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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/12/FT504
Title: Regional Adviser (Health Professionals Education) Position 173332)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 6 January 2013
Application Deadline: 1 February 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/DHS Division of Health Systems & Services Development (EM/DHS)
Health Professionals Education (HPE)
To develop and support the implementation of plans, programs and activities which strengthen the capacities of Member States in education development to produce and maintain the skills of HRH including pre-service, on the job and post-graduate training functions. . The Unit advises RD and the Member States on issues relating to educational development and HRH training institution's strengthening.

Purpose of the Post:

Support Member States of Eastern Mediterranean Region to improve access to quality health professions education (HPE) by strengthening educational institutions and programmes that are able to produce the human resources for health (HRH) which meet the health needs of populations and health services.

Organizational Context:

The incumbent will work as a member of the Health Workforce Development (HWD) team under the guidance of the HWD coordinator and the supervision of DHS. She/he will provide advice to Member States and take responsibility for the follow up of the unit activities in the following three areas of work (i) Education capacity development of HRH educational institutions and programs in the region (ii) manage the regional fellowships program and advise member states on fellowships (iii) promote establishment, designation, support and networking of medical and health professionals education development centres and related WHO Collaborating Centres in the Region.

Description of duties:
Under the general guidance of the HWD Coordinator and direct supervision of Health System Development (DHS), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Health Personnel Education:
a. Advises and supports the Member States on educational aspects of human resources for health and health system and services development.
b. In collaboration with HWD Coordinator and Regional Adviser, Nursing, Midwifery and Allied (RA/NMA), promotes the idea of community-oriented education in medical, nursing and allied health personnel training.
c. Advises and supports Member States in establishing and developing health professions education programmes to prepare teachers for the medical and health professionals' education and training.
d. Advises and supports Member States on strengthening undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.

2. Educational Development Centres:
Advises and supports the Member States on establishment, promotion and networking of educational development centres in the countries of the region in support of health professions education.
a. Promotes the role of educational development centres in curriculum development, teacher training, continuing education, and research that address health personnel priority needs.
b. Supports education development centres to become qualified as WHO Collaborating Centres.
c. Strengthens the exchange of experiences between educational development centres and different countries on educational development matters and promote networking of collaborating and non-collaborating centres in the region.
d. Develops and produces project proposals for submission to external donors for extra-budgetary funds for promoting educational development centres, fellowship programmes, and production of teaching / learning materials.
e. Supports the establishment of a network of academic institutions across the region in the area of health system strengthening.

3. Fellowship Programme:
a. Identifies and advises the Regional Director on the direction of the fellowship programme for Member States to ensure the development of appropriate health personnel.
b. Manages and supervises the functioning of the Fellowship Unit including review, selection, placement, and evaluation of fellows in appropriate study programmes within and outside the Region.
c. Advises the divisions and programmes on policy matters, technical and managerial aspects of the Regional Fellowship and related programmes in support of development of relevant HR for health in the Region.
d. Coordinates, promotes and involves the WHO Collaborating Centres and the National Centres of excellence on HRH to further strengthening of the appropriateness of WHO's Regional Fellowship Programme.
e. Reviews and prepares periodic analytical reports on the implementation and appropriate utilization of Regional Fellowship programmes in contributing to national HRH priorities, for use at country, regional and at HQ levels.

Essential: University degree in Medicine or any health related field and postgraduate degree in Medical Education or other medical specialities.

Desirable: Doctorate Degree or equivalent in Medical Education or related areas.


1) Communicating in a credible and effective way
2) Ensuring effective use of resources
3) Creating and empowering and motivating
4) Building and promoting partnerships across the
organization and beyond
5) Promoting WHO's position in health leadership

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

In depth knowledge of public health and health professions education. Knowledge of innovative approaches in health professions education. Knowledge and skills in areas related to educational development, ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

Other Skills:

Proficiency in MS Office and data management software.
Essential: At least 10 years of combined experience at national and international level in the field of medical and health professionals' education.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French is an asset.
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 relevants experience will be considered.

A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the basic for rosters).

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency based approach.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80,734 at single rate
US$86,904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 39.4 % 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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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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