Public Health Officer (380906)

Nairobi | Kenya

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The overall objective is to enable Member States to improve health outcomes in PHC programmes especially access to and utilization of priority health related programmes like: Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), communicable diseases, Maternal and Child Health (MCH), emergency preparedness and response and strengthening intersectoral collaboration and community engagement tackling adverse impact of Social Determinants of Health (SDH) in addition to promoting integration of health equity, gender and human rights principles. PHC Unit concentrates on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of health services through policy dialogue informed by sound evidence, systematic learning and capacity building and through improvements in resource planning, organisation, management, quality and safety of health services. It focuses on the reduction in maternal and child morbidity and mortality through improvement of equity in health, access, coverage and quality of health services. Description of duties: Purpose of the Post:To closely monitor the Primary Health Care (PHC) programmes with a purpose to ensure effective implementation and improve programme development and management.Organizational Context:Under the direct supervision of the Medical Officer and overall guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will play a key role in ensuring appropriate implementation, supervision and monitoring of the PHC Programmes. Summary of Assigned Duties:The incumbent will perform the following duties:1. Technical support to ensure access to primary health care services, strengthening health system infrastructure, training and deployment of female community health workers, building capacities of health care providers, availability of essential package of health services and essential medicine at all levls of care and improving service provision dimension of the universal health coverage.2. Provide technical support to ensure effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of PHC Programmes, including communicable diseases, NCDs, mental health, Maternal and Child Health, Violence and Injuries and Social Determinants of Health in the three zones of Somalia. 3. Develop and maintain internal monitoring mechanisms and tools to ensure timely collection and preparation of (technical and financial) progress reports, analysis and quality assurance of government and donor reporting, identify inconsistencies in reports and make necessary corrections in collaboration with concerned technical officers.4. Participate in field missions and working groups aiming at supervising service provision for PHC programmes in the 3 zones of Somalia and ensure access, quality, coverage, affordability and utilization of health services and support the development of actions towards moving universal health coverage forward, coordinating closely with the sub-offices to share information and advice as needed. 5. Coordinate the preparation and submission of work plans of the programme in a timely manner including follow up and timely uploading in GSM, providing or reviewing the preparation of budgetary and implementation reports, and bringing significant issues arising from monitoring to the attention of management.6. Promote WHO evidence-based initiatives for reducing maternal and Child Health morbidity and mortality and the integration of NCDs and mental health in PHC services.7. Write background papers, concept papers, donor proposals, situation analysis, develop monthly technical reports on implementation and provide substantive support to meetings and workshops, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, consolidating documents, drafting presentations and facilitating sessions;8. Represent WHO country office in technical groups and joint UN programmes for maternal and child health initiatives like RH technical group, GBV working team, .etc9. Provide capacity building of NCDs, MCH, and M&E officers of Health Authorities and health partners for future hand-over. 10. Performs other tasks as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: University degree in MedicineDesirable: - Master's degree in Public Health - Training in MCH or SDHWHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. Skills: Competencies:WHO global Competencies model can be found at Ensuring the effective use of resources2. Communicating in a credible and effective way3. Fostering integration and teamwork4. Building and promoting partnership across Organization and beyond5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differencesFunctional Skills and Knowledge:1. Excellent skills in monitoring, evaluation, data analysis and reporting. 2. Excellent knowledge and understanding of PHC programmes.3. Good knowledge of health systems strengthening.Other Skills:Proficiency in MS Office Experience: Essential: At least five years of experience in PHC programmes, especially in NCD and MCH, project/programme management with proven experience in a post-conflict or a conflict country.Desirable: Working experience within a UN organization, NGOs and/or bilateral agencies in the health area. 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 (this could be the base for rosters).- This vacancy is published in English only.- 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: Click on: . to learn more about WHO's operations Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date- 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: 31.8 % 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
  • Location: Nairobi | Kenya
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-20

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