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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/CO/13/FT16
Title: Team Leader (NCD)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two Years
Date: 12 August 2013
Application Deadline: 11 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
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 non-communicable diseases (and their risk factors) and co-morbidities.

The WCO-India 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 non-communicable diseases and comorbidities (including mental health disorders and injuries).
- Contributing to strengthening the monitoring of the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases.
- Facilitating the adoption of evidence-based public health interventions in these areas as well as of appropriate reforms/changes with a view to promote equity and accelerate the movement towards Universal Health Coverage.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO

All the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region 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 seven point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; (iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.
WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.
The South- East Asia Region of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, with India's population of 1.2 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India

Within the framework of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.
Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the direct supervision of Coordinator, Health Programmes, with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial workplans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India (2012-2017), the incumbent will lead WCO-India team working on non-communicable diseases and will have the following responsibilities:

1. 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 the integration of health programmes with health systems approaches and ensure the monitoring and evaluation of related activities.

2. Promote the generation of evidence on non-communicable diseases and their risk factors, as well as comorbidites and contribute to informed policy decisions by government and provide cutting edge policy advice including for intersectorial actions. Help improve the information system on non-communicable diseases and the monitoring of progress towards UHC and facilitate its integration in to the national health information system.

3. Provide technical assistance and support for the development and adaptation to the country context of the relevant WHO's normative materials (including the production and/or adaptation of reports, guidelines, SOPs).

4. 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 intersectorial actions.

5. Contribute to the management of WCO's knowledge and advise on matters regarding NCDs (such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, chronic lung diseases, diabetes, injuries and disabilities etc and mental disorders) and comorbidities.

6. Advise in strengthening and integrating, innovative private sector engagement models, research and innovations in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of NCDs.

7. Ensure technical quality and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions, make recommendations to the supervisors regarding WHO's support.

8. Collaborate with MOH&FW and selected states in undertake gap analyses and support capacity building efforts in these deficient areas to ensure that priorities are fulfilled.

9. Contribute to evaluating the impact of WHO's collaboration with India (aggregated and area specific) and to developing evaluation tools (e.g. defining the necessary performance indicators);

10. 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.

11. Contribute to the external relationships, representation, communication and advocacy work of the WCO aimed at improving health system transparency and accountability;

12. Prepare administrative and technical reports and presentations and undertake any other tasks as may be assigned by the supervisors.
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.
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.

Good knowledge of the administrative functioning of government institutions and related departments/agencies, and of the other partners in India.
Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. Public health leadership skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and colleagues in a team setting at national and international levels, to share information and data and make oral and written presentations on technical issues. Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.
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.


- Producing results
- Building and Promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
- Fostering integration and teamwork
- Ensuring the effective use of resources
- Communicating in a credible and effective way

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications, especially Excel computer skills for making high quality data analysis and technical presentations.

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.
Essential: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80,734 at single rate
USD 86,904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 36.10 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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