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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/RHR/FT464
Title: Medical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 6 December 2012
Application Deadline: 20 December 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) aims to promote and support an expanded global effort to enable people to protect their own health as it relates to sexuality and reproduction and to have access to and receive health services when needed. To achieve this, the Department advocates and promotes sound public health strategies, sets norms and standards, provides technical cooperation, and supports relevant research. RHR includes the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating interdisciplinary research on sexual and reproductive health; for collaborating with countries in enhancing national capacities to conduct this research; for promoting the use of research results in policy-making and planning for sexual and reproductive health care; and for the setting of standards and guidelines, including ethical guidelines, in the field of sexual and reproductive health research. More information about HRP can be found at
The Research Capacity, Policy and Programme Strengthening (RCP) team within RHR is responsible for strengthening research and technical capacity for advancing sexual and reproductive health, and support to reproductive health policy and programme development including implementation and health system research, monitoring and evaluation, and knowledge exchange, in collaboration with the WHO regional offices and other partners. RCP is committed to collaborating with countries in efforts towards achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health. It accomplishes work on research capacity, policy and programme strengthening in collaboration with Research, Evidence and Norms (REN) and other relevant partners.
Description of duties:
The responsibilities as the Medical officer (Knowledge exchange and policy support) will include:
1. Leads the development and implementation of evidence summaries, tools and materials to introduce and incorporate evidence-based sexual and reproductive health recommendations. Liaises with thematic teams and groups in the Department in development and implementation of these materials and tools;
2. Develops and implements knowledge exchange frameworks and approaches to introduce sexual and reproductive health guidelines in country programmes, supports their adaptation and monitors implementation;
3. Undertakes proposal development and grant writing and submission to donors and funding agencies in order to increase financial support for WHO's work in knowledge exchange and transfer, and introduction of evidence-based interventions as relates to reproductive health and especially family planning;
4. Initiates and maintains dialogue and technical cooperation with countries to support updating policies and programmes based on research findings and evidence-based recommendations and WHO guidelines;
5. Manages collaboration with relevant organizations and institutions, including WHO Collaborating Centres, and WHO country and regional offices in order to implement the research priorities in the area of knowledge exchange and achieve the objectives of the Team and Department;
6. Organizes and coordinates Department's H4+ (joint country support by WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, The World Bank, UNAIDS, UN Women) activities, ensuring incorporation of evidence-based reproductive health interventions in countries and their monitoring. Participates in and carries out H4+ global activities as necessary;
7. Supports countries in scaling up effective sexual and reproductive health interventions and innovations, and evaluating their impact;
8. Performs other related tasks, as required by the Coordinator RCP, and Director, RHR.
Essential: Medical degree with post-graduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology or a related field of medicine.
Desirable: PhD in a medical or public health field.
Extensive, up-to-date medical and scientific knowledge of reproductive health technologies, appropriate evidence-based interventions, services and programmes. Solid knowledge of research designs and especially implementation and operational research. Skills in critical appraisal of published literature and systematic reviews. Demonstrated ability to write concise reports. Ability to work with multiple partners, technical networks and in a multicultural environment. Ability to produce results and respond to urgent needs. Communication and diplomatic skills.
WHO Competencies
*1. Producing results
*2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
*3. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way.
Essential: A minimum of 10 years experience combined at the international/national level in the reproductive and population sciences and in conducting programme and policy-relevant research and analysis. Experience in reproductive health policy and programmes in developing countries. Considerable record of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals.
Desirable: Experience in monitoring and evaluating reproductive health programmes. Experience in conducting implementation research using robust study designs.
Excellent knowledge of English required. Excellent knowledge of another UN language an asset.
Additional Information:
Previously advertised as HQ/12/RHR/FT302. Reissued with a change in 'experience' requirements. Previous applicants who meet the requirements and wish to apply should do so.

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

This vacancy is published in English only.

The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments) and 2. External candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80 629 at single rate
USD 86 791 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 92.6 % 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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