Technical Officer (Maternal & Child Health) – World Health Organization

By | January 28, 2020

Technical Officer (Maternal & Child Health) – World Health Organization

Grade: NO-C
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract duration: 1 year
Closing Date: Feb 1, 2020, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Botswana-Gaborone
Organization: AF_BWA Botswana
Schedule: Full-time  
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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The incumbent will report to the Team Leader of the FRH Cluster under the general guidance of the Head of the WHO country office. Within the delegated authority and in collaboration with other specialists at RO/HQs and other offices the officer will undertake independently under broad guidance of the supervisor, family and Reproductive Health (FRH) in the country including establishing /maintaining good relations with national counterparts, multiple stakeholders from professional agencies to United Nations agencies, from development banks and other donors and funding agencies to establish collaborative and consultative models of policy dialogue and resource mobilization for projects.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

1. Provide technical guidance and managerial support to the WHO Country Office team working on promoting health through the life course, facilitate the development and the implementation of the relevant work plans under the WHO-MOH collaborative programme and ensure the monitoring and evaluation of related activities.

2. Promote the generation of evidence on promoting health through the life course and contribute to informed policy decisions by the government and provide cutting edge policy advice.
3. Help improve the information system on promoting health through the life course and the monitoring of progress towards UHC and facilitate its integration into the national health information system.
4. Provide technical assistance and support for the development and adaptation to the country context of the relevant WHO’s normative materials (policy, strategies, guidelines, SOPs and production and/or adaptation of reports)
5. Liaise and coordinate with concerned technical units/ departments of MOH and other concerned Ministries, WHO/AFRO, WHO/HQ and donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) to harmonize recommendations on policies and strategies related to promoting health through the life course and advocate for inter-sectorial actions to address determinants.
6. Contribute to the management of WCO’s knowledge and advice on matters regarding universal health coverage of promoting health through the life course, such as maternal and neonatal health, sexual and reproductive health, child and adolescent health and healthy ageing;
7. Advise in strengthening and integrating, innovative models of engagement with the private sector and other non-state actors, research and innovations in the promotion of health through the life course approach.
8. Collaborate with MOH and other concerned Ministries and sub-national levels to undertake gap analyses and support capacity-building efforts in deficient areas to ensure that priorities are fulfilled
9. Contribute to the evaluation of the impact of WHO’s a collaboration with the Government (aggregated and area-specific) and to developing evaluation tools (e.g. defining the necessary performance indicators)
10. Support information brokering/exchange function of the WCO through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.

11. Contribute to the external relationships, representation, communication and advocacy work of the WCO aimed at improving health system transparency and accountability. Prepare administrative and technical reports and presentations as necessary; Perform other duties as requested by supervisors.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: University degree in medicine, public health or a health-related field, with specialized training in paediatrics, obstetrics or reproductive health from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Advanced degree in medicine, public health or a health-related field.

Experience

Essential: At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in planning, implementing, coordination, monitoring and evaluating RMNCAH programmes. Practical and field experience in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services. Related experience working closely with government and international agencies
Desirable: Relevant work experience with WHO and/or UN agencies, health cluster partners; experience working in relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations

Skills

Proven knowledge of RMNCAH management within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ability to conduct research and analyse results, identify issues, formulate opinions, and make conclusions and recommendations for strengthening health care systems.Good knowledge of RMNCAH health services.Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
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Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Beginners knowledge of Local language. Beginners knowledge of other UN language.

REMUNERATION

Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at BWP 503,360 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • If 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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO’s workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to putting the WHO Values into practice.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
    • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
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