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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/RHR/FT483
Title: Medical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 7 November 2013
Application Deadline: 21 November 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) works to enable people to protect their own health as it relates to sexuality and reproduction and to receive quality health care in matters related to sexual and reproductive health. To achieve this, the Department advocates and promotes sound public health strategies, sets norms and standards, and supports research. RHR's overall strategic framework is provided by the WHO Global Reproductive Health Strategy approved by the 57th World Health Assembly in 2004. More information about RHR can be found at includes the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating interdisciplinary research on sexual and reproductive health; for collaborating with countries in enhancing national capacities to conduct this research; for promoting and facilitating the use of research results in policy-making and planning for sexual and reproductive health care; and for the setting of standards and guidelines, including technical and ethical guidelines, in the field of sexual and reproductive health research. More information about HRP can be found at Maternal and Perinatal Health and Preventing Unsafe Abortion team within RHR is responsible for research and development and setting norms and standards within the Department. The team operates by bringing together, in a comprehensive and coherent manner, the Department's work in the area of maternal and perinatal health and preventing unsafe abortion. The team works in the areas of on research, evidence synthesis, development of norms and standards, monitoring and evaluation and global advocacy, working in collaboration with the relevant teams in the Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Department, other WHO departments and external partners, international partnerships and civil society.
Description of duties:
(1) Identifies opportunities and establishes priorities in upstream research related to improving maternal and perinatal health;
(2) Takes primary responsibility for the scientific and managerial aspects of implementing large scale research projects on maternal and perinatal health, including (i) the conceptualization of research protocols, (ii) identification and recruitment of country teams, (iii) conceptualization and production of agreements, (iv) organization of meetings, (v) organization and facilitation of training workshops, (vi) conduction of site visits, (vii) leadership on the relationship with data management companies or organizations, (viii) management of the network of collaborating centers participating in the research projects, (ix) analysis, write-up and publication of the results, (x) evaluation of the process and results in preparation for subsequent research
(3) Identification of opportunities for partnerships with industrial and governmental partners for the development and introduction of new technologies and innovations at the country level. Tasks include the development, establishment and coordination of new partnerships;
(4) Disseminates the research findings and their implications for policy and programmes through the publication of scientific papers and other knowledge derivatives and platforms. Prepares technical progress reports for RHR's governing and advisory bodies, WHO reporting requirements, and donors;
(5) Conceives and coordinates the development and updating of evidence-informed guidance, norms, tools and standards on maternal and perinatal health (including systematic reviews, guidelines and clinical decision making algorithms);
(6) Prepares for the senior management advice and briefing notes for Member States, UN agencies, other inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies on matters relating to maternal and perinatal health, working in close collaboration with other WHO Headquarters Departments and WHO Regional and Country Offices;
(7) Undertakes fundraising activities for increased financial support for WHO's work in maternal and perinatal health and other aspects of Sexual and Reproductive Health research and development;
(8) Collaborates with governments, parliaments, NGOs, private sector and other
stakeholders to generate evidence for increased access to Maternal, Newborn and Child Care;
(9)Carries out other tasks, as required by the Coordinator MPA and Director RHR.
A degree in medicine with a specialization in obstetrics/gynecology, OR a degree in medicine with an advanced university degree in public health, epidemiology, or a related field.
Expert knowledge of maternal and perinatal health and its public health aspects. Proven expert knowledge in research, research management and guideline development as evidenced by track record of publication in peer-review journals. Strong communication and diplomatic skills.

WHO competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
At least 7 years of experience in research and research management, including direct experience of coordinating or leading primary research projects. Some experience at the international level.
Relevant experience working for a UN agency or international NGO, and in low and middle-income countries.
Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of French and expert knowledge of another UN language.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.

Other similar positions at the same 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)
USD 67,483 at single rate
USD 72,467 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 and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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