EBOLA OUTBREAK RESPONSE AND HEALTH SYSTEMS RECOVERY - STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICER - HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING (HSS)

Freetown | SierraLeone

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The unprecedented Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone (May 2014 - present), as in the other two neighboring Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, has been attributed largely to what has been referred to as a "weak" health system. In this regard, the Government's (MOHS) is in the process of finalizing its recovery-resilience multi-year plan. A multi-sectoral recovery 6 - 9 month plan has been developed, as well as a more long term plan with coordination cascaded from the President's office. As Sierra Leone continues to focus on getting to zero, revitalization of essential safe health services has become the Government's policy priority. As part development of the multi-year health recovery pan, the 2010 Basic Package for Essential Health Services (BPEHS) was revised for delivery of an integrated quality health care. In the context of presidential 6-9month 2015 recovery plan, the first phase of BPEHS will be implemented.Revitalisation of Essential Health Services over and above provision of requisite inputs such as medical supplies, critical human resource, equipment, etc. will require capacity building, to build community trust in the health system, updating of life-saving skills, patient and health worker safety and enhancing surveillance, etc.Effective long-term health recovery plan requires strengthening of health systems and existing co-ordination mechanism as per the International Health Partnership (IHP+) country compact, establishment of functional management arrangements. Established country compact coordination mechanisms have been revitalized through development of the health recovery plan, but their effective functionality require evidence-based guidelines, operations procedures, proactive facilitation. WHO being part of the IHP+ secretariat.WHO Country Office is expected to technically contribute towards and support the implementation of this work and plans and the restoration of essential health services. Preparatory work for the plan implementation is being concluded, in tandem with initiation of critical activities. Description of duties: The Strategic Planning Officer - Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) will provide technical support and guidance to the MOHS under the WHO Country office leadership.S/he will: 1) Assist and provide guidance to the MoHS in Health Systems strengthening, national planning and effective management of partners, in line with the International Health Partnership (IPH+) principles.2) Support the presidential MoHS operational team and the 6 - 9 month recovery plan: - Develop an effective implementation of the operational plan-Support district managerial functionality assessment report development-Support evidence-based development/improvement of district management guidelines, operational procedures-Support development and of monthly detailed central and district plans including DFC proposal - where appropriate. 3) Assist in strengthening in-sector coordination mechanisms of established structures for delivery of the plan, including establishment (Government's health operational team central and district-levels.)4) At the request of the MOHS, conduct capacity building to support recovery plan in partnership with CSO and NGOs.5) Provide technical support to the WHO team re-orientation initiatives towards response and recovery.6) Technically contribute towards and support the implementation of the work, related plans and the restoration of essential health services.7) Perform all other related duties as asigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.EssentialAn advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in Public Health, Social or Management Sciences, from a recognised University.DesirablePostgraduate degree in Public Health, Management or Health Systems/Services Administration, from a recognised University. Skills: Functional Knowledge and Skills:-Ability in strategic planning and to organize, guide and different team players, working groups towards agreed goals-Demonstrated ability to produce results, while respecting WHO's professional, ethical and legal framework. -Ability to communicate in a credible and effective way, written and oral presentation. Competencies:Producing resultsMoving forward in a changing environmentFostering integration and teamworkCreating an empowering and motivating environmentPromoting innovation and organizational learning Experience: Essential At least seven (7) years health system and policy analysis and planning experience at national or regional level including IHP+ core principles.Ability to timely synthesize key components and working group outputs Languages: Very good knowledge of English. Knowledge of French and Portuguese would be an asset for better interaction with other countries in the African Region. Additional Information: Additional Information:Only those applicants who are considered for deployment against a specific position will be contacted. As reference checks will be made through your current and previous employers at the point of shortlisting, please ensure that they are informed of the urgency to provide rapid feedback. Please ensure that you indicate their e-mail address when completing your personal history form.Prior to deployment candidates must:1. hold a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate2. complete the online UNDSS Basic II Security in the Field Training which is accessible through https://training.dss.un.org/courses/v21/pages/dss_login_register.php3. provide all copies of degrees/diplomas indicated in their personal history form (PHF).Candidates contracted against this vacancy notice will comprise a mobile workforce and may be deployed to any location within the assigned country, based on the needs of that country. They may also be redeployed to another location during the course of their assignment. Annual salary: (Net of tax)USD 68 294,- at single rate Post Adjustment: 56.6 % 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. Post Adjustment: 56.6 % 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. Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. 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: Freetown | SierraLeone
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Ebola
    • Urban Development, planning and design
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Ebola
    • Urban Development, planning and design
  • Closing Date: 2015-09-15

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