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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/12/FT208
Title: Medical Officer: (Maternal and Child Health)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 7 June 2012
Application Deadline: 26 October 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Organization unit: WP_KHM Cambodia (WP_KHM) /
WP_KH4 Director, Building Healthy Communities & Populations (WP_KH4)
To reduce overall maternal and childhood morbidity and mortality, enhance child and adolescent health and development, and improve the quality of life of children and women of child-bearing age, with due attention given to geographical areas and segments of the population with relatively high burden of maternal and childhood morbidity and mortality.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the WHO Representative (WR), with technical support from the Regional Advisers for Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCN) and the Expanded Programme on Immunization, and in collaboration with WHO Country Office (WCO) Cambodia staff, regional office staff, national authorities, nongovernmental organizations, United Nations (UN) agencies, donors, and other collaborative parties, the incumbent is responsible for the following functions:
1. Provide technical advice to the Ministry of Health and provincial and operational district level health authorities in the development of maternal and child health -related policies, strategies, operational plans and interventions;
2. Provide overall managerial and technical support to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate WHO collaborative programme activities with the Government of Cambodia funded from Assessed Contributions and other sources in the following areas:
a. Child health including newborn care, the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), and hospital care for children;
b. Adolescent health and development with emphasis on adolescent sexual and reproductive health;
c. Maternal Health including activities to improve access to skilled attendance at birth, emergency obstetric and newborn care , and safe abortions;
d. Reproductive Health services and family planning;
e. Nutrition with emphasis on infant and young child feeding, micronutrient supplementation, maternal nutrition, and the management of acute malnutrition;
3. Lead and facilitate Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programme planning, preparation and design of projects, and mobilization of resources;
4. Draft, revise, and review documentation concerning WHO's collaborative activities in maternal and reproductive health, newborn health, child health, adolescent health, nutrition, and immunization with the Government and with other partner agencies;
5. Serve as senior technical expert and provide advice on best practices for maternal and newborn health, child health, nutrition, immunization and adolescent health, including the technical documents and programmes promoted by WHO globally and regionally;
6. Supervise and provide senior-level technical support and guidance to the colleagues in the MCH Team including Making Pregnancy Safer, Child Survival and Nutrition, Expanded Programme on Immunization, and collaborate closely with other WCO colleagues in health system strengthening, communicable and noncommunicable disease control as their work relate to the area of maternal and child health;
7. Prepare for and participate in country programme reviews, Country Cooperation Strategy development, biennial Programme Budgets and Plans of Action, monitoring of progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goals, maternal and child health sections of United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), and other relevant processes and mechanisms;
8. Support the WHO Representative and perform other related duties as requested.
University degree in medicine with postgraduate degree in Public Health or a related relevant field from a recognized university is essential. Training in Paediatrics is necessary. Post-graduate training in epidemiology is desirable.
 Excellent knowledge of key maternal, child and adolescent health interventions and nutrition.
 Skills in the management of MCH programmes, including formulation of strategies, and development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health sector interventions.
 Knowledge and experience of Maternal and Child Health- related programmes in Western Pacific Region is an advantage.
 Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with government counterparts and WHO colleagues, as well as with donors, other UN agencies and relevant partners in civil society.
 Team management skills in an international, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.
 Knowledge of WHO policies, administrative procedures, and rules and regulations is an advantage.
 Strong analytical skills and strategic thinking.
 Good presentation, communication, advocacy and negotiation skills.
 Ability to adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
Other Skills and experiences: Computer proficiency in Ms Word, Excel, and Power Point is essential. Working knowledge of statistical software packages is an advantage. Strong presentation and communication skills are essential. Publications in peer-reviewed journals in the field of maternal and child health, nutrition and immunization is an advantage.

 Producing results
 Fostering integration and teamwork
 Ensuring the effective use of resources
 Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond
 Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
Minimum of ten years of national and international experience in EPI, management and implementation of maternal and child health programmes with at least five years of practical experience in developing countries is essential. International experience of working with a broad range of partners and of communicating maternal and child health issues, and advocating resources is desirable.
Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English. Working knowledge of other official UN languages is an advantage, as is knowledge of spoken and written Khmer.
Additional Information:
This is a re-advertisement. Previous applicants need not apply. All applications will be considered.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD80 734 at single rate
USD86 904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 25.4% % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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