Strategic Planning Officer - Health Systems Recovery (HSS)

Freetown | SierraLeone

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : 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 plan, 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: Under the overall guidance of the WHO Country Representative (WR), the Strategic Planning Officer - Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) will provide technical support and guidance to the MOHS under the WHO Country office leadership.The incumbent takes lead and oversees the planning, implementations and monitoring of HSS programme; supervises and coordinates the health systems team/cluster at WHO country Office, and ensure close and effective collaboration with other WCO clusters as well as with other levels of WHO (IST/WA, AFRO and HQ);The incumbent is expected to perform the following :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 and operational procedures;-Support development 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 assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: An advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in Public Health, Social or Management Sciences, from a recognized University.Desirable: Postgraduate degree in Management or Health Systems/Services Administration, from a recognised University."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: 1) Proven ability to develop strategic and operational plans, monitor and evaluate;2) Good knowledge of health district development;3) Proven negotiation and networking skills; guidance of different team players and working groups towards agreed goals;4) Computer skills;5) Demonstrated ability to produce results, while respecting WHO's professional, ethical and legal framework;6) Ability to communicate in a credible and effective way, written and oral presentation.Competencies:1) Producing results;2) Moving forward in a changing environment;3) Fostering integration and teamwork;4) Creating an empowering and motivating environment;5) Promoting innovation and organizational learning. Experience: Essential: Seven (07) years of experience, in part or wholly in developing countries, in the field of public health and/or international development, spanning operational work as well as policy dialogue at national level. Experience working at central level on strategic planning and coordination and at district level on operational planning and implementation.Desirable: Working with NGOs/CSOs and donor programmes supporting districts; Experience in collaborating with sectors other than health. 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: 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 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: 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: 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
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Urban Development, planning and design
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-09

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