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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/14/TASR3
Title: Technical Officer, Disability & Rehabilitation (TJK)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  One year (*please see below under additional information)
Date: 29 January 2014
Application Deadline: 19 February 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Organization unit: EUCO Operations in Countries (EU_ACO) /
EU_TJK WHO Country Office, Tajikistan (EU_TJK)
Division of Noncommunicable Diseases & Life Course (DNP)
In 2010, Tajikistan had the largest polio outbreak in the world since 2005. In total, 712 people, mostly children, were confirmed as polio victims. Many people affected by polio have developed impairments over the last 2 years and need long term physical rehabilitation care. Also, there is a significant number of children with multiple impairments mostly cerebral palsy and congenital anomalies who need rehabilitation services. In addition, there are people affected by Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) especially stroke and diabetes, road traffic accidents and older people with reduced functioning or mobility. According to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Health status report of Tajikistan (2005) NCD accounted for about 85% of all deaths in Tajikistan and Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) alone is responsible for 57% of overall mortality. Although no data is available on the impact of NCDs in terms of disability a significant number of people affected by NCDs could lead a better quality of life with an appropriate rehabilitation intervention. Currently, there is no physical rehabilitation policynor system with limited disability rehabilitation services. In addition, there are no / limited formally trained rehabilitation professionals in the field of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Prosthetics & Orthotics. There is an urgent need for development of a rehabilitation policy, human resource development, strengthening of physical rehabilitation services, and decentralization of disability rehabilitation services and integration within the health delivery system in Tajikistan.

The WHO Country Office Tajikistan in partnership with the Government of Tajikistan is implementing a three-year project for the development of National Rehabilitation policy, system, services with focus on community based rehabilitation and human resource development in the field of physical rehabilitation. The disability rehabilitation program seeks to improve the provision and access of physical rehabilitation services for people with disabilities and contribute to a better quality of life in Tajikistan.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision and guidance of WHO Representative and in collaboration with the National Professional Officer - Mental Health and Non Communicable Diseases, core responsibilities to promote and strengthen disability rehabilitation services include:

(1) Lead the implementation of Physical Rehabilitation Project:

- Suggest the project strategies in collaboration with partners;
- Facilitate the implementation of the project according to approved plans and budgets, regulations and policies of WHO and the donor;
- Develop detailed Monitoring & Evaluation plan and regularly monitor and evaluate the project progress;
- Facilitate analysis of the opportunities and risks relative to different project sectors;
- Support the process of drawing up the budget estimates for the sector or the program;
- Ensure involvement of the local community and people with disabilities in planning, implementing and monitoring of the Physical Rehabilitation project.

(2) Technical assistance in development of national rehabilitation program on Physical Rehabilitation:

- Conduct a comprehensive rehabilitation situational analysis to determine current met and unmet needs of physical rehabilitation services;
- Identify areas for improvement in the current disability rehabilitation programs and provide recommendations to strengthen disability rehabilitation policy, services and system;
- Draft and launch the national physical rehabilitation policy with the other UN/development agencies, Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MoLSP), Ministry of Education (MoE), other relevant ministries, I/NGOs and Disabled People Organisations;
-Support in implementation of WHO existing guidelines on disability and rehabilitation;
- Assess linkages and impact of NCD with disability in Tajikistan;
- Support finalization of a Non-Communicable Disease national strategy and action plan in line with the WHO global and regional framework documents.

(3) Capacity building of disability rehabilitation policy makers, rehabilitation personnel on Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy and public health personnel (doctors, nurses, health workers etc) on disability rehabilitation management:

- Organize training of two medical doctors on Physical Rehabilitation and Medicine through a recognised International Training Institute;
- Organize training of two rehabilitation personnel each in the field of Physical therapy and Occupational therapy respectively in any of the neighbouring countries where rehabilitation medicine is well established;
- Organize exposure visit for policy makers to neighbouring countries on implementation of disability rehabilitation policies, Community Based Rehabilitation, human resource development, etc. in coordination with host WHO Country office;
- Coordinate and contribute to the development of capacity building materials for health and rehabilitation service providers;
- Facilitate and monitor the capacity building of the current on-the-job trained rehabilitation personnel on physical rehabilitation;
- Identify opportunities for capacity building of health personnel on inclusive public health with focus on promotion, prevention, identification and rehabilitation of people with disabilities.

(4) Facilitate development and implementation of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR):

- Provide support to introduce CBR materials and guidelines in Tajikistan;
- Organise national and regional workshops on CBR guidelines for different stakeholders;
- Facilitate integration of disability rehabilitation into primary health care through CBR services;
- Support implementation of two pilot CBR programs in districts affected most by polio.

(5) Provide technical support to divisions within the Country Office in mainstreaming disability in the regional health agenda.

(6) Assist in fundraising for the promotion of physical rehabilitation services.

(7) Perform other duties as may be assigned.
A first university degree in rehabilitation, management, medicine, social sciences or related areas.

Postgraduate degree in a relevant area.
Good knowledge of technology in the field of rehabilitation including assistive/ mobility devices.
Ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings and excellent inter-personal skills.

Competencies required:

1) Producing results - Excellent analytical skills. The incumbent initiates actions, monitors progress towards achievement of planned objectives and takes responsibility for own work. The incumbent demonstrates a systematic and efficient approach to work that yields high-quality results and has the ability to identify priorities and adapt them to realistic objectives and timelines.

2) Communicating in a credible and effective way - Excellent writing skills. The incumbent speaks and writes clearly and conveys the principles of a multisectoral and integrated action plan on food safety and nutrition policy and programme in a structured and credible way that is recognisant of the communication style and needs of the intended audience. The incumbent also encourages others to share their views; takes time to understand and consider these views and ensures communication of appropriate messages to other unit staff. Informs key contacts, including the HoCO, Ministry and Regional office counterparts and others of critical issues.

3) Fostering integration and teamwork - Ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings and excellent inter-personal skills. The incumbent is expected to work closely with colleagues in relevant programmes within the WHO Tajikistan, the Regional Office for Europe, other WHO country offices and HQ. The incumbent must possess good skills in developing and nurturing collaboration with the Ministry of Health, other relevant governmental departments as well as local counterparts and partners. Promotes information sharing, ensuring that all concerned are aware of specific situations, problems and needs with a view to achieve results and meet objectives.

4) Ensuring the effective use of resources - The incumbent will have to develop sustainable data collection systems and produce IEC materials involving several stakeholders and will therefore have to carefully plan and optimize the resources needed. The incumbent is able to establish measures to monitor resources and progress of activities as planned as well as to promptly reallocate resources and align priorities in response to unexpected events.

5) Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization -
The incumbent will have to develop and stengthen internal and external partnership that can provide information, assistance and support to WHO. Identifies and uses synergies across the Organization and with external partners.

Minimum five years of experience in planning, implementing and evaluating programmes in disability and rehabilitation with at least two years at the international level.
Practical experience in the development of disability rehabilitation programs in developing countries.

Experience of working in collaboration with Government / UN organizations/ Specialized Agencies/ International Nongovernmental Organizations and Disabled People's Organizations in the field of disability and rehabilitation.
Previous experience in development and post crisis environment; experience in development and implementation of physical rehabilitation policy, services, system and human resource; experience in institutional fund raising and grant management on disability related projects.

A very good command of English (both spoken and written) and working knowledge of another official WHO or WHO/EURO language.

Knowledge of one or more WHO EURO official languages is an asset.

Additional Information:
* Any extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.

Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Monthly salary: (Net of tax)
4675 USD at single rate
5008 USD with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 45.3 % 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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