National Drug Demand Reduction ( DDR ) Officer

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National Drug Demand Reduction ( DDR ) Officer

  • Post Date:December 5, 2022
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  • Career Level Officer
    Experience 5 Years
    Gender Both
  • Industry Health Care
    Qualification Bachelor Degree
    Salary As per Organization Salary Scale
  • Number of Opportunities 1
    Vacancy Number WHOAFG-2022-11-17
    Location Kabul
Job Description

About World Health Organization:


The World Health Organization (WHO) is the technical and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership in global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical and implementation support and monitoring and assessing health trends. In Afghanistan, WHO works to improve the health and well-being of all Afghans by preventing and reducing mortality, morbidity and disability and strengthening health services in close coordination with national and international partners.

Job Summary:

Purpose of the Post:

–   The National DDR Officer will work under the direct supervision of the International DDR Officer, with technical guidance plus support from WHE Public Health Officer, and with overall supervision from the WHE Team Lead. Collaborate with the MHPSS Technical Team of WHE.

Objectives of the Programme and the immediate Strategic Objective (Overview of the programme):

–   Overall objective of the WHO’s Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) is to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations through increasing access to integrated, qualitative, and comprehensive drug use disorder and MHPSS services. This project will help ensure that people with drug use disorder have access to quality evidence-based treatment and rehabilitation services, including timely referral services. It also includes provision of a holistic community-based prevention and follow-up care system is in place supporting individuals, families and communities on drug abuse and MHPSS issues, also reducing stigma and discrimination. WHO will help some focused Drug Addiction Treatment Centers (DATCs) across the country in providing comprehensive and holistic services and support to patients inside these focused facilities, including provision of a comprehensive vocational training package for focused patients, and a community-based intervention through DATC Community Mobile Teams for follow up of focused patients and preventive measures at focused communities. Activity also involves support for 4 Methadone Clinics located across the country. To achieve these objectives and activities, there is a need to identify a National Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) Officer will provide his/her technical expertise, knowledge and skills on DDR to ensure good quality implementation of the DDR activities of WHO, including supervision, on the job training, coordination, monitoring and advocacy on all the current and future activities, plus being ready to take other responsivities/tasks given to him by his supervisor.

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on the intricacy and difficulty of working environment):

–   The National DDR Officer will work under the direct supervision of the International DDR Officer, with technical guidance plus support from WHE Public Health Officer, and with overall supervision from the WHE Team Lead. Collaborate with the MHPSS Technical Team of WHE. He/she will also coordinate with the DDR Department of de facto MoPH and provide technical support. He/she will also regularly attend the MHPSS TWG meetings and health Cluster meetings and represent WHE in case that important representation are needed on behalf of the DDR Program being done by WHO.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

1.   Provide technical support to the project Team, specifically on DDR activities across the focused provinces.

2.   Coordinate and provide technical support with the implementing partners for continuity of quality provision of DDR. This involves coordination with the DDR Department of de facto MoPH, UNODC, and implementing partners.

3.   Collaborate with the MHPSS Technical Team of WHO to ensure harmonious integration of DDR and MHPSS activities in the focused DATCs, communities.













4.   Provide regular updates with the project team in meetings, including identification of updated achievements, gaps and recommendations5.   Identify and plan capacity building needs to help improve the quality of care.6.   Coordinate with the Health Cluster about its updates and gaps to ensure advocacy among HC members and the donors.

7.   Provide support and commitment for additional responsibilities/tasks requested by supervisors.

Coordination and communication:

1.   The National Drug Officer will coordinate all the related activities between WHO and UNODC.

2.   The National Drug officer will coordinate all the related activities implemented by the implementing partners (NGOs)

3.   Strengthening internal coordination in providing services.

4.   To help arrange needed coordination meetings related on Drug under umbrella of project.


1.   Coordinate and facilitate the relevant training activities under DDR Program

2.   Using Training Needs Assessment Tools to identify and prioritize the most important trainings needed by drug service -providers in targeted provinces.

3.   Provide logistical and technical support to the training and report on completion.

Resource management:

Ensure proper management and utilization of project’ activities related on DDR, including financial disbursements, HR development and supplies.


1.   Provide monthly written reports about the work that he/she has done and followed up.  including what was achieved and gaps/constraints.

2.   Support in getting information about DDR activities, and achievements including updates for monthly morbidities among drug users from implementing partners, and ensure that IPs are reporting at regular HIS, 4Ws and HeRAMS.

3.   Provide regular weekly updates to the supervisor and to DDR/MHPSS Technical Team of WHE.

Job Requirement:

Qualifications Required: Doctor of Medicine with specialization/ trainings specific on Substance Use Disorders (Drug Demand Reduction)


1.   Management and coordination

2.   Strong knowledge of drug-related and communications

3.   Knowledge on drug demand reduction service delivery strategies

4.   Proven experience in handling large-scale emergency responses under pressure and following tight timelines in critical situations.

5.   Fluent in English (excellent oral and written skills) and two main local languages Pashtu and Dari

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

1.   Ability to prioritize, organize, manage, and adapt management style according to need.

2.   Excellent training and communication skills to facilitate project implementation and coordinate among stakeholders

3.   Presentation skills of project and M&E reports


Essential: Completion of Doctor of Medicine and completed technical courses related specifically of DDR

Desirable: Have very good experiences on clinical management and leadership on Drug Demand Reduction with completion of trainings specific on DDR and/or MHPSS.


–   At least 5 years of experience specific on DDR in humanitarian settings in Afghanistan

–   At least 3 years’ experience working with international organizations in DDR and training programs in the country.

–   Have at least 3 years of work experience on substance use disorders in relation to the BPHS and EPHS of the Ministry of Public Health

–   Working experience with recognized international NGOs

Languages: Very good knowledge of English both in speaking and in writing; very good in both Pashtu and Dari.

IT Skills:

– Good knowledge of Microsoft applications, very good in making PP presentations, excel sheets and Word documents.


–   Screening of the candidates;

–   Long List – The candidates shall be longlisted based on the minimum qualifications and relevant experience to the Vacancy Notice (VN).

–   Short List – Further shortlist shall be done based on years of relevant experience, higher education and required skills.

–   Assessment method:












–   WHO may conduct written/presentation and interview or combination of the mentioned mediums to select the most qualified candidate.-   WHO is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply and equally qualified female candidate will be given preference.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Submission Guideline:

Interested applicants (Afghan National) meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit their applications quoting this Vacancy Announcement Number (WHOAFG-2019-00-00) along with their curriculum vitae, copy of National ID (Tazkira) to below mentioned email:

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. ONLY CANDIDATES UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION WILL BE CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEW AND TEST.

WHO is a smoke free environment.

Submission Email:

  [email protected]