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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/12/TASR49
Title: National Public Health Officer (MKD)
Grade: NO-C
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  Six months with possibility of extension(1) - see Additional Information below
Date: 21 November 2012
Application Deadline: 5 December 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DSP Health Systems and Public Health (EU/DSP)
Public Health Services (PHS), WHO Country Office in the former Yugoslav Repubilc of Macedonia
The objective of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health is to assist the Member States of the WHO European Region to design, adopt and implement health policies, strategies, plans and tools in line with the values of solidarity, equity and participation. The Division provides policy and technical assistance in collaboration with development partners.

The WHO Country Office supports the Member State to shape its health policy in line with WHO's principles and values and advocates for an integrated approach to health development. By means of a single, unified and functionally integrated country representation, WHO facilitates the implementation of the BCA with the Member State and its corresponding country work plan. WHO helps the country to improve its health system and provides technical support as necessary.

The WHO Country Office administers, consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to maximize WHO impact. The Country Office also has a representational, fund-raising and resource steering function, as needed.

Purpose of the Post:
The purpose of the post is to advise on strengthening the national and sub-national capacities in developing and implementing policies, legislation and regulations in relation to public health services as an integral part of a comprehensive health system strengthening effort focused on health system performance. In doing so, to provide, technical and managerial support to the newly-established Seat of the SEE Health Network Secretariat in Skopje and to the Regional Health Development Centre (RHDC) on PHS at the National Institute of Public Health, Skopje in the capacity of WHO/EURO Focal Person for the SEE Health Network.
Description of duties:
Under the guidance of HCO and the Programme Manager, Public Health Services in the WHO Regional office, the incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day overseeing, managing and coaching of the SEE Health Network staff and the SEE RHDC for PHS based in Skopje. The incumbent will have the following objectives:
  • provide advice and technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and the regional and local health authorities on strengthening organizational and institutional features of health systems with a specific focus on legislation and regulation for public health services (service delivery);
  • provide support and guidance in the development of public health legislation and building of national capacities aiming at improving performance of population based public health services;
  • guide national policies and networks towards institutionalization of processes and methods for improving the performance of population-based public health service providers;
  • act as the WHO/EURO focal person for the SEE Health Network and provide continuous coaching to the Secretariat staff on all technical and managerial issue with the objective to build up their capacities;
  • advise the SEE Health Executive Committee, Secretariat in Skopje and the Regional Health Development Centre on Public Health Services in Skopje on strengthening the organizational and institutional features of the cooperation on public health with the goals of sustaining the cooperation and for implementing the commitments of the SEE Health Network documents (Dubrovnik Pledge/2001, Skopje Pledge/2005, MoU (2009 and 2011), Host Agreement for the Seat of the Secretariat/2010 and the Banja Luka Pledge/2011);
  • assist the SEEHN (Executive Committee and Secretariat) by facilitating partnership and coordination between the MOH and international partners involved in Health Systems and Public Health programme areas that are in the country, mostly the EC Commission Office;
  • provide assistance in other areas of health systems delivery as needed.
  • The incumbent is also responsible for ensuring the quality implementation of the products stated in the Biennial Collaborating Agreement (BCA) and in the fields covered above, in working in close collaboration with the Country Office and within the PHS programme.

    In addition to the above specific duties some more general tasks are also foreseen and the incumbent should support Country Office staff as required, ensuring a smooth and efficient implementation of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement (BCA) in the country.
Essential: University degree in law, social sciences, management or public health.
Desirable: Post graduate degree (PhD, ScD, DPH) in public health, or other related health and social sciences.
Functional Skills and Knowledge
  • A broad knowledge of public health with a particular focus on health policy, planning and implementation human resources for health and health system development.
  • Proven skills in public health services evaluation, performance measurement and assessment and in public health legislation/regulation development and enforcement.
  • Proven skills in health system strengthening and policy development. Proven abilities to provide sound policy and technical advice to institutions and governments.
  • Knowledge of the political, social and health system situation in the country. Knowledge of situation in other countries of the European Region is an asset.
  • Sound knowledge of office management; administration, human resources, finance/accounting and budget.

Competencies: see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Creating an empowering and motivating environment: Guides and motivates local project staff towards meeting challenges and achieving objectives. Good organizational skills.
  2. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization:Develops and strengthens internal and external partnerships that can provide information, assistance and support to the project. Identifies and uses synergies across the Organization and with external partners. Proven ability to build trust and collaboration among partners. Good networking skills.
  3. Knowing and managing yourself: Manages ambiguity and pressure in a self-reflective way. Uses criticism as a development opportunity. Seeks opportunities for continuous learning and professional growth.
  4. Communicating in a credible and effective way: Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others and listens actively. Produces effective written communications. Ensures that information is shared. Demonstrated skills in efficient communication (written and spoken). Strong professional oral and writing skills including the development of reports and oral presentations. Proven communication, negotiation and leadership skills. Excellent knowledge of social communication and advocacy techniques, political and stakeholder analysis, management and negotiation methods.
  5. Fostering integration and teamwork: Develops and promotes effective relationships with colleagues and team members. Deals constructively with conflicts.
Essential: At least 5 years experience in health systems and public health focusing on national public health legislation and regulations.
Desirable: Experience in day-to-day oversight, management and implementation of population health programs and services. Knowledge of or experience in WHO and/or UN system, as well as experience of working with or in other multi- and bilateral development agencies active in the health sector.
Essential: Excellent knowledge of national language and English.
Desirable: Working knowledge of Russian.

Additional Information:
(1) Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance, continued need for the function and availability of funds.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

WHO has an on-line recruitment system, therefore ONLY applications submitted on-line at will be accepted.

This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, we only accept applications from nationals of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

All on-line applications are automatically acknowledged. If you do not receive an e-mail within 24 hours confirming receipt of your application, you should verify your on-line profile. In case of repeated difficulties, contact by e-mail indicating the vacancy title and number in the subject line.

A written test may be used as a screening tool. Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation as part of the final selection procedure.
Monthly salary: (Net of tax)
Euro 2896 at single rate
according to salary scale in effect with primary dependants

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

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