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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/12/TA129
Title: Health Systems Adviser (TJK)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 19 December 2012
Application Deadline: 9 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Organization unit: EUCO Operations in Countries (EU_ACO) /
EU_TJK WHO Country Office, Tajikistan (EU_TJK)
Division of Health Systems and Public Health
Purpose of the Post:
In the context of the implementation of the new European Policy Health 2020, WHO assists the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan to strengthen its health system with special focus on health financing and services delivery reforms. As part of this technical assistance, WHO supports a Health Policy Analysis Unit (HPAU) that provides evidence and policy advice to implement the Tajik National Health Sector Strategy 2010-2020.
The WHO Health Systems Resident Advisor is expected to play a key role in the development and support to implement the sector reforms and in building the capacity of the national team.

Objective of the Division of Health Systems
& Public Health:

The objective of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health (DSP) is to develop in Europe the strategic capacity to assist Member States to design, establish and promote comprehensive health and health systems policies and to enable countries to benefit from international experience in reforming their health systems. The Division contributes to the development of the WHO European Health Policy Health 2020 and National Health Policies, Plans and Strategies, and the knowledge base in the broad thematic areas of health systems governance, financing, organization, service delivery and resource generation, in collaboration with other relevant international, regional, national and non-governmental partners.

The WHO Country Office in Tajikistan supports this 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 workplan. WHO helps the country to improve health status of the population including their health system and provides technical support as necessary.

Work environment: The incumbent will work under the general direction and guidance of the WHO Representative, with specific technical guidance provided by the Division of Health Systems and Public Health of the WHO Regional Office. The incumbent will be an integral part of the WHO Country Office team and will interact with WHO Europe specialists in health services delivery, system governance, financing, public health, pharmaceuticals and medical technologies and human resources. S/he also expected to collaborate with staff from the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment, Division of Non-communicable Diseases & Health Promotion, Division of Information, Evidence, Research & Innovation. WHO Europe prioritizes team work, the composition of which may vary in line with the requests made by the Member States.

Description of duties:
The incumbent will perform, under the broad guidance and supervision of the WHO Representative in Tajikistan and Programme manager, Health Governance working in close collaboration with the Division of Health Systems and Public Health and the Health Policy Analysis Unit (HPAU), the following duties:

Advisory and Strategic Role
- Pro-actively grant sound and informed-based advice on going health reforms in Tajikistan, in particular related to the National Health Strategy 2010-20 and other relevant reform initiatives in the health sector and with special focus on health system financing and health services deliver;
- Advice, provide and facilitate technical support on health systems financing, primary health care and services delivery reforms as part of the National Health Strategy 2010-20 implementation;
- Work closely with MOH Departments to ensure that policy recommendations are followed up with policy decisions;
- Provide strategic advice to MOH and WHO Country Office on aspects related to health system strengthening;
- Provide strategic advice on institutional strengthening of the policy analysis function of the MOH including HPAU role in this.

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
- In agreement with the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan, carry out and build national capacity to perform policy analysis on priority health systems' topics;
- Ensure that results are properly published as studies and/or policy briefs and that serve as basis for the policy dialogue and informed-based policy;
- Technically lead the work of the HPAU and provide technical guidance to the Health System National Professional Officer at the WHO Country Office.

Coordination and Process Management
- Lead the development of the annual HPAU workplans in close collaboration with the MOH.
- Develop regular reports on progress of work and implementation including reporting to donors.
- Liaise with both relevant technical units and programmes of the DSP at the WHO Europe Regional Office and support missions' preparation and development.
- Liaise with relevant Development Partners from national and international agencies and institutions.
- Oversee the design and commissioning of health systems research and analytical studies.
- Promote and facilitate peer review and twinning arrangement with relevant institutions in Tajikistan and the Region.
- Perform other activities agreed with the MOH and WHO aligned with and functional to the purpose of work.

Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences (i.e. at least Master's Degree) in health system strengthening, health policy, public sector, policy, economics, health economics, international law and relations or other related fields.

Desirable: Doctorate degree with concentration in health systems and/or health policy.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Good and proven skills as a health system adviser to high level officials on health sector in particular areas of organization and management of equitable, integrated health care delivery systems based on primary health care and financing reform,
- Extensive knowledge of health systems and their reform in the WHO European Region in particular Eastern part and Central Asia.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-agency environment, including in the context of a Sector Wide Approach to health system development.
- Demonstrated understanding of the aid/development effectiveness agenda role and application of different aid/financing instruments including knowledge of the context of international and global development assistance on health sector.
- Proven skills in developing and assessing health policy/health reform plans and strategies including health finance reform.
- Proven skills in building capacity in health policy analysis.
- Proven ability to guide or produce policy-relevant analytical work and channel the results of this into policy decision-making processes.
- Technical knowledge of research methodology and social statistics analysis.
- Knowledge of the WHO and UN system.

Other Skills:
Knowledge of standard text, spreadsheet and presentation software applications required. Experience working with data processing and statistical software packages (e.g. STATA, SAS, etc.) would be an asset.


1. Producing results:
Ability to produce high-quality results and workable solutions that meet client needs, and monitors progress against objectives, taking corrective action when necessary; handles problems effectively. Proven skills in project management and reporting.

2. Moving forward in a changing environment:
Demonstrated ability to adapt technical concepts and evidence to different contexts, and to develop and apply new ways of working

3. Communicating in a credible and effective way:
Proven abilities to provide sound policy and technical advice to institutions and governments, to engage health policy makers in constructive dialog, and to translate complex conceptual issues into understandable language for non-specialists. Excellent interpersonal capacity building and communication skills.

4. Setting an example:
Understands and behaves in accordance with WHO's professional, ethical and legal framework.

5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond:
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain mutually beneficial work relationships and alliances inside and outside the Organization, creating synergies to improve results.

At least seven years experience, at national and international level in health systems and/or health policy analysis, health economics, health systems research, including related teaching/training experience. Experience in providing policy and technical advice to institutions and governments. Experience in project management and reporting.

Desirable: Previous experience working as a health system researcher or advisor.
Excellent knowledge of English and knowledge of another WHO and/or WHO EURO official language (I.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish).

Desirable: Knowledge of Russian or Tajik would be an asset.
Additional Information:
WHO has an online recruitment system. Therefore, ONLY applications submitted on-line at will be accepted.

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.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a written test and/or presentation. Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Contract extensions will be subject to funding and satisfactory performance.

Similar posts could be filled using this vacancy notice.
Monthly salary: (Net of tax)
67,483 USD at single rate
72,467 USD with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 45.3 % 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.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

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