Team Lead (NCDs & Healthier Population)

  • Full Time
  • Zambia

World Health Organization

Description Of Duties

Provide technical and managerial coordination in the designated areas under theUniversal Health Coverage/Healthier Populations (UHC/HP) portfolio (that is, environment, climate change and health; health promotion, social determinantsof health and health equity; nutrition and food safety; tobacco and reduction of other non-communicable disease risk factors; violence, or injuries and disabilities; demographic change and ageing), through a One-health approach, ensuring that the activities are carried out efficiently and effectively.Directlyprovide and/or coordinate technical expertise to advise the government and national stakeholders on the development of national strategies and policies and on the formulation, management, and implementation of the respective healthier populations work programme(s).Mobilize and optimize resources for the respective projects and programmes including through partnerships with donors and development partners (United Nations, other multilateral and bilateral organizations as well as nongovernmental organizations).Coordinate the engagement with UN partners and other stakeholders on matters relevant to the purpose of the position.Develop, coordinate and implement programmes for capacity building in the respective healthier populations areas and management and financing of the systems.Engage with other sectors beyond health that are key to healthier populations (environment, transport, agriculture, urban, energy,water, etc.) in order to identify common objectives that improve people’s lives,health, and wellbeing.Serve as a technical resource concerning the multi-sectoral integration of programmes in healthier populations and mainstreaming of cross-cutting themes, such as health equity, commercial determinants, urban health, or migration and health or the use of behavioural sciences in implementing disease prevention and health promotion approaches.Represent WHO in designated forums and function as a technical focalpoint for HealthierPopulations’ programme areas.Promote and establish new community outreach activities to facilitate the expansion of networks that advance and/or focus on healthier populations’ programmatic work.Support the establishment of monitoring and surveillance systems and collection of data and evidence in the areas of interest.

Required Qualifications


Essential: Advanced university degree (master’s) in public health or related disciplines

Desirable: Post-graduate training or specialization in health systems


Essential: A minimum of seven years (7yrs) of work experience relevant to the position (in developing and implementing public health capacity-building policies/strategies and prevention or health promotion programmes), with some of it obtained in an international work environment. Aminimum of three years of experience in Healthier Population programmes.Demonstrated professional experience working at thecountry and/or regional level providing technical services to Member States andother partners on public health programmes.

Desirable: Some of the above-listed experience to have been obtained at an international level.


Knowledge of approaches and solutions in health systems capacity building for healthierpopulations.Knowledge and expertise in technical aspects of healthier populations health systemsdevelopment and management at country level.Knowledge of the Zambia’s public-health needs, priorities, and policies.Skills to develop and revise policies and objectives of assigned programmes and activities.Skills to facilitate consensus and participate in resource mobilization activities.Excellent communication skills to author reports,technical documents, and deliver presentationsto high level audiences.Ability to integrate, synthesize, and communicate complex,health-policy concepts and ideas.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

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 77,326 (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 2346 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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