National Professional Officer

World Health Organization, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st December, 2018

Job Description


The objective of the programme is to work with the Ministry of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (MOH) Sri Lanka and other partner agencies in assisting to develop evidence-based policies programmes, strategies and action planed that focus on strengthening psychosocial support systems, in relation to the peacebuilding and transitional justice processes that are taking shape. Thus, the programme aims to contribute to healing and reconciliation at the community level and support the prevention and control of mental health disorders.


Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative and in close coordination with the NPO (MH&SA) and NPO (NCD), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Support implementation of the Peacebuilding Priority Plan's (PPP) and Psychosocial Support portfolio in line with the project documents and the work plan
  • Provide technical support for the generation of outreach, advocacy and health promotion materials for psychosocial support programmes
  • Conduct training programmes and capacity building activities with the provincial health authorities, NGOs and CSOs working in the area of psychosocial services
  • Plan, liaise and organize consultancies/meetings with government counterparts, donors, partners etc. in accordance with the project documents and the workplan
  • Monitor project implementation against the project work plan, project indicators and assumptions; assist in the preparation of technical reports
  • Assist in implementation of FCTC 2030 project Undertake any other related duties as and when required.
  • Submit an assignment report at the end of the assignment.



  • Essential: University Degree in Psychology/Public Health/Social Sciences
  • Desirable: Post-Graduate Degree in Clinical Psychology


  • Essential: At least 2 years' experience in the field of mental health and psychosocial programmes
  • Desirable: Familiarity of WHO policies and practices
  • Familiarity with Government structures and procedures
  • Familiarity with Non-Governmental Organizations and the Private Sector


  • Knowledge of the country's situation and priorities in the area of mental health and psycho-social issues and programme in relation to the peacebuilding and transitional justice processes.
  • Understanding of functioning of government ministries and related departments/agencies
  • Ability to make oral and written presentation on technical issues and draft technical issues and draft technical reports
  • Demonstrated ability to work in harmony and coordinate with National/International Staff

Desirable: Knowledge of WHO programmes and practices an asset

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of Local languages.


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