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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/12/FT400
Title: Medical Officer, (Making Pregnancy Safer) position no. 320736
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  for 2 years - Post of limited duration
Date: 9 October 2012
Application Deadline: 19 November 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EM Eastern Mediterranean (EM) /
EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO)
Family and Child Health under (WRH) Women's & Reproductive Health WRH/DHP
Objectives of the Programme:
To provide technical support for monitoring, evaluation and development in the field of making pregnancy safer in response to regional and national needs and priorities of maternal and neonatal health and other related issues of making pregnancy safer.

Purpose of the Post:
To provide technical advice to Member States in the development, adaptation and use of technologies and approaches designed for making pregnancy safer, and develop new evidence, products, technologies and interventions accelerating the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
Description of duties:
Organizational Context :
Under the direct supervision of the Family and Community Health Coordinator and general guidance of the Director Health Protection and Promotion, the incumbent will provide technical support and guidance to the health authorities in Member States to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate country's programme on promoting maternal and neonatal health, with focus on up-to-date evidence based interventions feasible to be implemented in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, especially countries with poor maternal and neonatal health indicators

Summary of Duties:
-Provide technical expert advice and guidance to the Member States in the development of sustainable national policies, and plans of action addressing making pregnancy safer issues in the Region; with specific focus on Millennium Development Goal 5 priority EM countries;
-Lead and facilitate the implementation of relevant evidence-based interventions promoted by WHO to accelerate reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in EM countries;
-Monitor and evaluate the implementation of maternal and neonatal health strategies in Member States and identify innovative approaches and models that can be integrated into national plans aim to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality;
-Develop partnerships and effective coordination to enhance resource mobilization for maternal and neonatal health activities on a sustainable basis;
-Serve as senior expert and provide advice on best practices to establish and strengthen existing mechanisms for training and evaluating health personnel who provide services to programmes addressing making pregnancy safer issues;
-Identify and evaluate research opportunities encouraging national counterparts to seek new scientific courses of investigation, building both capacity and sustainability;
-Prepare and participate in field missions to Member States to provide technical backstopping in maternal and neonatal health in terms of programme orientation and implementation.
Essential: University degree in Medicine and Master's Degree in any health related field.

Desirable: Specialization in the field of Pediatrics or Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a public health training or post-graduate degree in public health.
1) Fostering integration and teamwork
2) Producing results
3) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
4) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.

Functional Skills and Knowledge :
-Broad knowledge of maternal and neonatal health programmes. Skills in management, training and research. Ability to organize, manage and implement maternal and neonatal health programmes. Ability to establish and maintain good working relationship at the national and international levels.
-Assuming leadership role in the field of maternal and neonatal health.
-Initiative and adaptability to work in developing countries.
-Ability to adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
-Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and ability to work smoothly in difficult working environment.

Other Skills :
Computer proficiency in Ms Office and Data management
Essential: At least 10 years' experience at the national level (preferably in developing countries) combined with sustained exposure to the work of NGOs, IGOs and the UN system, in Maternal, Reproductive and Newborn health.

Desirable: Experience in programme planning, monitoring, evaluation and training.

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage. Working knowledge of French is desirable
Additional Information:
Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out
unqualified candidates.
Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
Written test may be used as an elimentary tool.
Candidates will be interviewed using a competency-based approach.
This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80734 at single rate
US$86904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 38.6% % 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.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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