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Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/RO/13/FT04
Title: Regional Adviser (Making Pregnancy Safer and Reproductive Health)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 1 April 2013
Application Deadline: 30 April 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit: SEARO Regional Office for the South East Asia (SE/RGO) /
SE/FHR Department of Family and Research (SE/FHR)
SE/FHR/MRH Making Pregnancy Safer and Reproductive Health
- To develop, coordinate and evaluate the Region's need for development of programmes which are aimed at achieving the optimum level of maternal, newborn and reproductive health.
- To provide technical support to address maternal, newborn and key reproductive health problems with a special emphasis on reducing high maternal mortality ratio and address maternal and reproductive health morbities
- To promote the implementation of evidence-based integrated cost effective strategies and interventions within the context of regional maternal and newborn health and reproductive health strategies to achieve universal access to reproductive health.
 To facilitate and support generation of evidence and disseminate and promote best practices for addressing priority problems in the area of maternal, newborn and reproductive health.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of Director, Department of Family Health and Research and with the broad guidance of Deputy Regional Director, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:
1. Plan and develop methodologies and evaluate the activities of the regional Maternal, newborn and Reproductive Health and Research programmes on the basis of the Regional Director's priorities and policies and ensure close co-operation with other related areas.
2. Ensure coordination and exchange of information with relevant WHO headquarters, other regional offices, other UN agencies and international organizations, health ministries and other organizations, etc.
3. Participate with national authorities, non-government organizations and international organizations to formulate the Maternal, newborn and reproductive health and research regional and country health programmes and to develop plans and activities to implement these programme activities; advise the Regional Director through Director, Family Health and Research, on the identification of priorities and action plans to meet objectives in the areas of Maternal and Newborn Health, Family Planning, Preventing of Unsafe Abortion, Prevention of Reproductive Tract Infections/Sexually Transmitted Infections (RTIs/STIs) and other key Reproductive Health programmes.
4. Administer support to regional and country activities in the areas of Maternal, newborn and reproductive health and research by providing advice, guidance and supervision of and to consultants and colleagues.
5. Facilitate and coordinate with donors to mobilize extra-budgetary resources to meet the programme needs.
6. Promote and coordinate the activities of international, bilateral and voluntary agencies in the delivery of the Maternal and reproductive health and Research programmes, advise and assist national authorities in programmatic issues and quality improvement, including identifying training needs and organizing regional educational activities.
7. Promote the development of research programmes in the area of maternal, newborn and reproductive health by encouraging the application of appropriate research methods, ensuring collection and distribution of research information, formulating protocols and scrutinizing research proposals for funding, advising on relevance and technical aspects of their design.
8. Exercise delegated authority in the area of maternal, newborn and reproductive health to approve exceptions to the established methodology, e.g. interpret the organization's policies with respect to difficult and complex cases.
9. Promote, utilize and support the work of WHO Collaborating Centres on Maternal, Newborn and Reproductive Health and Research and national centres of expertise.
10. Perform any other related functions as required and may be assigned from time to time.
Degree in Medicine from a recognized university, and postgraduate degree in Public Health in the fields relating to maternal, newborn and reproductive health.

Training in management and leadership in public health
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Extensive knowledge of programmatic and technical support to national Maternal, Newborn and Reproductive Health programmes. Experience and skills in proposal development, analysis of proposals and project management in the area of maternal, newborn and reproductive health. Ability to communicate effectively and establish good working relationships at national and international levels. Ability to negotiate with national ministries, international agencies and donors.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
At least ten years of experience in the development and implementation of maternal, newborn and reproductive health programmes in developing countries including five years of experience working in similar area at international level.

Knowledge of WHO programmes and policies.
Excellent command of written and spoken English
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80, 734/- at single rate
USD 86, 904/- with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 41.0% % 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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