Technical Officer – Neglected Tropical Diseases unit, Egypt At WHO

Closing date: Sunday, 18 June 2023


Description of assignment title: Technical Officer – Neglected Tropical Diseases unit

Assignment country: Egypt

Expected start date: 07/02/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 3. Good health and well-being

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: WHO

Type: Onsite

Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Cairo


Mission and objectives

The World Health Organization serves as the directing and coordinating authority for public health within the United Nations system. WHO seeks to promote health, ensure everyone can attain the highest level of health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable through partnerships, people and countries.


The UN Volunteer will work with Neglected Tropical Diseases Unit (NTDs) in the Department of Communicable Diseases, WHO-EMRO to support member states in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to ensure continuation and enhancing NTDs programme services with a focus on surveillance, analysis of data and facilitate availability of diagnostics and medicines.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Regional Advisor-NTDs or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer – National specialist, NTDs will:

  •  Assist NTD unit in following up with WCOs to ensure submission of surveillance data and other reports to regional and global reporting system.
  •  Provide support in the analysis of NTD data collected and development of regional and country profiles for high-burden countries.
  •  Follow up with NTD focal points in WCOs to facilitate availability of NTD commodities at country level and reporting on use of them to EMRO & HQ.
  •  Facilitate and participate in organizing virtual, hybrid and in-person consultations, workshops and meetings.
  •  Technical review of guidelines/documents and any other material translated into Arabic.
  •  Develop and submit a progress report at the end of the assignment.
  •  Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. Results/expected outputs: As an active NTD unit team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to Neglected Tropical Disease Unit, DCD, EMRO and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: o Enhanced and proactive engagement with WCOs to ensure submission of surveillance data and other reports to regional and global reporting system. o NTD data are analyzed and presented and country profiles for high-burden countries developed. o Proactively followed up with WCOs to ensure availability of NTD commodities at country level and relevant reports on their use are submitted to EMRO & HQ. o Organization of virtual, hybrid and in-person consultations, workshops and meetings facilitated. o Guidelines/documents and any other material translated into Arabic are technically reviewed. o Submitted a progress report at the end of the assignment.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in public health, specifically in communicable disease or neglected tropical disease control, in addition to: – Excellent information technology skills, including Excel, word-processing, database applications, presentation software and internet, – Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines – Evidence of ability to think strategically; to express ideas clearly; to work in teams; to demonstrate a sense of self-assuredness combined with cultural and gender sensitivity, – A strong commitment to public health; an interest in adapting to varied physical and professional environments and a desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.

Area(s) of expertise

Health, Community development

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Mother tongue, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in medicine or public health or health related field (communicable diseases or neglected tropical diseases).

Competencies and values

  •  Communication,
  •  Teamwork,
  •  Respecting and promoting individual and cultural difference
  •  Producing results,
  •  Moving forward in a changing environment.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Cairo is a Security Level 3 (Moderate) and category “A” Duty Station. Cairo, the capital of Egypt, is among the largest cities not only in Africa and the Middle East but also globally (the 19th largest city across the world). It is also one of the most densely populated cities worldwide with a population in excess of 16 million people. The weather in Cairo is mostly warm or hot with cool nights: a very hot summer May to October and a mild winter November to April. Cairo (and Egypt) has long been a centre of the region’s political and cultural life, with high levels of tourism. Like other similar cities, Cairo offers good quality life in terms of access to shopping centres, banks, medical services, cultural events, etc. As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. UN Specialist Volunteer gets the following package:

  •  Volunteer Living Allowance (around EGP 16,139/Month)
  •  Entry Lump-Sum = USD 400 (one-time payment paid in EGP)
  •  Exit Lump-Sum upon completion of contract.
  •  Medical and life Insurance premium/Cigna (100%) and dependents policy.
  •  Access to UNV E-Campus for training and learning including access to LinkedIn learning. Further entitlements and information available at:

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy


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