OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of the team on Data, Strategy and Innovation is to support countries to attain universal coverage of health services for better and equitable health outcomes.
The development of a sound vision of Member States' health futures that reconcile societal, environmental and economic development with the country's health and development ambitions is a critical precondition for a health system transformation approach that puts countries on a sustainable development trajectory towards a health system that is 'future proof'. Such development needs to be rooted in the generation of relevant data, their sound analysis, the maximization of innovation, and a central positioning of universal health coverage (UHC) as a shared platform for health service delivery. The objective of the team is to be a driver, facilitator and technical lead of processes that enable a strategic dialogue for health system transformation in Member States building based on close collaboration across the divisions in the Regional Office and in country offices, and in consultation with headquarters
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
1. Liaise with country offices to determine and document opportunities for initiating a strategic health futures dialogue and its potential interfacing with other country level health and development planning processes.
2. Lead the development of a methodological approach to the organization of strategic health futures dialogue in consultation with experts across the Regional Office and partners.
3. Lead WHOs technical support for implementation of strategic health futures dialogue in countries and for select countries:
a. Oversee the development of:
i. individualised approaches / plans for the implementation of a strategic health futures dialogue.
ii. generic and country-specific strategic intelligence (including epidemiological, demographic and other synthesized information), as well as other inputs that are supportive of conducting the strategic dialogue.
b. Coordinate support for the:
i. development of country-specific transformation agendas and their publication as appropriate.
ii. integration of outcomes of strategic dialogues into medium-term country development plans, including National Health Sector Plans and Country Cooperation Strategies.
4. Identify key stakeholders that can support the organization and/or implementation of a strategic health futures dialogue and establish and maintain ongoing relations.
5. Perform other duties as requested by the Director
Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine or other advanced university degree (master's degree or higher) in social or natural sciences.
Desirable: Master's degree or above in management, business administration and/or public health complemented by specialization in epidemiology.
Essential: At least 10 years of experience in positions in public health at national and international level, including significant experience in the design of public health programmes. Experience in developing foresight based approaches/products to help shape health programs or systems. Experience in managing consultative processes with countries in the health area. Evidenced experience in effective communication with governments, communities and technical experts.
Desirable: International experience within WHO or other UN organizations and with working at the different levels of the organization. Experience in coordinating organizational transformations within a health related organization. Proven organizational and analytical skills. In service training in field epidemiology or equivalent. Experience with managing large expert networks
-excellent quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills;
-excellent written and verbal communication skills and advocacy skills;
-good knowledge of the dynamics of the international public health work;
-ability to plan, design and implement health related programmes;
-ability to provide technical support to countries;
-ability to apply foresight approaches to health related programmes;
-management skills and diplomatic and leadership skills; and
-ability to work harmoniously as a member of the team, adapt to diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.
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 88,162 (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 3255 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
This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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 will require individual review.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link:
http://www.who.int/employment/en/. 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
Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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