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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/14/FT26
Title: Technical Officer, Evidence and National Health Observatories (ENO)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two (02) years
Date: 22 January 2014
Application Deadline: 19 February 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Brazzaville, Congo
Organization unit: AF/HSS Health Systems and Services (AF/HSS) /
AF/HFS - Health Financing and Social Protection (AF/HFS)
 Strengthen the evidence base to inform policies and strategies and to monitor health including progress towards the MDGs and other internationally agreed upon goals through the African Health Observatory;
 Support Member States in building capacity to improve the availability, quality and use of health information and evidence;
 Support Member States to adopt and implement policies and strategies for knowledge management including eHealth;
 Support the strengthening of WHO's capacity in knowledge acquisition, generation, sharing, dissemination and use, including AFRO web-related activities;
 Assist Member States in establishing and using National Health Observatories in support to the management of health systems.

Description of duties:
Under the technical guidance of the Director of Health System Strengthening cluster (HSS) and the direct supervision of the African Health Observatory and Knowledge Management (AHO) Programme Coordinator, the Technical Officer will:-

1. Plan and coordinate the work of the Unit towards the establishment and development of National Heath Observatories (NHOs) in AFRO Member States;
2. Coordinate the development of analytical country health profiles, as well as the networks and communities of practices;
3. Coordinate and monitor progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
4. Provide technical support in strengthening of integrated national health information systems, including Monitoring and Evaluation and Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS);
5. Support and evaluate the development of country capacities to generate analytical evidence for strategic planning and for policy dialogue and development.
6. Contribute to the Regional coordination of CRVS activities with WHO's partners;
7. Support the development of African Health Observatory (AHO), including its components on the AHO web-portal;
8. Effectively implement any other functions and responsibilities assigned by the Supervisor and the Director/HSS.

Achievement activities include:
Develop guidelines and strategies for the establishment and development of National Health Observatories (NHOs). Coordinate with relevant organizations and partners, the development of NHO components and its related activities, including CRVS and MandE systems strengthening.

Essential: Advanced university degree in public health-related field, with training in information science or other knowledge related fields (statistics, health systems).

Desirable: Training in Health Information Systems, Observatory development and/or health systems & policy. Knowledge in leadership and management, pedagogy, or epidemiology.

Extensive knowledge of the theory and practice in Health Information Systems, health systems assessments, health statistics and data analysis of strategic health interventions and services, health facility surveys; demography; epidemiology; planning, monitoring and evaluation. Good knowledge of networking and knowledge management. Able to transition easily between broad global strategic thinking and specific regional, national and local problem solving, Knowledge of the health system in countries of the Region (particularly in the French-speaking countries). An ability to work with people of various cultural backgrounds and to provide technical leadership, organization, programme management and performance evaluation. Able to work perfectly in French- and English- speaking environments. Conversant with common IT software including KM IT tools and collaborative platforms.

Essential: 7 years of practical experience in global public health with progressively responsible experience in development of health information and knowledge management systems. Extensive direct work experience in developing countries, preferably in Africa. At least 5 years at international level with previous experience working with WHO or other multilateral/bilateral agencies is an advantage.

Desirable: At least five years' work experience in Africa and/or in least developed countries. Substantial experience in health Information systems, eHealth, knowledge management planning and application in public sector context. Demonstrable analytical skills experience in previous work; Experience in applied statistics, epidemiology, and Observatory.

Excellent knowledge of English or French with a working knowledge of the other. Knowledge of Portuguese would be an asset.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 67,483 at single rate
US$ 72,467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 65.3 % 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.

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