Technical Officer (HIV Testing)

  • Full Time
  • Ukraine

World Health Organization


Grade: NO-B
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 12 months
Job Posting: Mar 29, 2023, 2:48:13 AM
Closing Date: Apr 19, 2023, 3:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Ukraine-Kyiv
Organization: EU_UKR WHO Country Office, Ukraine
Schedule: Full-time

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The Division of Country Health Programmes (CHP) assistscountry efforts to reduce the burden of non-communicable and communicable diseases and address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, and promotes policies and actions for health through stewardship of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. It focuses on health promotion measures; prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, and risks related to tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol; communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, and vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases; elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocacy for increased use of vaccines; containing and controlling antimicrobialresistance; addressing existing and emerging environmental health risks, and supporting violence and injury prevention. A determination to ensure universal access to people-centred quality health services across the continuum of care is matched by enriching the evidence base for policy design and interventions using social, cultural and behavioural approaches, to drive implementation of innovation at national, regional and local levels.

The WHO country office works with the National Authorities to achieve the highest standard of health as a fundamental human right, based on equity and on SDGs principle of leaving no one behind. WHO actions are engrained in the WHO 13th General Programme of Work with its 3 prong objectives of promoting healthier populations, keeping the world safe through addressing health emergencies, and protecting the vulnerable through Universal Health Coverage. WHO’s mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing Global Health leadership; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options;(v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The WHO Country Office is an integral part of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Its main role is to facilitate and coordinate all WHO activities at country level and to implement the European Programme of Work 2020-2025 -“United Action for Better Health in Europe” which sets out a vision of how the WHO Regional Office for Europe can better support countries inmeeting citizens’ expectations about health. WHO at country level delivers this through practical, actionable and country focused solutions to health challenges, keeping in perspective that achieving health and well-being is a whole-of-society endeavour; This is done through facilitating the implementation of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement with the country and its corresponding workplan. The WHO Country Office maintains good working relations and ensures information exchange between the country and WHO, policy and strategic guidance on Health issues to all national and international partners in the country, provision of direct technical expertise when needed and aims at more community engagement andparticipation, and to promote health equity.

To provide technical assistance in HIV testing to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, Centre for Public Health and the National HIV Programme and provide training, mentoring and support to Ukrainian healthcare and other facilities providing HIV testing, with the overall aim to end HIV in Ukraine.

Key duties:

1.Provide technical assistance and support to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, Ukrainian Centre for Public Health and other national bodies on HIV testing;

2. Provide training, mentoring and technical support to Ukrainian healthcare and other facilities providing HIV testing;

3. Provide site specific technical guidance, mentoring, training and support to increase access, improve HIV diagnosis and optimise HIV testing services;

4. Improve HIV diagnosis by supporting optimisation of provider-initiated HIV testing and use of rapid diagnostic HIV tests;

5. Support improved access, coverage and management of viral load testing

6. Support post-test counselling trainingfor doctors (including family doctors)

7. Develop simplified and standardised HIV testing algorithms linked to patient pathways to expand access and optimize HIV treatment (ART) regimens and services;

8. Serve as a resource for technical questions on HIV testing, problem solving, and consultation and assure effective communication between WHO and the healthcare officials and workers at different levels of the national HIV testing and treatment system;

9. Support the development of national strategies,guidelines and models of HIV testing and contribute to the work of national HIV testing technical working groups;

10. Support related efforts to improve and optimize HIV treatment services in the context of achieving 95:95:95 and national HIV targets

11. Support related efforts to strengthen capacity to generate and systematically use HIV strategic information, particularly HIV testing indicators, through national information systems and routine programme monitoring;

12. Support related advocacy efforts for improving HIV service delivery, including policy dialogue and advocacy round tables with regional health authorities

13. Provide technical assistance in line with the approved work plan of HIV area of work (within the communicable disease workplan), BCAs, the European Programme of Work (2020-2025), Global Fund, USG CDC/PEPFAR,UNAIDS/UBRAF, and other collaborative agreements;

14. Promote WHO policies,practices and integrated service delivery approaches to promote equitable access to HIV diagnosis, care and treatment;

15. Provide technical support to guide and strengthen civil society in their responses to scaling up HIV testing and to vulnerability and structural barriers to accessing communicable disease services;

16. Contribute to the work of the WHO country office related to ensuring access to quality communicable disease prevention and treatment to all in need particularly in the conflictaffected areas and including internally displaced persons, marginalized people and those in the penitentiary system;

17. Ensure timely reporting of HIV testing and related activities within country workplans through Senior Adviser to WR Head of Country Office and Regional Office;

18. Prepare reports to donors on HIV testing programme/project implementation;

19. Organize and support national and international HIV consultancies and country missions;

20. Contribute to regula rHIV monitoring and assessment performance through evaluation and reporting;

21. Perform other dutiesas designated by the supervisor within the technical scope of the position.

Essential: University degree(Bachelor’s level) in medicine, public health or related area of study.
Desirable: Master’s degree in any of the above-mentionedareas. Post-graduate training in HIV.

Essential: At least two years of work experience in HIV testingand diagnosis at the national level.
Desirable: Relevant work experience within WHO, UnitedNations or another international organization.

1. Demonstrated knowledge of current practices and associated technologies for HIV testing and diagnosis

2.Demonstrated knowledge of the epidemiology and challenges of HIV in Ukraine

3. Demonstrated knowledge of Ukrainian HIV testing services and challenges to service delivery

4. Proven skills in developing partnerships withand between Government officials, international and national agencies responsible for HIV, civil society, community-based organizations and other networks in Ukraine

5. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to develop and implement HIV testing frameworks and information product

6. Emotional intelligence – ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as helping others to do the same.

WHO Competencies
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of Russian. Expert knowledge of Ukrainian.

Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 37,537 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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