Technical Officer

World Health Organization

JOB OPPORTUNITY

World Health Organization

Technical Officer (Assistive Technology) – (2304915)
Grade: P3
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 24 months
Job Posting: May 26, 2023, 3:03:10 PM
Closing Date: Jun 17, 2023, 3:44:00 AM
Primary Location: Tajikistan-Dushanbe
Organization: EU/CHP Division of Country Health Programmes
Schedule: Full-time

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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Division of Country Health Policies and Systems (CPS) assists countries in the Region with the design and implementation of appropriate health policies and systems to strengthen universal health coverage. It works to strengthen data-driven, evidence-informed, contextually tailored health policy development and implementation at national, regional, and local levels, taking an inclusive approach across the life course. The Division advocates strengthening of public health leadership, focusing on implementing policies that are people centered, promote health, prevent illness, and address the social and economic determinants of health, while fostering leadership on equity, human rights and gender mainstreaming in health. It focuses on building capacity for health systems innovation to enable the sustainable delivery of high-quality primary health and community services that are effectively linked to hospitals, and mental health, public health, and social care services. To do so, CPS supports country efforts to facilitate access so as to leave nobody behind, to improve financial protection, to strengthen the health workforce, to increase access to affordable medicines and technologies, and to promote the uptake and implementation of digital technology. The Workforce for Service Delivery in Health &long-term care (HWD) unit provides strategic direction, technical assistance, and tailored support to countries to improve access and quality for health and long-term care services delivered by a competent and sustainable workforce. It engages with professional bodies and patients to support the design and transformation of services which are geared to improve: patient experience of care across the health and social sector; health of the population, health care efficiency and the experience and engagement of the health and care workforce. In order to deliver these objectives aligned with the European Programme of Work and GPW 13 the unit focuses on supporting countries through the development of policies, strategies, tools and capacities in the areas of health workforce, (including nursing and midwifery and the public health workforce) to improve working conditions, retain and motivate the existing workforce; and align the education, training and production of the future workforce with population health needs, promote integration in service delivery to better bridge the divide between health systems and social care across the whole continuum of care, as well as supporting Member States efforts to put people at the centre of services. The WHO country office works with the National Authorities to achieve the highest standard of health as a fundamental human right, based on equity and on SDGs principle of leaving no one behind. WHO actions are engrained in the WHO 13th General Programme of Work with its 3 prong objectives of promoting healthier populations, keeping the world safe through addressing health emergencies, and protecting the vulnerable through Universal Health Coverage. WHO’s mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing Global Health leadership; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii)setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options;(v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends. The WHO Country Office is an integral part of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Its main role is to facilitate and coordinate all WHO activities at country level and to implement the European Programme of Work 2020-2025 -“United Action for Better Health in Europe” which sets out a vision of how the WHO Regional Office for Europe can better support countries in meeting citizens’ expectations about health. WHO at country level delivers this through practical, actionable and country focused solutions to health challenges, keeping in perspective that achieving health and well-being is a whole-of-society endeavour; This is done through facilitating the implementation of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement with the country and its corresponding workplan. The WHO Country Office maintains good working relations and ensures information exchange between the country and WHO, policy and strategic guidance on Health issues to all national and international partners in the country, provision of direct technical expertise when needed and aims at more community engagement and participation, and to promote health equity.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
With the overall aim to support progress towards Universal Health Coverage in the European region, to provide specialist technical and operational advice and guidance to the Member States of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the context of the implementation of the UN Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the World Health Assembly Resolution on Assistive Technology. To provide technical input in the formulation and implementation of evidence-based people-centered policies, products, human resources, and provision of assistive products. Work focus is on improving population access to assistive products especially for people with disabilities, older people and people living with chronic conditions.

Key duties:

Provide specialist expert technical support to Member States in the formulation and strengthening of specific national plans of action on assistive technology and rehabilitation from an operational implementation and systems perspective.

Monitor subsequent progress in order to share and disseminate relevant learning in the region.

Provide technical support and specialist advice in the development/strengthening of the National Priority Assistive Products List, based on population needs and available national resources.

Provide technical advice and methodological support in the establishment of effective financing mechanisms that adequately address unmet needs and protect assistive product users from financial hardship.

Carry out capacity building through development and implementation of training programmes to expand the assistive technology workforce at all levels, especially primary care, to human resources for health such as nurses, pharmacists and community health workers.

Provide specialist technical and methodological support in increasing the range and geographical coverage of assistive product service provision, especially at the primary health care level so that all populations can benefit, and relevant services are available closer to the community in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Contribute by technical specialist recommendations to the development of norms and procedures for the establishment of standards and regulatory mechanisms that ensure the production, procurement and provision of quality assistive products while enabling affordable solutions.

Support Member States through expert technical support and advice to strengthen data collection and information management approaches to ensure accurate estimation of population need and demand, while monitoring assistive technology provision.

Provide technical support and advice to increase local manufacturing and assembly capacity of assistive products where appropriate, while contributing to the strengthening global and regional procurement mechanisms on assistive products where suitable.

Lead the operational implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WHO European regional scaling-up access to assistive technology project in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Provide support in the development and strengthening of relevant partnerships and contribute to mobilize resources at country level as well as provide specialist technical input in the preparation of proposals.

Provide technical advice on enhancing digital technology in assistive products such as virtual assistance, artificial intelligence and 3D printing.

Provide technical specialist input and support in designing and delivering advocacy and communication activities in the area assistive technology that generate public visibility.

Collaborate with national and international partners in the development and implementation of research activities in the areas of assistive technology programs. Perform other related responsibilities and duties within the scope of the work as required by the supervisors.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education
Essential: University degree (Bachelor’s level) in prosthetics& orthotics, assistive technology, rehabilitation, public health, or relevant social science.
Desirable: Advanced university degree (Masters) in any of the above-mentioned fields.

Experience
Essential: At least five years of experience in the area of assistive technology, rehabilitation, health and social care services, or services disability and rehabilitation with at least 2 years of international experience. Proven experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating programmes in disability, assistive technology and/or rehabilitation in a national and international setting. Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of assistive technology and/or rehabilitation or disability policies, services, systems and/or human resources development.

Desirable: Relevant work experience with(in) UN, NGOs or organizations/institutions active in the field of assistive technology, rehabilitation and disability. Knowledge of the WHO and UN system. Demonstrated experience working with low-middle income countries and / or in an emergency setting in the area of assistive technology and / or rehabilitation. Demonstrated experience in institutional fund raising and grant management on disability related projects.

Skills

  1.  Demonstrated specialist knowledge of specific (assistive technology or rehabilitation) and / or technical area within public health.
  2. Proven ability to contribute to the development of country programmes, as well as training materials related with assistive technology profession.
  3.  Ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment.
  4.  Ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as helping others to do the same.

WHO Competencies
Teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Communication
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Russian.

REMUNERATION
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 64,121 (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 1908 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.

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