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Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/CO/13/FT01
Title: Medical Officer (Family & Community Health)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 4 February 2013
Application Deadline: 4 March 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Pyong Yang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_KRD WR Office, DPR Korea (SE_KRD)
To support the Ministry of Public Health in improving overall health of the community and service delivery at primary health care level by:
(a) increasing capacities of health system especially addressing health care providers to handle safe delivery and emergency surgeries, including Emergency Obstetrics Care, Essential newborn care, Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses and to address young and adolescents in order to contribute towards reduction in maternal and child mortality and morbidity, (b) Improve quality of care through policy framework, updating service guidelines and protocols according to international standards, technical capacity building through pre-service, in-service training and continuous education and (c) Improving basic health service delivery including diagnostic and laboratory facilities and address issue of availability of essential medicines and safe blood.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision and guidance of WHO Representative to DPR Korea (DPRK), the incumbent will be responsible to perform the following duties:
1. Support the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in planning and timely formulating quality workplans, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes relating to clusters of Family and Community Health (FCH), Health System Development (HSD) including Health System, Human Resources, Health Information, Evidence & Research, Blood safety and Clinical Technology (BCT) and Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health including Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) taking into consideration existing manpower and institutional capacities of the health systems in the country.
2. Assist in strengthening the national capacity for effective implementation of programmes in the above- mentioned areas and provide technical expertise to improve service delivery at primary health care level facilitating adaptation and use of WHO evidence-based guidelines, training material and incorporating lessons learnt, newly developed policies and best practices.
3. Provide technical support for coordination, management, implementation, and monitoring and reporting of donor-funded programme in areas of health system strengthening, reproductive, maternal and newborn health and noncommunicable diseases including preparation of reports as per WHO and donor rules and regulations in a timely manner.
4. Analyze and interpret the social and economic environment relevant to health and development and identify opportunities for WHO assistance and interventions within the country programme.
5. Facilitate and coordinate with donors, develop project proposals for resource mobilization in different priority programme areas especially Health Systems, Human Resources, Health Information System, Maternal and Child Health, Noncommunicable Diseases, Essential Drugs and Primary Health Care
6. Advise and provide technical support to Ministry of Public Health in the review, development and implementation of policies in various priority areas such as health system, human resources for health, MCH, Blood safety, Tobacco free and Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) (additional to FCH).
7. Advise and support the development of strategies and recommendations in these areas to strengthen national plans and priorities.
8. Act as the country office focal point for programme management and development to coordinate development of workplans, submission of mid-term and end of biennium performance assessment reports and collaborate with other colleagues to monitor implementation.
9. Prepare for and participate in country programme reviews, Country Cooperation Strategy Development and monitor progress towards Millennium Development Goals and other relevant processes and mechanisms.
10. Coordinate communication and advocacy activities at WCO including website development and technical update. Coordinate preparation of briefs and input papers for policy dialogue and dissemination.
11. Advise, supervise and support strengthening of technical and managerial capacities of national staff.
12. Strengthen partnerships and collaborative relationships with executing agencies, experts, government, UN agencies and donors to enhance complementarities and synergy.
13. Perform any other tasks as assigned by WR.
Essential: Medical degree with a post graduate degree in public health.

Desirable: Training or experience in health system development or hospital administration
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
1. Job knowledge/Technical expertise
2. Resource mobilization
3. Leveraging the resources of national government and partners/Building strategic alliances and partnerships
4. Advocacy/advancing policy oriented agenda.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.

Other Skills (e.g. IT): Proven competency in ICT, knowledge in the use of personal computers, word processors, and spreadsheet.
Essential: At least 7 years of experience including at least 3 years at the international level in public health.

Desirable: Familiarity with WHO policies and practices. Interest and experience in health system development, human resources for health, health policy, programming and resource mobilization. International working experience for development programmes. Working experience with WHO or other UN agencies at the national and international level is an asset.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
Knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67, 483 at single rate
USD 72, 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 56.60 % 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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