SPC Non Communicable Diseases Officer

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) works with its 22 Pacific Island member countries and territories, providing technical and scientific assistance across a wide range of sectors to enhance economic, environmental, social and human development in this region.

Public Health Division (PHD) staffs are based in Noumea (New Caledonia), Suva (Fiji), Honiara (Solomon Islands) and Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia). PHD supports SPC members in improving the health of Pacific Island people and communities by providing assistance in public health surveillance and in the prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Under PHD's strategic plan 2013-2022, the division is organised into two programmes: (i) the Research, Evidence and Information (REI) Programme, and (ii) the Policy, Planning and Regulation (PPR) Programme. REI focuses on developing the evidence base and information for policy and actions directed at strengthening core public health functions in member countries and territories. The aim is to enable and support members to respond effectively to all public health threats rather than single diseases or risk factors. PPR focuses on supporting the development of appropriate policy options in members in order to improve the health of Pacific people and contribute to national development plans. PHD's overall goals are: (i) to improve population health and well-being, and prevent disease and injury; (ii) to reduce gender disparities in health; and (iii) to reduce the incidence of prevalent/priority diseases. Priority areas are: (i) NCD prevention and control, including the major risk factors; (ii) communicable disease surveillance and response; and (iii) STI prevention and control, including HIV/AIDS.

The Non Communicable Diseases Officer will provide technical assistance to countries in NCD policy development, programme planning, implementation and evaluation, to help improve the health of Pacific people, with a priority to the Francophone members of SPC: New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna. She/He also provides basic web maintenance and administration of The Pacific NCD Network website and the Pacific Diets website. The NCD Officer ensures the efficient coordination of administrative and financial functions for the PPR Programme.

Applications due 13th August 2015.

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