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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HSS/TA102
Title: Technical Officer (Country Initiatives)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 4 October 2013
Application Deadline: 25 October 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The HRH (Human Resources for Health) unit's main objectives aims to ensure that all people have equitable access to an adequately trained, skilled and supportive health workforce, in order to attain the highest possible level of health. A related special objective is to contribute to addressing the health workforce crisis in mostly low income countries.
Description of duties:
1. Be responsible for the work related to planning, implementing, and monitoring the health workforce strengthening project for francophone countries (the Muskoka project);
2. Provide technical support to countries and regional partners to identify key strategies which aim to improve the situation of the health workers in the context of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services, in line with national plans;
3. Facilitate the implementation of catalytic actions that enhance the production, recruitment, deployment and retention of the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services health workers, including the HRH information systems;
4. Assist in the development, updating and implementation of the HRH unit workplan, including contribution to tools and guidelines development;
5. Liaise with other technical departments, units/teams for the implementation of workplans and activities, especially those working in the field of reproductive, maternal newborn and child health, and nutrition;
6. Collaborate with UN agencies, national and regional institutional partners for harmonization of a joint action plan, as applicable;
7. Work closely and effectively in partnership with regional offices, especially AFRO, in implementing the activities in countries;
8. Maintain regular contract with donor entities on project implementation progress, preparation and submission of necessary donors reports, as well as preparation of donors proposals; coordinate with donor(s); and
9. perform other tasks as required in the team or assigned by the coordinator HRH.
Essential: Advanced university degree in public health, medicine, or related field.
Desirable: Any additional related qualification and/or trainings.
Broad and solid knowledge of public health issues, within the wider development context, complemented by good familiarity with global health workforce related issues, knowledge and understanding of WHO/HRH mandate, and insight about HRH policies and strategies. In-depth knowledge of health system development with focus on human resources management and demonstrated abilities for human resource development in diverse environments. Proven evidence of programme assessment abilities and writing professional and technical documents and reports. Track record of working with the multisectoral partners, as well as communication and interpersonal and analytical skills, and abilities to work harmoniously as a member of team. Demonstrated abilities in the development and implementation of operational strategies and policies and capacity to work and produce results in a complex environment. Computer literacy in MS Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
WHO Competencies:
1. Promoting innovation and organizational learning,
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond,
3. Moving forward in a changing environment,
4. Fostering integration and teamwork, and
5. Producing results.
Essential: At least 7 years of national and international experience, including experience in francophone developing countries, dealing with maternal and child health, health systems and health workforce strengthening, with a strong component of working with government sectors and stakeholders.
Desirable: Direct experience of working with WHO or other UN organizations.
Expert knowledge of English and French required. Knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.
Additional Information:
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)
US$72,467 at single rate
US$67,483 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 may be used as a form of screening

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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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