OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing supports a world where by 2030, every woman, newborn, child, adolescent and aging person in every setting realizes their rights to physical and mental health and well-being. This will be achieved by supporting WHO’s General Programme of Work and universal health coverage for all. The department provides support to countries with a focus on high burden countries to ensure evidence-based policies and strategies are in place to achieve universal access to high quality health services for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and ageing (MNCAH&A), and increase coverage and quality of effective MNCAH&A interventions among pregnant women, newborns, children, adolescents, young adults and older people, and to create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies.
The purpose of the position is to support the coordination of the Every Newborn Action Plan and Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (ENAP EPMM) partnership with a specific focus on supporting the implementation of high impact interventions through the Country Implementation Group, supporting advocacy and tracking and monitoring. This includes the development of guidance and tools for strategy, policy, planning, implementation and monitoring. The position is also required to provide technical assistance to countries and partners engaged in the global Network to Improve Quality of Care for the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Network. QoC aims at improving the basics of health care delivery for MNCH in primary, secondary and tertiary health serving settings.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
- Support the coordination of the strategic activities and operations of ENAP EPMM including its three working groups on Implementation, Monitoring and Learning and Advocacy with a focus on supporting country implementation.
- The incumbent will ensure linkages with work conducted within the QoC Network.
- Provide technical assistance to ENAP EPMM in the development and implementation of national strategies and action plans and creation of local multi-stakeholder partnerships.
- Build capacities of country partners and stakeholders for implementation of high impact interventions and standards of QoC and quality improvement interventions.
- Support the development of the QoC Network global learning platform, including the establishment of functional learning platforms at national level.
- Support the development of the evidence-based analysis to inform programmatic approaches for improving coverage and QoC in MNCH services, and contribute to the design of innovative tools for strengthening country capacity for achieving equitable coverage and QoC.
- Prepare a package of normative and implementation guidance for countries to use in the design of national strategies and action plans to improve equitable coverage and QoC in MNCH services and build local capabilities for implementation including around scaling up MNCH commodities.
- Support the implementation of the various technical projects under the umbrella of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, and the realization of the WHO vision for improving quality of maternal, newborn and child care.
- Other duties as may be assigned by the supervisory line.
Essential: A first university degree in a health-related area from a recognized university.
Desirable: Advanced university degree in Medicine, Public Health or related discipline.
- A minimum of five years of health-related work experience, including working with maternal, newborn and child health programmes in the context of developing countries.
- Relevant work experience at international level.
- Experience in the development of normative guidance and programme implementation tools.
- Experience in working for development programmes in emergencies or crises situation.
- Experience working in an international (multilateral) organization.
- Experience inconducting evidence reviews.
- Good knowledge of global maternal, newborn and child health issues, quality of care and policy development.
- Knowledge of the operations of WHO.
- Good communication skills both written and oral.
- Excellent organizational and programme management skills.
- Ability to function effectively in a team setting in a cross-cultural environment.