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Medical Officer- Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Port-Vila
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: Closed


To support Member States in promoting health as well as preventing morbidity, premature death and disability by addressing behavioral, environmental, social, cultural and health systems-related determinants of health.

The programme will guide development of responses and interventions at the population level cognizant of specific health and developmental needs at different stages throughout the life course. Programme components include surveillance, strategic and innovative communication, advocacy for policy, development and enforcement of legislation and regulations, engagement with multisectoral stakeholders, special interventions for marginalized and displaced populations due to extreme climactic conditions, support for whole-of-government approaches and empowerment of communities and families to create health as a resource for living in the settings where people live, work, learn and play.


1. Provides technical support to the Ministry of Health in planning, delivery, and strengthening of surveillance, detection and clinical management of cases of common non-communicable diseases.

2. Provide technical support for Health Promotion to promote a healthy lifestyle in line with the healthy islands vision, to increase government awareness of the NCD problem, and to promote multi-sectoral engagement for NCD control in line with the WHO cost-effective NCD intervention,

3. Provide technical input and support to government programmes in the planning and developing of advocacy products related to NCD management and to risk factor reduction.

4. Organize and provide technical inputs in training design for the training of health workers and other stakeholders on diagnosis and management of NCDs, promotion of healthy lifestyles.

5. Assist with logistical support, resource mobilization, supply management, and administrative aspects of the NCD programmes.

6. Provide technical support and facilitates cross-programme integration for shared resources, synergy and accountability towards maximizing greater results.

7. Act as focal point for other DNH programs such as violence and injury prevention, cancer, mental health, nutrition, disability and rehabilitation.



Essential: Degree in Medicine from a recognized university.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree in Public Health or health related field from a recognized university.


Essential: Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in the public health aspects of NCD prevention and control.
Desirable: Work experience in International organization and/or with Country Ministry of Health. Work experience in developing countries, with experience in NCD management in low resource settings/islands. Experience in health promotion.


Functional Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the specific or technical area of public health;
  • Ability to develop plans and proposals;
  • Ability to establish harmonious working relationships as part of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and maintain a high standard of personal conduct;
  • Ability to demonstrate gender equity and cultural appropriateness in the delivery of services to Member States.
  • Knowledge of and experience working in the health sector in the area of NCD prevention and control and health promotion.
  • Knowledge of and experience working in strategic and operational planning
  • Skills in working collaboratively with government and development partners.
  • Skills in communicating complex technical concepts for knowledge sharing.
  • Ability to transfer knowledge and skills and engage participatory approach for joint programme planning.

WHO Competencies

Producing results
Knowing and managing yourself
Moving forward in a changing 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 64,121 (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 2501 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: 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: 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.
    For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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