NPO (Injury and Disability Prevention), New Delhi, India

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: India

City: New Delhi

Office: WHO New Delhi, India

Grade: NO-A

Closing date: Thursday, 14 October 2021

NPO (Injury and Disability Prevention)

( 2104365 )

Grade : NO-A

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : Two years

Job Posting: Sep 24, 2021, 5:01:17 AM

Road traffic injuries are among the leading causes of death, killing around 1.25 million people annually. It has been observed that approximately 90% of these deaths occurs in low- and middle-income countries. Over 250,000 people lose their lives in India on the roads every year. While a few hundred cases receive major media and policy makers‘ attention, thousands of cases of injuries and injury-related mortality remain unnoticed. Therefore, there is a need for policy advocacy both nationally and internationally, to support injury prevention. The vast majority of deaths and disabilities from injuries could be prevented through implementing evidence-based road safety programmes based on sound road safety laws. The WHO Country Office for India, through support from the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, is implementing a project to improve availability and enforcement of effective road safety legislations at national and state levels that are aligned with good practices and with the recommendations of UN General Assembly resolution A/64/255.Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHOAll the Member States of WHO South East Asia Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.WHO’s Twelfth General Programme of Work (2014-19) focuses on six (6) leadership priorities specifying (i) advancing universal health coverage (ii) health related millennium development goals (iii) addressing the challenge of non-communicable diseases and mental health, violence and injuries and disabilities (iv) implementing the provisions of the International Health Regulations (2005) (v) increasing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products (vi) addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.WHO’s mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.The South

East Asia Region of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, with India’s population of 1.2 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems as well as of the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.Mission of the WHO Country Office for India Within the framework of WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv)advocating public health.


Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the direct supervision of Team Leader (NCD), with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial work plans in accordance with WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy with India (2018-2022), as part of the WCO-India team working on NCDs, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

Strengthen the WCO-India capacity to provide advice and technical support to the Government of India for reducing risk factors of Road Traffic injuries, other forms of injuries (Burns, Falls, Drowning, etc.) and resulting Disabilities, as well as the underlying social determinants.

Strengthen the WCO-India capacity to provide advice and technical support to the GOI for strengthening and orienting health systems to address the prevention and management of Road Traffic Injuries, other major causes of injuries, as well as common forms of Disability.

Facilitate the development and implementation of policies, strategies, legislations and decisions related to the prevention and control of Road Traffic Injuries, Falls, Burns, Drowning and Disability. Contribute to the preparation of relevant advocacy tools, policy briefs, guidelines and training materials.

Collaborate with national authorities and other stakeholders to develop and/or help roll out relevant action plans and interventions for Road Safety and Prevention of Injury and Disability.

Work with WHO Collaborating Centres and other partners towards improving the surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of risk factors for Road Traffic Injuries, other forms of injuries and Disability.

Participate in generating, reviewing and disseminating strategic information relevant to the national response to Road Safety and Prevention of Injury and Disability.

Ensure timely preparation of correspondence, technical briefs and background papers, reports, presentations, and other material related to the assigned areas of work.

Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant information and statistics.

Undertake any other tasks/duties as assigned by supervisors.



Essential: University degree in medicine (MBBS) or in public health from a recognized university.

Desirable: Post graduate diploma or degree in health management, law, public policy or communication


Essential: At least two years of professional experience in managing Road Safety and Prevention of Injury and Disability or in related field.

Desirable: Working experience with UN system, in general, and the WHO system, in particular will be an advantage. Experience in teaching and training, managing projects, developing advocacy and/or training materials, will be an asset.


The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to Road Safety Legislation in India. Project management skills and good understanding of: (a) country’s needs and priorities; (b) issues and policies; and (c) main stakeholders and actors such as government officials, law makers, partners etc. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas. Good knowledge of the administrative functioning of government institutions and related departments/agencies and of the other partners in India. Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. Leadership, coordination and supervision skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and colleagues in a team setting at national and international levels, to share information and data and make oral and written presentations on technical issues. Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.Modern management skills (planning and evaluation, etc). Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports. Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of Hindi.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at INR 1,636,976 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

For information on WHO’s operations please visit:

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

WHO’s workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.

WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

Link to the organization’s job offer: