Non-Communicable Disease Adviser - Monitoring, Evaluation and Surveillance

Suva, Fiji

  • Suva-based position (Fiji)
  • Attractive expatriate package
  • Join the principal development organisation in the Pacific region

The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Public Health Division (PHD)  supports members in developing healthier Pacific Island communities by providing assistance in public health surveillance, and in the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The primary focus of the division is to provide scientific and technical assistance and to support the implementation of plans and programmes in member countries and territories. The primary goals for all PHD activities is to promote population health and well-being, help communities prevent disease and restore and/or maintain health, and reduce inequalities in health. PHD is primarily concerned with improving and protecting public (population) health, rather than providing individual treatment services. PHD is comprised of three programmes: Research, Evidence and Information (REI); Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Prevention and Control; and Strengthening Specialised Clinical Services in the Pacific (SSCSiP). This position is located within the NCD Prevention and Control Programme.

The role – Non-Communicable Disease Adviser Monitoring, Evaluation and Surveillance will be the lead in strengthening NCD accountability at the regional and national level, supporting policy development, and planning and implementing multi-sectoral national NCD strategies.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • SPC focal point for the Pacific Monitoring Alliance for Non-Communicable Disease Action (MANA) services
  • Technical lead for national NCD programme monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and surveillance and operational research to support NCD policy enforcement and programme implementation
  • Provides technical support for policy development, planning and implementation of multi-sectoral national NCD strategies
  • Supports capacity building of Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to implement, monitor and evaluate national NCD programmes
  • Active member of the NCD team on programme planning, reporting, communications and publications

For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.

Key selection criteria

Qualifications

  • A medical qualification (MD, MBBS or equivalent)
  • A master’s degree in a relevant field, such as public health, health promotion, or epidemiology

Knowledge and experience 

  • At least five years of work experience in public health addressing NCDs as a priority
  • Previous experience in developing and implementing strategies, M&E frameworks and surveillance systems related to NCDs
  • Experience in the provision of capacity building or on-the-job training in NCDs, M&E and field epidemiology
  • Ability to advise and implement a sector-wide response to public health issues particularly in the areas of NCDs
  • Project management experience, including development of funding applications and research protocols
  • Experience working in Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage

Essential skills 

  • Monitoring, evaluation and surveillance of NCDs
  • Ability to develop, maintain and evaluate NCD surveillance systems
  • Experience in operational research and writing scientific reports and peer-reviewed papers
  • Ability to develop and implement NCD prevention and control programme
  • Initiative and ability to analyse relevant information, identifying issues and determining priorities with minimal supervision
  • Ability to travel up to 30 per cent of the time in the Pacific region and internationally

Language skills 

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Non-Communicable Disease Adviser – Monitoring, Evaluation and Surveillance is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,942‒3,677 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,414–10,517 (USD 4,060–5,075; EUR 3,638–4,547). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.

Benefits for international employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,170–2,625 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.

As an equal-opportunity employer, SPC recruits on merit; however if two interviewed candidates are ranked equally by the selection committee, preference will be given to nationals of Pacific Island countries and territories.

SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.

Application procedure

Closing Date – 12 July 2018

Applicants must apply online at http://careers.spc.int/

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume
  • contact details for three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions

Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.

For international staff in Fiji, only one foreign national per family can be employed with an entity operating in Fiji at any one given time. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.

Please ensure that you respond to all the screening questions. If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

Screening Questions:

  • Describe your experience in developing and implementing M&E frameworks and surveillance systems related to NCDs. What was your role?
  • Describe your experience in capacity building initiatives related to implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of NCD programmes. What were the key challenges, and how did you address them?
  • Outline your experience in contributing to the development of policy, evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic or operational research findings.
  • A child protection policy screening requirement: Have you been convicted of any offences involving children?

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    Category: Public Health

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    Date Posted: 14/06/2018