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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/13/FT352
Title: Technical Officer (Maternal Health)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 26 August 2013
Application Deadline: 16 September 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Organization unit: WP_PNG Papua New Guinea (WP_PNG) /
WP_PG4 Director, Building Healthy Communities & Populations (WP_PG4)
Maternal Child Health and Nutrition
To assist member states in improving the health and nutrition across neonatal, childhood, adolescent, and all components of reproductive health, by ensuring universal access to quality, evidence-based promotive, preventive and life-saving interventions at all levels of the health care delivery system through health system strengthening based on primary health care.
Description of duties:
In close collaboration with the National Department of Health (NDoH) and under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative and technical support from the Regional Office, the incumbent is expected to perform the following duties:
1. Collaborate with the NDoH in the formulation and development of maternal, reproductive and adolescent health-related policies, strategies, operational plans and interventions based on the National Health Plan 2011-2020;
2. Advise and work with the NDoH and subnational health authorities in planning, implementing and monitoring maternal, reproductive and adolescent health programmes;
3. Provide technical support in addressing the urgent need for increasing the coverage of maternal, reproductive and adolescent friendly health services to accelerate the achievement of skilled care for every birth and universal access to reproductive health and to meet the needs of adolescents;
4. Assist the NDoH in the review, adaptation and utilisation of evidence-based technical guidelines/tools and improvement of quality of care related to maternal, reproductive and adolescent health;
5. Support capacity building initiatives of health staff and relevant stakeholders by providing technical assistance in adaptation of relevant materials, organizing/participating in training/workshops/seminars, and strengthening pre-service curriculum;
6. Monitor and evaluate the implementation of activities through field visits, collection and analysis of information and data; and undertake periodic comprehensive programme reviews and surveys following established protocols;
7. Promote the concept of rational use of maternal and reproductive health medicines and the development of an essential medicine list;
8. Liaise with the Regional Office, other UN agencies, in particular UNFPA and UNICEF, local and international nongovernmental organizations and professional organizations on issues related to maternal, reproductive and adolescent health;
9. Perform any other task as requested by the WHO Representative.

Expected specific outputs/outcomes:
 Coordinate with the National Department of Health (NDoH) in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of maternal, reproductive and adolescent health programmes and other integrated approaches with significant impact on maternal, reproductive and adolescent health in the context of continuum of care.
 Liaise and foster collaboration within and across the Organization and maintain regular contacts with WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, national programme managers of the NDoH and international/national partner agencies.
University degree in medicine or other relevant sciences with postgraduate degree in public health from a recognized university are essential. Postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynecology or in midwifery is desirable.
1. Knowledge and skills in managing maternal and reproductive health programmes in public health setting.
2. Knowledge and skills in systematic and critical thinking, data analysis, programme planning, managing research, monitoring and evaluation, as well as report writing and proposal development.
3. Innovativeness and adaptability in implementing programmes in the local setting without compromising quality standards of care.
4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
5. Familiarity with WHO policy and practices.

Other Skills (e.g. IT): Proficient in standard MS Office software applications. Presentation skills.

1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Setting an example
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
At least ten years of experience in planning, implementing and monitoring maternal and/or reproductive health programmes at national and international levels, including several years of experience in developing countries are essential. Work experience in WHO is desirable.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD80 734 at single rate
USD86 904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 112 % 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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