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NCD Coordinator for Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-29

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Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical advice on public health, NCDs and ensure co-ordination on the scale-up of NCD services in Myanmar. Within the delegated authority and under the guidance of Programme Coordinator or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the NCD Coordinator for Myanmar will carry out the following tasks:

National NCD Capacity Building

  • Lead the policy analysis for NCD Division of Ministry of Health and Sports and support them in new policy development for NCDs in Myanmar, including their monitoring frameworks that improve data availability for better analysis.
  • Lead in the development of national planning for NCDs, especially the strategy and costed operational plan for prevention and control of NCDs in Myanmar.
  • Lead relevant epidemiological, economic and service delivery studies/research to inform both policy development and various planning for NCDs.
  • Support the NCD coordination structures in the Health Ministry with key issues that need to be addressed for prevention and control of NCD, including all relevant national guidelines/ protocols/standards for the management of major NCDs.
  • Identify and bring to the co-ordination platform relevant stakeholders including WHO, donors, implementation partners, non-governmental organisations, civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, private sector, and affected communities.
  • Identify and encourage stakeholders to contribute to NCD policymaking, implementation, and training of community and district level healthcare providers as per the specialisms of these stakeholders.
  • Promote use of technology/digital tools for e-learning/skill development of primary health care workers and implementation of decision support systems for service delivery for NCD management in the country.
  • Lead development of national surveillance system with patient disease registries that facilitate information exchange with service providers and other stakeholders. Support data collection efforts for monitoring and evaluation framework of the national strategy/operational plan for the prevention and control of NCDs in country.
  • Develop collaboration with national and international universities, research institutions, and think tanks to support implementation of national plans for prevention and control of NCDs.
  • Lead global knowledge-sharing by documenting lessons learned on capacity building in Myanmar.
  • Join the efforts of teams in the various Defeat-NCD country programmes to develop institutional operational modalities and frameworks.

Community Scale-up for NCD Services

  • Lead analysis and assessment of primary healthcare facilities' capacity/readiness to provide NCD management services in country.
  • Identify new options for the scale up of NCD services at the community level, including innovators and health entrepreneurs nationally and internationally.
  • Lead development of NCD services to communities in a cost-effective manner including last mile delivery and improved health self-care.
  • Promote use of technology/digital tools for e-learning/skill development of primary health care workers and implementation of decision support systems for service delivery for NCD management in the country.
  • Identify potential innovative startups and health entrepreneurs focusing on NCD self-care, affordable access to NCD treatment and care, to accelerate achievement of identified needs in the national planning processes for prevention and control of NCDs.
  • Lead development of NCD services for people affected by disasters, conflicts, and crises, with a particular focus on pandemics.

Affordability and Accessibility of Essential NCD Supplies

  • Lead and build relationships and provide technical assistance to improve public, non-governmental and private sector procurement and supply chains for accessibility, availability and affordability of essential NCD medicines, diagnostics, and equipment in Myanmar.
  • Promote Defeat-NCD Marketplace to relevant stakeholders as a procurement tool to help make provision of NCD supplies simpler and more cost effective in the country.
  • Assess and provide assistance where needed to develop/improve the electronic logistics management information system and roll out trainings on their efficient use.
  • Promote to the price surveys as part of market monitoring studies for NCD for essential NCD medicines, diagnostics, and equipment in Myanmar.

Sustainable NCD Financing

  • Lead management The Defeat-NCD pooled fund in country and ensure appropriate fundraising, grant management and donor reporting for the fund.
  • Provide continuous analysis of health financing needs to implement the national costed action plan on NCDs.
  • Ensure continuous engagement and knowledge sharing across relevant stakeholders and government departments ensuring the flow of funds to NCD care as per the budget.
  • Lead development of an innovative financing instruments for funding the National Operational Plans for prevention and control of NCDs.


  • Develop progress reports for the implementation of the national NCD programmes.
  • Manage timely reporting to the donors for their contributions to The Defeat-NCD pooled fund in Myanmar.
  • Prepare briefing notes and/or presentations as requested for Government of Myanmar officials to showcase Myanmar’s work on tackling NCDs nationally and internationally.
  • Develop appropriate programme dashboards for the NCD units at the Ministry of Health.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments:

Master's degree or equivalent in public health and a Graduate degree in Medicine, from an accredited and recognized academic institution is required.

Required experience: 60 Months Experience remark:
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional work experience for Public health, Government facility, large International organisation, etc.
  • Strong demonstrated track record in programme monitoring, evaluation, and reporting is required.
  • Relevant work experience in at least two of the following areas: health policy development, health system strengthening and transformation, primary health care, project planning and management, capacity building and health innovation.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills.
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development.
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel.
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment.
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.
  • Sound security awareness.
  • Have affinity with or interest in public health, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
  • Knowledge in using project management tool Asana ( on a daily basis is required for this assignment. Certification as an Asana Certified Pros ( or Asana Ambassador ( is preferred. Completion of relevant courses on Asana Academy ( in order to enrol on the Asana Ambassador programme is required within one month of starting this assignment.
  • UNITAR prefers the volunteer to be self-sufficient and arrange to be equipped with the requisite professional tools and equipment to carry out this assignment such as laptop with standard Adobe and Microsoft Office software, and a mobile phone.
Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Burmese(Optional), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise: Public health, Monitoring and evaluation Driving license: No Competencies values:

Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

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Application deadline: 29 November 2020

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