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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/TA85
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 1 September 2013
Application Deadline: 12 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_SYR WHO Representative's Office, Syrian Arab Republic (EM_SYR)
EM/EHA Emergency Humanitarian Action
Purpose of the Post:

To provide assistance in emergency and humanitarian health information systems management, and support the adoption of different healthcare applications and frameworks to the country context, asses the available health services and resources. Support developing reliable data management processes, generate routine statistical and analytical reports, train national capacities on Emergency health information systems implementation.

Objectives of the Programme:

The objectives of WHO's information system is to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team are to support Member States by:
(1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services;
(2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency;
3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled;
4) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.

Description of duties:
Organizational Context:

Under the direct supervision of Emergency Coordinator, and overall guidance of WR Syria, the incumbent will conduct, coordinate and support emergency health information management. This requires extensive contacts with a broad range of staff and partners, as well as ongoing contacts with officials and representatives from UN agencies, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions to provide advice and technical expertise in the field of health information management.

Summary of Assigned Duties:

 Assists in establishing a Health Information Management Unit in WRO Syria to strengthen information generation for prioritization, coordination, monitoring and evaluation.
 Critically assesses the available health resources and services for primary and secondary healthcare using the adapted mapping tools as HeRAMS.
 Promotes the adaptation and joint adaptation of standard multi-sectorial rapid assessment tools.
 Collaborates with other programmers on formulating solutions for sustainable and efficient reporting processes (i.e. designing Health Information System based on needs analysis).
 Develops standard structure for the healthcare data and creates integrated standards across WHO programs at national and sub-national level in Syria. Develops reliable data management processes including standardization of data format, sustainable structure of data collection, validation, analysis and eventually results dissemination.
 Generates routine statistical and analytical reports as required, based on the existing databases.
 Assists in building national capacities, and provide necessary training to the relevant personnel, on the implementation of the development health information systems.
 Establish contact with HQ, RO, COs, and staff from local, regional, and national health and governmental authorities, to provide expertise in the field of health information managements and assessments.
 Coordinate with the Ministry of Health as well as other involved health partners, in order to share necessary health related data for information, analysis, and to strengthen relationships among all health partners.

Essential: University degree in Computer Engineering with training/certificate in Health Information Systems; or Computer Information Systems with a specialization in Health information Systems.

Desirable: Master's degree in Public Health, and/or information management or Degree/studies in management or
Public administration.
1) Producing results
2) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3) Creating an empowering and motivating environment
4) Ensuring the effective use of resources
5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Demonstrated knowledge of health information systems with ability to identify and manage difficult situations. Excellent skills in the assessment, monitoring, analysis and evaluation of emergency health situations. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure. Proven ability to communicate effectively. Tact, discretion and ability to promote consensus. Excellent Presentation Skills

Other Skills:
Proficiency in MS Office.

Essential: At least five years' experience in Health Information Management Systems in emergencies. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships and/or experience in developing countries.

Desirable: Experience in UN organizations/agencies, International institutions or NGOs.

Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic would 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 (this could be the base for rosters).
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.
- In view of the current security situation, Syria has been declared a non-family duty station; i.e. dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station. The entitlements will be determined as applicable at the time of recruitment.
- This vacany notice is published in English language only
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$56091 at single rate
US$60091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 46.6 % 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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