NCD Risk Factor Programme Development Officer (HPC/MO 4) [Contract]


Under the general direction of the Director Disease Prevention and Control (Non-communicable Disease and Injuries Prevention) will coordinate the Risk Factor prevention programme by developing and implementing plans and programmes for the reduction of NCD risk factors.



  • Policies formulated
  • Plans and programmes developed and implemented
  • Professional advice provided
  • Strategies developed and implemented
  • Ensure effective monitoring of Risk factor prevention policies and programmes.



Technical responsibilities

  • Coordinate the planning, implementation and evaluation of programme activities for the reduction of risk factors for NCDs (specifically but not limited to tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, and social determinants).
  • Support planning, implementation and evaluation of NCD risk factor reduction interventions, particularly for physical activity, healthy eating, obesity and environmental risk factors.
  • Coordinate resources and implementation of plans for tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol prevention, cessation, and control.
  • Develop and maintain a database on NCD risk factor reduction programmes in Jamaica.
  • Prepare annual and quarterly work plans for the Tobacco Control Technical Working Group and Harmful Use of Alcohol Policy Steering Group.
  • Provide technical inputs and support to the Director Disease Prevention and Control in planning and developing relevant tools and Information and Communication Materials (IEC) related to NCD risk factor reduction.
  • Provides technical support and coordinates with other internal and external partners in the development and implementation of comprehensive, evidence-based research and related tools supporting measures to reduce risk factors for NCDs.
  • Assist in the re-orientation of the health services through the incorporation of the Risk factor reduction programme into the programmes of the Ministry of Health.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of training programmes to ensure internal and external stakeholders have the knowledge and skills required for the prevention of risk factors
  •  In collaboration with the Director Disease Prevention and Control prepares quarterly and ad hoc technical briefs on the reduction of NCD risk factors.
  •  Participate in programme and operational planning activities to support managers and staff to implement NCD risk factor reduction strategies within their specific programmes and promote coordination and collaboration across Unit/Departments/Agencies/Institutions/Services.
  • Establish and maintain contact with the national and international agencies in the development and implementation of programmes related to the reduction of the NCD risk factors.


Administrative responsibilities

  • Attend monthly/quarterly/annual meetings/conferences/workshops and special sessions (international and local) as required.
  • Prepare monthly/quarterly/annual/ad hoc quantitative and qualitative reports, briefs and submit to Director Disease Prevention and Control (Non-communicable Diseases and Injuries Prevention) on all the activities implemented at National and Parish level.
  • Oversee and assist (where necessary) with the collection, compilation of all associated data in collaboration with the Parish and Regional teams.
  • In collaboration with the Director Disease Prevention and Control develop yearly programme budget.
  • Any other duties as requested.



  • Confidentiality of information maintained
  • Programmes developed and implemented
  • High level of performance as demonstrated by meeting 80% of programme objectives.
  • Deadlines are consistently met.
  • Staff trained and delivering service.



Functional/Technical Competencies Levels
Sound knowledge of National Health Policy  
Sound knowledge of public health laws and regulations for NCD Risk Factor Reduction  
Sound knowledge of the Management Principles and Practices  
Sound knowledge of trends and developments in Non-communicable Disease risk factor reduction  
Sound knowledge of the incidence, patterns and trends of Non-communicable diseases, nationally and internationally  


Familiarity with cultural norms in Jamaica and the Region  
Core Competencies Levels  
Ability to communicate effectively in written  format    
Ability to communicate effectively in oral format    
Ability to analyse and interpret statistical data    
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate the work of others    
Ability to provide effective leadership and work as part of a team    
Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines with minimal supervision    
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with a wide cross section of professionals and organizations    
Excellent forecasting skills    
Computer skills    
Decision making skills    
Excellent time management and human relations skills    



  • A medical degree from a recognized institution plus Masters of Public Health Degree
  • Masters of Public Health degree with an area of concentration Health Promotion, Health Policy or Public Health Law would be an asset
  • A minimum of five years clinical experience in the health sector
  • Experience in health promotion, health policy will be an asset.



  • Expected to demonstrate a high level of integrity and professionalism
  • Privy to highly confidential and sensitive information
  • Numerous critical deadlines
  • Required to travel overseas
  • May be required to work in volatile communities
  • May be required to work beyond normal working hours



  • To recommend changes in the interventions to reduce risk factors for NCDs.


Interested persons may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via email no later than Tuesday, August 4, 2020 to:

Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health & Wellness
0A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10

Please note that responses will be sent to short- listed applicants only.