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Role purpose

Objectives of the Programme and of the Immediate Strategic Objectives

The Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Programme is part of and contributes to the work of the Universal health coverage/Communicable and non-communicable diseases (UHC/UCN) cluster in the WHO African region. The strategic agenda of the cluster is to reduce the disease burden in the WHO African Region, by guiding the disease control agenda in Africa and using analytics to inform strategic investments and tailored interventions for disease control. This approach is underpinned by the guiding principles of a comprehensive whole of society, people-centered, integrated approaches to disease control. The comprehensive whole-of-society approaches to disease control involve (a) coherent implementation of triple response – technical response: implementing diseases specific normative guidance, promoting intervention mixes, and deploying medical commodities; health systems response: building capacities of district service delivery systems in disease mapping and stratification, interventions tailoring, and sector/subsector planning; and multi-sectoral response: addressing socio-economic and environmental determinants of diseases through mobilizing non-health sectors, communities and stakeholders; (b) disease control partnership of public and private sectors, health and non-health sectors; and (c) community involvement in targeted high-risk communities, focused on managing determinants of diseases, health services demand creation and accountability by local health stewards. The people-centered, integrated approaches to disease control involve: (a) integrated guidance on disease control for each health service delivery platform, a move away from stand-alone disease-specific guidance; and (b integrated and efficient disease control investments in strengthening the capacity of appropriate health services delivery platforms through the deployment of appropriate technologies and analytics to guide stratification of disease risks across population groups in order to develop and deploy comprehensive packages of interventions appropriate to each targeted population group and health service delivery platform, as well as monitor population access, coverage and impact to leave no one behind.

 

The specific objectives of the UCN cluster to which the NCD programme contributes, are to (i) provide leadership on disease control coordination, partnership, and resource mobilization; (ii) contribute to the development of WHO disease control technical products, services, and tools including the adoption of new technologies and innovations; (iii) support generation and use of strategic information for action and decision making including optimizing investment; and (iv) provide or facilitate the provision of technical support in the deployment of WHO technical products and services and institutional capacity building, including support to national disease programmes and regulatory authorities.

 

Role Purpose

Filling the position of Team Leader, NCD Programme is a major priority in moving the UCN strategic agenda forward. The incumbent will lead the WHO AFRO response to the multiple epidemics of NCDs in the region with a focus on contributing to the attainment of the 2030 SDGs targets for NCDs in the region. Specifically, the incumbent will provide transformational leadership in the development and implementation of the UCN/NCD programme. This will include developing appropriate NCD and collaborative initiatives toward the UCN strategic agenda. Further, the incumbent will facilitate coordination for the development and implementation of regional policies, strategies, programmes, and activities. These activities will contribute to building and strengthening the capacity of countries to improve access to integrated health services for NCD. This will be achieved in a context of strengthened and resilient health systems, contributing to attaining UHC and other health-related SDG targets.

 

The incumbent will lead the NCD Team in promoting a cohesive approach and driving integration of appropriate NCD interventions along with other communicable and noncommunicable diseases interventions, into the national health systems of member states. Population sub-groups will be targeted across the life course. S/he will be responsible for initiating and sustaining collaboration with the other UHC/UCN teams and with the UHC/LC, UHC/HP, EPR, and ARD Clusters for developing tools and approaches to ensure coordinated and integrated guidance, capacity building, and technical support for integrated delivery of NCD services in countries. In keeping with the goal of promoting working across organizational boundaries, the incumbent will engage in cross-cluster collaboration to drive the integration of appropriate interventions across disease-specific programmes into district health systems using people centered approaches. S/he will also mobilize partnerships with national and regional institutions, including academia, professional associations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector; and with international partners and regional technical resource networks for concerted actions and financial resources within countries and in the region.

 

S/he will have a strong scientific background, with a track record of research published in peer reviewed journals. This will include the ability to network with academic and other institutions across the region. The focus of the position will be on delivering measurable outcomes, through a comprehensive understanding of programmatic and systemic approaches. The incumbent will have the ability to understand and implement monitoring and evaluation metrics and analysis to ensure results-driven performance and outcomes within the programme. S/he will be expected to generate and translate into actions new ideas and initiatives for NCD control in the WHO African region.

 

Organizational Context – Under the overall direction of the Regional Director, with technical guidance from the Director for Programme Management, and supervision by the Director of the Universal Health Coverage Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases Cluster, and within the delegated authority, the incumbent serves as an organizational expert who will lead, and facilitate, the development, implementation, and monitoring of WHO AFRO's regional strategies, plans, programmes, and interventions to reduce the burden of NCDs towards the attainment of UHC and the SDGs in the WHO African Region. The incumbent will be guided by the resolutions of the Regional Committee, the World Health Assembly, the WHO Transformation Programme, the GPW13 and its Triple Billion objectives, the 2018 Astana Declaration on Primary Health Care, and the Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as national priorities and needs of the Member States of the Region. S/he will oversee capacity building and training based on technical norms, standards, best practices, and Standard Operating Procedures. S/he will have delegated authority to establish and accomplish work goals, identify problems, and provide broad guidance for resolving challenges and for the possible redesign of existing policies and integration of such policies into other programme areas.

