Deadline: 30 June 2021
World Health Organisations (WHO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of National Professional Officer in Bangladesh. The duration of this post is 12 months.
The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.
Key Job Responsibilities
The National Professional Officer will perform the following functions:
- Adopt and implement the recommendations of WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health and WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan in coordination with WHO Headquarters and SEARO.
- Adopt, implement and evaluate policies, legislations and strategic action plans relating to mental and neurological health.
- Develop country specific training modules in line with the WHO tools and guidelines and build capacity through training.
- Implement the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) aiming at scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders, specially at primary health care settings.
- Provide Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) both in emergency settings and in situations of chronic hardship.
- Undertake strategic communication to reduce stigma, promote mental health and prevent substance abuse.
- Strengthen service for disabilities and gender-based violence.
- Generate evidence and develop a monitoring and evaluation system, perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for other team members, as required.
Applicants must have:
- University Degree in medicine/ psychology or equivalent clinical health science.
- Post-graduate Degree in public health or mental health.
- At least 1 year’s work experience in public health or mental health.
- Experience of drafting of policies, action plans and guidelines relating to mental and neurological health.
- Experience in building capacity and/ or implementation of mhGAP and MHPSS.
- Work experience in mental health, neurodevelopmental disorders, gender-based violence and counseling service.
- Work experience with UN agencies or international organizations.
- Good understanding of WHO recommendations and best practices in the area of mental health, neurodevelopmental and substance use disorders.
- Proven skill of engaging with stakeholders for development of policies and legislations.
- Proven technical skill of facilitating capacity building initiatives, strategic communication campaign and evidence generation.
- Ability to form effective working relationships with government counterparts and other stakeholders.
- Expert knowledge of English and Bangla.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit applications through online process.
For more information, visit WHO.