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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/14/FT447
Title: Medical Officer (Maternal and Child Health) / Team Leader (MCH)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 18 August 2014
Application Deadline: 8 September 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Organization unit: WPCO Countries (WP_ACO) /
WP_PNG Papua New Guinea (WP_PNG)
WP/DNH Division, NCD and Health through the Life-Course; WP/MCA Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCA)
To assist member states in improving the health and nutrition across neonatal, childhood, adolescent, and all components of reproductive health, by ensuring universal access to quality, evidence-based promotive, preventive and life-saving interventions at all levels of the health care delivery system through health system strengthening based on primary health care.
Description of duties:
In close collaboration with the National Department of Health (NDoH) and under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative and technical support from the Regional Office, the incumbent is expected to perform the following duties:
1. Collaborate with the NDoH in the formulation and development of, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health-related policies, strategies, operational plans and interventions based on the National Health Plan 2011-2020;
2. Advise and work with the NDoH and subnational health authorities in planning, implementing and monitoring reproductive maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes;
3. Provide technical support in addressing the urgent need for increasing the coverage of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent friendly health services to accelerate the achievement of skilled care for every birth and universal access to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services and to meet the needs of adolescents;
4. Assist the NDoH in the review, adaptation and utilisation of evidence-based technical guidelines/tools and improvement of quality of care related to reproductive, maternal newborn, child and adolescent health;
5. Support capacity building initiatives of health staff and relevant stakeholders by providing technical assistance in adaptation of relevant materials, organizing/participating in training/workshops/seminars, and strengthening pre-service curriculum;
6. Monitor and evaluate the implementation of activities through field visits, collection and analysis of information and data; and undertake periodic comprehensive programme reviews and surveys following established protocols;
7. Promote the concept of rational use of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health medicines and the development of an essential medicine list;
8. Liaise with the Regional Office, other UN agencies, in particular UNFPA and UNICEF, local and international nongovernmental organizations and professional organizations on issues related to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health;
9. Perform any other task as requested by the WHO Representative.
University degree in medicine or other relevant sciences with postgraduate degree in public health from a recognized university are essential. Postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology or paediatrics or in midwifery an advantage
1. Knowledge and skills in managing reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent and health programmes in public health setting.
2. Knowledge and skills in systematic and critical thinking, data analysis, programme planning, managing research, monitoring and evaluation, as well as report writing and proposal development.
3. Innovativeness and adaptability in implementing programmes in the local setting without compromising quality standards of care.
4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
5. Familiarity with WHO policy and practices.
6. Proficient in standard MS Office software applications. Presentation skills.

1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Setting an example
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
5. Driving WHO to a successful future
At least ten years of experience in planning, implementing and monitoring reproductive and maternal and /or child and adolescent health programmes at national and international levels, including several years of experience in developing countries. Work experience in WHO an advantage.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80 887 at single rate
USD 87 069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 100.7 % 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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