The UKOTs programme sits within Global Operations in UKHSA, with parts delivered through the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID). The programme is funded directly by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office's (FCDO) Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). It has been running since 2016 and is now funded until March 2025 to improve global health security and to strengthen public health systems in the UKOTs (Anguilla, Ascension Island, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Turks and Caicos Islands). This is achieved through strengthening compliance with the International Health Regulations (IHR) and WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), improving workforce development, as well as tackling mental health, obesity, noncommunicable diseases, and the health of people in contact with the justice system.
Main duties of the job
The postholder will work with the Health Improvement Lead, Technical Advisor and Tobacco Control Advisor (all based in OHID) to deliver the health improvement components of the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) Public Health Programme. The role will report to the Health Protection Lead.
The postholder's responsibilities will include working closely with the OHID team to plan, manage and deliver the health improvement aspects of the UKOTs programme, plan and deliver health needs assessments, contributing technical advice, working with the UKOTs to identify priority areas, delivering programme activitieses and reporting to the wider UKOTs programme in a timely and effective way. The postholder will work closely in partnership with UKOT Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) and other members of the UKOT health teams / Ministry of Health (MoH).
The role will require leadership skills, with the postholder being an active and senior member of the UKOTs team. It will also require collaboration and partnership working with the healthcare professionals based in the territories and a variety of other international stakeholders including technical experts at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).
This role requires travel to London and international travel to the UKOTs.
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