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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/TA44
Title: Technical Officer, Post # 345945; Stationed in Jerusalem
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 24 April 2013
Application Deadline: 16 May 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station: 
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_PSE WHO Representative's Office, Palestine (EM_PSE)
EMR/IER Information, Evidence & Research
Purpose of the Post:
To work with the Ministry of Health and other health sector partners to strengthen Health Information Systems and shape the role of the Palestinian National Institute of Public Health.

Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity:

The Palestinian health sector is highly fragmented with a continued geographical and political split, a multitude of actors, and with need for stronger stewardship by national authorities and better data analysis and research to inform policy decisions.
The Palestinian Authority has decided to establish a Palestinian National Institute of Public Health (PNIPH) following a feasibility study undertaken by WHO. The PNIPH will undertake data analysis and research in order to provide science-based information and advice on health issues to the PA and Palestinian civil society and will also have a role in training and capacity building for the health sector. Despite efforts made by the Ministry of Health and several partners to strengthen health information systems, there is still much room for improvement, especially in terms of comprehensiveness and integration of the system. Quality of data collection has to be improved, data analysis capacity at central and district level remains insufficient. Many health care providers, nongovernmental organizations and international agencies collect and analyse data to monitor their own programmes and activities, resulting in a scattered and sometimes inconsistent and contradictory flow of information.

Description of duties:
Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and Head of Office, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the PNIPH project component related to the improvement of the Health Information Systems (HIS) and national health related databases in the oPt and the usage of the data collected. This component is aimed at enhancing decision making process in the health sector, through regular utilisation of information, customised to the needs of health managers and other stakeholders, at national, district and local levels. Special attention will be given to the improvement of data quality, to the development of data analysis and interpretation of data and to the improvement of data sharing.

During the initial two-year period related to the establishment of the Institute, the incumbent together with PNIPH national staff will provide close, on-going support to relevant officials to assist them in strengthening systems data, analysis and use, organising training and capacity building activities in the HIS field.

The post will be based in Ramallah at the new premises for the PNIPH. Some work may also be carried out at the WHO office in Jerusalem.
Summary of Assigned Duties:

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

 Design and implement assessments of HIS and databases in the OPT, in line with the results of the recent participatory assessment supported by WHO and based on the WHO and Health Metrics Network assessment tools.
 Assess and identify critical points for improvement of the current HIS systems including the civil registration and vital statistics system; develop and propose possible interventions, in particular within the following thematic areas: data quality, data analysis, and data sharing among health providers and other stakeholders.
 Support the MoH to improve utilisation and accessibility of data from HIS to health providers, health authorities and the research community.
 Establish and sustain effective working relationships with the implementing partners and with all relevant stakeholders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to strengthen the HIS as part of the PNIPH project.

 Participate with relevant stakeholders in defining optimal set of core indicators to be routinely collected for Palestine with active promotion of its utilisation in West Bank and Gaza Strip for monitoring and evaluation .
 Support in building capacity of counterparts, mainly within the MoH.
Essential: University degree in health sciences or any related field
Desirable: Certificate in health information management and/or Master degree or diploma in epidemiology or biostatistics.
1) Producing results
2) Moving forward in a changing environment
3) Fostering integration and teamwork
4) Creating an empowering and motivating environment
5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Good knowledge of health systems / health service provision in developing countries and in the Middle East context
- Demonstrated technical ability within the HIS field
- Ability to analyse and interpret health data and health management data
- Proven managerial skills
- Ability to work under pressure
- Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
- Good negotiation skills

Other Skills:
Proficiency in MS Office, spreadsheets data analysis
Essential: At least 5 years' experience in the field of health program implementation, HIS and health databases and capacity building activities

Desirable: Experience in coordination with stakeholders and donors.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic 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 relevant 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 base for rosters).
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.
- This Vacancy Notice is published in English language only.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$56091 at single rate
US$60091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: % 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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