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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/FT339
Title: Coordinator (Health Workforce Development), Post #171074
Grade: P6
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 12 August 2013
Application Deadline: 10 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/DHS Division of Health Systems & Services Development (EM/DHS)
EM/HWD Health Workforce Development
Purpose of the Post:
To provide leadership and coordination of the work related to Health Workforce Development (HWD) team at the regional level in line with the global vision.

Objectives of the Programme:
- Strengthening Health Workforce Development through policy formulation, strategic planning and management.
- Establishing and maintaining an information data base in cooperation with Member States.
- Promoting and developing innovative approaches for health professions education, particularly community oriented medical education.
- Improving educational processes through appropriate health teaching and learning material, promotion of education development centres and standard setting for health professions education including accreditation of professional schools.
- Promoting human resources development through overseeing the work of the regional fellowships programme in accordance with WHO priorities and country needs.
- Coordinating inputs from different programmes related to HRH area of work according to global, regional and national strategies.
- Coordinating HRH area of work in relation to other health systems function at different levels.
Description of duties:
Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Department of Health System Development, the incumbent will provide managerial, organizational and broad programmatic coordination and advice on Health Workforce Development (HWD). He/she will be the regional focal point for HWD area of work dealing with WHO Headquarters and other regions as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations in Member States. The incumbent will support countries to ensure appropriate and sustainable human resources development policy, planning, production and utilization systems.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
As the coordinator of a multi-disciplinary HWD team, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

a) Lead, supervise and coordinate the HWD team in order to provide evidence based policy advice and technical support to Member States in the development of health workforce policies plans and capacity development initiatives.
b) Promote the application by the Member States of sound, scientific and innovative procedures and approaches for human resources policy, planning and management.
c) Promote policies and program related to the development of nurses and allied health professionals in order to address the existing deficiencies in these cadres in countries of the Region.
d) Advise Member States on the development and support of health professionals' education and continuing professional development programmes aimed at raising HWD standards.
e) Oversee the management of the regional HRH observatory and other regional HRD mechanisms.
f) Promote centres of excellence including WHO collaborating centres in education and human resources development.
g) Coordinate with different partners at national and regional levels to develop a harmonized approach in countries of the Region and to mobilize resources in support of HWD.
h) Oversee and coordinate HWD area of work as the regional focal point through planning, budgeting, coordinating and evaluating the input of HWD team at regional and national levels.

Essential: University and Master's Degree in medicine or nursing or other health-related field, with postgraduate qualifications or advanced training in human resources development.

Desirable: Degree in public health and/or public health administration.
Competencies (Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required:
1) Fostering integration and Teamwork
2) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.
3) Promoting innovation and organizational learning.
4) Producing results
5) Promoting WHO's position in health leadership.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
In-depth knowledge of public health and management processes including up-to-date knowledge about human resources policy, planning and management.
Knowledge of health professionals' education.
High level of technical and managerial competence for designing, planning, direction and evaluation of human resources.
Excellent interpersonal skills.

Other skills: Proficiency in MS Office.
Essential: Over 10 years' experience in human resources planning, training, development and management at the national and international levels.

Desirable: Research experience in human resources development.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic or French will be 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.
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.
- This VN is published in English language only
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$95394 at single rate
US$103204 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 39.4 % 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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