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NPO (Policies for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases)

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-04

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In close collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, WHO Country Office works towards prioritizing NCDs and mental health on the health and development agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and related global targets to which Member States have committed. Key areas for action in Bangladesh include addressing the social and commercial determinants of health, effective implementation of the national Multisectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2018-2025, and reorientation of the health system through implementation of Essential Health Services Package, including the WHO Package of Essential Noncommunicable Disease Interventions.


1- Provide technical assistance to partners on the development and implementation of healthy diet and physical activity policies and initiatives to prevent NCDs and promote health, at the national and local level, based on best practice;

2- Lead and coordinate stakeholder mapping and situational analyses of the policy and legislative environment for NCDs and their risk factors, in particularly unhealthy diets and physical inactivity, and take responsibility for updating these and communicating findings to key stakeholders;

3- Coordinate and facilitate activities to build national capacity to develop legislative, regulatory and fiscal policies which address risk factors for NCDs, including unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, for example sugar-sweetened beverage taxation, nutrition labeling, and reformulation of food products;

4- Engage stakeholders across sectors, including civil society, in dialogue and advocacy for action on NCD risk factors and the social and commercial determinants of health;

5- Build networks among relevant partners and across programmes to support effective policy development;

6- Develop technical briefs and strategic communication materials on effective health-promoting regulatory and fiscal policies;

7- Provide technical assistance for the generation of evidence to inform effective policies;

8- Any other duty as assigned.



Essential\: University bachelor degree in medicine/equivalent clinical medical health science, or university bachelor degree in law.

Desirable\: Master degree in public health.

Essential\: Minimum 1 year of work experience in public health or law.

Desirable\: Work experience in noncommunicable diseases from a public health, public policy, or legislative perspective. Work experience in planning, implementation and management of national or subnational public health or public policy programmes. Work experience with UN agencies or international organizations.


• Proven technical knowledge of noncommunicable diseases and their determinants;

• Proven technical knowledge of fiscal and regulatory mechanisms to address NCD risk factors;

• Understanding of equity and a commitment to achieve equity in health;

• Ability to form effective working relationships with government counterparts;

• Ability to analyze issues and formulate conclusions and recommendations.

WHO Competencies

1. Teamwork

2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

3. Communication

4. Producing results

5. Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Bangla.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at BDT 2,911,373 (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
  • Please note applications should be submitted through WHO's online recruitment portal. Please visit to complete an online profile and to apply to this vacancy.
  • 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.
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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.
  • 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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