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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/FT334
Title: Medical Officer (PD 360451)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Post of limited duration for two years
Date: 1 July 2014
Application Deadline: 22 July 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/NMH Non Communicable Diseases and Mental Health (EM/NMH)
Non Communicable Disease Management (NCM)
Implementing the United Nations Political Declaration (UNDP) on NCD is one of the five priority strategic programmes of the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO). Addressing NCD, specifically the four priority groups of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases and their risk factors, requires reorientation and strengthening of health systems to deal more effectively with early detection, effective and prompt treatment, management of complications, and palliative care for people with advanced manifestations of NCD. In countries with complex emergencies, maintaining an adequate level of management of NCD needs particular attention in light of interrupted access to health care and essential medicines and the pressure of competing pressing priorities.

The objectives of the NCD management programme are:
- Assess and monitor the current situation of the health system response to NCD.
- Implement a strategic approach for strengthening the health system response to NCD in Member States with a focus on improving integration and management of common NCD in primary health care (PHC).
- Monitor and evaluate national NCD management programmes and specifically integration and management of common NCD in PHC.
- Support Member States to strengthen the health system response to NCD in complex emergencies through PHC.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Post:
To strengthen the ability of Member States to scale up their health system response to the major Non communicable diseases (NCD) and their risk factors leading to improved prevention and control of NCD.

Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Non communicable Diseases and Mental Health and the overall guidance of the Director of Programme Management, the incumbent will develop and implement the programme of the NCM unit in her/his capacity as a specialist in the technical area. The incumbent will be expected to work with sufficiently high level of independence on the projects (including the management of financial resources and project partnerships and collaboration agreements) and exercise the needed judgment to more the agreed agenda forward.

The work of the incumbent will be guided by existing WHO strategies and tools related to health system strengthening, with focus on PHC, and NCD integration and management in PHC.

The incumbent will liaise and coordinate with relevant partners across the organization (including other departments within WHO EMRO, and particularly the department of Health System Development, WHO Country Offices, and WHO Headquarters), with Ministries of Health including the PHC and NCD national managers, and with other partners, including regional and national organizations and individuals outside WHO including regional and country offices of other international and UN organizations, NGOs, academics, WHO Collaborating Centres and other relevant entities, to provide the needed support to Member States.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Assess the current regional situation of the health system response to the major NCD to identify strengths, gaps and constraints, and lessons learned.
2. Develop a strategic approach to strengthening the regional health system response to NCD, with a focus on integration of NCD in PHC and management of NCD in complex emergencies.
3. Provide technical advice to and build capacity of the Member States in order to strengthen their national health system response to NCD, with a focus on integration of NCD in PHC and management of NCD in complex emergencies.
4. Provide advice to Member States in translating recommendations of the UNDP and the regional framework for action in the area of health care into practice, by developing action plans, related policies and procedures.
5. Provide technical advice to Member States on monitoring the management of major NCD in accordance with the global, regional and national monitoring framework and selected targets.
6. Plan, develop, organize, and deliver capacity building activities to health care workers in the management and early detection of NCD.
Essential: University degree in medicine and master's degree in public health or a health-related field.
Desirable: Additional training in a specialized area of NCD or in the provision of NCD care in emergency settings.
WHO global Competencies model at

1. Producing results;
2. Fostering integration and teamwork;
3. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership;
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Demonstrated ability to promote and champion NCD prevention and control
- Demonstrated competence in developing and implementing NCD plans especially in the area of health systems and NCD management
- Demonstrated skills in capacity building, especially in NCD prevention and control, proposal and report writing, action in the field and under constraints, data analysis, and research
- Excellent drafting skills in English

Other Skills:
Proficiency in MS Office applications as well as in data analysis.
Essential: At least 7 years of combined relevant experience at the national and international levels in medicine and public health practice, including experience in NCD management.
Desirable: Experience in addressing NCD in complex emergencies, especially in countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of Arabic and French is an asset.
Additional Information:
- Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.
- Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
- A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.
- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,611.00 at single rate
USD 72,605.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: % 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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