Technical Officer (Sexual and Reproductive Health) At World Health Organization (WHO)



JOB DESCRIPTION

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

To support Member States in the WHO African Region in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, strategies and plans for the promotion and protection of maternal and perinatal health during pregnancy, child birth and the postnatal period to end preventable deaths and ensure wellbeing. To ensure universal access to SRHR services, including:-Safe abortion services and treatment of complications of unsafe abortion -Prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections -Prevention, detection, immediate services, and referrals for cases of sexual and gender-based violence -Comprehensive sexuality education -Counselling and services for a range of modern contraceptives, with a defined minimum number and types of methods -Antenatal, child birth, and postnatal care, including emergency obstetric and newborn care.-Prevention, detection, and management of reproductive cancers, especially cervical cancer -Information, counselling, and services for subfertility and infertility -Information, counselling, and services for sexual health and wellbeing To promote healthy ageing towards attaining Universal Health Coverage in the WHO African Region. Our program supports member states in reducing maternal and newborn mortality rates and promoting the health and well-being of older persons. We work within the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (GSWCAH), the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing, aligning policies, strategies, and plans within WHO-recommended norms and standards. Our technical assistance helps to build member states’ capacity to implement national policies for improving maternal health, increasing access to SRHR, and promoting healthy ageing. We also support countries in social mobilization and define the regional RMH research and innovations agenda to generate evidence. Our program conducts high-level advocacy and strengthens partnerships with key stakeholders to promote harmonized approaches and increased resources for RMH/SRHR and healthy ageing. The goal is to enable countries in the WHO African Region to ensure evidence-based policies and strategies are in place to achieve universal access to high-quality integrated health services, increase the coverage and quality of effective interventions, and create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies and interventions.

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DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

  • Provide guidance and technical support including articulating ethical and evidence‐based SRHR policy options on SRHR matters critical to the health of women and adolescents to member states, governments, WHO colleagues, professional organizations, EACs, and partners.
  • Support Member States in developing and implementing national SRHR strategies and help to prioritize SRHR in essential health services and health benefit packages, together with their implementation at the country level.
  • Shape SRHR research agenda and contribute to setting SRHR norms and standards, including stimulating the generation, translation, and dissemination of valuable SRHR knowledge in the African region. Assist in developing SRHR frameworks, processes, and tools, and support capacity building and sharing of best practices and lessons learned in the African region.
  • Conduct resource mobilization and actively develop and engage in partnerships that support SRHR in the African region.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor key performance indicators, work plans and budgets to integrate reproductive and maternal health/SRHR as integral components of countries’ Primary health care and Universal Health Coverage.
  • Conduct national and regional analysis on SRHR trends and provide technical recommendations while encouraging programmatic learnings and documenting lessons from successes and challenges during peace and shocks.
  • Liaise and coordinate with WHO colleagues, national counterparts, UN partners and other stakeholders to accelerate universal access to SRHR services, and perform other related responsibilities as assigned, such as replacing and backstopping for other staff when required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION

Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine or health-related programmes complemented with a postgraduate degree or training in the field of RMH or SRHR or Public Health and or training in management of health-related projects or programmes.
Desirable: PhD in public health, RMH/SRHR or related programs, Residency training or postgraduate fellowing in obstetrics and gynecology, Master in Business Administration or international development or health related field, Project management certification

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EXPERIENCE

Essential: Minimum of 7 years of increasingly responsible professional experience, especially in the fields of RMH, SRHR. Experience with international or country-level implementations of health programs, including resource mobilization and managing large grants. Proven experience in policy analysis and development, including developing country strategic plans. Experience developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating RMH/SRHR programs in low- and middle-income countries, the African region At least 5 publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, with at least 2 as first or corresponding author or evidence of drafting 3 national or international strategic documents.
Desirable: Proven experience in data analysis and project management. Previous experience working with UN organizations, particularly WHO. Experience in conducting or contributing to implementation research.

