Technical Officer (Public Health Services)
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying value of equity as described in the General Programme of Work. The 13th General Programme of Work defines the mission of WHO as one to promote health, to keep the world safe, and to protect the vulnerable. The GPW calls for heightened accountability, prioritising impact and outcome at country level, and to improve the lives of three billion people, through universal health coverage, through addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations. WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions\: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.
The objective of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health is to develop in the WHO European Region the strategic capacity to assist Member States to design, establish and promote comprehensive health and health systems policies; to enable countries to benefit from international experience in reforming their health systems and public health services stressing quality, accessibility and efficient use of resources. The Division contributes to the development and promotion of the European Health Policy and National Health Policies, Plans and Strategies, and the knowledge base in the broad thematic areas of health systems governance, financing, organization, service delivery and resource generation, in collaboration with other relevant international, regional, national and non-governmental partners.
The Public Health Services (PHS) Programme, within the Division of Health Systems and Public Health (DSP), is the custodian of the European Action Plan to Strengthen Public Health Services and Capacities in the European Region (EAP-PHS), including the Essential Public Health Operations (EPHOs). The Programme supports Member States (MSs) in reforming their public health services (PHS). Focus areas for the programme are the legislative mandate for PHS, financing of PHS, organization of PHS, and strengthening the public health workforce in the context of public health service delivery. Coalition building to support transformation of PHS is another key theme, both at the international and national level. The Programme is the convener of the Coalition of Partners to Strengthen Public Health Services in the European Region. The Programme directly contributes to the 13th General Programme of Work (GPW), which defines the mission of the WHO as one to promote health, to keep the world safe and to protect the vulnerable. The GPW calls for heightened accountability, prioritizing impact and outcome at country level, and to improve the lives of three billion people, through universal health coverage (UHC), through addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
To support the implementation of public health services transformation in the European region as part of the mandate of the Public Health Services Programme, Division of Health Systems and Public Health. This involves e.g. coalition building at national and international level, capacity strengthening at ministerial level and related national/regional public health authorities and progressing our knowledge base for public health services transformation. Key duties\: Under the guidance and supervision of the Programme Manager, Public Health Services, the incumbent will perform the following tasks\:
1. Support the development of public health capacity at ministerial level, through the provision of direct technical support (to ministerial public health departments and associated national public health institutes) and facilitation of sharing of international knowledge in strengthening public health services;
2. Support the development of national concepts (vision) for public health through direct technical support especially coalition building through participatory processes, and facilitation of sharing of international experience of coalition building for PHS strengthening purposes;
3. Provide technical support to the development and delivery of multi-level and multi-stakeholder dialogues in designing new public health vision/mission and roles and responsibilities in the context of large scale public health reforms (ministry of health, public health departments, national public health institutes, regional public health authorities and other relevant stakeholders) through participatory processes; including development of scope and purpose documents, coordinate development of event programmes and background documents, and coordinate the delivery process);
4. Support the development of national public health institutes, including those that are established through merger processes; in close collaboration with relevant networks and especially the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI); including maintaining a close relationship with the IANPH secretariat, coordination of joint activities such as intercountry workshops, and country specific joint activities;
5. Provide technical support to the development and delivery of multi-level and multi-stakeholder dialogues in regard to the integration of public health and primary health care services; in close collaboration with the Health Service Delivery team in DSP and others; by applying coalition building and participatory processes; including development of scope and purpose documents, coordinate development of event programmes and background documents and coordinate the delivery process);
6. Support (both technically and project management wise) the development of tools to support strengthening of public health services;
7. Support (both technically and project management wise) the development of communication tools to strengthen public health services; including liaison with key stakeholders, and managing the publication and dissemination process of resources developed by the programme;
8. Provide technical and project management support towards the development of public health workforce and especially through the development of public health flagship courses and training hubs; including liaison with key stakeholders, coordinating development of curricula and sourcing experts to deliver courses and other educational activities;
9. Produce and review technical background documentation, briefings, terms of reference and other documents on his/her area of competence for meetings, missions, technical assessments, reviews and contractual procedures;
10. Contribute to the PHS Programme and Health Systems and Public Health Divisions' operational planning and reporting activities, as needed and within his/her technical areas of competency.
EducationEssential\: University degree (Bachelor's level) in public health, medicine, nursing/midwifery, pharmaceuticals, health policy, social or political sciences or health economics.
Desirable\: University degree (Master's level) in any of the above-mentioned areas.
ExperienceEssential\: At least five years of relevant professional experience in technical areas related to provision of public health services as manager or practitioner, or organization of public health services. Demonstrated experience interacting with a broad range of health stakeholders, coalition building and application of participatory processes.
Desirable\: Relevant professional experience working in the UN in general, WHO, and/or other international organizations.
SkillsDemonstrated knowledge and understanding of public health principles and approach, public health services, health system core functions of governance, financing and resourcing (human resources, technologies), and operations at the ministry level. Demonstrated knowledge in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions with emphasis on public health services.Demonstrated knowledge of the socio-demography and political economies that make up the WHO European Region's 53 Member States, and especially the post-soviet legacy systems. Problem solving skills.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Use of Language SkillsEssential\: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Russian.
REMUNERATIONWHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 60,233 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3032 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.
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