Medical Officer (Malaria and other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases)

Metropolitan Manila, Philippines
Apply by 26 March 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 6 March 2018

Job Description


Malaria, other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases (MVP)

To expand the implementation of the malaria, vector-borne and parasitic (including dengue and neglected tropical diseases) strategy and strengthen disease control by: applying effective strategies and policies, including those related to coinfection and multidrug resistance; increasing the involvement of communities, health-care providers, nongovernmental organizations and corporate partners, through increased country support and strong partnerships; and to strengthen surveillance, monitoring and evaluation.


Under the supervision of the Head of the WHO Country Office, Philippines, and guidance of the Director, Communicable Diseases, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Provides technical support to the Philippine National Malaria Control programme in all aspects of the intensified implementation programme;

2. Cooperates with donors, research institutions, nongovernmental organizations and other stakeholders in controlling and eliminating malaria, and supports the Government of the Philippines in sector coordination, in order to harmonize technical assistance and programme implementation (including Global Fund-related initiatives) and strengthen the national programme;

3. Provides advice and technical support, in collaboration with the National Government, to national counterparts at various levels in all aspects of programme planning, organization, implementation, scale-up and evaluation of activities, for the control or elimination of other vector-borne and parasitic diseases, including lymphatic filariasis, dengue prevention and preparedness and response to dengue outbreaks;

4. Provides support in communication and information sharing, including health promotion, media, documentation, publications and website, and encourages and reinforces operational research in communicable diseases with emphasis on malaria and neglected diseases.


Essential: University degree in Science or Medicine with postgraduate degree (Master’s level or above) in Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Epidemiology, Medical Parasitology or Entomology from a recognized university.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree or training in Programme Management and Evaluation, Research or other relevant topic.


Essential: Minimum of seven years’ experience in communicable disease control/vector-borne disease control activities including three years of malaria control and/or malaria research with experience working at international level.
Desirable: Experience in health systems development and operational research in vector-borne disease or neglected tropical diseases. Experience in working with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Work experience in Asia is an advantage.


Thorough knowledge and understanding of malaria and other vector-borne and parasitic diseases and their control/elimination. Skills in health situation analysis, strategic thinking, programme management and evaluation in promoting national capabilities at all levels. Ability to travel and work in remote field conditions.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Producing results
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.

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