SKILLS

  1. Demonstrated expertise in all aspects of SRHR combined with advanced knowledge and skills in monitoring and evaluation of reproductive health programmes, and strong analytical, writing and research skills.
  2. Strong organization skills and capacity to establish partnerships and consensus while ensuring effective work practices and ethics.
  3. Demonstrated ability and skills in supporting multi-faceted teams, including program and project management and mobilizing and managing grants.
  4. Excellent knowledge of health system strengthening and implementation.
  5. Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with various partners.

WHO COMPETENCIES

  1. Teamwork
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  3. Communication
  4. Producing results
  5. Moving forward in a changing environment
  6. Creating an empowering and motivating environment

USE OF LANGUAGE SKILLS

Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French with a good working knowledge of the other language.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.

REMUNERATION

WHO 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 77,326 (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 3338 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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QUALIFICATIONS

Purpose of the Post:

This position is part of the Reproductive and Maternal Health (RMH) Programme within the Universal Health Coverage – Life Course Cluster (ULC) in WHO African Region. Its purpose is to improve women and adolescent health and well-being, increase access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services, and reduce preventable maternal deaths. As part of this effort, the position is to enhance WHO’s health leadership and SRHR technical support to countries by providing ethical and evidence-based SRHR policy options, developing and implementing national SRHR strategies, and prioritizing SRHR in essential health services and benefit packages. These efforts are aimed at strengthening SRHR in primary healthcare and accelerating universal health coverage.

Objectives of the RMH Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity

  • To support Member States in the WHO African Region in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, strategies and plans for the promotion and protection of maternal and perinatal health during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period to end preventable deaths and ensure wellbeing. 
  • To ensure universal access to SRHR services, including: 

–          Safe abortion services and treatment of complications of unsafe abortion

–          Prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections

–          Prevention, detection, immediate services, and referrals for cases of sexual and gender-based violence

–          Comprehensive sexuality education

–          Counselling and services for a range of modern contraceptives, with a defined minimum number and types of methods

–          Antenatal, childbirth, and postnatal care, including emergency obstetric and newborn care.

–          Prevention, detection, and management of reproductive cancers, especially cervical cancer

–          Information, counselling, and services for subfertility and infertility

–          Information, counselling, and services for sexual health and wellbeing

  • To promote healthy ageing towards attaining Universal Health Coverage in the WHO African Region. 

Our program supports member states in reducing maternal and newborn mortality rates and promoting the health and well-being of older persons. We work within the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (GSWCAH), the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing, aligning policies, strategies, and plans within WHO-recommended norms and standards. Our technical assistance helps to build member states’ capacity to implement national policies for improving maternal health, increasing access to SRHR, and promoting healthy ageing. We also support countries in social mobilization and define the regional RMH research and innovations agenda to generate evidence. Our program conducts high-level advocacy and strengthens partnerships with key stakeholders to promote harmonized approaches and increased resources for RMH/SRHR and healthy ageing. The goal is to enable countries in the WHO African Region to ensure evidence-based policies and strategies are in place to achieve universal access to high-quality integrated health services, increase the coverage and quality of effective interventions, and create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies and interventions.

Organizational Context

Context – As part of the Universal Health Coverage-Life Course Cluster (UHC-LC), this role sits within the Reproductive and Maternal Health (RMH) unit is directly supervised by the Team Lead. The incumbent is responsible for providing SRHR technical expertise to other officers, governments, and partners in the sub-region. They will also contribute to the development, adaptation, and implementation of national plans, policies, and strategies aimed at achieving UHC and the SDGs in the WHO African Region. The incumbent is an organizational specialist who works within established work plans, guidelines, and goals. The incumbent is guided by the resolutions of the Regional Committee, the World Health Assembly, the WHO Transformation Programme and the GPW13 and its Triple Billion objectives, as well as the national priorities and needs of the Member States of the Region.

