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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: WRO/VN/2014/4
Title: National Professional Officer (Universal Health Coverage)
Grade: NO-C
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 17 February 2014
Application Deadline: 16 March 2014 Selection in Progress
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
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 aiming at promoting access to and utilization of affordable and quality health services and improving the financial protection against health related risks.

The WCO-India programme of work supports the GOI in a) advocating for UHC, b) disseminating scientific evidence and building up in country capacity on health financing, c) enhancing the national dialogue on health financing issues and, c) supporting the national efforts towards building an effective system to monitor and evaluate the UHC reform implementation process.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO

All the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region (SEAR) 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 the aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, 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 providing technical assistance and supporting the work of the WHO Country Office for India in the area of health financing and Universal Health Coverage.
Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the direct supervision of Coordinator, Health Programmes, 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 responsibilities:

1. Lead the preparation of notes, briefs and reports on health financing and access to care related issues in India and directly contribute to the collection, compilation, validation and analysis of data and information. Facilitate and coordinate the dissemination of relevant information, best practices and evidence.
2. Promote and lead the implementation of the WCO advocacy activities in the area of health financing and UHC at both the national and state level and organize a series of sensitization workshops for key stakeholders at the State level.
3. Provide technical assistance and support to WCO and all stakeholders towards the definition and implementation of a plan of action in the area of health financing.
4. Promote and help develop initiatives and activities aiming at building up the national and state capacity on health financing policy and actively contribute to the preparation of flagship courses on health financing.
5. Provide technical support to the GOI and all stakeholders for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UHC and health financing reforms with a special focus on issues regarding accessibility, equity and quality, continuity and integration of health services.
6. Work in close collaboration with all WCO India staff to help identify and address the implications of UHC related reforms on the various technical programmes (and vice versa). When needed and upon request of supervisors, the incumbent will support directly these programmes.
7. Establish and maintain good working relations with relevant national and state public ties as well as with civil society and other stakeholders in the area of health financing.
8. Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.
9. Prepare administrative and technical reports and undertake any other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisors.
Degree in Medicine or Public Health or Social Sciences from a recognized university.

Postgraduate degree or an advanced university degree in public health/community medicine/health financing/public health administration.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

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

Thorough knowledge of the situation of the Health System in India and understanding of country's needs and priorities, of issues and policies in various aspects of health financing and Universal Health Coverage and 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 (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. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports.

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

1. Knowing and managing yourself
2.Producing results
3.Fostering integration and teamwork
4.Communicating in a credible and effective way
5.Building and promoting partnerships across the Organisation and beyond
At least 5 years of experience in public health and/or health financing of which at least 2 years at the national / state level;

Experience of work in UN and/or other international organizations

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and knowledge of Hindi.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
2559470 at single rate

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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Selection in Progress

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