The WHO Country office for India collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), to actively support the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions aiming at reducing the burden of NCDs and co-morbidities through strengthening public policies and health systems.
The Country office contributes to (i) reducing risk factors for NCDs and underlying social determinants by supporting development of strategies and interventions to create health-promoting environments, in line with the national multisectoral action plan; (ii) strengthening and orienting health systems to address the prevention, early detection and appropriate management of NCDs and co-morbidities through people-centered primary health care and universal health coverage. In this context, the WHO country office for India will continue to provide necessary technical support to the Government of India for finalization (and endorsement) of the national multisectoral action plan on NCDs and its adaptation and operationalization at state level as appropriate.
Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO
All the Member States of WHO 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. WHO's Twelfth General Programme of Work (2014-19) focuses on six (6) leadership priorities specifying (i) advancing universal health coverage (ii) health related millennium development goals (iii) addressing the challenge of non-communicable diseases and mental health, violence and injuries and disabilities (iv) implementing the provisions of the International Health Regulations (2005) (v) increasing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products (vi) addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.
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 society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems as well as of 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 (CCS), 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.
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the direct supervision of Team Leader (NCD), with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial work plans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India (2018-2022), as part of the WCO-India team working on NCDs and co-morbidities, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:
1. Strengthen the WCO-India capacity to provide advice and technical support to the GOI for reducing risk factors of NCDs and underlying social determinants by creating health-promoting environments, implementing relevant strategies and interventions, in the context of the national multisectoral action plan. Provide support for adopting the national multisectoral action plan for prevention and control of NCDs into state operational plans;
2. Build up the WCO-India capacity to provide advice and technical support to the GOI for strengthening capacity for health promotion, as well as the prevention, early detection and appropriate management of NCDs. Promote health in all policies, and provide technical support for development of healthy cities, other healthy settings, and promotion of healthy diets and physical activity;
3. Maintain regular good working relations with relevant national and state authorities and other stakeholders with a view to advancing health promotion through policies, strategies, legislations, regulations, fiscal and administrative interventions related to the prevention and control of NCDs;
4. Support and coordinate with national authorities and multi-sectoral partners in the development, implementation and evaluation of national strategies, polices and plans for health promotion programmes;
5. Work with international and national partners towards improving the surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of NCDs and their risk factors. Coordinate the compilation and validation of data for the National NCD Capacity Survey. Coordinate with relevant partners to strengthen implementation of the surveillance, monitoring and research component of the national multisectoral action plan on NCDs;
6. Identify necessary external technical support and ensure proper and timely handling and monitoring of Consultants' reports, agenda, and facilitation of the missions, evaluation and follow up on recommendations;
7. Ensure timely preparation of correspondence, technical briefs and backgrounds, reports, WR briefs, presentations, and other material related to the assigned areas of work;
8. Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant information and statistics; and
9.Undertake any other tasks/duties as assigned by supervisors.
Essential: University degree in health, public health, social sciences, or a related field from a recognized university.
Desirable: Post graduate diploma or degree in Public Health or in professions allied to public health.
Essential: At least two years of professional experience in the relevant field with experience in project management and programme evaluation.
Desirable: Working experience with UN system, in general, and the WHO system, in particular will be an advantage. Experience in managing projects, developing advocacy and/or training materials, will be an asset.
The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization. Thorough knowledge of policies, strategies and guidelines in the area of NCDs and their risk factors including the promotion of oral health, prevention of visual and hearing impairment, and application of mHealth, with good understanding of country's needs and priorities. 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. Leadership, coordination and supervision 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 (planning and evaluation, etc). 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.
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Producing results
Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Hindi.
Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at INR 2,275,397 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.