Public Health Officer (367173)

Amman | Amman

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : To ensure that effective WHO country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State's health and development agendas, and harmonized with the United Nations country teams. The goal of WHO's presence in country is to develop a two-way collaboration between the Secretariat and country, by supporting them to reach national health goals and contribute to global and regional public health action. WHO utilizes the Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), a key element of the Country Focus strategy, as a strategic management tool to create synergy andalignment between WHO leadership priorities and national health policies, strategies and plans as well as United Nations Assistance Framework (UNAF) in Jordan. Creating this synergy and alignment will be essential to advance WHO's organizational effectiveness and ensure WHO's relevance at country level. Description of duties: Purpose of the Post:To ensure efficient and effective implementation of WHO country activities in Jordan by providing technical assistance for all WHO strategic categories and related public health programmes, including: i) strengthening emergency response/resilience and preparedness activities to reduce mortality, morbidity especially due to the impact of public health emergencies and influx of refugees, ii) strengthening the health system, enhancing health equity, tackling the social determinants of health and envisioning the achievement of universal health coverage, iii) strengthening the response to the major Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors that in Jordan are estimated to account for 76% of all deaths, iv) ensuring public health interventions along the life course by promoting healthy lifestyles for all age groups, v) strengthening the utilization of reliable information, evidence, innovation and knowledge for improving population health outcomes.Organizational Context:Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative (WR), the overall guidance of the Director of Programme Management, and in close cooperation with EMRO related technical units, the incumbent will work with technical programmes in a challenging environment, with large influx of refugees, in which there are multiple players including the governorates' health departments, other public sector ministries, emergency and development partners, UN Agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the media. In addition, there is a diversity and variation in the level of development within the different governorates that require adaptability and flexibility in approach. The incumbent will receive guidance and instructions form the WR and EMRO related technical units.Summary of Assigned Duties:Technical support:- Assess health trends and emerging needs in coordination with national authorities and health partners to ensure compliance with international standards and national priorities, disseminate information among relevant stakeholders.- Collaborate with national authorities and health partners to coordinate and implement public health emergency/resilience and development activities as part of WHO and UN Country Team country plans.- Coordinate the health sector including emergency response/resilience and preparedness activities in Jordan especially due to the impact of public health emergencies and influx of refugees, liaise with Regional Center for Emergency and Polio in Amman, EMRO and HQ to ensure smooth functioning between the operational and technical/programmatic components.- Contribute to the development/implementation of national health sector strategy and policy to monitor progress towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage; analyze social determinants of health and their influence and impact on policies and programs for national health development, including identifying inequities and making recommendations.- Provide technical guidance in the implementation of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) activities in the below areas:(i) Preparation of an evidence-based situation analysis of NCDs and risk factors in the country with emphasis on tobacco control policies, legislations and programmes;(ii) Revision of NCD national strategy, including mental health and substance abuse, and assist in designing, strengthening and evaluating national NCD action plans and programmes in accordance with the WHO NCD global and regional monitoring framework and selected targets indicators;(iii) Strengthen inter-sectoral coordination mechanism and partnerships to design and implement public health approaches for prevention and control of NCDs and risk factors including double burden of malnutrition, obesity and physical inactivity.- Facilitate the implementation of effective, evidence-based policies, public health programmes and interventions through all life cycles including maternal and new born health, health promotion and education, the elderly, Social Determinant of Health, Violence and Injury Prevention including Road Safety, Gender and Health Equity and other related areas.General management:- Represent the WHO Country Office (WCO) at all important international, global or regional public health events as needed.- Guide and supervise the national programme officers in the implementation of all programmatic activities, ensuring their efficiencyand effectiveness as well as motivate, train and manage their performances.- Ensure effective management of the technical programmes with national counterparts and emergency/development partners in line with WHO rules and procedures and proper management of WHO assets and resources related to the technical programmes.- Advise the WR with regards to resource mobilization activities by developing project proposals reflecting health priorities in the country; participate in emergency appeal, and ensure the needed follow up in terms of funds raising, effort, timely implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.- Develop reports, briefs and other documents as needed. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: University degree in medicine and master's degree in public health.Desirable: Doctorate degree in Public Health.WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. Skills: Competencies:WHO global Competencies model at Producing results2) Fostering integration and teamwork3) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond4) Ensuring the effective use of resourcesFunctional Skills and Knowledge:- In-depth knowledge of public health programmes with focus on prevention and control of NCDs and their major risk factors especially tobacco control, health system, emergency response and related WHO objectives and priorities- Demonstrated competence in developing strategic approaches, in designing and managing WHO programmes and supporting national programmes and strategies- Demonstrated skills in capacity building, especially in prevention and control of NCDs, proposal and report writing, and action in the field- Ability to work in a team including receipt and provision of assistance- Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders andprofessionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.Other Skills:Proficiency in Microsoft Office Experience: Essential: - At least 7 years of combined relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in the field of public health especially in prevention and control of NCDs and tobacco control. - Experience in capacity building programme planning/development, project management, monitoring and evaluation.Desirable: Working experience with international/UN agencies. Languages: Excellent knowledge of English 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.- 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.- 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.- 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 - Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: to learn more about WHO's operations Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date- Mobility: 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.- This vacancy is published in English only. Post Adjustment: 45.6 % 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 Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. WHO is committed to workforce diversity. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Amman | Amman
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-08

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