 

Contacts – Under the overall direction of the Regional Director, with technical and strategic guidance from the Director for Programme Management, and supervision by the Director of the Universal Health Coverage-Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases Cluster, and in collaboration with the relevant Directors at WHO/HQ, other Programmes, Teams and Clusters of WHO AFRO, and strategic partners, the incumbent will facilitate the formulation, review, and implementation of programmes; will technically advise and guide the team supervised at WHO/AFRO Regional Office, ISTs, Multi-country assignment teams (MCATs), Country Offices, and Collaborating Centers, as well as WRs to execute the NCD and WHO/AFRO/UCN agenda, responding to the needs of Member States. Successful formulation and attainment of the objectives and expected results will involve collaboration with a broad range of experts, policymakers, and representatives of multi- and bilateral agencies, academia, professional associations, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, and institutions. The incumbent will build, coalesce, and enhance partnerships and alliances to mobilize concerted action and resources to advance the goals of the Organization. In particular, s/he will facilitate collaboration with the UHC/LC, UHC/HP, ARD, and EPR Clusters in the provision of support for NCO programmes to Member States to build strong and resilient health systems for preventing, controlling, eliminating, or eradicating communicable and non-communicable diseases in order to reduce their burden. The incumbent will also collaborate with the ARD Teams in strengthening surveillance systems for antimicrobial resistance and implement strategies for programmatic management of drug resistance to targeted NCDs; research development and knowledge management; and promote knowledge translation and innovations in health service delivery towards the optimization of integrated health services. S/he will represent the Regional Office in forums within and outside the Organization where NCO issues are strategically discussed.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

The incumbent is expected to contribute towards:

 

Leadership in disease control coordination, partnerships, and resource mobilization,

  • Initiate and lead innovative and enhanced resource mobilization targeting both traditional and new donors in order to increase the capacity of WHO country offices and countries to deliver results;
  • Ensure people-centered approaches across the life course to address the priority health problems of different population sub-groups through building and coordinating a competent and committed team of NCD experts in the development and implementation of regional NCD policies, strategies, programmes, and strategic initiatives for NCDs control in the region. This will be done in collaboration with other WHO technical clusters and partners, in an integrated manner in the context of Universal Health Coverage, ensuring people-centered approaches across the life course to address the priority health problems of different population sub groups;
  • Provide leadership and manage the staff under his/her responsibility; ensure their performance, continuous development, and engagement, promoting a culture of working across boundaries, while promoting the principles of equity, value for money, integrity, and a respectful workplace in accordance with the Organization's policies, rules, procedures, and values;
  • Drive the team members' collaboration with other clusters and programmes to ensure that NCD interventions are integrated into strategies on universal health coverage, primary health care, sexual and reproductive health, and communicable diseases;
  • Lead regional office NCD strategic and operational planning, monitoring and evaluation of work plans and budgets within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, financial rules, and AFRO accepted procedures, while promoting the integration of similar interventions in the NCD Team;
  • Conduct high-level advocacy and policy dialogue and establish/strengthen partnerships, including with academia, professional associations, inter-governmental and non- governmental organizations and institutions, the African Union, and Regional Economic Communities {RECs) for the harmonization and alignment of actors and resources in the formulation and implementation of national action plans, as an integral part of strengthened and resilient national health systems, in order to improve access to quality essential NCD and MND services at all levels, including paying particular attention to the PHC level;
  • Lead application of analytics in NCD to drive improved targeting and impact of NCD interventions;
  • Lead the conceptualization, formulation, implementation, and monitoring of bold strategic initiatives on NCDs in the WHO African region;
  • Contribute to the development of the annual "Regional Disease Outlook" including country profiles.

 

Development of WHO disease control technical products, services, and tools

  • Contribute to the discussion on priority NCD Target Product Profiles based on identified country and regional disease control needs;
  • Support the strengthening of research and innovation that contribute evidence for developing and/or deploying WHO NCO products and services in the region;
  • Coordinate the development and dissemination of scientific papers on NCOs, as well as multiyear reports on NCOs in the WHO African region;
  • Support evaluation of interventions and tools to inform deployment or enhanced deployment of WHO NCO technical products and tools in the region.
  • 3Generation of analytics-driven strategic information for disease control agenda setting and interventions tailoring
  • Lead monitoring of socio-political and health situations in member states, facilitating political and social analysis for health action in the region;
  • Support the development of capacities for analytics to drive NCOs and other disease control agenda setting and to guide investments; advocate and support the use of triangulated data on disease occurrence (incidence and mortality), interventions coverage, health services access, determinants information, to developed tailored national policies and operational responses in member states;
  • Support mainstreaming of GER in NCOs service delivery;
  • Support surveillance systems strengthening and tracking of biological and other threats using available NCO tools and interventions, and use of the same information for threat containment in member states.

