Back Technical Officer - (1901110)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 06 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Grade: P4

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract duration: Two (2) years


Job Posting

: Mar 5, 2019, 9:58:07 AM

Closing Date

: Mar 27, 2019, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: Congo-Brazzaville


: AF/FRH - Family and Reproductive Health


: Full-time

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Addressing preventable maternal deaths and promoting and protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are crucial to the wellbeing of all people and to enabling them to contribute to the overall development of their communities and societies. The World Health Organization's (WHO), 13th General Programme of Work (GPW 13) recognises that access to SRHR can only be fully achieved through Universal Health Coverage (UHC), promotion of better health and well-being, and meeting the needs of those living in humanitarian settings, i.e. all three of WHO's strategic priorities. Within this framework, this programme will focus on supporting countries to reduce preventable maternal morbidity and mortality in particular from unsafe abortion.


The principal duties of the incumbent are to:--> Manage the work of the programme within the Office, including the development of road maps and innovative strategies for implementation of the programme objectives.--> Provide sustained and intensive technical support at the country level, including the Head of WHO Country Office, the Ministry of Health (MOH), and other stakeholders to (i) build capacity of health systems, in particular health workforce and health financing (ii) effectively and equitably deliver comprehensive services. --> Develop, implement and monitor work plans and budgets aimed at integrating reproductive and maternal health as integral components of countries' health care and Universal Health Coverage.--> Conduct monitoring and evaluation of programmes linked to sexual and reproductive health and rights and provide technical recommendations and analysis on progress made, while addressing challenges.--> Conduct resource mobilization efforts required to support full project implementation.--> Prepare timely technical and analytical reports on programme performance. --> Serve as a technical resource in providing technical expertise in sexual reproduction and reproductive health rights.--> Liaise and coordinate with national counterparts, technical departments in country, regional and headquarters offices, donors, and other UN partners to realize project objectives.--> Mentor and supervise as needed other staff and consultants working on this programme. --> Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: Advanced level university degree in Public Health or Medicine.
Desirable: Additional specialization in Reproductive Health.


Essential: A minimum of seven (7) years of combined national and international professional experience in supporting reproductive and maternal health programs, including work on preventing unsafe abortion. Demonstrated experience of working in and with reproductive and maternal health in low- and/or middle-income countries. Experience of managing and working in multidisciplinary technical teams.
Desirable: Relevant experience within one of the countries that are a focus of this programme. Experience in providing programmatic and/or technical assistance through or within the UN system. Proven track record of strong writing skills.


The incumbent will have a sound technical knowledge of public health aspects of unsafe abortion. Strong knowledge and technical skills in sexual health and human rights. S/he will have a demonstrated ability to work with multiple external partners in different countries and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders both within and outside of the UN system. The incumbent will also exhibit tact and maturity in dealing with sensitive topics. Excellent interpersonal, negotiating, intercultural communication skills and political acumen. Demonstrated ability to understand and work on complex policy and programme issues related to SRHR in general and preventing unsafe abortion in particular.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.


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 72,637 (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 3178 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: 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.
  • 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: 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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