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Technical Officer, Mental Health

Sanaa (Yemen)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-24

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To ensure that effective WHO country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State's health development agendas and emergency/resilience programmes, and harmonized with the United Nations country teams.


1. Provide technical support to the work program in the area of Mental Health and Non-Communicable Diseases.2. Propose action plans for interventions in high-risks groups and environments and recommend measures for special attention.3. Contribute to the development of national strategies and policies through policy advice and recommendation on plan of action for improvements in the existing health systems for prevention, care and/or cure of Mental Health and Non-Communicable Diseases.4. Research, compile and evaluate a variety of data and information related to Mental Health and Non-Communicable disease treatments; identify disease sources and provide recommendations concerning appropriate response to identified risks, and implementation of preventative measures and prepare reports. Develop and support the implementation of a research agenda on MH and NCDs including promoting operational research on cost effectiveness of community based interventions for MH and NCDs.5. Develop and monitor work plans and budgets including resource mobilization for the work programme and follow up on the implementation of planned activities.6. Develop guidelines and tools for MH and NCD health interventions using an integrated approach and in consultation with other WHO programs and partners to assist Member States in identifying and implementing key interventions aimed at curbing the current trend and managing the burden of MH and NCDs and to also promote the use of relevant nationalhealth policies, strategies and programs relating to management of mental health and noncommunicable diseases by Member States.7. Analyse data and information on best practices and partners' experiences in implementing MH strategies and NCD prevention and control strategies and prepare and disseminate information.8. Conduct capacity building in the area of MH and NCD.9. Serve as a technical resource to the public concerning MH and NCD in the country(ies); respond to inquiries and provide detailed and technical information concerning related principles, practices, issues, measures, techniques and procedures. 10.Conduct a variety of community outreach activities concerning the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of MH and NDC; prepare and deliver oral presentations; compile, prepare and distribute related informational materials.11. Maintain liaison and coordinate national counterparts, technical departments in the Regional Office and HQ and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) to harmonize recommendations on policies and strategies related to MH and NDC and resolve issues or concerns.12. Review and ensure quality assurance and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions and make recommendations regarding WHO's support.13. Represent WHO at various meetings.



Essential\: Master's Degree in Medicine, Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and/or Public Health.
Desirable\: Postgraduate degree/PhD in Medicine/Psychiatry/Clinical Psychology/Public Health/Non Communicable Diseases.


Essential\: At least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience, at the national and international levels, in mental health and non-communicable diseases focusing on investigation, surveillance, and control. Within this experience demonstrated professional experience providing technical support to government partners as well as developing strategies and programmes for the care, prevention and treatment of mental health and non-communicable diseases. Demonstrated experience at the international level.


Solid knowledge of Mental Health and Non-Communicable Diseases with good understanding of WHO's policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in respect to MH/NCDs.• Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Ability to develop innovative approaches and solutions• Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned program and activities.• Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.• Excellent knowledge of Health and safety regulations.• Proven knowledge of technical aspects in the field of specialty.• Public speaking techniques.• Excellent drafting and communication skills.• Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.• Team spirit and time management skills. Ability to lead and manage a team effectively;

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.



WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 73,516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1630 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • 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.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
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