National Professional Officer, Noncommunicable Diseases, TKM – ( 1806134 )
Grade : NO-B
Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment
Contract duration : 2 years
Job Posting : Dec 5, 2018, 11:28:54 AM
Closing Date : Dec 26, 2018, 10:59:00 PM
Primary Location : Turkmenistan-Ashgabat
Organization : EU_TKM WHO Country Office, Turkmenistan
Schedule : Full-time
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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation. The General Programme of Work defines the mission of WHO as one to promote health, to keep the world safe, and to protect the vulnerable.
The GPW calls for heightened accountability, prioritising impact and outcome at country level, and to improve the lives of three billion people, through universal health coverage, through addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations. WHO’s mandate revolves around six core functions:
(i) providing leadership on global health matters;
(ii) shaping the health research agenda;
(iii) setting norms and standards;
(iv) articulating evidence-based policy options;
(v) providing technical support to countries; and
(vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.
The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.
Mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe and Objective of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life Course
The Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion aims to improve health during all stages of life by addressing the social, environmental, behavioural and biological determinants of chronic diseases. The Division achieves this aim by applying the principles and practice of health promotion as well as integrating the prevention, control and management of disease in order to:
(a) assist countries in the Region to design, establish and run effective health and intersectoral programmes that are able to tackle the burden of chronic diseases and conditions, particularly focusing on:
(i) noncommunicable diseases (cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases) as well as related conditions and risk factors (harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs, tobacco use, overweight and obesity, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity);
(ii) mental health and neuro-degenerative disorders;
(iii) violence and injuries.
(b) assist countries to promote health across the life course, particularly focusing on:
(i) child and adolescent health;
(ii) sexual and reproductive health, including making pregnancy safer, women’s health and rights;
(iii) healthy ageing;
(c) maintain regional integrated surveillance systems and assisting countries in developing disease and risk factor surveillance systems, to determine and monitor burden of disease, risks factors and health determinants, and to propose relevant applied research projects, health interventions and partnerships to tackle the acute and long-term health impact of those diseases and risk factors. The WHO Country Office supports the Member State to shape its health policy in line with WHO’s principles and values and advocates for an integrated approach to health development. By means of a single, unified and functionally integrated country representation, WHO facilitates the implementation of the BCA with the Member State and its corresponding country work plan. WHO helps the country to improve its health system and provides technical support as necessary. The WHO Country Office administers, consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to maximize WHO impact. The Country Office also has a representational, fund-raising and resource steering function, as needed.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
To provide technical and coordination support to the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in Turkmenistan as follows:
- Support the Ministry of Health (MOH) and other national partners in developing, implementing and evaluating national strategies and policies in NCD/NCC prevention and control at national and subnational levels;
- Support the MOH in updating and adapting relevant guidelines, materials and tools;
- Support MOH in performing training needs assessments and organizing and implementing training activities;
- Coordinate together with MOH counterparts joint actions such as working groups, roundtables, meetings to facilitate NCD/NCC programme implementation at national and subnational levels
- Document experience for later review;
- Facilitate smooth information flow of BCA activities between MOH and other involved institutions through sharing of reports, meetings, etc.;
- Prepare the missions for WHO staff and external consultants addressing NCD/NCC programme areas and monitor and follow up their recommendations;
- Undertake jointly with MOH counterparts regular monitoring of the implementation of BCA
- Prepare regular reports and updates to WHOCO and EURO;
- Facilitate partner and stakeholder coordination in the area of NCD/NCC prevention and control;
- Explore opportunities for fund raising for the area of NCD/NCCs.;
- As required by DNP, support the MOH in developing, implementing and evaluating national strategies in sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (SRMNCAH)
As required by DNP, support the MOH in updating and adapting relevant guidelines, materials and tools in SRMNCAH
Provide support to cross-Divisional and intercountry activities as requested;
Provide assistance in other areas of the work of DNP.
Essential: University degree in medicine or related area, or equivalent professional qualification.
Desirable: Post graduate training in public health, relevant NCD specialty such as cardiology, endocrinology, and/or family medicine or similar.
Essential: 2 years professional experience in public health, disease prevention and or health promotion at national or international levels with experience working with relevant NCD clinical specialties (such as cardiology, endocrinology or family medicine) and/or programmes.
Desirable: Experience working with or in other multi and/or bilateral agencies active in the health sector. Knowledge of WHO programmes in the area of NCDs/NCCs, or working with another UN or bilateral agency in the area of NCDs/NCCs
In-depth knowledge of the prevention and control of NCDs/NCCs in the host country. Knowledge of health systems of the host country would be an asset. Knowledge of the WHO and UN system, as well as NCDs/NCCs in other countries would be an asset. Excellent computer skills, including a standard package of office applications.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English, Russian and local language.
Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 31,912 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.
- 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: http://www.whed.net/. 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 has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
- 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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