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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/MCA/FT342
Title: Scientist
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post.
Date: 10 July 2014
Application Deadline: 24 July 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/MCA Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (HQ/MCA) /
HQ/PPP Policy, Planning and Programmes (HQ/PPP)
To support high-burden countries to ensure evidence-based policies and strategies are in place to
achieve universal access to high quality health services for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent
health (MNCAH), and increase coverage and quality of effective MNCAH interventions among
pregnant women, newborns, children and adolescents, and to create mechanisms to measure the
impact of those strategies.
Description of duties:
- Leads the Department's work on national policies, strategies and operational plans to address
adolescent health, with a focus on main causes of adolescent morbidity and mortality.
- Spearheads development of methods and tools to guide/support the analysis and formulation of national policies and strategies that address adolescent health (e.g. tools for policy analysis, and strategy and operational plan development).
- Gathers and synthesizes relevant programmatic experience in policy and strategy development and develops policy and programme guidance and tools to build capacity of health-service providers in meeting the special needs of adolescents.
- Leads the Department's work to tailor health-service practices to meet the special needs of adolescents, with respect to leading causes of adolescent mortality and morbidity.
- Collaborates with other areas within the Department and with other relevant WHO programmes to ensure that issues relating to improving health-service provider practices are addressed in other key areas in a coordinated way.
- Uses evidence to develop norms and standards, methods and tools to tailor health-service provider practices to meet the special needs of adolescents.
- Collaborate with other areas within and beyond the Department (especially Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), HIV, nutrition, mental health, Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB)) to ensure that issues relating to improving health-service provider practices are addressed in other key areas and in a coordinated way.
- Contributes to the practical application of the continuum of care for women and children through a life course approach that includes preconception care.
- Ensures that issues relating to developing conducive national policies and strategies are addressed in research and development activities relating to improving health worker practices, improving health system responsiveness and promoting family and community action.
- Establishes links and networks with other International Organizations and key youth servicing Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), professional associations, major foundations and donors active in this area with a view to building consensus and strengthening coordination; and develops strategic partnerships with selected organizations.
- Develops proposals to raise resources to support WHO's efforts to accelerate action in Regions and countries for adolescent health, addressing the major risk and protective factors for optimal adolescent health outcomes.

Achievement activities include (in relation to national policy, strategy and operational plan formulation): Norms and Standards in this area. WHO's positions and recommendations.
- Methods and tools to support country level action.
- Capacity developed at Regional and Country level.
- Articulation of a coordinated approach within and outside WHO and Strategic partnerships.
A degree in medicine or social sciences, plus postgraduate degree in public health, or obstetrics/gynaecology or paediatrics. Training in Adolescent Health.
Doctorate in social sciences, medicine or public health. Diploma in adolescent health and development.
Knowledge and understanding of adolescent health and development. Expertise on policy and
strategy analysis and development, and programme planning. Ability to provide expertise in clinical
aspects of health service provision to adolescents using a bio-psychosocial framework. Expert level knowledge of adolescent health epidemiology, effective interventions and delivery approaches,
and programme implementation approaches. Ability to identify and provide expertise on issues
related to improving health-service provider practices. Ability to provide expert advice on public
health responses related to adolescent health. Gathering, analysing and synthesizing data. Excellent
writing skills.
Other skills:
Knowledge of statistical analysis using Excel or Stata.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
A minimum of ten years of national and international experience in public health in relation to
adolescent health and/or maternal, newborn and child health services for young people. At least 5 years clinical or programme experience. Experience in supporting national policy and strategy and
programme formulation, part of which should have been in relation to adolescent health.
Experience in managing programmes/projects on adolescent health at the country level. Service
provision for adolescents.
Expert knowledge of English or French with intermediate knowledge of the other language.
Intermediate knowledge of another UN language.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 80 887 at single rate
US$87 069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 105.5 % 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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