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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/FT280
Title: National Professional Officer - Position no. 346397
Grade: NO-D
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years (post of limited duration)
Date: 8 July 2013
Application Deadline: 15 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Baghdad, Iraq
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_IRQ WHO Representative's Office, Iraq (EM_IRQ)
Department of Health System Development (HSD)
The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen health systems in Iraq in order to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage, in particular by ensuring effective implementation of the Iraq Health Sector Modernization Programme and other programmes related to primary health care and noncommunicable diseases in the country.

Purpose of the Post:
To provide technical support and coordinated approach in the preparation, monitoring and evaluation of different programmes and initiatives aimed at health system strengthening and integration of noncommunicable diseases into primary health care.
Description of duties:
Organizational Context:
Working with the current team responsible for the work on health system strengthening, the incumbent will support the programme/project manager to ensure that the deliverables are achieved on time given the internal and external challenges of the programme implementation in Iraq. The incumbent will develop and maintain an effective network of the different stakeholders who have keen interest in the programme. In this regard, the incumbent will have latitude in dealing with the concerned development partners and the counterparts in the government to promote the stated programmatic objectives.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative, Iraq, the incumbent shall perform the following duties:

1. Provide support to the project team in Baghdad for achievement of the objectives of I-PSM and the roadmap for modernization of health sector in Iraq as well as manage the day-to-day work related to project implementation;

2. Support the development and ensure effective implementation of the project work plan by collecting and analyzing information on problems faced in I-PSM and recommend effective and timely solutions;

3. Coordinate regularly with members of the Modernization Unit in MoH and the Ministerial Advisory Committee and other national stakeholders including national committees, sub-committees and taskforces, to ensure harmonization in activities of I-PSM;

4. Provide technical support to NCD (including mental health and injuries programme) by working closely with the government counterparts;

5. Represent WHO in meetings with senior government officials as well as multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies, advocate and promote WHO programme goals and objectives, and communicate with major partners on organizational policies;

6. Prepare and deliver periodic reports to the Programme Manager on the progress in activities of I-PSM in the Health sector;

7. Identify and contribute to the recruitment of qualified specialized expertise in various aspects of I-PSM as needed, and provide support to the missions of external experts;

8. Contribute to implementing programme work plans, monitor compliance and provide training, support and guidance to the programme team, especially in the area of PHC in order to meet objectives;

9. Maintain regular working relations in related areas of Health system particularly at PHC level with government officials, stakeholders, UN agencies and NGOs to ensure better coordination and programme implementation;

10. Undertake oversight field visits and reviews to monitor and evaluate implementation, identify bottlenecks, propose and authorize remedial action in the field related to I-PSM, NCD and PHC programmes. Propose and decide on alternative courses of action to accelerate/improve service delivery and ensure capacity building and programme sustainability;

11. Facilitate the implementation of JPRM by periodically reviewing the programmatic activities with programme managers and WHO Technical Officers.
Essential: University degree in Medicine and Master's degree in public health, public administration or management.

Desirable: Doctoral degree in Public Health.
1) Producing results.
2) Ensuring the effective use of resources.
3) Communicating in a credible and effective way.
4) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
1. Technical competence in management, health reforms and public administration reform.
2. Excellent knowledge of public health and primary health care.
3. Knowledge of the rules and regulations of WHO and UN System.
4. Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with staff and partners of different cultural backgrounds.
At least 7 years of relevant experience in management of health services, including practical experience in health reform and/or public administration reform.
Very good knowledge of English and the local language.
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.

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency-based approach.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 43,858 at single rate

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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