Regional Surveillance Officer
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is one of the strategic priority areas for the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO). Additionally, implementing the United Nation Political Declaration (UNPD) of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on NCDs of 2011, 2014 and 2018 and the following regional framework for action, endorsed by Member States with its progress indicators (EM/RC59/R.2 and EM/RC60/R.4), updated in 2018 EM/RC66.
NCD surveillance is one of the three pillars of the Global Strategy for the prevention and control of NCDs, endorsed by the 53rd WHA and the subsequent WHO Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020, with its global monitoring framework (GMF) for NCDs that includes 9 global voluntary targets for achievement by 2025, extended till 2030, and following SDG agenda on NCD target 3.4; on reduction premature mortality from NCDs by one third in 2030 through prevention and treatment and promotion of mental health and well-being, along with targets to address NCDs risk factors.
NCS is responsible for providing advice, as well as technical and programmatic support and guidance to Member States in collaboration with WHO headquarters, WHO Country Offices and partners in the following areas of work:
• provide technical support to national level agencies for the implementation of the different NCD related surveys.
• monitor NCDs and their determinants: outcomes; mortality and morbidity (with focus on Cancer surveillance), exposure to risk factors and monitoring national system response (capacity assessment) and health care system response (with focus on primary care level.
• support integration of NCD surveillance into existing health information system.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Support Member States through policy analysis and development of appropriate frameworks to set national targets and indicators for NCDs, NCD epidemiologic situation and projected trends to implement the commitments of the UNDP and the updated regional framework for action on NCDs.
2. Provide overall coordination on technical advisory services on policies and strategies relating to the subject matter through policy- and situation analysis and the development and/or dissemination of frameworks and guidelines.
3. Work in collaboration with colleagues at all levels in WHO and external partners and collaborators to facilitate the implementation of joint action plans for strengthening the NCD surveillance systems.
4. Oversee the performance of NCD surveillance systems and programmes in countries.
5. Build partnerships and collaborate with appropriate technical networks, institutions, universities and WHO Collaborating Centers for developing appropriate training courses for national capacity building to scale up NCD surveillance system and align it with global standards and WHO guides.
6. Lead and strengthen coordination and agreements with global and regional partners in the area of surveillance and extending of global technical support to country level implementation of different NCD related surveys. This includes CDC, GCC, LAS, SISRIC and many others.
7. Foster collaboration and coordinate efforts with international partners and donor agencies to mobilize resources and facilitate effective utilization of resources for projects and new initiatives for strengthening NCD surveillance.
8. Design and disseminate standard procedures, guidelines and tools to direct the implementation of the WHO comprehensive framework for NCD in countries.
9. Coordinate developing and monitoring workplan and budget including resource mobilization for the NCD surveillance work programme and follow up on the implementation of planned activities.
10. Coordinate the design of frameworks and guidelines for the Member States and their institutions through the preparation of technical reports, discussion papers and technical studies based on research and analytical work on the situation of NCD surveillance in Member States or across the region.
11. Coordinate and lead capacity building initiatives related to implementation of related international standards and norms in the assigned area(s).
12. Lead and coordinate the information seminars and workshops and awareness/advocacy campaigns and promote WHO's position.
Essential: Advanced University degree (Master's degree) in Medicine, Public Health, biostatistics or epidemiology.
Desirable: Post-graduate qualifications in the field of NCDs.
Essential: At least 10 years of combined relevant experience at the national and international levels in building and /or strengthening one or more components of NCD Surveillance Systems, either at the program management or activities levels.
Desirable: Experience in supporting low- and middle-income countries in strengthening one or more components of national NCD surveillance.
- Expert knowledge of NCDs and their major risk factors and related WHO objectives and priorities and of the theories and principles of public health surveillance systems and methods.
- In-depth knowledge of the concepts and practices of NCD surveillance covering the areas of NCD mortality, NCD morbidity monitoring (through cancer registries, for example) and risk factor surveillance.
- Demonstrated competence in NCD surveillance including, but not limited to, data collection, interpretation, analysis and use to inform policy.
- Advanced communication skills, both verbal and writing.
- Sound judgment and decision-making skills to identify the key issues in a complex situation and finds solutions to problems and takes decisions with an eye to the impact on stakeholders and counterparts and on the Organization.
- Knowledge of epidemiology, biostatistics, or related subject.
- Knowledge of NCD risk factor surveillance and tobacco surveillance.
- Up-to-date knowledge of the latest trends and approaches with respect to public health surveillance systems.
The Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model can be found at https://intranet.who.int/homes/pml/documents/enhanced who global competency model_february 2015.pdf
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
- Ensuring the effective use of resources.
- Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership.
- Creating an empowering and motivating environment.
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Arabic.
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 89,837 (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 2628 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.
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