National Professional Officer (Family & Reproductive Health)
National Professional Officer (Family & Reproductive Health)

Job description

Organization:WHO - World Health Organization
Category:Operation management
Grade: NO-C
Duration: 24 months (Temporary Appointment)
Deadline: 31 January 2017


Under the guidance of the Technical Officer, (Reproductive & Maternal Health), the position will understudy, and provide technical assistance on a wide range of issues pertaining to RMNCAH. In close coordination with the maternal, child, nutrition, and ATM technical officers, assist the Ministry of health to plan, implement and monitor an effective RMNCAH programme, advocating an integrated primary health care approach.

As a response to the EVD outbreak of 2014/5, the Government of Sierra Leone developed the National Health Recovery Plan which is being implemented in phases. The initial 6-9 months focused on Getting to Zero and Transition from a full scale fight against EVD using the right-sizing approach. The second and current phase of the plan - the 10-24 month Presidential Recovery Plan - has prioritized accelerated reduction of the high burden of maternal and child mortality as one of the key result areas. Furthermore the Reproductive Newborn and Child Health Policy and Strategic Plans 2011-2015 which pre-dated the EVD outbreak are undergoing review, an exercise which will provide insights with respect to the factors of success that should be further facilitated, and remaining barriers and bottlenecks which should be urgently addressed to end preventable mortality and enhance the health of women, newborns, children and adolescents in Sierra Leone. Building and strengthening health systems remains an imperative for Sierra Leone, alongside assisting the Ministry of Health & Sanitation to plan, implement and monitor an effective RMNCAH programme at national and district levels, as part of the GOSL's basic package of essential health services.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Technical Officer (Reproductive & Maternal Health), the Technical Officer, (Family and Reproductive Health) will:

1. Review and familiarize with national RMNCAH health policies, strategies, programmes and related legislation; major players; coordinating and TWG forums in order to plan and prioritize for the most effective coordinated delivery of technical assistance

2. Assist and advise the Directorate of RCH; the Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery; and as required the Directorates of Nutrition and Disease Prevention and Control; in the development of and implementation of strategies for RMNCAH including Family planning, Nutrition and PMTCT

3. Provide technical assistance in the development of operational plans and tools for RMNCAH and facilitate their dissemination and use

4. Establish effective partnerships and liaise with sister UN agencies and other partners to support the MoHS' convening and coordination function with key stakeholders and donor agencies, and provide coordinated technical assistance for RMNCAH including prevention of teenage pregnancy, and scale up of adolescent friendly sexual and reproductive health and rights

5. Collaborate in the facilitation and supervision of central and district level RMNCAH in-service and on-the-job trainings, with follow on quality supportive supervision, mentorship and corrective actions, in order to ensure that trainings are more effective and result in sustained positive changes in knowledge, competencies, attitudes and practices

6. Assist in the documentation and diffusion of lessons learned in RMNCAH programming; and promotion and implementation of operations research

7. Participate in monitoring and evaluation of RMNCAH programmes

8. Prepare fortnightly technical and quarterly progress reports against agreed detailed work plan milestones

9. Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Essential: University degree in Medicine, Nursing or any other Clinical discipline

Desirable: Master's degree in Public Health from a recognized University or College.

Verification of Educational qualifications:

"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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually".

Work Experiance

Strong technical skills and knowledge in the area of Midwifery
Skills and ability to timely synthesize key components and working group outputs.
Ability to build and promote partnerships across the organization and beyond.
Demonstrated ability to produce results, while respecting WHO's professional, ethical and legal framework

Essential: At least 7 years' of experience in Clinical practice

Desirable: Three years at the international level especially in low and middle-income countries. Experience working scaling up delivery of public health programmes at decentralized levels



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