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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/13/STC4
Title: APW/ Networking, CoP facilitator and blog editor, African Health Observatory Portal
Grade: P3
Contract type: Short-Term Consultant
Duration of contract:  Six months, starting 1 September 2013
Date: 21 June 2013
Application Deadline: 14 July 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Multiple duty stations, various
Organization unit: AFRO Africa Regional Office (AF/RGO) /
AF/HSS Health Systems and Services (AF/HSS)
The African Health Observatory portal (AHO at aho.afro.who.int) aims to assist Member States in the African Region of WHO in developing evidence-based policy and decision making, and to provide country and Regional stakeholders with the most reliable, credible source of information and evidence for decision-makers and health-care providers.
The AHO portal provides access to an integrated database of health data and statistics, national and Regional health analytical profiles, a range of information products, such as the Atlas of Health Statistics in the African Region and the African Health Monitor magazine, and a networking section to support communities of practice (CoPs) in the African Region of WHO. The observatory model used in the AHO portal is also being extended to national and subnational levels through National Health Observatories (NHOs).

Description of duties:
As Networking, CoP facilitator and blog editor (Facilitator) for the AHO, the selected contracting partner will initiate and continue activities in support of the African Health Observatory (AHO) focal points in Member States of the African Region of the WHO and the other networks and communities of practice developed on the AHO platform.

Based at home, the Facilitator will be under the general supervision of the Head of the African Health Observatory Unit and the direct supervision of the Observatory Portal Editor (OPE). The Facilitator will work independently, communicating directly with relevant contributors to elicit or clarify information and collaborating with other contractors and designated AHO staff members at the Regional Office.

More specifically, the Facilitator will:

- Provide direct support to the network of AHO focal points and continue work on its extension to include consultants and focal points in the ministries of health of the Region;
- Keep the network members informed on progress by actively maintaining the AHO Blog and issuing a quarterly information bulletin;
- Develop activities for this network, act as moderator for on-going discussions and interactions and participate actively in the development of a web presence for the network on the AHO;
- Provide support for national health observatories (NHOs) in the African Region;
- Maintain the networking section of the AHO platform manual, and develop training materials to assist users;
- In consultation with AHO Unit staff and network members, identify support issues and enhancements to the networking platform provided through the AHO, and provide input for the resolution of issues and the planning and implementation of enhancements;
- Help set up online conferences, discussion and automated mailing lists as proposed by the network members;
- Identify other networks in the African Region that could be included on the AHO platform and develop proposals for action.

Essential: A first university degree, preferably in communication or journalism.
Desirable: Specialization in a health or management field relevant to WHO's work.

The Facilitator should demonstrate knowledge of public health issues and the networking and influencing skills required to mobilize all contributors at the Regional Office, in country offices and in the ministries to participate actively to the networks and CoPs of the Observatory. The Facilitator should be able to write and recast materials for the AHO Blog and the Information Bulletin and to work in a multilingual and multicultural environment.

General computer skills (word processing, online access), experience with professional/social online networks and networking tools, wikis, CoP platforms or related IT tools.

Core competencies required, with reference to WHO competency model, in decreasing priority:
1) Communicating in a credible and effective way
2) Producing results
3) Moving forward in a changing environment
4) Managing yourself
5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.

Essential: A minimum of five years of professional experience as a researcher, journalist, conference coordinator or networker in a field relevant to the position.
Desirable: Experience in the creation, development and support of online networks or CoPs.

Excellent knowledge of either English or French and good knowledge of the other. Knowledge of Portuguese would be an asset

Additional Information:
The contracting partner will work online from home. All output will be delivered online.

72 working days to be completed within six months of signature. If required, and if funds are available, this initial contract may be renewed through additional APWs in intervals that may vary, for a total of two years maximum, the expected duration of the project. No renewal should be expected beyond the completion of the project.

The contract is for a fixed number of days worked. The payment will be made in US dollars and, unless otherwise agreed, in six instalments to be issued upon delivery of the services and outputs specified in the Terms of Reference and the submission of a progress report.

Cover letter explaining why the candidate the most suitable for the work must be attached.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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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.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
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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