Key position at the Ministry of Health advertised

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has advertised the position of the director general of the Ministry of Health (MOH).

 The appointee is the Government's principal advisor on all health matters and is the administrator of the health sector in Samoa.

Leausa Dr. Take Naseri has been appointed Acting Director General to see through the merger of the MOH and the National Health Service (NHS).

Last month the PSC invited applications for the position of deputy director general.

According to the application form, the role of the director general is to lead and manage the provision and regulations of health systems through improved health care services, efficient and effective public health services and enforcing regulations to protect the health of all citizens. The director general will also manage all national hospitals, district hospitals and community health centers as well as healthcare services.

The successful applicant will also be able to successfully implement the health merger – in line with a transition plan and to continuously improve its service delivery – through a review of the health care performance standards.  

“The position is on a contractual term of three years and the salary is CEO Grade B up to $121,870 per annum.

“This amount is inclusive of 7 per cent employer contribution to National Provident Fund and 1 per cent contribution to Accident Compensation Fund.”

Last year the Cabinet ordered a Commission of Inquiry into the merger of the NHS and MOH which led to the merge.

Another top position that was advertised by the Land Transport Authority is for a Legal Division manager – a position that was held by Pepe Lafai, who was  recently acquitted of forgery charges, in connection to altering certain vehicle make years on an electronic system.

According to the advertisement, previous applicants should not reapply. The salary is $85, 729.00 per annum and it is for three years.

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