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Team Leader (NCD and Comorbidities)

New Delhi

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-11

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), to actively support the development and implementation of national health policies, strategies and plans for strengthening the work in the area of non­communicable diseases (and their risk factors), co-morbidities, promotion of mental health and prevention of injuries and disabilities.

The WCO-lndia programme of work supports the GOI in:

  • Providing technical support in developing national policies, strategies and program activities in the areas of health promotion, prevention and control of NCDs and comorbidities (including mental health disorders and injuries).
  • Strengthening health system responses and promote integrated services delivery for NCDs, mental health disorders, injuries and disabilities based on people centered primary health care and Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
  • Promoting and fostering the development/adaptation and implementation of legislation, regulatory measures, multi-sectoral policies and other cost-effective interventions for mitigating risk factors.
  • Contributing to strengthening the surveillance, monitoring, and research for prevention and control of NCDs, mental health promotion, injuries prevention.
  • Facilitating the adoption of evidence-based public health interventions/practices in these areas as well as of appropriate reforms/changes with a view to promote equity and quality and accelerate the movement towards achieving the NCD targets outlines in SDG-3.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO

WHO's mandate revolves around six (6) leadership priorities specifying (i) advancing universal health coverage; (ii) health related sustainable development goals; (iii) addressing the challenge of non­communicable diseases and mental health, violence and injuries and disabilities: (iv) implementing the provisions of the International Health Regulations (2005); (v) increasing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products; (vi) addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health. The South-East Asia Region (SEAR) of WHO Is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.9 billion people, with India's population of 1.3 billion. All the Member States of WHO/SEAR (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste) share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation. The mission of WHO India is to improve quality of life of the 1.3 billion people in India by supporting the government in eliminating vaccine preventable and other communicable diseases, reducing maternal and neonatal mortalities, promoting healthy lifestyles, addressing determinants of health, preparing and responding to health emergencies and strengthening health systems for universal health coverage.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Country Office India, with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial workplans in accordance with the WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India, the incumbent will lead WCO-India team working on noncommunicable diseases and will have the following responsibilities:

  • Directing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating collaborative programmes, activities with the Government of India, UN agencies and other stakeholders in area of NCDs, mental health, injuries and disabilities, health promotion and social determinants of health.
  • Strengthen national capacity to lead multi-sectoral partnerships and coordination for scaling up national responses to NCDs, mental health, injuries and disabilities.
  • Provide guidance and support to the Government of India on implementation of national commitments in the high-level UN Political Declarations and global resolutions for NCDs, mental health, injuries and disabilities. Recommend technical assistance and support for the development and adaptation to the country context of the relevant WHO's normative materials (SOPs, guidelines etc.).
  • Provide technical leadership and managerial support to the WHO Country office team working on NCDs and comorbidities, facilitate the development and the implementation of the relevant work plans under the WHO-->GOI collaborative programme while promoting cross collaboration with other programme areas (health systems, MCH, communicable diseases).
  • Ensure effective management of human and financial resources for programmes, donor funded projects under his/her direct supervision.
  • Promote development/adaptation of appropriate and sustainable interventions to help achieve the national goals and targets for prevention and control of NCDs, through people centred primary health care. Accelerate and align implementation of evidence based NCDs and mental health interventions (known as "best buys") as part of the UHC plans and strategies.
  • Promote the generation of evidence on NCDs and their risk factors, as well as comorbidities and contribute to informed policy decisions by government and provide cutting edge policy advice including for multi-sectoral policies and actions.
  • Provide advice in strengthening surveillance and monitoring system, high quality research and dissemination of information with aim to strengthen NCD prevention and control, mental health promotion and prevention of injuries and disabilities. Assist Government and stakeholders to monitor the trends and determinants and evaluate progress in their prevention and control.
  • Liaise and coordinate with concerned technical units/ departments of MOH&FW, WHO/SEARO and WHO/HQ and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) to harmonise recommendations on policies and strategies related to NCDs and comorbidities area and advocate for intersectoral actions.
  • Support in reducing modifiable risk factors for NCDs, mental health, injuries and underlying social determinants of health through facilitating health promoting environments.
  • Ensure technical quality and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions, make recommendations to the supervisors regarding WHO's support.
  • Collaborate with MOH&FW and selected states to undertake gap analyses and support capacity building efforts on NCDs (such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic lung diseases, diabetes) injuries and disabilities, mental disorders and comorbidities.
  • Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.
  • Prepare administrative and technical reports and presentations and undertake any other tasks as may be assigned by the supervisors.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: Advanced university degree in health (medicine, public health) and/ or social sciences.
Desirable: Post graduate degree in Public Health, non-communicable diseases, social sciences or business administration.

Experience

Essential: At least 10 years of professional experience with progressive responsibility in public health and non-communicable diseases and policy analyses and advice as well in technical assistance to countries, including capacity-building, evidence generation and evaluation.
Desirable: Experience of work in UN and/or other international organizations. Experience in planning, project management and system administration, public health research - preferably in the areas of NCDs and mental health would be an asset.

Skills

  • The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.
  • Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to non-communicable diseases and their risk factors, with good understanding of country's needs and priorities, issues and policies in various aspects of non-communicable disease burden. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas.
  • Modern management skills (team management, performance management, planning evaluation, etc.). Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports.
  • Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Producing results
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

REMUNERATION

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 90,664 (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 2697 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • 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://www.whed.net/. 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 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.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/. 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.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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