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Technical Officer (Noncommunicable Diseases), (NO-C), Fixed-term, Beijing, China


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Beijing
  • Grade: Mid level - NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2024-04-25


Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) contribute to more than 70% of the total disease burden in China. The Global Burden of Disease Study between 1990-2017 showed that China had the highest age-standardized death rates of diet-related cardiovascular disease; and hypertension was a major risk factor. Hypertension is common, affecting about 270 million people, of which only 50% are under treatment and 14% under control. Effective response to the rise of hypertension and other major NCDs with an ageing population is crucial to China's sustainable development.

To address the increasing burden of NCDs, health systems need to be strengthened and the delivery of care should be people-centred, community based in primary health care settings. Since 2009, China launched a new round of health system reforms. One of the recent reform imperatives is to transit the health service system towards a people-centred integrated care (PCIC) model based on strong PHC. In the recently signed WHO Country Cooperation Strategy (2022-2026), NCD remains a major priority in WHO's collaboration with China. WHO China office has taken a system approach to address NCD risk factors and conditions through one-team approach (disease control and health systems). This is directly responding to the thematic priorities and operational shifts outlined in For the Future vision.


Under the supervision of the Coordinator of Health Systems and Health Security (Intraregional) in WHO Country Office in China, the incumbent will provide technical support and advice to the WHO China on promoting control and management of major NCDs through integrated health systems approach. The incumbent shall be physically located in the WHO China office in Beijing and to provide technical support and policy advice to WHO China team, as well as to deliver key technical products and to organize events. More specifically, the incumbent shall be responsible for the following:

• Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of projects aimed at improving control and management of hypertension and other major NCDs and promoting the implementation of the relevant WHO technical guidelines.

• Conduct policy research and analysis regarding NCD management, such as prevention, detection, treatment and control of hypertension and other major NCDs, as well as factors that promote or hinder the effective management of these conditions.

• Provide technical support and advice on evidence-based approaches for management of major NCDs and risk factors.

• Coordinate the organization of meetings, roundtables and consultations with key policymakers and stakeholders in NCD control and management through the systems approach.

• Produce high quality reports, briefings and other documents.

• Perform other related duties as required by the supervisor and WHO Representative.



Essential: University degree in medicine, public health or other related fields.
Desirable: Master's degree (or higher) in public health, Noncommunicable diseases and prevention, epidemiology, public policy or other health-related fields from a recognized university and preferably from an internationally recognized university. Exposure to international research and advanced training in disease control programme management such as cardiovascular diseases would be an advantage.

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: .


Essential: Minimum five years of experience in developing and implementing public health programs or specifically related to prevention, treatment or management of hypertension and major NCD, in working through primary healthcare/or health system for better NCD outcomes and with a strong track record in NCD policy engagement in China.
Desirable: Experience in planning and researching on NCD prevention and control and integrated care model. Experience in public health policy development and advocacy. Frequent contacts inside and outside government agencies and international partners.


Knowledge in programme planning, project management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of noncommunicable diseases.

Proven record of analytical skills.

Ability to develop plans, strategies and proposals, draft policy analysis and prepare documentation and reports in a concise and accurate manner.

Ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders, leverage common interests, draw synergies across teams and interact with policy makers in the NCD or public health fields.

Ability to work under short deadlines.

Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

Ability to demonstrate gender equity and cultural appropriateness in the delivery of services to Member States.

WHO Competencies

Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model:

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Chinese.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at CNY 707,195 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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