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Technical Officer (Communicable Diseases) - (2310081)

Grade: NO-C

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 year

Closing Date: Dec 13, 2023, 1:59:00 AM

Primary Location: Turkmenistan-Ashgabat

Organization: EU/CDE Communicable Diseases, Environment and Health


To coordinate, manage and provide technical support to MOHMI of Turkmenistan in implementing activities to support national TB and MDR-TB, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections responses as well as other relevant communicable diseases within the overall framework of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement (BCA) between the WHO Regional Office for Europe and MOHMI of Turkmenistan and as part of the WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan.

The incumbent will function as the focal staff for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of HIV, hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis, and more specifically drug resistant tuberculosis, in the context of strengthening communicable disease prevention, care and elimination efforts and health systems. More specifically, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

  • Provides and facilitates overall technical support to the MOHMI on national TB, HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care policy in line with relevant WHO strategies and action plans;
  • Liaises with the MOHMI and other government agencies and works closely with relevant national and international partners in the country to strengthen human resources capacity for implementation of specific TB and HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and STI programmes;
  • Supports the MOHMI in performing training needs assessments. Organizes, implements and supervises educational activities and training programmes for key communicable disease staff (including laboratory personnel) at central, regional and district levels;
  • Develops and adapts training curricula and organizes programmes of workshops and training courses on priority communicable diseases in collaboration with national and international partners, in line with WHO standards, rules and regulations; discusses participants’ expectations and solicits feedback from participants and the faculty on training courses and workshops, prepares reports of the training and workshops organized;
  • Facilitates interventions of the WHO Regional Office and WHO Headquarters to assist Turkmenistan;
  • Assists in developing national communicable disease strategic documents and recording and reporting systems in line with WHO recommendations and definitions;
  • Coordinates together with the MOHMI counterparts, joint actions such as working groups, roundtables, meetings to facilitate the implementation of communicable disease programmes at national and regional level;
  • Facilitates smooth information flow of BCA activities between the MOHMI and other involved institutions through sharing of reports and meetings;
  • Prepares regular technical reports on the progress of implementation of assigned projects;
  • Assists with the technical preparations of the relevant WHO missions and events;
  • Performs other relevant duties as required by the supervisors.



Essential: University degree (Bachelor's level) in in medicine or other health related fields Desirable: Post graduate training in public health, communicable diseases or related subject


Essential: Minimum five years of experience in communicable diseases programmes (such as TB, HIV, viral hepatitis and/or STIs) or other relevant public health programmes.

Desirable: Experience in the implementation of HIV/AIDS,TB and/or other communicable diseases control programmes and experience in working with WHO or other international organizations. Demonstrated experience in developing training programmes and facilitating training courses.


  • Demonstrated good knowledge of communicable diseases control, including tuberculosis, HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs. Strong negotiation and communication skills. Skills in formal report writing. Computer literacy. Excellent presentation skills. Emotional awareness: the ability to identify and harness one’s emotions and apply them to tasks; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Russian.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 49,829 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

To get additional information and apply for the position, please follow the link.

WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan