(4 positions), Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Tanzania
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The objectives of the Expanded Special Project for the Elimination of Neglected tropical diseases (ESPEN) is to support the accelerated reduction in the burden of the five neglected tropical diseases that are responsive to preventive chemotherapy (5 PC-NTDs) by providing technical support to endemic countries in their efforts to control and eliminate targeted NTDs including morbidity management and prevention of disabilities due to PC NTDs, thereby contributing to poverty alleviation and improving the productivity and quality of life of affected people in the African Region.
The overall goal of NTD Programme is to contribute to the regional vision of an "African Region free of NTDs" by supporting Member States to establish sustainable national NTD programmes that are capable of achieving the control, elimination and eradication goals of targeted NTDs. Within this context, the 5 PC-NTDs include Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis, Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis and Onchocerciasis. Toward strengthening the scale up of PC interventions, ESPEN shall function as the technical arm of WHO/AFRO Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme on PC NTDs, aimed at improving access to timely, high quality assistance for achieving the PC NTD goals for the WHO African Region.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative and the overall guidance of the ESPEN Coordinator, the incumbent will be expected to perform the following duties:
1. Support the MoH in the adaptation and implementation of regional NTD policies and guidelines;
2. Contribute to planning and resource mobilization for the NTD Programme of the MoH by:
a. Assisting in development of collaborative work-plans with the Government in the area of NTDs and ensure monitoring, evaluation, and implementation of National NTD Master plans and annual plans of action in a timely manner;
b. Mobilising resources for the NTD Programme of the MoH by preparation and review of budget proposals to Government and donors.
3. Support the scale up of NTD Interventions, with a focus on preventive chemotherapy (PC) by:
c. Assisting in mapping of PC-NTDs;
d. Contributing to the preparation, implementation and supervision of MDA, case management and other preventive measures for NTDs, such as health education, access to clean water, sanitation and environmental improvement;
e. Promote linkages between the National NTD programme and other sectors essential to the control of NTDs which include the Ministries of Education, Communication, Agriculture, Environment, etc.
4. Support the monitoring and evaluation of NTD programme interventions by:
f. Assisting in the collection, compilation and analysis of data, and reporting on NTD interventions;
g. Participating in periodic review meetings of the NTD programme;
h. Contributing to evaluation of the performance and impact of the NTD programme interventions such as coverage, transmission assessment and data quality surveys;
5. Perform any other duties related to NTDs and ESPEN as assigned by the supervisor.