World Health Organization (WHO)

National Programme Officer (Non Communicable Disease)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

The objective of the WHO Nepal Country Office is to implement the Country Cooperation Strategy by supporting the Nepal Government in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national health policies, strategies and plans and developing and managing WHO's technical cooperation programmes at the country level. WHO provides guidance and Technical Support in organizing the humanitarian health response and in revitalizing the capacity of the Health Sector to rebuild and recover from emergencies in appropriate and sustainable ways. The Country Office develops collaborates with the Government of Nepal and relevant stakeholders in support of their efforts of achieving national health goals; of ensuring the attainment of universal health coverage and of contributing to global and regional public health action by providing need-based technical assistance in national level policy formulation, setting norms and standards, improving knowledge dissemination and management, monitoring country health situation and building sustainable institutional capacity, to play a greater leadership role in different national level policy and technical forums. DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative and the direct supervision of the Public Health Administrator (PHA) and in close collaboration with teams within and outside WHO Country Office, particularly at Regional level, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:-
  • Support MoHP and its line agency on the implementation of new policies, strategies, workplans, and guidelines in relation to control/prevention of NCDs, linked with Social Determinants of Health, and related Health Promotion and their implementation in the country, through country and inter-country programmes:

  • Support to implement innovative programs for primary health care system strengthening, which take into account social determinants of health including development of standard guidelines and protocols.

  • Support to initiate, advise and participate in the development and implementation of concepts and tools designed to reorient or improve non-communicable disease programs and project design;

  • Provide Technical Assistance to MoHP in a collaborative way with other ministries to promote Health In All Policy activities and strengthen governance for NCD prevention and control, FCTC implementation, alcohol, sugar sweetened beverage taxation and regulation and to obtain cross-ministerial commitments on NCD prevention and control.

  • Advice overall planning and direction of the programme in NCDs, Social Determinants of Health and NCD-related Health Promotion activity and programs, including the preparation of programme budgets and workplans for country collaboration.; Monitor the implementation of the relevant WHO Country Programs.

  • Develop close collaboration, effective working relations and coordination with other departments, country offices, other UN agencies, and other international and bilateral agencies in joint efforts related to the non-communicable disease programme area and in support of national disease control programmes;

  • Representing WHO at interagency and national meetings related to above-mentioned programme areas;

  • Ensure that key WHO program guidance is incorporated into national strategies, guidelines and plans;

  • Any other task as assigned by the supervisors and WR.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education Essential: - University Degree in Medicine or a health-related science from a recognized University, and Master's in Public Health, Community Medicine and/or areas related to health sciences Desirable: Training and working experience on NCD.Experience Essential: At least two years progressive experience in development and implementation of NCD related public Health Programs, program evaluation, including two years of experience in non-Communicable Diseases or chronic care programs, FCTC, taxation and regulation or risk factors, NCD governance and surveys and UN Agencies on NCDs. Desirable: - Working experience with UN or WHO.- Experience of working with partners, especially with Government Departments, line Ministries and UN Agencies. - Experience in covering issues of public health, particularly in the area of integrated service delivery.- Knowledge and understanding of health systems, in particular in a Nepal context.- Exposure to NCD programs in an international context through direct work involvement in such programs outside Nepal. - Understanding of the global architecture of NCD control. - Understanding of modern communication approachesExperience in developing fiscal and legislative measure on NCD risk factors will be an asset.Skills 1. Good computer skills including office software applications2. Excellent written and oral communications skills;3. Effective internal and external networking;4. Proven ability to work under pressure and multitask;5. Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, discretion and diplomacy;6. Technical expertise; Overall attitude at work are also required mandatory competencies. WHO Competencies
  • Teamwork

  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

  • Communication

  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

  • Producing results

Use of Language Skills Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Nepali. Desirable: The above language requirements are interchangeable. REMUNERATION Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at NPR 2,870,937 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.

  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

  • WHO's workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.

  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

  • Application from qualified female candidates and candidates particularly from disadvantaged and socially excluded groups are strongly encouraged

  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

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