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Child, Adolescent Health & Nutrition (CAN) Officer


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Luanda
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Nutrition
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2024-04-21


Contribute to the reduction of mortality and morbidity of newborns, children and for the promotion of adolescent's health and development by strengthening the national capacity in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions to improve the health and nutritional status, building effective partnerships with health development partners for an integrated approach to Primary Health Care.


Serve as the primary liaison for CAH&N between the Ministry of Health and WHO. Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and its technical departments in the development, review and implementation of child and adolescent health and nutrition policies and strategies, including training and supervision. Support the adaptation of global and regional evidence-based policies, strategies and plans for child, adolescent health and nutrition to fit the context of the country, with a view to reducing risk, morbidity and mortality and improving health across the life course. Build capacity for improved health service delivery for children and adolescent, at facility and community levels, and monitor progresses on health status. Assist national counterparts in operational research related to child and adolescent health and nutrition. Work with other clusters in the Country Office and AFRO in addition to other relevant international, regional and national counterparts to promote WHO's work on child and adolescent health and nutrition. Participate in resource mobilization and contribute to proposal development and implementation of, but not limited to, child and adolescent health and nutrition. Compile periodical reports and provide relevant programmatic information for internal and external reporting purposes.Perform any other work requestedby the supervisors.



Essential: University degree in Pediatrics or another related field from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Training in Public Health; Adolescent Health, Integrated management of Childhood illnesses, Infant and Young Child Nutrition, Health Programme Management or Epidemiology or an advanced degree in Medicine/Public Health will be of an added advantage


Essential: At least two years of progressively responsible professional experience in the implementation, organization, and management of Public Health programmes in areas of CAH/N.
Desirable: Experience in policy development and strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation in CAH & Nutrition; Relevant work experience with WHO and/or UN agencies, health cluster partners; experience working in relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations


-->Sound knowledge of the principles, practice, methodology and techniques in public health, epidemiology, communicable disease surveillance and control. -->Ability to collect, analyze and use data for program monitoring and evaluation.-->Ability to monitor and communicate progress, write concise reports. -->Skills in programme and proposal development, project management and promotion of national capacities, -->Ability to work with partners proactively, including effective chairmanship of stakeholder meetings.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Intermediate knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French. Expert knowledge of Portuguese.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 87,156 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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