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NPO (Harm Reduction)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Yangon
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
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  • Closing Date: 2022-06-01

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The overall objective of the programme is to prevent HIV and hepatitis infections and to reduce the HIV and hepatitis related morbidity and mortality. The objective of the country level programme is to support the respective ministerial counterparts to develop and sustain appropriate HIV and hepatitis prevention and care interventions with focus on the health sector response as integral part of the country's endeavor to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and attain the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in collaboration with other UN and technical agencies and partner organizations. Most relevant health-related SDGs include ending the HIV epidemic as public health threat by 2030 according to the SDG Target 3.3; moving toward the elimination of the viral hepatitis by 2030 in line with the SDG target 3.3; and prevention and treatment of substance abuse in line with SDG target 3.5. The country level programme also assists forthe harmonization of national and international efforts to ensure that HIV and hepatitis treatment and care are scaled up while prevention interventions are accelerated enabling a comprehensive health sector response to HIV and hepatitis


Under the overall supervision of the WHO Representative and direct supervision of first level supervisor with the relevant counterparts and partners, the incumbent will be responsible to :

1. Work in close collaboration withall members of HIV and viral hepatitis team on processes of planning, development and monitoring of work plans, programs and projects related to HIV, viral hepatitis and drug dependency, coordinate with MoH counterparts, UN agencies and implementing partners working on HIV prevention and harm reduction.

2.Provide technical assistance and support the coordination of county efforts to response to HIV, viral hepatitis and drug dependency in the development, adaptation, implementation of policies, strategies, guidelines and quality assurance schemes on relevant technical and programmatic issues.

3. Provide technical support on HIV prevention and harm reduction including but not limited to on law and policy review and reform, support Methadone Maintenance Programme implementation including monitoring and evaluation, adopt innovative interventions for HIV prevention and harm reduction, facilitate resource mobilization for HIV prevention activities, strengthening strategic information management.

4. Provide technical support on prison health related activities such as expansion of prison health services, develop guidelines and guidance on HIV, Hepatitis and harm reduction services in prison integration with other health care service provision, capacity building on health service provision for prison staff, coordinate with relevant counterparts and stakeholders, UN agencies and implementing partners.

5. To support field staffs through regular field monitoring visits and troubleshooting of field level implementation in line with work plan and reporting timeline.

6. Perform other related duties as may be required.



Essential: University Degree in medicine/health related area.
Desirable: Advanced degree in Public Health or related areas.


Essential: At least 1 year of working experience in programme management, in area relevant to harm reduction at the national level and with dealing with other levels of the health sector. Has a broad knowledge of principles, practices, methodology and techniques in public health, especially in the area of harm reduction, HIV and viral hepatitis.
Desirable: Experience in WHO or an international organization or institution, preferably in the UN system. Have experience in working ministry of health, supporting coordination of different programs and agencies. Experiences and/or working knowledge of HIV, hepatitis and harm reduction.


Expertise in harm reduction especially methadone maintenance therapy, HIV, viral hepatitis or public health. Good understanding of key populations more vulnerable to HIV, viral hepatitis and, use and injection of drugs in Myanmar. Good communication skills in English and Myanmar language and good knowledge on use of information and technology. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team and maintain a high standard of personal conduct. Ability to work in an international environment,and to coordinate work across many agencies, stakeholders, professional societies and civil societies

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Myanmar.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 22,591 (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: 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.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • 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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