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Project Officer (Adolescents and at-Risk Populations)


OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The FWC Cluster addresses the health needs of populations at all stages of life - from pregnancy, birth, childhood, adolescence, through adulthood to older age. The RHR Department aims to promote and support a global effort to enable people to protect their own health as it relates to sexuality and reproduction and to have access to health services and receive care in matters related to sexual and reproductive health when needed. To achieve this, the Department advocates and promotes sound public health strategies, sets norms and standards, engages in technical cooperation activities, and supports relevant research. RHR includes the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating interdisciplinary research on sexual and reproductive health; for collaborating with countries in enhancing national capacities to conduct this research; for promoting the use of research results in policy-making and planning for sexual and reproductive health care; and for the setting of standards and guidelines, including ethical guidelines, in the field of sexual and reproductive health research. More information about RHR and HRP can be found at objectives of the position are to support the implementation, progress and documentation of the Accountability work in implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health and the development of the scope of work for the accountability aspects of the new Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health. The Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health proposed an accountability framework and ten recommendations to accelerate and monitor the implementation of the UN Secretary General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. WHO leads the coordination of these recommendations in collaboration with Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and several other partners that lead work streams to implement the various recommendations. The role of the Technical Officer is to liaise with the various focal points to support the overall implementation and documentation of the Accountability work. The Technical Officer will also contribute to the discussion on Accountability for the new Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health ensuring that the lessons and insights from the current Accountability framework are integrated to the new accountability framework and ensuring a strong country focus for accountability post-2015. Description of duties: The incumbent will support the implementation of the Accountability work, including the following tasks:- Support the implementation of the Accountability Work Plan and related grants until their project end. This includes liaising with work stream leads and country offices to ensure timely programmatic and financial reporting; and monitoring performance and progress; - Organize stakeholder consultations aimed at reviewing the Accountability Work Plan and operationalization of accountability in the new Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health;- Develop and deliver the final Accountability Progress Report based on the strategic work plan and targets as defined by the Commission on Information and Accountability; - Support the administration of the Accountability award in coordination with the Program and Finance Officer, including financial and programmatic reporting to donors;- Draft and disseminate short progress updates related to the Accountability work for the website and dissemination to stakeholders and partners, raising awareness of its work;- Participate in discussions to ensure the lessons on accountability are integrated into the new Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health; - Liaise with the Accountability work stream of the new Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health, and carry out follow-up activities including drafting the related Work Plan;- Develop and submit proposals for funding as needed; - Perform other related duties as required or instructed. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Master's level degree in one of the following fields: public health, women and children's health, reproductive health, gender and development, social, political or health sciences. Skills: Demonstrated experience in project management and ability to work with competing priorities under pressure. Strong analytical, writing and communication skills. Good capacity for organizing, summarizing and presenting information to different audiences. Strong IT skills (i.e. PowerPoint, Excel). Proven ability to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary settings and excellent inter-personal skills.WHO Competencies:1. Fostering integration and teamwork2. Communicating in a credible and effective way3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences4. Producing results5. Knowing and managing yourself Experience: At least seven years of experience in the field of public health, including some project management experience in a public health setting. Experience in the field of health through the life course, with relevant experience at the international level and in the context of developing countries. Languages: Essential: Expert knowledge of English.Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.Expert knowledge of any other UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish). Additional Information: This vacancy is published in English only.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 dateWHO'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. 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.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: 89.5 % 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: Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Closing Date: 2015-09-29

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