Professional Officer (HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Control Programme) at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen West African countries. Founded on 28 May 1975, with the signing of the Treaty of Lagos, its mission is to promote economic integration across the region. Considered one of the pillars of the African Economic Community, the organization was founded in order to achieve collective self-sufficiency for its member states by creating a single large trading bloc through an economic and trading union. It also serves as a peacekeeping force in the region. The organization operates officially in three co-equal languages French, English, and Portuguese.
The West African Health Organisation is seeking applications from suitably qualified ECOWAS Citizens candidates to fill the position below:
Job Title: Professional Officer in Charge of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Control Programme
Reference: VN 832
Location: West African Health Organisation, (WAHO) Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Nature of Contract: Permanent
Immediate Supervisor: Director Department of Disease and Epidemics Control (DDEC)
- The Professional Officer for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis Control Programme will work under the supervision of the Director of the Department of Disease and Epidemics Control and in close collaboration with other Professional Officers of the Department and WAHO
- He/She will contribute significantly to the programming, implementation and monitoring / evaluation of WAHO’s HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis interventions-related activities in the ECOWAS region.
Duties and Responsibilities
- The incumbent will make contributions towards the implementation of WAHO’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and attainment of its expected outcomes and outputs, particularly in annual planning, monitoring and evaluation of results of the strategic plan.
- Results-based functions (focusing on individual contribution and impact of action): The incumbent will:
- Advance WAHO’s mandate on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis control and ensure that the rules and procedures of ECOWAS are applied in a proactive manner.
- Analyze and evaluate the socio-political and economic aspects of the measures envisaged within the framework of WAHO’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and offer informed advice in this respect. Also participate in the formulation and preparation of annual work plans, carrying out of joint activities and initiatives with other partners including multiple-sector approach.
- Embrace new policy orientations, national and international strategies and plans and prepare technical documents that can assist WAHO’s leadership in decision-making and policy dialogue on HIV / AIDS and TB control.
- Serve as a facilitator for missions conducted by international consultants, regional advisers and experts and establish / nurture fruitful collaborative relationships with government structures and other bilateral and multilateral partners as well as civil society structures involved in the field of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis control.
- Provide technical expertise for planning / programming and results-based management of HIV /AIDS and tuberculosis commodities under WAHO’s support programme to ECOWAS member countries.
- Analyze plans and reports of activities and report on the implementation of annual projects / plans under his/her responsibility in terms of achievements, obstacles and problems encountered with a view to proposing appropriate corrective measures to improve effectiveness in the implementation of the said projects / annual plans.
- Document knowledge about experiences and lessons learned, best practices and replicable strategies / approaches, actively share and apply this knowledge by creating mechanisms for the organization and sharing of knowledge to be taken into account in planning future strategies.
- Participate in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and actions as well as community mobilization activities.
- Contribute to the formulation of resource mobilization strategies by analyzing information on potential donors and preparing relevant documentation, including project summaries, conference presentations, speeches, writing proposals and projects/funding requests in accordance with WAHO’s priorities and the ECOWAS rules and procedures.
Applicants must have the following qualifications and skills:
- A University Degree in Medicine or Medical Sciences. A postgraduate (Master’s) Degree in Public Health will reduce the number of years of experience by 2 years.
- At least 7 years of professional experience in the management and implementation of public health programmes, particularly in HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis control.
- Good knowledge and demonstrated experience in health systems organisation in West Africa;
- The incumbent must have demonstrated expertise in some or all of the following areas:
- Results-based programme development and management;
- Use of analytical skills to identify opportunities for project and programme development and participate in formulation of proposals by ensuring that the design and application of successful approaches are carried out with the necessary rigor;
- Leadership skills, collaboration with partners, good interpersonal relations and advocacy skills.
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills as well as good knowledge of health policies and work environment in the area of health Professionals training in ECOWAS Countries.
Age and Nationality:
- The candidate must not be over fifty (50) years of age at the point of recruitment and must be an ECOWAS citizen.
- Must be fluent in one of the official languages of ECOWAS (English, French or Portuguese). A working knowledge of anyone of the other languages would be an advantage.
- 28.499 UA per annum.
Application Closing Date
2nd April, 2018.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV’s to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The qualifications listed in this advertisement are the minimum requirements for eligibility. Applications falling below these prerequisites will not be considered.