WHO Cambodia is inviting applications for a
The World Health Organization (WHO) would like to recruit an experienced and dynamic consultant to provides technical assistance to the Government of Cambodia, through leadership and direction in the planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WHO Cambodia programme on HIV, hepatitis and STI, and promotes and facilitates collaboration among various stakeholders in the context of broader efforts to strengthen Cambodia’s health systems. The recruited consultant will work for 6 months (April - October 2019) and the duty station is in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Locations: World Health Organization (WHO) and Communicable Disease control Department (CDC), Ministry of Health.
Deadline for applications: 31 March 2019
1. BA CKGROUND : Cambodia is one of the few countries in the world, which has successfully reversed its HIV epidemic. It is estimated that there were 67000 people living with HIV (PLHIV), of those 59200 knew their status, and 58500 were on treatment in 2017. The HIV prevalence decreased from 1.6% in 1998 to 0.6% in 2018 with only 590 new infections. Cambodia is committed towards achieving elimination by 2025, with gaps of around 8000 people who are yet to be diagnosed. Nearly two thirds of newly infected cases were coming from general population, which poses new challenges in identifying strategies to find the remaining HIV positive individuals. There is limited data on sexually transmitted infections (STI) in Cambodia. With increasing number of reported syphilis cases and drug resistant gonorrhea cases in the Western Pacific Region, there is a need to strengthen STI surveillance including gonococcal drug resistant surveillance to develop strategies and interventions to address STI in the country. Viral hepatitis represents a major cause of death in Cambodia. Disease burden modelling showed preliminary estimates of 450, 000 (3%) people living with chronic hepatitis B and 257 000 (1.6%) living with chronic hepatitis C in 2017. While Cambodia has made significant progress in hepatitis B immunization, achieving 0.55% HBsAg positivity among children ages 5-7 years, viral hepatitis response in Cambodia is in its early stages and national strategy, guidelines and interventions to address viral hepatitis epidemic in the country have yet to be established. WHO with other key stake holder is currently supporting the country’s response against HIV, STI and viral hepatitis focusing on development of a national strategic plan and guidelines for viral hepatitis, supporting gonococcal antimicrobial resistant surveillance, conducting HIV joint program review, development of next HIV national strategic plan, and strengthening implementation of HIV strategic Information system. A consultant is proposed for recruitment to provide support to Cambodia in their efforts to prevent and treat HIV, hepatitis and STI by guiding national strategies and policies towards increasing access to prevention, treatment and care; coordinating and leading efforts of partner agencies in order to achieve mutual goals; and ensure effective surveillance and information dissemination to inform programme and service improvement.
2. PURPO SE/SPE CIFI C OB JECTIVE OF THE ACTIVITY : Provides technical assistance to the Government of Cambodia, through leadership and direction in the planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WHO Cambodia programme on HIV, hepatitis and STI, and promotes and facilitates collaboration among various stakeholders in the context of broader efforts to strengthen Cambodia’s health systems.
3. DE SCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIE S TO BE CARRIED OUT : Collaborates with the Team Leader of Communicable Disease/ National technical officer in Country office, WHO Head Quarter and Western Pacific Region (WPRO), Communicable Disease Control Department, Ministry of health, National Center for HIV/AIDS , Dermatology and STD (NCHADS) and key stake holders, the consultant will:
• Develop National Strategic Plan (NSP) for viral hepatitis and related guidelines and provide technical assistance to implement viral hepatitis response in Cambodia;
• Update STI training manual and establish and implement Enhanced Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme (EGASP) in Cambodia
• Provide technical support for the Joint National HIV program Review
• Review the current national HIV strategic plan and technical support the development of new National HIV strategic plan and
• Provide technical assistance to NCHADS to implement recommendation of assessment and roadmap for Cambodia HIV Information Systems.
