WHO seeks a Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Officer

Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Officer

Application deadline date has been passed for this Job.
This job has been Expired

Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Officer

  • Post Date:November 25, 2022
  • Views 826
0 Applications
  • Career Level Officer
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Health Care
Job Description

Grade: NO-C
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 2 years
Closing Date: Nov 27, 2022, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Zimbabwe-Harare
Organization: AF_ZWE Zimbabwe
Schedule: Full-time

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device’s system settings.


NCDs – mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes – are the biggest cause of death worldwide. The objective of the Programme is to strengthen national efforts to address the burden of NCDs. The 66th World Health Assembly endorsed the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020 (Resolution WHA66.10). The Global Action Plan offers a paradigm shift by providing a road map and a menu of policy options for Member States, WHO, other UN organizations and intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and the private sector which, when implemented collectively between 2013 and 2020, will attain 9 voluntary global targets, including that of a 25% relative reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025.


  • Support the Ministry of Health, other relevant ministries, departments and agencies to develop, implement, monitor and assess comprehensive and integrated policies, strategies and plans for the management of the main NCDs (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and sickle cell diseases) including Oral health, Eye and ear Health, Violence and Injuries and NCD risk factors
  • Provide technical support for the development of guidelines to promote use of community-based approaches, affordable strategies and technologies for the delivery of quality care services including primary, secondary and tertiary prevention
  • Provide technical assistance to the country for the prevention and control of NCDs and their risk factors integrated into national health policies and strategies, and, beyond the health sector
  • Support the country capacity building and provide technical assistance and advice to the Ministry of Health and its partners to develop, implement and evaluate strategies and action plans for the prevention and control of NCDs in line with the NCDs Global Action Plan 2013-2020
  • Forge partnerships and networks to enhance multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral collaboration to address NCDs and their risk factors in the country
  • Contribute to resource mobilization for WCO technical support to the country using existing mechanisms at country level
  • Support data collection, research and information dissemination and use for policy and programme development, advocacy and awareness-raising on NCDs and their risk factors
  • Work closely with the national authorities and other partners, and liaise with WHO technical staff in the Regional Office and Headquarters when necessary
  • Prepare technical and administrative reports and presentations as required
  • Perform any other tasks/duties as assigned by supervisors



  • Essential: University degree in Medicine or public health or related field from an accredited/recognized institute
  • Desirable: Postgraduate degree in Epidemiology or health programme management;


  • Essential: At least five (5) years of professional experience in implementing NCD and their risk factors prevention and control programme at provincial or national level.
  • Desirable: Working experience with the WHO or other international experience as well as a minimum of 3 years of working experience in large public health projects would be an asset.


  • Ability to develop innovative approaches, demonstrate analytical and problem- solving skills; statistical, monitoring and evaluation skills; ability to lead policy level dialogue, advocacy and partnerships to tackle NCDs and their risk factors
  • Broad knowledge and experience on NCD prevention and management as well as, coordinating, training, NCD surveillance, monitoring, and/or evaluation. Good communication skills. Ability to interact with health professionals at various levels.
  • Capacity to work strategically and under tight deadlines on a results-oriented basis.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills by working harmoniously as a member of a team, adapting to diverse educational, socio-political and cultural backgrounds and maintaining a high standard of personal conduct.
  • Computer skills – Knowledge of Word processing, spreadsheet and data analysis, browsing and information searching on the internet.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential – Expert knowledge in spoken and written English
  • Desirable -Knowledge of French or other UN language. Working knowledge of local languages (eg. Shona or Ndebele),

REMUNERATION: Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 61,694 (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: 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.
  • For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
  • 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.