Public Health Officer (Disease Control) Vacancy-Job Ref: ACSYWHO/2501/202482


Public Health Officer (Disease Control) Vacancy-Job Ref: ACSYWHO/2501/202482
Damascus (Syria)


The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


The incumbent will manage the communicable and noncommunicable diseases programme in the country, while maintaining a multisectoral overview, and will ensure the availability of technicalexpertise to advise the government on integrated programmes and initiatives to strengthen their capacity building in investigation, surveillance, and control.

The incumbent will promote and strengthen programme activities within an assigned area of responsibility, consult with national counterparts on programme needs, and perform related managerial tasks as required. The position contributes to the WHO’s country cooperation strategy in communicable and noncommunicable diseases.

The incumbent will perform the following, and other related responsibilities as required by the needs of the office.

Work under the direct supervision of the respective (Sr) Public Health Officer and/or the head of the WHO country office.
Facilitate the efficient and effective management, as well as coordination of expertise, to provide technical advice on the development of sustainable, multi-sectoral, and integrated national strategies, policies, interventions, and plans for improvements in health systems and capacity building in the area of communicable and noncommunicable (C-NCD) diseases control.

Recommend action plans for the inclusion of disease prevention and control interventions across the life course and continuum of care.
Coordinate the adoption of norms, standards, guidelines and tools to support the implementation of disease control projects.

Manage the operational aspects of related operational research, surveillance, epidemiology, and health surveys.

Facilitate the implementation of projects for the control of the respective diseases, including the procurement of safe, efficacious and affordable medicines and technologies.
Guide the documenting and dissemination of best practices and partners’ experiences.
Analyse and evaluate a diverse range of data and information related to communicable and noncommunicable diseases and outbreaks; identify disease sources and provide recommendations and reports on the appropriate response to identified risks, and the implementation of preventative and control measures.

Monitor the national burden of communicable and noncommunicable diseases or factors, especially through health information systems and health research activities. Coordinate the development or enhancement of existing information systems on communicable and noncommunicable diseases and the monitoring of progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Leverage knowledge of local systems and cultural norms to: serve as technical communication focal point with the public on communicable diseases in the country; and establish new community outreach activities concerning the prevention, control, diagnosis, and treatment of communicable and noncommunicable diseases.
Advocate, build and strengthen partnerships and networks to enhance multi-sectoral collaboration to address integrated, communicable and noncommunicable disease prevention and control. and contribute to resource mobilization for the work programme.


Core Competencies

1. Teamwork

2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

3. Communication

4. Producing Results

5. Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Functional Knowledge and Skills

Transmissions, specialized methods of diagnosis, development, and treatment of communicable diseases, including HIV infection and other communicable and noncommunicable diseases.
Technical and programmatic knowledge of the prevention and control of a range of communicable and/or noncommunicable diseases.
Expertise to strategically plan, coordinate, and support the implementation of health programme interventions.
Disease prevention and control.
District hospital care, universal health coverage, in-service and pre-service training, essential noncommunicable disease drugs, primary health care delivery system
Knowledge of country situation in communicable and noncommunicable diseases.
Best practices of international organizations in the related disease control areas, primarily WHO’s policies, practices, guidelines and procedures, and ability to apply them in the country office setting.
Health and safety regulations.
Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
Skills in developing and promoting collaborative multi-sectoral partnerships and mobilizing resources.
Ability to provide clear advice and guidance to multiple stakeholders and partners.

Educational Qualifications


A university degree (bachelor’s) in a relevant field (such as public health, epidemiology or statistics).


Training or specialization in communicable diseases and noncommunicable diseases.

Work Experience


A minimum of five years of work experience relevant to the position (in communicable and non-communicable diseases, focusing on disease investigation, surveillance, and control, as well as developing strategies and action plans for implementing capacity building and disease prevention programmes).


Demonstrated professional experience providing technical services to national counterparts, Ministries of Health, and other partners on communicable disease related issues.

Relevant work experience, with WHO and/or United Nations agencies, health cluster partners, non-governmental or humanitarian organizations.

Some of the above-listed experience to have been obtained in an international context.

Language requirements
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Arabic.

Information technology (IT) and other skills
Proficiency in computers and office software packages, handling of web-based management systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Cloud Management Enterprise System such as Workday.

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