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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/FWC/FT472
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 10 December 2012
Application Deadline: 7 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/MCA Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (HQ/MCA)
HQ/PPP Policy, Planning and Programmes
To enable high-burden countries to ensure evidence-based policies and strategies are in place to achieve universal access to high quality health services for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (MNCAH), and increase coverage and quality of effective MNCAH interventions among pregnant women, newborns, children and adolescents, and to create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies.
Description of duties:
As a member of the Policy, Planning and Programmes (PPP) team, and under the direct supervision of the Coordinator, PPP, the incumbent:
- Leads development of tools to facilitate knowledge transfer and skills building of relevant cadres who provide midwifery services.
- Provides specialized technical support to Member States through the Regional Offices, to strengthen policy formulation, strategy development, and programming capacities at national level for improved maternal and newborn health services.
- Leads development of approaches to streamline health workforce planning, particularly related to midwifery services, for maternal and newborn health into national strategy and planning processes, in close collaboration with other relevant WHO departments and with partners.
- Contributes to developing the evidence-base for effective interventions to improve maternal and newborn health, as well as sexual and reproductive health of adolescents.
- Contributes to development of research priorities for addressing the burden of ill health associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
- Provides technical support to Member States for the implementation of programmes to ensure universal access and coverage of skilled care during pregnancy, childbirth and in the postnatal period, ensuring a continuum of care and integrated delivery of services.
- Provides technical support to Member States in the implementation of programs for adolescent sexual and reproductive health including prevention of early pregnancies.
- Provides oversight and technical support to the WHO midwifery fellowship program currently under formation to build global expertise and recognition of midwifery as a profession.
- Builds new, and expands existing, partnerships in midwifery, promoting WHO and the Regional Offices as a leading source of innovation and excellence in programme delivery; collaborates with related professional bodies.
- Collaborates closely with other programmes within WHO, international organizations and partners in providing backstopping support to countries.
- Collects and systematically analyses country experiences and monitor progress in implementing MNH programmes with special attention to midwifery.
- As part of resource mobilization initiatives, develops proposals to enlist donors' support under the guidance of the supervisor.

Main achievements include: Supports Member States in the policy development related to midwifery services, continuous review and updating of technical interventions; integrates programmatic guidelines for implementation of MNH interventions; ensures that the highest technical standards are consistently reflected in WHO's work on the subject, with special emphasis on the workforce for MNH.
Degree in midwifery. Postgraduate degree in public health or human resources development.

Training in health systems development or international health.
Extensive technical knowledge of midwifery, the management of maternal and newborn health
programs, training and management of health workforce with midwifery competencies, as well as the broad determinants of maternal and newborn health.
Excellent knowledge and practice of policy development, planning, and programme management particularly in relation to maternal, newborn, health programming.
Excellent knowledge of the theories, principles, methods and process of human resources development particularly in strengthening midwifery care services.
Skills in curriculum development.
Good negotiation skills and advocacy and demonstrated ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings and excellent inter personal skills.

WHO competencies:
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Fostering integration and teamwork
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Producing results
A minimum of ten years' experience in maternal and newborn health services, including the practice of midwifery, with at least five years' experience in management, supervision, and teaching of midwives.
At least three years' experience at the international level and in low-and middle-income countries.

Experience in planning and managing midwifery programmes/projects at country level.
Experience working with different intergovernmental agencies.
Excellent knowledge of English or French and working knowledge of the other.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

A written test may form part of the screening process.

This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80734 at single rate
USD 86904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 99.4 % 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.

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

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