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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/FT456
Title: Medical Officer - Position 173979
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 24 October 2013
Application Deadline: 21 November 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Islamabad, Pakistan
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_PAK WHO Representative's Office, Pakistan (EM_PAK)
EM/DHP Division of Health Protection and Promotion
Purpose of the Post:

To ensure that national authorities are able to provide an integrated essential Primary Health Care (PHC) package with focus on maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition and promotion of healthy lifestyle adapted to provincial needs and under overall national policy.

Objectives of the programme:

To promote the appropriate organization and the effective operation of comprehensive health systems which provide the essential elements of PHC, mainly Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) package, including making pregnancy safer, Integrated Management of Neonatal and Child Health (IMNCI), to the entire population in response to local priorities, with specialized support and services which involves communities and health related sectors in responsible and coordinated ways.

Organizational Context:

Under the direct supervision of WHO Representative Pakistan and general guidance of the Director Health Protection and Promotion, the incumbent will provide technical support and guidance to the health authorities to develop, implement and evaluate country's programme on the decentralized health system based on essential PHC, providing advice to the provincial health authorities on priorities and policies and on developing plans and activities under the devolution with focus on evidence based interventions promoting the maternal, newborn and child health.

Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative Pakistan and general guidance of the Director Health Protection and Promotion, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

 Review, plan and implement models for evidence based and integrated MNCH services.
 Develop and support the implementation of the basic package of health services at different levels of PHC, with focus on MNCH.
 Review and promote the use of MNCH monitoring and supervision tools for informed decisions.
 Monitor the effect of devolution on health services in the districts and suggest ways of improving the access, quality, equity and efficiency of devolved health services.
 Provide technical support to the country in developing national health care delivery models in rural and urban areas.
 Provide technical support for developing a Districts Health System in Pakistan with special emphasis on:
a) building health district managerial capacity;
b) designing models for ambulatory care as well as the gate-keeping system at the district level;
c) developing home health care outreach activities;
d) developing provincial and district community based systems for improving health outcomes.
 Provide technical support on human resource development of staff at all levels delivering care at PHC including design of training programmes, revision of curricula and job descriptions.
 Provide technical support and guidance in the periodic review of the curricula for the training of Community Health Workers (CHWs) with focus on community midwives and participate in the job performance; introduce elements of management in the training and continuing education of all health workers, particularly of trainers/supervisors of CHWs/PHC workers related to MNCH.

Essential: University degree in medicine and master's degree in public health.

Desirable: Specialization in the field of Primary Health Care preferably maternal, child or health promotion.


1) Communicating in a credible and effective way.
2) Knowing and managing yourself.
3) Producing results.
4) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
5) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

- Good knowledge and skills in planning, implementation and evaluation of the making pregnancy safer, child survival and development including nutritional interventions and other related PHC elements.

- Sound leadership skills.

Other Skills:

Proficiency in standard WHO computer applications (such as MS Office).
Essential: At least 7 years experience combined at the national and international level in organization of primary care health systems in a managerial capacity including at least 5 years experience in developing countries.
Languages: Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of other WHO official languages is 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 basic for rosters).

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency based approach.

In view of the current situation, Pakistan 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 salary, post adjustment, benefits and allowances will be determined as applicable at the time of recruitment.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67,483 at single rate
US$72,467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 37.4 % 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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All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
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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