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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/FWC/TA74
Title: Medical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 23 July 2013
Application Deadline: 13 August 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/MCA Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (HQ/MCA)
To support high-burden countries to ensure evidence-based policies and strategies are in place to achieve universal access to high quality health services for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (MNCAH), and increase coverage and quality of effective MNCAH interventions among pregnant women, newborns, children and adolescents, and to create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies.
Description of duties:
Under the Coordinator, MRD, (MNCAH Research and Development Team) the Medical Officer (MO)supports the implementation of the Teams workplan for newborn health. The MO is an expert on public health approaches for improving newborn health and survival and for supporting research and development of guidelines for newborn health and survival interventions
Assigned Duties:
- Supports the development of guidelines and other tools for the improved prevention and management of newborn health problems by member states, systematically reviewing, assessing and summarizing information.
- Promotes research for the delivery of newborn health interventions at the community and health facility levels and monitors and supports the quality of research implementation.
Main Achievements include:
- Supports development or revision of existing guidelines to translate evidence into improved delivery of interventions for newborn health and survival.
- Promotes and supports research on the improved prevention and management of newborn problems as part of the child survival strategy, supporting high quality research implementation and dissemination of findings.
Degree in medicine from a recognized university with specialization in newborn health.
Training in epidemiology, biostatistics and conducting systematic literature reviews.
Ability to conduct systematic reviews and to assess the quality of the evidence summarized. Ability to develop guidelines following the Guidelines Review Committee (GRC) process and to write clear reports and papers on research findings for dissemination. Ability to identify priority issues for improving newborn health and survival, in particular in the context of the delivery of effective interventions at the facility and community level. Ability to cooperate effectively with research teams in the context of monitoring and supporting study implementation. Extensive knowledge on newborn health issues, including epidemiology, clinical and community-based interventions.

WHO Competencies:
Producing results
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Fostering integration and teamwork

Other Skills (e.g. IT)
Competence in using Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Stata or other statistical analysis software.
At least five years experience working in research on newborn health and providing newborn health care in developing countries. Experience in publishing research findings, as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Experience in conducting and publishing systematic reviews. Involvement in the development of guidelines.
Expert knowledge of English or French with an intermediate knowledge of the other language required.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same grade level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This vacancy is published in English only.
Priority will be given to internal candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
56091 USD at single rate
60091 USD with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % 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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