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  • Post Date:September 9, 2022
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  • Career Level Consultant
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    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Title: NPO NTD SSA to Support WHO Zimbabwe
Proposed Grade: NOB
Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 6 Months, non-renewable
Closing Date: Sep 10, 2022, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Zimbabwe-Harare
Organization: AF_ZWE Zimbabwe
Schedule: Full-time

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RATIONALE: Scope of work and context in which work will be undertaken.

Zimbabwe has made very good progress in NTDs control and elimination with initial mapping for the four prevalent PC-NTDs (Trachoma, Schistosomiasis, Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis, and Lymphatic Filariasis) between 2010 and 2018, leading to the implementation of MDAs with respect to these conditions accordingly. Impact Assessment for STH/SCH conducted in 2018 also showed dramatic decline in the prevalence of these conditions (schistosomiasis from 23% in 2010 to 5% in 2018; Soil transmitted helminthiasis from 6% in 2010 to 1% in 2018). This also in keeping with the Zimbabwe National Development Strategy NDS 1 which among other things seeks to reduce the burden of Bilharzia in the country by 2025. Additionally, the country, with the support of WHO has been able to build capacity in health workers in the detection and treatment of leprosy and sleeping sickness paving the way for the scaling up of services for these conditions.

Despite the progress, it is of concern that, since 2018 there has been an interruption of Mass Drug administration for lymphatic filariasis, soil transmitted helminthiasis and schistosomiasis. The current NTD master plan is outdated and is not in sync with current Global guidance as well as the additional conditions that have been included in the list of NTDs including scabies and snake bite envenomization.

How does the work fit in to the work of the program/unit

The programme seeks to provide leadership and ensure action in improving access to, and coverage of, quality essential health services for priority neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This will be achieved through leading a comprehensive, integrated, multisectoral and resilient national health systems and relevant systems in national non-health sectors and priority communities to ensure whole of society approach to NTDs including the delivery of quality, people centred, and integrated essential packages for the prevention and control of NTDs towards attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in collaboration with partners. This includes engagements with partners; providing guidance in the development, implementation and monitoring of policies, strategies and plans for the elimination of targeted NTDs;

Purpose of the NPO NTD SSA

Under the overall leadership and direct supervision of the WHO Representative in Zimbabwe, the incumbent will oversee the development and implementation of Zimbabwe’s NTD Master Plan in line with “Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals: a road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021–2030” and the Zimbabwe National Development Strategy (NDS1) and National Health strategy.

Expected Assigned Duties/Work to be Performed:

  • Support MOHCC in the development of the NTD master plan in consultation with other stakeholders
  • Provide leadership in bringing stakeholder participation in the development of NTD master plan and NTD programme implementation including getting concrete partner contribution to the implementation of NTD activities.
  • Support the MOHCC in the preparation and carrying out of Mass Drug Administration (MDA) for schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminthiasis, trachoma and lymphatic filariasis
  • Provide technical support in the surveys or pilot surveys for taenia solium, scabies, snake bite envenomisation and other NTDs as guided by available evidence
  • Assist the MOH in the preparation and submission of Joint Application Package for 2022
  • Support capacity building of health workers in priority neglected tropical diseases
  • Support MOHCC in implementing the integrated vector control as applied to malaria and NTDs, working closely with the Tsetse control department in the Ministry of Agriculture for the deployment of vector control for the prevention of Human African trypanosomiasis
  • Work closely with the National malaria control programme and NTD programme in development and implementing appropriate testing strategies for both Human African trypanosomiasis and malaria in malaria and HAT co-endemic areas
  • Provide technical support in coming up with a superimposed map for malaria, schistosomiasis and HAT to facilitate common approach and maximize resource utilization.
  • Support MOHCC in carrying out a quick assessment of availability of case definitions for priority NTDs at health facility level and assist in the deployment of case definitions in health facilities for the detection and management of common NTDs
  • Support data analysis and report writing for lymphatic filariasis confirmatory mapping.
  • Support in strengthening surveillance, monitoring and evaluation related to neglected tropical diseases
  • The Officer will also perform any other activities assigned by the WR.

Expected results/deliverables

Month & Results

  • 1st Month-NTD master plan developed
  • 2nd Month- Lymphatic filariasis confirmatory mapping report
  • 3rd Month- Action plan for snake bite envenoming; and Report on availability of case definitions for priority NTDs
  • 4th Month-Joint application package submission
  • 5th- Month-Algorithm for malaria and human African trypanosomiasis testing in co-endemic areas developed
  • 6th Month-Capacity building in priority NTDs

Technical Supervision:

  • The Officer will work closely with cluster lead for communicable and non-communicable diseases under the guidance of the WR

Specific Requirements:

Required Language:

  • Expert knowledge of both written and spoken English

Desirable Language:

  • Knowledge of Ndebele or Shona will be an added advantage

Required Education:

  • University Degree in any Health-related field, Public Health or Social Sciences

Desirable Education:

  • A Master’s degree in Public Health will be an advantage.

Required Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional practical experience in diseases control programmes at provincial or national levels with a good understanding of malara and NTDs control and elimination

Desired Experience

  • Experience in working with United Nations, bilateral or other multilateral organizations in Zimbabwe will be an advantage.

Skills and Competencies:


  • Communicating in a credible and effective way
  • Fostering Integration and teamwork
  • Building and promoting partnership across the organization and beyond
  • Producing results
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Functional Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of and experience in planning, project management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs in NTD and malaria prevention and control
  • Excellent writing and oral skills, including ability to analyze complex data and to summarize and communicate these to a wide range of audiences and cultures.
  • Good interpersonal, coordination, facilitation and leadership skills with the ability to motivate and convey enthusiasm to co-workers and target audiences.

Place of Assignment: Harare, Zimbabwe