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VMAM Code MMRR000126-7778

Public Health Specialist

National Specialist
Nay Pyi Taw (MMR)
12 months with possibility of extension
01 December 2020

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical advice on public health and assist in design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of The Defeat-NCD Partnership programme activities in Myanmar, in support of the Ministry of Health and Sports. Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Programme Coordinator for Myanmar, the Public Health Specialist will carry out the following tasks:

National NCD Capacity Building

  • Keep an updated situation analysis of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Myanmar and drive country programme development;
  • Lead in the monitoring and evaluation of the national costed action plan for NCDs;
  • Lead in the development of training, tools and methods and identify technical resources to support programme implementation at country level;
  • Prepare for and support regular meetings of the Technical Working Group (TWG) responsible for implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the National NCD Strategy and its related National NCD Costed Action Plan;
  • Lead the development and refinement of tools and methods on programme implementation at country level and identify technical resources requirements;
  • Lead technical assistance to support the strengthening of the policy framework work for NCDs, including coordination structures and monitoring frameworks that improve data availability for better analysis;
  • Lead identification of training and institutional capacity strengthening needs in terms of human resources to manage NCDs at all levels of the health services and develop and implement plans to address them in a phased manner;
  • Coordinate efforts for improving evidence based operational research on NCDs by key partners and ensuring its publication and availability for all stakeholders;
  • Lead to global knowledge-sharing by documenting lessons learned on capacity building in Myanmar.

Community Scale-up for NCD Services

  • Lead in designing and implementing a nationwide NCD screening programme;
  • Identify innovators and interventions to increase the provision of NCD services to communities in a cost-effective manner. Drive institutional processes to transform some of these interventions as investible services to that can attract venture or private equity capital;
  • Analyse existing or proposed primary health care systems and services on their inclusion of NCDs; identify needs for improvement and the methods and resources to accomplish such improvements;
  • Develop new program proposals and work with partnership/financing teams to proactively explore opportunities to raise new funding and capital to scale up the effort of NCD services at community level;
  • Actively participate in annual planning, monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts;
  • Build and strengthen close working relationship with all health sector counterparts in country;
  • Lead the development of grants and agreements with identified implementation partners for managing the grant out activities in accordance with UNITAR rules and regulations.

Affordability and Accessibility of Essential NCD Supplies

  • Provide leadership and technical assistance to make the provision of NCD supplies simpler and more cost effective in the country;
  • Assess NCD drugs and supplies quality assurance practices and the country’s approved suppliers, and pre-qualification process;
  • Lead the country and reginal market monitoring studies, and global State of the World’s Essential Medicines and Diagnostic Supplies for Noncommunicable Diseases report.

Sustainable NCD Financing

  • Support analysis of health financing needs to implement the national costed action plan on NCDs;
  • Contribute to the development of innovative financing instruments for meeting the financing needs of the NCDs;
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Master degree or equivalent
  • Master's degree or equivalent in public health and/ or Graduate degree in Medicine or equivalent, from an accredited and recognized academic institution is required,
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in combination with relevant training and/or professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree;
60 Months
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional work experience working for Public health/ Government facility, large International NGO, or Private Health Facility;
  • A mininum of 4 years job-related field experience in providing support to policy and program activities with professional experience in public health and managing development and/ or humanitarian operations;
  • Strong demonstrated track record in programme monitoring, evaluation, and reporting is required;
  • Relevant work experience in at least two of the following areas: health policy development, health system strengthening and transformation, primary health care, project planning and management, capacity building and health innovation;
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Desirable: valid national driver’s license and proven ability to drive manual gear 4x4 over rough terrain;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in public health, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Burmese(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Monitoring and evaluation, Other development programme/project experience, Public health

Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Professionalism, Working in Teams

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This is an announcement for a national UNV assignment. Therefore, only citizens of Myanmar and legal residents of Myanmar with refugee or stateless status can apply for this advertisement.

Application deadline: 1-12-2020