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Role purpose

Objectives of the Programme and of the Immediate Strategic Objectives

The Precision Public Health Metrics (PPHM) Unit is part of and contributes to the work of the Universal health coverage/Communicable and non-communicable diseases (UHC/UCN) cluster in the WHO African region. The strategic agenda of the cluster is to reduce disease burden in the WHO African Region, by guiding disease control agenda in Africa, and using analytics to inform strategic investments and tailored interventions for disease control, thus contributing to 3 disease control outcomes at country-level: improved disease programme governance; improved interventions coverage; and improved services quality. Investments towards these outcomes are guided by comprehensive whole of society, people-centered, and integrated approaches to disease control. The comprehensive whole of society approach entails investments around: (a) coherent implementation of triple response – technical response: implementing diseases specific normative guidance, promoting intervention mixes and deploying medical commodities; health systems response: building capacities of district service delivery systems in disease mapping and stratification, interventions tailoring, and sector/subsector planning; and multi-sectoral response: addressing socio-economic and environmental determinants of diseases through mobilizing non-health sectors, communities and stakeholders; (b) disease control partnership of public and private sectors, health and non-health sectors; and (c) community involvement in targeted high risk communities, focused on managing determinants of diseases, health services demand creation and accountability by local health stewards. The people centered, integrated approaches to disease control involves investments around: (a) integrated guidance on disease control for each health service delivery platform, a move away from stand-alone disease specific guidance; and (b) integrated and efficient disease control investments in strengthening the capacity of appropriate health services delivery platforms through deployment of appropriate technologies and analytics to guide stratification of disease risks across population groups in order to develop and deploy comprehensive packages of interventions appropriate for each population group and health service delivery platform, as well as monitor population access, coverage and impact to leave no one behind.


The specific objectives of the UCN cluster to which the PPHM Office contributes, are to: (i) provide leadership on disease control coordination, partnership and resource mobilization; (ii) contribute to the development of WHO disease control technical products, services and tools including adoption of new technologies and innovations; (iii) support generation and use of strategic information for action and decision making including optimizing investment; and (iv) provide or facilitate provision of technical support in deployment of WHO technical products and services and institutional capacity building, including support to national disease programmes and regulatory authorities.


Role Purpose

Filling the position of Team Leader, PPHM Office is a major priority in moving the UCN strategic agenda forward. The incumbent will lead the WHO AFRO work on precision public health within the cluster with focus on supporting generation of strategic information for disease control action including knowledge informed by data science, public health informatics, and research and innovation; and on building country capacities for analytics-driven disease control agenda setting and interventions tailoring and targeting.


Specifically, the incumbent will, in collaboration with SMTs and other clusters, provide transformational leadership in  

  • establishing a one-stop shop for multi-dimensional, cross disease analytics across and engage with all levels of the WHO;
  • leading the standardization of geo-registries,  metadata, data elements and indicators, visualizations, with a downstream aim of developing a common data platform across disease and health programmes;
  • supporting internal and external country level WHO regional and country staff competencies in strategically and operationally relevant analysis; advocating and providing support to countries for the use of multi-indicator local data to information subnational tailoring of interventions, effective implementation and evaluation of impact;
  • mainstreaming of research and innovation in disease control;
  • tracking biological and anthropogenic threats to disease control efforts.


The incumbent PPHM Team Leader will be required to have demonstrated capacity to manage large datasets and produce advanced analysis with demonstrated track record of publications in peer reviewed journals; and experience in spatial temporal analysis and mapping, and working with routine information and surveillance systems. S/he will have strong and relevant work experience in epidemiology, biostatistics, medical statistics, medical demography or public health with a particular emphasis in communicable and non-communicable diseases.


Organizational Context:

Context – Under the overall direction of the Regional Director,  with technical guidance from the Director for Programme Management, and supervision by the Director of the Universal Health Coverage-Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases Cluster, and within the delegated authority, the incumbent is an organizational development expert who will lead, and  facilitate, the development, implementation, and monitoring  of WHO AFRO’s regional PPHM-related strategies, plans, programmes, and interventions to enhance disease control investment efficiencies  towards  attainment of UHC and the SDGs  in the WHO African Region. The incumbent will be guided by the resolutions of the Regional Committee, the World Health Assembly, the WHO Transformation Programme, and the GPW13 and its Triple Billion objectives, the 2018 Astana Declaration on Primary Health Care, and the Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as national priorities and needs of the Member States of the Region. S/he will oversee appropriate capacity building and training based on technical norms, standards, best practices and Standard Operating Procedures. S/he will have delegated authority to establish and accomplish work goals, identify problems and provide broad guidance for resolving challenges and for possible redesign of existing policies and integration of such policies into other programme areas.


Contacts – Under the overall direction of the Regional Director, with technical guidance from the Director for Programme Management, and supervision by the Director of the Universal Health Coverage-Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases, and in collaboration with the  relevant Directors at WHO/HQ, other Programme and Operational Clusters of WHO  AFRO, and strategic partners, the incumbent will facilitate the formulation, review and implementation of programmes; will technically advise and guide the team supervised at WHO/AFRO Regional Office, ISTs, Multi-country assignment teams (MCATs), Country Offices, and Collaborating Centres, as well as WRs to execute the PPHM  and WHO/AFRO/UCN agenda, responding to the needs of Member States. Successful formulation and attainment of the objectives and expected results will involve collaboration with a broad range of experts, policy makers and representatives of multi- and bilateral agencies, academia, professional associations, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions. The incumbent will build, coalesce and enhance partnerships and alliances to mobilize concerted action and resources to advance the goals of the Organization. In particular, s/he will facilitate collaboration with the UHC/LC, UHC/HP, ARD and EPR Clusters in the provision of support for PPHM objectives with the ultimate aim of supporting Member States to build strong and resilient health systems for preventing, controlling, eliminating or eradicating communicable and non-communicable diseases in order to reduce their burden. The incumbent will also collaborate with the ARD Teams in promoting knowledge translation and innovations in health service delivery towards the optimization of integrated health services. S/he will represent UCN in forums within and outside the Organization where cross-cutting disease control PPHM issues are strategically discussed.


Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent is expected to contribute towards:

Leadership on disease control coordination, partnerships and resource mobilization

  • Initiate and lead innovative and enhanced resource mobilization targeting both traditional and new donors in order to increase the capacity of WHO country offices and countries to deliver results
  • Ensure people-centred approaches across the life course to address the priority health problems of different population sub-groups through building and coordinating a competent and committed team of PPHM experts in the development and implementation of regional PPH policies, strategies, programmes and strategic initiatives for disease control in the region. This will be done in in collaboration with other WHO technical clusters, and partners, in an integrated manner in the context of Universal Health Coverage;
  • Oversee the development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the team’s strategy and operational plan and provide high quality leadership, epidemiological, analytic and coordination support the work of the team;
  • Provide leadership and manage the staff under his/her responsibility; ensure their performance, continuous development and engagement, promoting a culture of working across boundaries, while promoting the principles of equity, and value for money, integrity and a respectful workplace in accordance with the Organization's policies, rules, procedures, and values; Drive the team members’ collaboration with other clusters and programmes to ensure that PPHM  interventions are integrated in strategies on universal health coverage, primary health care, sexual and reproductive health, and communicable diseases; Lead application of analytics to drive improved strategies across the UCN cluster.


Development of WHO disease control technical products, services, and tools

  • Lead development and deployment of functional e-platforms including operational manuals, for sub-national stratification of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and annual disease control agenda setting and investments guidance (publication of respective country annual disease outlook with district disease profiles);
  • Lead the development of common geo-registries and metadata and harmonization of current multiple data platforms as necessary;
  • Coordinate the development and dissemination of scientific papers on PPHM related policy and planning initiatives and innovations.


Generation of analytics-driven strategic information for disease control agenda setting and interventions tailoring

  • Lead in monitoring socio-political and health situations in member states, facilitating political and social analysis for disease control action in the region, including impact of climate change and human and natural disasters;
  • Lead the mainstreaming of research and innovation in disease control including monitoring and containment of biological and other threats to available disease control interventions;
  • Provide advanced analysis support to UCN Teams and as relevant to other clusters in the Regional and Country offices
  • Lead in strengthening the capacities of UCN teams in the data-to-action processes;  
  • Lead global ancillary data assembly (climate, biodiversity, genomics, socio-economic etc)
  • Support disease and health programme teams to implement analysis for subnational tailoring of public health interventions in countries
  • Work with various WHO departments and partners to track biological and other threats to progress in disease control


Technical support and institutional capacity building for disease control support

  • Lead country capacity building for use of analytics to drive diseases control agenda setting and to guide investments including use of triangulated data on disease occurrence (incidence and mortality), interventions coverage, health services access, and determinants information for disease stratification and tailoring of national policies and operational responses in member states.
  • Lead development of annual disease outlook reports that implement country deep dives aligned with the African Health Observatories and various WHO global reports
  • Lead country capacity development in analysis and surveillance systems strengthening
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Education, Qualifications & Experience




  • Advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in Epidemiology, Geoscience/GIS, Biostatistics, Health Demography or Public Health or equivalent.



  • PhD in Epidemiology, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Health Demography or Public Health.




  • A minimum of ten (10) years’ progressive experience in epidemiology, biostatistics, Health demography or public health with a particular emphasis in communicable diseases.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage large datasets and produce advanced analysis. Demonstrated track record of publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Ability to undertake analysis in R, Stata or equivalent statistical packages.



  • Knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology, statistics, public health and operational work in the WHO African Region.
  • Experience in spatial temporal analysis and working with routine information and surveillance systems. Experience in spatial analysis and mapping.


WHO Competencies

  • Fostering integration and teamwork
  • Producing results
  • Communicating in a credible and effective way
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Functional Knowledge and Skills

  • Leadership, management and supervision skills to effectively lead the PPHM team and develop collaborative across the UCN cluster, other AFRO regional office entities, country offices, WHO HQ and ministries of health and external partners.
  • Advanced knowledge of epidemiology and disease surveillance. Strong statistical analysis with demonstrated ability to analyse and interpret complex datasets and present findings clearly and concisely.
  • Experience in electronic surveillance systems and other digital solutions in health.
  • Ability to work quickly and willingness to deliver products under time pressure and short deadlines. Self-starter, self-motivated, self-manager
  • Willingness and capacity to take responsibility, ability to juggle many tasks concurrently and prioritize workload in a pressured environment with competing demands and high expectations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including integrity, good judgment, team working and diplomacy
  • Knowledge of office software applications, development of websites and online data portals, experience in the application of mobile based surveillance systems and surveillance in mobile and migrant populations.
  • Ability to undertake analysis in R, Stata or equivalent statistical packages.
  • Advanced database programming and development skills to build and customize data-driven applications and other tools to automate data processing.



Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and/or French with a good working knowledge of the other.  Working knowledge of Portuguese is desirable.


Other Skills:

Proven skills and excellent working knowledge of the following information technologies and platforms: Windows Server 2005-2008, SQL Server 2005-2008, Business intelligence systems and tools, Subversion or other code repositories, Web services, WCF, OData, SOA, data Services, ArcGIS Server and Desktop. Ability to analyse and manage electronic information; and familiarity with eHealth tools including epidemiological and statistical software; excellent writing skills.  


Role Location

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo



How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 30 November 2022. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV.


All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.


If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at WHO-TLPPHM@sri-executive.com


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