OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
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. Based on the review and other related assessments, it is clear that building and strengthening health systems remains an imperative, including the urgent expansion of EmONC and referral services as part of the basic package of essential health services. Maternal deaths notification has been successfully integrated into IDSR, and MDSR efforts need to be significantly expanded and strengthened so actions are taken at all levels to address the preventable causes of maternal and neonatal mortality and stillbirths .
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Coordinator (BPEHS), the Technical Officer – Reproductive/Maternal Health will:1. As the most senior member of the RMNCAH team, s/he will effectively manage and lead the RMNCAH unit, and actively engage with other units and clusters in support of efforts to accelerate implementation of the RMNCAH aspects of the basic package of essential health services 2. Provide technical advice and ensure support to the MoHS, in the development of the Reproductive Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) Strategic Plan, with specific reference to Reproductive Health/Maternal Health and the prevention of teenage pregnancy3. Support the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to undertake periodic reviews to inform the revision or development of detailed, time-bound implementation plans, with specific reference to RH/MH and prevention of teenage pregnancy4. Provide technical expertise and conduct reviews and revisions as necessary of existing training materials (particularly Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childhood birth, (IMPAC), Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BmONC), Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care (CmONC), Family Planning (FP) and/or facilitate adoption/adaption of applicable WHO guidelines and tools, ensuring adequate Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Components.5. Coordinate the organization and facilitation of relevant training of trainers and facilitators for RH/MR activities.6. Collaborate in the facilitation and supervision of central and district level trainings, with a focus on quality, supportive supervision and facilitative corrective action.7. Liaise with other agencies and other partners to harmonize support for RH/MH and prevention of teenage pregnancy.8. Support the monitoring and evaluation of programme implementation.9. Support the development and revision of tools, and support capacity development efforts to initiate, expand and institutionalize MDSR efforts at facility and community levels, complementing IDSR efforts which have integrated timely notification of maternal deaths 10. Support Ministry efforts to further develop integrate and expand Ca cervix screening and management as part of RH services 11. Manage and prepare fortnightly technical progress reports against agreed detailed work plan milestones.12. Liaise closely with HQ/SDS, AFRO and the Early Recovery team for coordination on Reproductive/Maternal Health13. Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Education:Essential: An advanced level University degree (Master’s level or above) in Medicine from a recognized University or College.Desirable: An advanced level University 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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually”.
– Strong technical skills and knowledge in the area of Reproductive Health/Maternal Health. – Strong in strategic planning and ability to organize and guide different team members workingtowards agreed goal(s). – 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. Good computer skills in Microsoft Office packages, EPI Info, SPSS etc.WHO Competencies:1) Communicating in a credible and effective way2) Fostering integration and teamwork3) Moving forward in a changing environment 4) Ensuring the effective use of resources5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Essential: At least 7 years’ of experience in Clinical or Public health practice focusing on reproductive and maternal health.Desirable: Three years at the international level especially in low and middle-income countries. Experience in strategy and policy development, as well as curriculum development would be an asset.
Excellent knowledge of english and working knowledge of french.