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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/FT406
Title: National Professional Officer, Health Systems (MDA)
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year (*please see under additional information)
Date: 26 September 2013
Application Deadline: 17 October 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DSP Health Systems and Public Health (EU/DSP)
Health Financing (HFI)
All the Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

The seven point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; (iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

The mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe is to support Member States in: (i) developing and sustaining their own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.

The WHO Country Office supports the Member State to shape its health policy in line with WHO's principles and values and advocates for an integrated approach to health development. By means of a single, unified and functionally integrated country representation, WHO facilitates the implementation of the Biennual Collaborative Agreement (BCA) with the Member State and its corresponding country work plan. WHO helps the country to improve its health system and provides technical support as necessary.

The WHO country office administers, consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to maximize WHO impact. The Country Office also has a representational, fund-raising and resource steering function, as needed.
Description of duties:
1) To support the effective implementation of WHO activities related to strengthening the stewardship, health financing, service delivery functions of the health system, as programmed in the Biennual Collaborative Agreement (BCA), including activities on health sector coordination financed through various donor agreements.

2) To organize or assist in receiving, giving functional shelter, channelling and supporting all types of WHO presence, visits and missions in the country.

3) To support and contribute to identification of areas for collaboration with the country, capacity building needs, priority health areas to be addressed by the BCA and projects, and to provide relevant technical support in health system strenghtening, health sector coordination and intersectoral issues for health (in collaboration with colleagues as needed).

4) To collect information, analyse, prepare and contribute in a regular and timely manner to various types of materials, reports and situation analyses related to health system and coordination needs in the country (both at Country Office and Regional Office level).

5) To assist and contribute in certifying the correct, high technical quality, policy relevant and timely implementation of all tasks and activities carried out under the donor financed initiatives or in agreed partnerships with partners at country level.

6) To support Ministry and other partners in developing, implementing and evaluating national strategies and policies on improving health system performance and health sector coordination through sector wide approaches both at national and sub-national level.

7) To prepare and contribute to the missions of WHO staff and external consultants addressing specialized programme areas, addressed by the Project and monitor and follow-up their recommendations.

8) To link with institutions and associations concerned with health sector development, including non-governmental agencies and scientific bodies for exchange of information in evaluation of health system's performance and coordination of activities, including the implementation of sector wide approaches.

9) To support the project implementation team and the other staff in the country office in their development and back them up when needed, to ensure a smooth and efficient implementation of BCA.
University degree in medicine, public health, social and political sciencies or economics.

Master degree or postgraduate training in Public Health or other relevant areas.

Analytical skills and demontrated knowledge on how to perform health system analysis.

Functional skills:
Good knowledge of relevant computer applications: e.g. electronic communication, database searches and management, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and planning software.

Competencies required:

1) Communicating in a credible and effective way -
Demonstrated skills in efficient communication (written and spoken).

2) Producing results - Demonstrated ability to produce results and work independently while taking into account team goals.

3) Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization - Proven ability to build trust and collaboration among partners.

4) Moving forward in a changing environment

5) Fostering Integration and Teamwork - Ability to work harmoniously as a member of the team, maintaining high standard of personal conduct.

Minimum of three years of national professional experience in project management in the fields of public health, health systems and/or international development.

Experience working with (in) international organizations to deliver sound policy advice and support to the Member State
Excellent knowledge of Romanian and English.

Working knowledge of Russian.
Additional Information:
This a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, we only accept applications from nationals of the REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA. Please REFRAIN from applying if you are not a national of the Republic of Moldova .

Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.

Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Similar posts could be filled using this vacancy notice.

* Extension of appointments are subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function and c) availability of funds.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
330045 in Leu at single rate
N/a with primary dependants

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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