Planned Timeline/Duration of assignment: Start date: April 2019, End date: Oct 2019
4. METHOD S TO CARRY OUT THE ACTIVITY TIVITY : Outputs/Deliverables: Output 1: Developed National Strategic Plan (NSP) for viral hepatitis and related guidelines and provided technical assistance to implement viral hepatitis response in Cambodia: Deliverable 1.1: take lead and coordinate with MoH and key partners to develop National Strategic Plan for viral hepatitis aligning with the global and regional strategies, viral hepatitis situation analysis report in Cambodia and lessons learned from other viral hepatitis projects implementations. Deliverable 1.2: take lead in the working group to develop National guidelines for viral hepatitis B and C. Deliverable 1.3: Provide technical assistance to MoH to support national reference laboratory for hepatitis to ensure quality laboratory services. Deliverable 1.4: work with MoH to establish a national framework for monitoring and evaluation of viral hepatitis with data collection tools adapted from WHO’s guidance. Deliverable 1.5: work with MoH, key partners and donors to mobilize resources for viral hepatitis response in Cambodia including access to hepatitis screening, treatment and follow up. Deliverable 1.6: Support development of strategic information system for the case management, monitoring and reporting of viral hepatitis. Output 2: Updated STI training manual and established Enhanced Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme (EGASP) in Cambodia. Deliverable 2.1: Work with the National Centre for HIV/AIDS Dermatology and STDs (NCHADS) and Key partners in updating STI training manual based on the latest updated STI treatment guidelines. Deliverable 2.2: Work with NCHADS, WHO headquarters and regional office to develop and implement EGASP Program in Cambodia, which includes: - finalize EGASP protocol and get consensus with NCHADS. - identify sentinel clinics for EGASP in consultation with NCHADS. - identify reference laboratory for GASP and coordinate with WHO Collaboration Center (WCC) on capacity building of the reference laboratory. - establish regular gonorrhoea AMR surveillance. Output 3: Report of Joint National HIV program Review. Deliverable 3.1: Facilitate with NCHADS, key stakeholders and WHO regional office and headquarters for preparation, implementation and reporting of the Joint HIV program Review for Cambodia. Consultant will actively participate in developing agenda, technical and administrative arrangement of the joint team per each focussed thematic areas of the program review, and take part in the review team and report. She/he will continue providing technical support to NCHADS for the implementation of the findings. Deliverable 3.2: Contribute to the development of the Joint program review report. Output 4: Reviewed the current national HIV strategic plan and supported the development of new National HIV strategic plan. Deliverable 4.1: Provide technical support to revise the current Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS and STI Prevention and Control in the Health Sector 2016-2020 in collaboration with international and national teams through a wide consultation with relevant key stakeholders including donors. Deliverable 4.2.: Participate in writing the HIV National Strategic Plan. Output 5: Provided technical assistance to NCHADS to implement recommendation of assessment and roadmap for Cambodia HIV Information Systems. Deliverable 5.1: Take lead and facilitate national Strategic Information Technical Working Group (SI TWG) to review and define action plan, interventions and strategy based on recommendations from assessment of Cambodia HIV information systems.
5. QUALIFICATION S & EXPERIENCE
Essential: Degree in medicine or health science in any of the following fields: infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, health services management or related field.
Desirable: Master Degree of public health or PHD
Essential: More than 7 years of national and international professional experience in planning, management, and implementation of public health or disease control programmes, with at least 5 years of practical experience in HIV, hepatitis or STI-related public health programme development, coordination and management.
Desirable: Working experience in low- and middle-income countries and particularly on HIV, hepatitis or STI programmes.
TECHNICAL SKILL S & KNOWLEDGE
Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, methodology and techniques in public health, including knowledge of key HIV, hepatitis and STI prevention and control interventions
Skills in the management of HIV, hepatitis and STI programmes
Experiences in development of national strategic plans for communicable diseases and their implementations
Foster integration and teamwork
Setting an example
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Promoting innovation and organizational learning
PLACE OF ASSIGNMENT
The selected consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.
Interested applicants are required to send proposal and CV to the WHO Office through e-mail: [email protected] . Smoking is not allowed in WHO premises.
The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
For additional information please contact the WHO office in Phnom Penh located at 1st floor,No. 61-64,Preah Norodom Blvd, (corner street 306),Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I, Khan CHamkamoun, Phnom Penh., by email under [email protected] telephone under (023)216610.