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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/15/HIS/TASR86
Title: Medical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 20 November 2015
Application Deadline: 11 December 2015 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HIS Health Systems and Innovation (HQ/HIS) /
HQ/SDS Service Delivery and Safety (HQ/SDS)
The Health Systems and Innovation (HIS) cluster mission includes fostering innovation for better health and supporting Member States to promote Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by strengthening health systems and innovative approaches. Policy dialogue, informed by best available evidence and systematic learning, and supported by capacity strengthening, aims to improve equity in health, access, coverage, quality and efficiency of health services.The mission of the Service Delivery and Safety (SDS) Department is to develop models, strategies and guidance to support countries in all parts of the world to improve the quality, safety, integration and responsiveness of health services' delivery, with a particular focus on primary health care. SDS has been established as a "centre of excellence" focusing on issues of policy, organization, integration, coordination and measurement of key dimensions of service delivery, from health promotion to prevention, treatment,
rehabilitation and palliation.
Description of duties:
The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the SDS adviser responsible for palliative care, in close collaboration with the WHO departments and external key partners involved in this area of work; interacting with WHO regional offices collaborating centres and expert groups, as well as other international organizations and national bodies. The incumbent works with the Secretariat of the WHO ad hoc technical advisory group of experts on palliative care, the WHO internal working group on palliative care and WHO regional focal points for palliative care.
- The incumbent provides technical expertise for the implementation of the WHA resolution on Palliative care as a comprehensive care throughout the life course (WHA 67.19) across disease groups (non-communicable diseases, and infectious diseases).
In the SDS Department, the incumbent is the technical lead for:
- the development of guidelines, manuals, policy documents and implementation tools for the establishment and improvement of integrated people centred palliative care programs;
- the development of indicators and monitoring process to improve access to quality palliative care;
- the country technical support for national policies on palliation across disease groups.
Main achievements will include:
- key aspects of integrated people centred and respectful palliative care addressed in palliative care policies;
- strengthening of palliative care services in the continuum of care, in countries; with an emphasis on universal coverage schemes;
- strengthening of global partnerships for sustainable palliative care programmes.
Advanced university degree in medicine or related field and a formal post graduate qualification in palliative care.
Degree in public health.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.
Essential knowledge and skills:
- Expertise and clinical experience in palliative care.
- Substantial knowledge in public health.
- Extensive international experience in resource limited settings.
- Sense of responsibility, good interpersonal and presentation skills.

1. Producing results
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Technical Expertise
5. Overall attitude at work
6. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
At least ten years' experience in palliative care.
Experience of working with international organizations.
Expert knowledge of English
Intermediate knowledge of French
Additional Information:
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WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.
This vacancy is published in English only.
Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$81704 at single rate
US$87948 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 86 % 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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