National Professional Officer NPO – Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) – (2106272)

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National Professional Officer NPO - Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) - (2106272)

  • Post Date:November 27, 2021
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  • Career Level Other
    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: Dec 10, 2021, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Zimbabwe-Harare
Organization: AF_ZWE Zimbabwe
Schedule: Full-time

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The position is to contribute WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy in the area of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) by supporting the government to (i) Improve capacity to develop and implement policies, strategies and multi-sectoral action plan for prevention and control of NCDs and their risk factors including Oral health, Eye and Ear Health violence and injury; (ii) Improve skills at federal and ward levels to implement evidence-based interventions for management of NCDs at primary, secondary and tertiary levels; (iii) Improve capacity for development and adaptation of protocols, guidelines and training modules for NCDs interventions; (iv) Increase capacity for policy dialogue, coordination and partnership for multi-sectoral approach for the prevention and control of NCDs and their risk factors; (v) Increase capacity for the surveillance of NCDs and their risk factors and; conduct relevant surveys such as STEPS, GATS, GSHS, GYTS etc.


  • 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

  • Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond
  • Producing results
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Teamwork

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential – Fluency in English
  • Desirable – Knowledge of French or other UN language. Working knowledge of local languages (e.g. Swahili)