 

Technical support and institutional capacity building for disease control support,

  • Oversee the provision of coordinated support for the adaptation and implementation of the WHO Global Action plan for the Prevention and Control of NCOs 2013-2020, the WHO Package of Essential NCO interventions and related service delivery models at the primary care level, including the development of national protocols and guidelines for integrated management of common NCOs;
  • Coordinate implementation of people-centered and integrated approaches to NCO control through the development of tools and guidance; advocacy with partners, collaboration with programmes and teams; and capacity building, monitoring, and evaluation;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of regional and country capacity-building policies, strategies, and approaches towards the implementation of best practices on all aspects of NCO prevention and treatment scale-up, including improving access to medicines
  • Lead dissemination of NCO’s technical products and tools in the region, advocating for their rapid deployment in member states according to WHO guidance and local contexts;
  • Facilitate appropriate technical support in the implementation of WHO NCOs technical products and services, including guidance on the comprehensive, whole-of-society approaches, as well as people-centered and integrated approaches to NCOs and disease control investing;
  • Oversee the collaborative and proactive support to countries in the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation policies and strategies to facilitate reporting on trends in health systems performance and on progress towards regional and national NCO targets, including promoting the dissemination of lessons learned and good practices;
  • Contribute to the coordinated investment of NCD and other disease control resources in strengthening health services delivery platforms to deliver optimally for disease control in the region;
  • Contribute to mapping and prioritizing existing institutions and capabilities in member states with a focus on prioritizing institutions for WHO capacity strengthening towards providing technical support under WHO oversight, for NCDs and other priority diseases; contribute to managing partnerships and collaborations with the prioritized institutions and strengthening their capacities to provide technical support under WHO oversight;
  • Lead the strengthening of WHO collaboration with national public health institutes {NPHI) in member states in the region and specialized networks on NCDs, with the aim of facilitating coherence and collaboration;
  • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

 

Education, Qualifications & Experience

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education

 

Essential:

  • Medical degree, with post-graduate training in Public Health, or Epidemiology

 

Desirable:

  • Specialization in one of the five major NCDs from an accredited /recognized institute.

 

Experience

 

Essential:

  • A minimum of ten {10) years progressive experience in developing, designing, and implementing public health programmes, including NCDs, with a minimum of 5 years inclusive at the international level in Low and/or Middle-Income countries;
  • Experience in overseeing implementation, reviewing and updating existing strategies and guidelines, and recommending new initiatives;
  • Experience in resources mobilization and working with a variety of partners at the international level;
  • Experience in facilitating coordinated approaches to effective programme management and implementation;
  • A track record of research, with publications at senior authorship level in academic journals.

 

Desirable:

  • Work experiences that are diverse, incorporating private sector, NGOs, other UN, or governmental Health related agencies will be an advantage. Knowledge of national, regional, and global partnerships and networks. Extensive experience, with a result, focuses approach, in the prevention and control of diseases.

 

WHO Competencies

  • Promoting the Organization's position in Health Leadership
  • Building and Promoting Partnerships across the Organization and Beyond
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment
  • Promoting Innovation and Organizational Learning
  • Teamwork

 

Functional Knowledge and Skills

  • Extensive experience in thought leadership, problem-solving approaches, and use of the logical framework in health programme development;
  • Extensive knowledge of policies, strategies, and programme interventions related to multisectoral response to NCDs, Mental and Neurologic Disorders (MNDs), and alcohol and substance use, while promoting human rights, gender and equity, and protecting public health from commercial interests;
  • Mastery and broad knowledge of at least one related discipline and approaches (cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, mental, neurological, and substance use disorders, alcoholism, and drug addiction);
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic and multisectoral planning; research; performance monitoring, as applied to programmes and reporting; extensive knowledge and skills in the use of data and information for decision-making and strategic planning; track record of recognizing and addressing changing conditions;
  • Working knowledge of WHO rules and procedures, mandates, strategies, and action plans (global, regional, and country-specific);
  • Budgeting and financial management; partnership and resource mobilization; communication and people management;
  • Ability to exercise leadership and to work effectively with colleagues at national and international levels.

 

Use of Language Skills

 

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and/or French with a good working knowledge of the other. Working knowledge of Portuguese is desirable.

 

Other Skills (e.g. IT)

Good level of computer literacy; the ability to analyze and manage electronic information; and familiarity with eHealth tools including epidemiological and statistical software; excellent writing skills.

 

Terms of Appointment              

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 4805 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.

 

Role Location

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

 

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 9 December 2022. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV.

 

All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

 

If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected]

 

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