NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL OFFICER (ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT) (WRO/VN/2014/12)

28 July 2016
 
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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/2014/12
 
Title: National Professional Officer (Adolescent Health and Development)
 
Grade: NO-B
 
Contract type: Temporary appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two (2) years
 
Date: 6 August 2014
 
Application Deadline: 27 August 2014 Selection in Progress
 
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
 
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
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.
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 work-plans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India (2012 - 2017), as part of the WCO-India team working on Health System, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

1) Be responsible for implementation of the GoI/ WHO collaborative programmes in the Health System area with emphasis on family and child health issues, particularly focusing on adolescent health and development, which includes:

a) formulating and planning the biennium work plans for GoI/WHO collaborative programme in India
b) monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the progress of work-plan implementation
c) preparing administrative and technical reports
d) documenting successful interventions and synthesizing lessons learnt for wider dissemination

2) Provide technical and policy advice to the MoH&FW and the States on technical matters related to adolescent health, with emphasis on: sexual and reproductive health (SRH) including preventing early pregnancy, adolescent friendly health services (AFHS), nutrition, gender considerations including gender based violence, injuries and accidents, mental health, NCDs and health promotion issues related to adolescents;

3) Providing technical support for health system strengthening for developing multi-sectoral policies and approaches for adolescent health to promote universal health coverage and equitable access to comprehensive health services to adolescent and young people;

4) Advocate and support MOHF&W and states on the need to strengthen health sectors response to violence against women (VAW) and girls. Build capacity for implementation of guidelines and protocols for provision of services to survivors/victims of violence and for medico-legal care;

5) Promote the need to respond to health and development requirements of adolescents in a holistic manner and integration of VAW services and Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Health plus Adolescent programme into general health system at national and sub-national levels;

6) Support adaptation of WHO guidelines, tools and training materials on adolescent health and VAW and girls and promote their application in the national programmes;

7) Provide technical assistance to conduct operational/implementation research in priority areas of adolescent health and VAW, in collaboration with WHO Collaborating Centres, national research institutes to generate evidence on health care delivery system;

8) Provide support to monitoring and evaluation of programme effectiveness, including programme review and synthesis of relevant data and information;

9) Liaise with donors/development partners (bilateral and UN) and civil society to harmonise WHO recommendation on policies and strategies relating to adolescent health and development and VAW;

10) Assist in mobilizing additional resources for GoI/WHO collaborative programme in the area of adolescent health and development and VAW;

11) Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics;

12) Undertake any other task/duties as may be assigned by WR-India and Coordinator, Health Programmes.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: University Degree in Medicine or Social Sciences.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree in organization or management of Health Services/ Public Health.
Skills:
The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.

Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to adolescent health and development with good understanding of country's needs and priorities. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas.

Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. 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.

Competencies:
1) Producing results
2) Fostering integration and teamwork
3) Moving forwards in a changing environment
4) Ensuring the effective use of resources
5) Building and Promoting Partnerships Across the Organization and Beyond

Other skills (e.g. IT): Excellent knowledge of computer applications; ability to make oral and written presentations on technical issues; and ability to write detailed, coherent, and concise briefing documents.
Experience:
Essential: At least two years of professional experience in the field of adolescent health and development at national/ state level including experience in programme implementation related to adolescent health development and VAW.
Desirable: Experience of work in UN and/or other international organization
Languages:
Essential: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and knowledge of Hindi.
Additional Information:
This position is subject to local recruitment and will be filled only by a national of India.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
18,34,190 at single rate

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