Technical Officer (Health Observatory)

Brazzaville | Brazzaville

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : To develop and implement health systems based on primary health care, supporting universal coverage. Description of duties: The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda:Working at the regional level, to provide technical assistance to countries for the development and implementation of the national health observatory standards and protocols with first-line responsibility for supporting the development and testing of effective methods to gather data collection, their integration and updating to existing databases as well as M&E.In close cooperation with the HSD/HSS at the IST and the Regional Office, to participate in the development of guidelines, norms and standards for the assessment of actions in countries at the sub-regional level, with particular attention to methods used for evaluating progress and results, lessons learnt and obstacles, including visits to assess performance and ensure the use of standard quality assured data.To serve as focal point for the review of the results and progress from experience at country level in the sub-region, with a view to propose improved quality and efficiency, new approaches and remedial actions to further improve implementation, as well as monitoring progress and achievements, working in close association with the HSD/HSS teams, other clusters, national and sub-regional officials, NGOs, and health professionals; proactively participating in the development of new and review of existing guidelines, training materials and E-training modules for the effective running of health observatories. Other duties include but are not limited to advising countries, partners, and sub-regional networks; encourage exchange of views and information-sharing, informal consultations and, as required, meetings at the sub-regional level, and ensure regular reporting; developing / collaborating to the development and maintenance of up-to-date sub-regional databases as part of advancing research and development on new/improved tools and strategies.To collaborate to resource mobilization and advocacy activities in support of the implementation of WHO and AFRO Resolutions pertaining to malaria prevention at the regional and country levels in a proactive manner.To support the implementation of WHO Resolutions pertaining to the African Health Observatory and health information systems at the sub-regional and country levels in a proactive manner; as well as supporting the development and monitoring of work plans and budgetary proposals, as required.To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: Post-graduate degree in health Information Systems/Biostatistics and/or Epidemiology and/or Public Health.Desirable: Advanced qualifications in the field of health informatics and/or information technology as related to health systems. Training or in-depth knowledge of health system and/or health observatories.Verification of Educational qualifications:"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". Skills: Proven experience in working effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams with demonstrated knowledge and expertise on information management. Capacity to interact with a broad range of governmental officials and other partners. Proven track record in the development and implementation of norms and standards through effective reporting mechanisms and systems, of M&E as related to the work. Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write in a clear and concise manner and give technical advice and guidance taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders and partners in resource-limited contexts; and participate in advocacy and resource mobilization activities. Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and resolve issues in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics. Diplomacy, tact and courtesy. Proven ability to use standard office software packages, Conversant with common IT software including eHealth tools.WHO Competencies- Producing results- Building partnerships across the organization and beyond- Fostering integration and teamwork- Ensuring the effective use of resources- Knowing and managing yourself. Experience: Essential: At least seven years' experience in the field of health information systems and implementing evidence to policy work at the national, regional and/or international levels. Experience in the management of databases as related to health observatories, complemented by experience in data collection and database management, analysis and synthesis of information, and the development of databases.Desirable: Experience in policy formulation and data quality management, strategic and policy planning and policy as well as facilitating consultations. Languages: Excellent knowledge of English and/or French with a good working knowledge of the other.Knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage. Additional Information: 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 [NB: to be adjusted to the standard VN for posts in the general service category].Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: Click on: to learn more about WHO's operations Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by dateMobility (for international positions 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. Post Adjustment: 51.2 % 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. 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: Brazzaville | Brazzaville
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-24

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