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OFFRE D'EMPLOI OMS Medical Officer, Mental Health, and Alcohol/Substance Abuse - (1904952)

Grade: P4

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract duration: Two (2) years

Job Posting: Oct 23, 2019, 8:29:17 AM

Closing Date: Nov 20, 2019, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location: Congo-Brazzaville

Organization: AF/NCD Non Communicable Diseases

Schedule: Full-time  

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The overall objective of the UHC/Communicable and non-communicable disease Cluster(UHC/CND) is to contribute to universal health coverage (UHC) and the attainment of the health-related SDG targets through integrated disease prevention and control. The aim of the NCD team within the Cluster is to provide leadership and vision in supporting Member States in the WHO African region to reduce morbidity and mortality due to NCDs and mental health and improve the overall health status of the African population. The Cluster focuses on major NCDs, such as, Cardiovascular diseases, Diabetes, Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Chronic respiratory diseases, Mental health and substance use disorders, within the context of Primary health care. It also deals with Disabilities such as Eye and Ear Health, and Rehabilitation, and Oral health. It also works with Regional Collaborating Centres, facilitates and undertakes policy development, programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, surveillance, research activities and implements innovative methods to scale up NCD prevention and disease-management within the context of universal health coverage.
Within the context of the UHC/CND, the purpose of the position is to provide technical advice and lead the adaptation and implementation of global and regional strategies, programmes, norms and standards for Mental Health, Reduction of the Harmful Use of Alcohol, and Control of Substance Abuse. The incumbent will also be responsible for providing technical support to strengthen the capacity of Member States in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policies, strategies and plans for mental health and substance use disorders. The incumbent will oversee the mobilizing of the necessary human resources to undertake technical advisory and programme management services for the region, IST and country offices. H/She is expected to provide guidance on improved service delivery, capacity building, surveillance and research and support strengthening of of partnerships, alliances and networks to achieve optimal results.
The incumbent will be expected to perform the following duties:
• Provide technical support and guidance to countries aimed at expanding access to services for mental health mental health, neurological and substance abuse disorders through public health systems and integration into primary health care;
• Provide technical support and guidance to countries in implementing WHO’s mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), especially with reference to building capacity in and increasing use of the mhGAP Interventions;
• Advocate for and lead for priority mental, neurological and substance use disorders interventions in non-specialized settings.
• Support the development, promotion and evaluation of national policies, laws, strategies and standards targeting and empowering people with mental disorders, psychosocial disabilities, alcohol and substance abuse to lead dignified life without stigma and prejudice;
• Provide guidance and evidence for multi-sectoral and holistic care, including community-based care, for people with mental disorders, substance use, including alcohol;
• Strengthen information systems and health research to generate data for decision-makers
• Promote stakeholders’ collaboration and partnership development for placing mental health, control of alcohol use and substance abuse in higher national agendas;
• Guide initiatives to enhance the capacity of public/private health care workers’ in providing integrated NCD services within PHC service delivery systems, developing training programmes for all categories of health personnel, including those at district and local levels;
• Advocate for and enable the inclusion of related interventions across the life course and continuum of care; the development and promotion of national policies, laws; and the orientation of health systems towards addressing NCDs through inclusion within Universal Health Coverage;
• Strengthen regional capacity in the area of reduction of harmful use of alcohol and control of substance abuse;
• Contribute to and support development of a regional programme for reducing harmful use of alcohol and other substances and associated public-health consequences;
• Review studies and support research carried out in the Region in the area of harmful use of alcohol and other Substances and disseminate those that are most useful;
• Coordinate the collection, review and selection of tools and training materials developed by WHO focusing on data collection, evaluation and treatment of substance-related harm;
• Provide support and guidance to selected countries in the development of national policy as well as strategic plans and programs related to alcohol and drugs at country level;
• Collaborate with network of experts and other partners, NGOs, and the UN Office of Drug Control (UNODC) on the harmful use of alcohol and other substance abuse issues.
• Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.
Essential: Medical degree and a post-graduate degree in public health.
Desirable: Advanced university degree (Masters level or above) or specialized training in Psychiatry or social sciences related to alcohol and substance abuse will be an asset.
Essential: At least 7 years' experience in developing, managing and providing medical advisory services for the control and elimination of NCDs through capacity building in Mental Health and Alcohol/Substance Abuse, within Public Health Programmes, of which at least 3 years should be at the international level.
Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO and/or other UN agencies, non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Field experience in developing countries.

Excellent analytical and organizational skills. Ability to advocate, plan and implement projects and activities.
WHO Competencies
• Producing results
• Teamwork
• Creating an empowering and motivating environment
• Communication
• Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Use of Language Skills
Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and/or French with basic knowledge of the other.

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 72,637 (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 3244 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.
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