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6 Feb 2020


World Health Organization (WHO) –  Vanuatu

Job Description

The World Health Organization (WHO) invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Medical Officer (Noncommunicable diseases) based in the Country Liaison Office, World Health Organization, Vanuatu. The contract is a National Professional Officer whereby WHO funds a position for 2 years (temporary basis). The position will run until 29 April 2022. There should be no expectation of renewal by WHO or recruitment by the Ministry of Health after this date. The staff member will work under direct supervision of the WHO Medical officer (Noncommunicable Diseases), WHO Vanuatu.

Summary of Duties

The incumbent reports to the Medical Officer (NCD) in Vanuatu. The incumbent, under the supervision of the Medical Officer (NCD) and the CLO for Vanuatu, will provide the support to the implementation of the WHO Global Action Plan on NCDs with a particular focus on the implementation of WHO Package of Essential NCD (PEN) interventions and tobacco control in Vanuatu.

The incumbent is expected to exercise good judgement in the application of WHO policy guidelines and programme objectives as approved through the resolutions of the World Health Assembly, the Executive Board and the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific.

Under the guidance of the Medical Officer (NCD), the incumbent is expected to perform the following duties:

  1. Incumbent’s responsibility with respect to the implementation of the WHO Global Action Plan on NCDs with a particular focus on the implementation of NCD PEN and tobacco control given the high rates of tobacco use in Vanuatu and the significant burden of premature mortality from NCDs
  2. Support a strengthening of national actions in Vanuatu on tobacco control and NCD management in Primary Health Care (PEN).
  3. Perform other duties as required.

Required knowledge, skills and values

  • Strong focus on outcomes and delivering results and effective planning. Skills in effective writing and presentations. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
  • Proficiency in MS Office software applications. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Educational requirements

Essential: University degree in health related field from a recognized university.

Desirable: Medical degree. Postgraduate qualification in public health or health promotion.


Essential: At least one year working experience in NCDs and/or public health
Desirable: Experience in WHO Package of Essential NCD interventions (WHO PEN).


Essential: Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and Bislama.
Desirable: Working knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in Port Vila are calculated in Vatu. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at 1,984,652.5 Vatu (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) with 30 days of annual leave.

Job Expired 21/02/2020

Job Category: Healthcare. Job Type: Contract. Job Salary: 1,500,000 - 2,000,000.

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