UN World Health Organization (WHO) Jobs – National Professional Officer/Child & Adolescent Health




Organisation: World Health Organization (WHO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: WHO Representative
Vacancy Notice No: /15/FT352
Grade: NO-C
About WHO:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the
directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations (UN)
system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,
shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating
evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and
monitoring and assessing health trends.
About WHO CAH Programme:
The World Health Organization seeks to
strengthen the capacity of its Uganda office to support the Government of
Uganda, MoH and other stakeholders in analysing, designing, scheduling,
planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of child and adolescent
health policies, strategies and programs to achieve national health development
outcomes. The main objective of Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (CAH) is
to provide technical support to Government of Uganda and health partners in the
formulation, implementation and evaluation of evidence based policies,
guidelines, strategies and programmes aimed at reducing the morbidity, disability
and mortality of newborns, children and adolescents thus contributing to the
achievement of the national health goals and the sustainable development goals.
Job Summary:  The National Professional Officer/Child &
Adolescent Health will serve as the focal point for Newborn, Child and
Adolescent Health (CAH) program in the Uganda World Health Organization Country
Office.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1.
Coordination, representation and policy development:
·        
The
incumbent will serve as the WHO focal point for Newborn, Child and Adolescent
Health activities in the country.
·        
Offer
technical support to the development of evidence-based policies, strategies and
plans aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality in newborns, children and
adolescents; harmonized with the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
programmes in order to promote health through the life course.
·        
Build
the capacity for strengthening health systems for delivery of integrated and
holistic services aimed at promoting child survival and ending preventable
neonatal and childhood deaths; namely immunization, nutrition, growth
monitoring, IMCI, malaria, TB control, HIV/AIDS control, amongst others.
·        
Offer
timely technical support and build capacity towards improvement and monitoring
of quality of quality of care at all service delivery levels
·        
Work
closely with, and provide support to all relevant government departments and
institutions.
·        
Support
the adaptations of global and regional policies, strategies, tools and plans
for Newborn, child and adolescent health to fit the context of Uganda
·        
The
WHO Officer will promote the update of pre-service and in-service training
programmes in the new approaches to promoting early childhood development and
management of childhood illnesses.
·        
Work
closely with other partners, such as UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, and NGOs for
better co-ordination of CAH interventions.
·        
Actively
promote multi-disciplinary and intersectoral approach to addressing social
determinants of health relevant to early childhood development and child
survival such as early childhood education, Infant and Young Child Feeding,
nutrition, school health education, social and cultural practices affecting
children amongst others.
2.
Monitoring:
·        
Technically
guide monitoring the progress towards attainment of national and regional
targets in reducing newborn and childhood morbidity and mortality and promoting
accountability.
·        
Provide
regular information to WHO and partners on the achievements and challenges of
the programme, trends in child morbidity, mortality and causes of child deaths
and identify policy recommendations for Ministry of Health
·        
Support
strengthening the national system to adopt and monitor a core set of adolescent
health indicators
·        
The
WHO National Professional Officer/Child & Adolescent Health will also be
necessitated to prepare quarterly progress reports of activities undertaken and
to plan for next quarters’ activities.
3.
Supporting implementation of RMNCAH grants:
·        
Take
part in the planning and development of funding proposals, and work with
partners to ensure effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of
successful grants.
·        
Oversee
financial resources of the unit to achieve the objectives of the country
coordination strategy, planning, monitoring and timely, correct and efficient
use of financial resources
·        
Support
implementation of planned activities supported by various projects such as the
RMNCAH Trust Fund, Commission on Information and Accountability (COIA) and
other joint programs
·        
Participate
in writing grants implementation progress reports
·        
Represent
WHO on the national Working group for Grants’ Implementation
4.
Research:
 
·        
The
job holder will be tasked with the promotion of operational research on CAH
related topics, and to assist national officials at all levels and the
community in the development and implementation of such research projects.
·        
Perform
any other duties assigned by the WHO Representative.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The
incumbent for the UN World Health Organization vacancy must hold a Medical
degree from a recognised university. Also, the incumbent should preferably hold
aPost graduate degree in Public Health and/or Paediatrics.
·        
A
minimum of seven years’ hands-on experience in planning, implementation,
monitoring and supervision of child health activities at national or
regional/provincial or district level.
·        
Proficiency
in computer skills, data analysis and results presentation and or appropriate
training/research skills.
·        
Excellent
knowledge of Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Programme Management.
·        
Proven
competency in appropriate training skills and/or epidemiological research.
·        
Skills
and experience in monitoring and evaluation particularly in the field of
Paediatrics and Child Health is desired
·        
Excellent
communication skills
·        
Good
monitoring, evaluation and analytical skills
·        
Design
and implementation of operational research
·        
Highly
results-oriented
·        
Ability
to communicate in a credible and effective way
·        
Skills
in fostering integration and team work
·        
Ensuring
the effective use of resources     
·        
Building
and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
·        
Setting
an example
·        
The
incumbent should have the competency of promoting WHO’s position in health
leadership
·        
Competent
in use of computer applications, including spreadsheets, MS Word, PowerPoint,
EPIINFO, and statistical analysis and mapping software.
Languages: Proficiency in written and spoken
English; Knowledge of French would be an added advantage.
How to Apply:
All candidates who so desire to join the
United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) by sending their online
applications to enable WHO to store their personal profiles in a permanent
database. Visit WHO’s e-Recruitment website below and follow the instructions
for online application procedures.
NB:
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.
Deadline: 17th July 2015

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