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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/CO/13/FT24
Title: Technical Officer - Health Systems Evidence and Policy
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 5 October 2013
Application Deadline: 4 November 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
Objectives of the Programme:
WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), to actively support the development and implementation of national health policies, strategies and plans in the area of health systems strengthening towards Universal Health Coverage.

The WCO-India programme of work supports the GOI in :
 Providing technical support in developing national policies, strategies and activities in the area of health systems strengthening.
 Advocating for Universal Health Coverage and building up national capacity in UHC related matters.
 Facilitating the adoption of evidence based public health interventions as well as appropriate reforms/changes with a view to promote equity and accelerate the movement towards Universal Health Coverage.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO:
All the Member States of WHO South East Asia 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 South -East Asia Region of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, with India's population of 1.2 billion. 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 society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems as well as of the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India:
Within the framework of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy, the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its 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.

Purpose of the Position:
Contribute to implementation of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with the Government of India by supporting the work of the WHO Country Office for India in the area of Health Systems Evidence and Policy with a view to help the Government of India further develop appropriate policies, strategies and interventions and move towards Universal Health Coverage.

Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India (WR India) and the direct supervision of Coordinator, Health Programmes, in close collaboration with the Health Systems Team Leader with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial workplans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India (2012-2017), as part of the WCO-India team working on health systems, the incumbent will have the following general responsibilities:

1. Provide technical support to the WHO Country office team working on health systems towards UHC, contribute to the development and the implementation of the relevant work plans under the WHO-GOI collaborative programme and support the monitoring and evaluation of related activities.

2. Technically support the generation of evidence on health policies and systems and health systems performance at both the Union and the State levels. Facilitate policy dialogue with the government and key stakeholders in the CCS priority areas.

3. Collaborate with MOH&FW in undertake gap analyses in relevant areas of work and support capacity building efforts in these deficient areas to ensure that priorities are fulfilled with a view to improve the information system, mechanisms and procedures for the monitoring of health system performance and progress towards UHC and facilitate their integration into the national health information system. Actively prepare for and conduct selected key research, operational research, surveys and studies on health systems, health systems performance and UHC in India (both a the Union and State levels).

4. Liaise and coordinate with WCO-India colleagues, concerned technical units in the MOHFW, WHO/SEARO and WHO/HQ and donors and external partners on all matters regarding the collection, compilation and dissemination of evidence, information and data on health issues and challenges, interventions and system performance.

5. Develop prospective research and studies and coordinate the production of a series of analyses on long term trends of the health system in India. Develop health system related comparative studies (notably comparisons between India and other BRICS and selected middle-income countries)

6. With a view to support evidence based decision making at all levels, help ensure the availability at both the Union and State levels of relevant and reliable evidence, data and information on health systems. Provide technical/managerial direction to improve the accessibility to relevant and reliable information and data through the development and use of appropriate IT and communication tools.

7. Support the development of sustainable mechanisms for evidence based policy dialogue on health system performance among national authorities and between them and international experts.

8. Advise on matters regarding health information systems and the monitoring of progress towards UHC. Technically review contractual proposals, make recommendations to the supervisor regarding WHO's support and contribute to mobilisation of necessary resources for implementation of workplans.

9. Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics. Contribute to the external relationships, representation, communication and advocacy work of the WCO.

10. Prepare administrative and technical reports and undertake any other tasks as may be assigned by the supervisors.

Advanced University Degree in Public Health, Social Sciences or Economics

Postgraduate degree (Master or PhD) in Health
Economics, Health Policy or Social sciences for Health and/or advanced University degree or diploma on mathematics/statistics/epidemiology.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

- The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.

- Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to health policy and health systems evidence with good understanding of country's needs and priorities, of issues and policies related to Universal health Coverage. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas.

- Good knowledge of the administrative functioning of government institutions and related departments/agencies, and of the other partners in India.

- Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. Public health leadership skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and colleagues in a team setting at national and international levels, to share information and data and make oral and written presentations on technical issues. Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.

- Modern management skills (performance management, team management, planning and evaluation, etc).Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proven skills for writing policy related research articles. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports.

- Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage


1. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Producing results
4. Moving forward in a changing environment
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications, especially Excel computer skills for making high quality data analysis and technical presentations.

At least 10 years of work experience including five years of international experience with progressive responsibility in policy and systems analyses and advice as well as technical assistance to countries, including capacity building; and, contribution to normative work in support to country policy advise and technical assistance.

Experience of work in UN and/or other international organizations. A solid experience in the research and monitoring of health system performance at a national or international level would be an asset.

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80,734/- at single rate
USD 86,904/- with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 36.1 % 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 Filled

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