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Consultant for Health System Technical Officer (WHO)
« on: May 25, 2013, 08:51:31 PM »

A multidisciplinary team (Health Systems Analysis Team - HSAT) is intended to strengthen the Somali health systems through provision, analysis, management and dissemination of information to guide policy making and strategic planning. The information generated will be used by Health Authorities (HAs), donors and implementing partners for making evidence-based decisions while simultaneously increasing accountability for results. HSAT is working within the programming framework of the Joint Health and Nutrition Program (JHNP) being implemented by UN agencies (WHO; UNFPA; and, UNICEF) in collaboration with the HAs in each of the three zones.

1.Purpose and Scope of the assignment

HSAT Technical Officers, in collaboration with the zonal Health Authorities, other health sector partners and particularly HSAT colleagues based in Nairobi, are expected to:

•Assist stakeholders to analyze health information, assess health planning concepts and to develop prioritized health outcomes within available resources;• Assist stakeholders to agree on prioritized and scheduled implementation plans to achieve outcomes;• Identify areas needing further investigation and conduct/ coordinate relevant studies; steer and coordinate interventions of short-term international and local consultants; •Prepare and disseminate situation reports highlighting major issues to be addressed;•Conduct discussions with partners on findings and agree on priorities to be addressed. Suggest possible actions to be taken, highlighting implications, pros and cons of proposed actions; •Advocate for congruent action. Lead a consensus building process on actions based on the intelligence made available;•Advise partners upon request on policy and programmatic issues;•Strengthen counterparts’ capacity in health system analysis linked to policy decision-making;•Support the HAs to develop essential evidence-informed polices and strategic plans; provide assistance in their implementation and monitoring at the national and sub-national levels;•Assist counterparts in ensuring a fit between strategy and structure and reducing duplication and fragmentation;•Work with health partners to promote greater harmonization of health interventions and alignment with national health policies;•Assist counterparts in formulating sector strategies; defining goals, directions and spending priorities across services; identifying the roles of public, private and voluntary actors and the role of civil society;•Prepare analyses, recommendations, briefing notes, and assessments for internal and client use;•Facilitate stakeholder consultation and meetings at the zonal level;•Provide technical assistance to relevant Health Sector Committee working groups at the zonal level.

Monitoring and progress control
HSAT Technical Officers are expected to provide quarterly and ad-hoc reports documenting all the above mentioned activities.

Specific deliverables/ products, with the respective timelines, will be identified and agreed upon as result of the discussion and negotiation process with the health partners and within the framework of the JHNP. Performance will be evaluated on the accuracy, relevance, quality and timeliness of reporting and of deliverables.

Teamworking, networking and communication skills represent further indicators for performance monitoring and evaluation.

Minimum Requirements:

• Masters degree in Economics or Finance/Human Resources Development and Management; or related subjects

Work experience

• Must have a minimum of three years of progressively responsible professional experience in health systems strengthening with emphasis on human capacity development/health financing, preferably in a disrupted health sector.

Key Competencies

• Fluency in English required and Somali.
• Experience in working successfully with a variety of health sector stakeholders, particularly governments and development partners, but also private sector
• Excellent written and oral communication skills targeting high-level policy audiences

• Strong knowledge building and sharing skills; openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
• Strong teamworking predisposition; capacity to work collaboratively with HSAT colleagues and health partners
• Ability to build and cultivate strong productive relationships with internal and external clients
• Ability to interpret, analyse and resolve problems
• Ability to conduct capacity assessments and support capacity-strengthening initiatives
• Proven facilitation and training skills
• Ability and willingness to work in designated duty stations
• Appropriate computer skills necessary to analyze data
• Knowledge of Somali history, health systems and Somali language
• Working experience in disrupted health sectors
• Knowledge of procedures, reporting requirements and ethical practices of the UN system

General conditions
• Location: one position each in Mogadishu; Garowe; and, Hargeisa
• Duration of the contract: 1 year renewable with 6 months probation period
• Remuneration depending on education and experience

How to apply:
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