 

 

Key collaborators – Working with other Programs and Operational Clusters of WHO AFRO and strategic partners, the person in this position carries out the work program by sharing information, providing guidance, and supporting relevant focal points in MCATs, Country Offices, and Collaborating Centres. The goal is to advance the RMH/Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and WHO/AFRO agenda in response to the needs of Member States in the Region. Achieving the objectives and expected results requires collaboration with various partners, policymakers, and representatives of multi- and bilateral agencies, academia, professional associations, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, and institutions. This individual also represents the Regional Office at forums within and outside the Organization, where SRHR issues are discussed strategically.

Summary of Assigned Duties

  • Provide guidance and technical support including articulating ethical and evidence‐based SRHR policy options on SRHR matters critical to the health of women and adolescents to member states, governments, WHO colleagues, professional organizations, EACs, and partners. 

 

 

  • Support Member States in developing and implementing national SRHR strategies and help to prioritize SRHR in essential health services and health benefit packages, together with their implementation at the country level. 

 

 

  • Shape SRHR research agenda and contribute to setting SRHR norms and standards, including stimulating the generation, translation, and dissemination of valuable SRHR knowledge in the African region. 

 

 

  • Assist in developing SRHR frameworks, processes, and tools, and support capacity building and sharing of best practices and lessons learned in the African region. 

 

 

  • Conduct resource mobilization and actively develop and engage in partnerships that support SRHR in the African region. 

 

 

  • Develop, implement, and monitor key performance indicators, work plans and budgets to integrate reproductive and maternal health/SRHR as integral components of countries’ Primary health care and Universal Health Coverage. 

 

 

  • Conduct national and regional analysis on SRHR trends and provide technical recommendations while encouraging programmatic learnings and documenting lessons from successes and challenges during peace and shocks. 

 

 

  • Liaise and coordinate with WHO colleagues, national counterparts, UN partners and other stakeholders to accelerate universal access to SRHR services, and perform other related responsibilities as assigned, such as replacing and backstopping for other staff when required. 

Competencies

1)      Producing results

2)      Teamwork

3)      Communication in a credible and effective way

4)      Moving forward in a changing environment

5)      Respecting individual and cultural differences

 

 

Functional Skills and Knowledge

 

 

1.      Demonstrated expertise in all aspects of SRHR combined with advanced knowledge and skills in monitoring and evaluation of reproductive health programmes, and strong analytical, writing and research skills.

2.      Strong organization skills and capacity to establish partnerships and consensus while ensuring effective work practices and ethics.

3.      Demonstrated ability and skills in supporting multi-faceted teams, including program and project management and mobilizing and managing grants.

4.      Excellent knowledge of health system strengthening and implementation.

5.      Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with various partners.

 

 

Education

 

 

Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine or health-related programmes complemented with a postgraduate degree or training in the field of RMH or SRHR or Public Health and or training in management of health-related projects or programmes.

 

 

Desirable: PhD in public health, RMH/SRHR or related programs, Residency training or postgraduate fellowing in obstetrics and gynecology, Master in Business Administration or international development or health related field, Project management certification 

 

 

Experience

Essential:

  • Minimum of 7 years of increasingly responsible professional experience, especially in the fields of RMH, SRHR
  • Experience with international or country-level implementations of health programs, including resource mobilization and managing large grants. 
  • Proven experience in policy analysis and development, including developing country strategic plans. 
  • Experience developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating RMH/SRHR programs in low- and middle-income countries, the African region 
  • At least 5 publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, with at least 2 as first or corresponding author or evidence of drafting 3 national or international strategic documents 

 

 

 

 

Desirable:

•           Proven experience in data analysis and project management.

•           Previous experience working with UN organizations, particularly WHO

•           Experience in conducting or contributing to implementation research

 

 

Languages:

Proficient knowledge of English and/or French with good working knowledge of the other.

Knowledge of Portuguese will be an asset. Evidence of good writng skils is desirable.

 

 

Other Skills (e.g. IT):Working level of computer literacy with proven ability to use standard office software packages, including eHealth tools.

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