancy care through old age. Our Triple Billion targets outline an ambitious plan for the world to achieve good health for all using science-based policies and programmes.
Working with 194 Member States across 6 regions and on the ground in 150+ locations, the WHO team works to improve everyone’s ability to enjoy good health and well-being.
Despite significant progress in the implementation of control and intervention programmes over the years, South Africa account for 20% of new HIV infection and 20% of people living with HIV globally making it the largest HIV programme in the world. The recent estimates from the Thembisa model indicates that about 7.8 million were living with HIV in South Africa in 2022 which is equivalent to 13.2% of the general population. The Country has a significant HIV and TB co-infection. For many years, efforts to tackle HIV have been largely independent of each other, despite their overlapping epidemiology. The risk of progression from latent to active TB is increased by infection with HIV.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
1. Support the Health Sector, including the Ministry of Health in strengthening national capacity and building partnerships for the control of HIV/AIDS, STIs and Hepatitis in the country;
2. Act as a liaison in the WHO Country Office on care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, STIs and Hepatitis related work through coordination with Health Sector (NDOH) counterparts, donors and health partners in these areas;
3. Provide technical support in the development of HIV/AIDS national strategic and operational plans in addition to, coordination, supervision of interventions related to their implementation, monitoring and evaluation at both national and subnational level;
4. Provide technical support to improve integrated health information system, especially increased demand, generation and use of quality data/information related to HIV.
Essential: Medical degree
Desirable: Post graduate trainingin public health, epidemiology or other relevant and related health field
Essential: At least five years’ working in public health on HIV, STIs and Hepatitis care andtreatment programme and public health interventions
Desirable: At least five years working with the Department ofhealth, a reputable public health institution or a UN agency
Demonstrated innovative, analytical and problem- solving skills; statistical, monitoring and evaluation skills; ability to lead policy level dialogue, advocacy and partnerships on HIV-AIDS and the risk factors. Broad knowledge and understanding of HIV continuum of care, including country HIV response, monitoring, and/or evaluation required.
Good communication skills. Ability to harness partnerships and interact with health professionals at various levels. Demonstration of good writing skills and leadership qualities Ability to establish effective networks and working relationships with people of different nationalities and cultural background. Computer skills – Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and data analysis, browsing and information searching on the internet.
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at ZAR 1,027,253 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.
- 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 and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.