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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Nay Pyi Taw
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-31

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National Professional Officer (Noncommunicable Diseases)

Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)


Values Charter and Core Functions of WHO. All the Member States of WHO, globally and in t he South East Asia Region, share common values of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.Thirteenth General Programme of Work, 2019-2023 (GPW 13) outlines a clear vision to achieve three strategic priorities through the triple billion targets, i.e. achieving universal health coverage - 1 billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage; addressing health emergencies - 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies; promoting healthier populations - 1 billion more people enjoying better health and well-being. The triple billion targets provide a framework for WHO's action to address the health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). One outcome of the third pillar of GPW 13 (Outcome 3.2) addresses the risk factors for non-communicable diseases, such as tobacco, salt, obesity, physical activity and trans-fatty acids, as well as other important risk factors to health.


Under the guidance of WR and under the direct supervision of Technical Officer (NCD prevention and Control), the incumbent will perform the following tasks\:

1. Provide technical and managerial support to the WHO Myanmar NCD team, facilitating the development and the implementation of the relevant work plans under the WHO-MoHS Myanmar collaborative programmes, supporting fully monitoring and evaluation, linked to the indicators' framework of the National Health Plan 2017-2021 and the framework of relevant indicators and targets of Myanmar's Sustainable Development Plan 2018-2030 and of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

2. Provide technical assistance and support for the development and adaptation to the country context of the WHO's normative work for the prevention and control of NCDs, including the production and/or adaptation of reports, guidelines, SOPs, and relevant communication products for advocacy with the general public.

3. Liaise and coordinate with concerned technical units and departments of MoHS, WHO SEARO, WHO HQ and WHO GSC, and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) to harmonise recommendations on policies and strategies related to NCDs, including regarding intersectoral action to prevent and control NCDs and its contribution to attaining Universal Health Coverage.

4. Promote the generation of evidence on NCDs and contribute to informed policy level decisions by government and provide cutting edge policy advice. Help improve the information system for NCDs and facilitate its integration.

5. To advocate for, and contribute towards, attainment of universal health coverage for NCDs to stakeholders and foster development of integrated health service delivery of NCDs at ground level.

6. Advise in strengthening and integrating, innovative private sector engagement models, research and innovations in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of NCDs.

7. Technically review contractual proposals, make recommendations to the supervisor regarding WHO's support; develop ideas to communicate with other sectors, and the public to tackle major NCD risk factors.

8. Collaborate with MoHS in identifying niche areas in NCDs and undertake a gap analysis; support capacity building in these deficient areas to ensure that priorities are fulfilled.

9. Prepare administrative and technical reports and undertake any other tasks as may be assigned .



Essential\: University degree in Medicine or Public Health or Social Sciences from a recognized institute.

Desirable\: Postgraduate degree or combination of training and experience in public health/ community medicine equivalent to an advanced university degree in Management and/or public health and/or Public Health administration.


Essential\: At least 5-years of professional experience in the development and implementation of health programmes at national level including at least 2 years of experience in the NCD programmes

Desirable\: Experience in programme management and donor fund management is an asset


Broad based knowledge of the country's needs and priorities in various areas of NCDs, good administrative knowledge of functioning of ministries and other related departments/ agencies; demonstrated ability to work to work in harmony with national/international staff and maintaining poise even in difficult situations. Leadership situations. Leadership qualities with ability to work in team. Ability to make oral and written presentations on technical issues. Knowledge of computer applications.

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 Local language.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 30,926 (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\:// 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • 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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