Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) include cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, oral health, hearing and visual impairment, haematologic diseases and genetic disorders, disability, mental health, and violence and injuries. NCDs are currently responsible for the majority of all deaths in low and middle income countries, and WHO projections indicate that the burden of diseases from NCDs can be expected to increase rapidly in the near future. NCDs impose a significant economic burden, not just on patients but on households, communities, employers, health systems, and governments. The direct morbidity and mortality burden of NCDs on patients and their families is reflected in diminished productivity and lower returns to investments in human capital. When aggregated across the economy, these household costs have an important negative impact on the size and productivity of the labour force and on national income.
Recognizing the high burden of NCDs, WHO and the Royal Thai Government (RTG) have included NCDs as a priority area for the 2012-2016 Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS). The CCS Strategy for NCDs has three main goals:
1. To promote collaboration, partnership and integration among various sectors to tackle NCDs.
2. To strengthen national policies, plan and interventions for prevention and control of main NCDs.
3. To strengthen monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes to prevent and control NCDs.
The Medical Officer will also strengthen WHO capacity to provide technical support on specific issues regarding road safety and ageing populations (both of which are also separate WHO / RTG CCS priority programmes), including the need to re-orient services for managing chronic diseases in the elderly.
The incumbent will perform the following duties and functions:
1. Provide technical leadership and guidance in the improvement of national NCD policies and strategies, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, training, epidemiological surveys and research;
2. Provide close supervision and periodic review of the NCD priority programme within the CCS and provide the necessary technical advice, and recommendations to support effective and efficient implementation of NCD-related activities;
3. Provide normative guidance in the development of appropriate and sustainable interventions to help achieve the national goals and targets for prevention and control of NCDs, including at primary health care level;
4. Coordinate, engage and advocate for change in sectors and with stakeholders beyond health (e.g. education, transportation, environment, industry); coordinate activities with overlapping focus areas (e.g. the Tobacco-Free Initiative, Alcohol, Nutrition, Health Promotion); and integrate intervention strategies to achieve a number of health outcomes (e.g. interventions in schools to prevent childhood obesity and oral health);
5. Strengthen mechanisms to capture NCD data required for national and global indicators and targets;
6. Provide policy advice to the MoPH in developing strategies and activities to address the NCD burden in high-risk populations;
7. Provide technical guidance to address the wider social determinants of health as they apply to NCDs;
8. Oversee other NCD-related areas including ageing, road safety, violence and injury; and
9. Undertake other duties as required.
Essential: University degree in medicine with postgraduate degree in public health or related field.
Desirable: Training in programme development and management for the elderly populations, especially with regard to NCDs.
Essential: At least ten years' of experience in public health, including experience with integrated NCD prevention and control and including considerable experience obtained in an international context.
Desirable: Familiarity with the UN system, in particular with WHO is desirable. Proven track record on managing Environmental Health aspects of NCDs.
3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
4. Producing results
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
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 89,837 (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 3534 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.