World Health Organization, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th April, 2019

Job Description


The objective of the WHO Nepal Country Office is to implement the Country Cooperation Strategy by supporting the Government of Nepal in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national health policies, strategies and plans and developing and managing WHO's technical cooperation programmes at the country level. The Country Office collaborates with the Government of Nepal and relevant stakeholders in support of their efforts of achieving national health goals; of ensuring the attainment of universal health coverage and of contributing to global and regional public health action by providing need-based technical assistance in national level policy formulation, setting norms and standards, improving knowledge dissemination and management, monitoring country health situation and building sustainable institutional capacity, to play a greater leadership role in different national level policy and technical forums.

In addition to health impact, mental disorders cause economic burden due to lost economic output in 2010, with global cost of 2.5 trillion; which is estimated to be 6.0 trillion by 2030. Considering these threats to health and development, WHO has identified that technical support to MoHP on mental health will be critical to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. The support is critical not only to capitalize the momentum gained following earthquake but also to plan administrative structure and organize mental health service in the evolving federal health structure. Additionally, there is need to support MoHP to strengthen road safety and injury prevention and mainstreaming the heath needs of people with disabilities.


Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative and the direct supervision of the Public Health Administrator and close coordination with other members of NCD/HSS team and in collaboration with other teams within WCO Nepal and key external stakeholders, the TNP-Mental Health, Disability and Injury Prevention will perform the following:

Policy and legislation:

  • Support MoHP to conduct multi-sectoral consultation to develop action plan based on national mental health policy.
  • Support formulation and endorsement of national mental health legislation in order to promote human right of the persons with mental disorders.
  • Support MoHP in formulation and implementation the policy and legislations related to road safety and violence, injury prevention and disability.

Service for mental neurological and substance use disorder

  • Provide technical support on the evidence-based and cost-effective best practices for promoting mental health and preventing mental disorders in order to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental health.
  • Support in the formulation and implementation of a human resource strategy for mental health, including the identification of gaps, specification of needs, training requirements and core competencies for health workers in the field, as well as for undergraduate and graduate educational curricula.
  • Provide technical support in formulation and implementation of suicide prevention strategy with special attention to the needs of high risk groups.
  • Promote collaboration between MoHP and academic centres in order to develop the priorities for the operational research for mental health.
  • Facilitate research on mental health and update health information system related to mental health in order to improve mental health service delivery, promotion and prevention strategies.

Integration of basic services for mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders into PHCCs

  • Provide guidance and evidence-based practices related to MNS for organization of service and financing mechanism in the federal governance structure.
  • Provide technical support for expanding treatment and support through recovery-oriented community-based mental health services.
  • Facilitate the focal point at MOHP to draft and implement a strategy to integrate MH into PHCCs including training and supervision of health workers at primary care level as guided by mhGAP programme.

Mental health in emergencies:

  • Assist MoHP to develop and implement operational framework to provide Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) during emergencies.
  • Support Government in coordination of partners during emergencies according to WHO and IASC Guidelines.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance for policy and field activities related to mental health undertaken by state and non-state actors in order to develop a community-based mental health system that is sensitive to trauma-related issues.
  • Strengthen country capacity in providing MHPSS response in any future disasters.
  • Support MoHP in converting the increased interest in mental health during the humanitarian situation to sustainable mental health system development through advocacy, co-ordination and partnerships.

Road safety, injury prevention and disability:

  • Engage in multisectoral collaboration in establishing road safety measures.
  • Support MoHP to improve the ability of health systems to provide emergency treatment and rehabilitation for crash victims.
  • Assist MoHP in mainstreaming the rights of the persons with disabilities through inclusion of disability and rehabilitation as a component in national plans and programs.
  • Support MoHP to implement the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UN CRPD).

Any other duties/tasks as assigned by the Supervisors.



  • Essential: University degree in medicine (MBBS) and one year trainings in Mental Health, Road Safety or Disability.
  • Desirable: Advance university degree in Psychiatry or mental health from a recoginzed university.


  • Essential: At least 2 years of experience in development and implementation of public mental health programs, program evaluation and research, and translating evidence into national laws, policies and programs.


  • Experience of working in international organizations preferably in the UN System.
  • Working experience with national and international partners and government department.
  • Experience in providing clinical mental health service.
  • Experience working on Disability or Road safety.
  • Experience in translating projects into peer reviewed publications.


  • Strong programme management skills.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to coordinate activities and multitask.
  • Ability to work and make decisions under pressure, to elaborate strategies and organize priorities through strong analytical skills and good judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, discretion and diplomacy
  • Ability to effectively coordinate with development partners/donors and collaborating agencies.
  • Technical expertise and Overall attitude at work are also required mandatory competencies.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


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