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National Professional Officer, Migration & Health (Serbia)
Closing date: 2017-01-31Application : Apply for the job
The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No:EURO/17/TASR13
Title: National Professional Officer, Migration & Health (Serbia)
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract: Until 31/12/2017 (* see under additional information)
Date:13 January 2017
Application Deadline:31 January 2017
(17 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:Belgrade, Serbia, Republic of
Organization unit:EU Europe (EU) /
EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO)
PCR/MIG- Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being/Migration Health Programme
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
As stated in the WHO Constitution, the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, and political belief, economic or social condition. Evidence presented to the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health clearly shows that processes and conditions that systematically prohibit or restrict population groups from economic, social, political, and cultural inclusion are strongly associated with inequities in health status and access to health services.
Strengthening health systems and addressing underlying determinants of health to protect the right to health of vulnerable groups-especially migrants, and other populations experiencing poverty and social exclusion-is among the priorities of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. This topic was addressed by the WHA resolution 61.17 on the health of Migrants, in the new European Policy for Health (Health 2020) and the European Review of Social Determinants and Health Divide, by the SDG and the 2030 Agenda and reaffirmed during the 2016, 138 EB and during the 69th WHA. Against this background, the WHO Regional Director for Europe has called for the consolidation of existing work and the further development of a Migration and Health Programme (MIG).
The overall objective of the MIG Programme is to contribute to the promotion of awareness, political commitment and action relating to conditions that make Migrants, Refugees and Asylum seekers vulnerable to ill-health. and in particular the needs and expectations of vulnerable groups as the Migrants Refugees and Asylum seekers, and ethnic minorities, guided by the values and principles of the European Health2020 policy.
The specific objectives of the MIG Programme correspond to four areas work: (i) inter-country work, (ii), country work (iii)
cross-Regional Office work to strengthen WHO's capacity, and (iv) strategic partnerships:
i. At European level, provide evidence, resources (e.g., tools, guidance, norms and standards) and
inter-country activities and platforms to strengthen the capacity of Member States and other stakeholders to better understand and meet the health needs of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers and other populations experiencing poverty and social exclusion, and thereby also strengthen governmental capacity to fulfil its obligations to the right to health;
ii. Through WHO-MOH Biennial Collaborative Agreements/country workplans and other bilateral or
multi-lateral arrangements, provide support to Ministries of Health for the implementation of policies and
programmes for the health of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers and other populations experiencing poverty and social exclusion;
iii. Within the Regional Office for Europe, provide support/input for how programmatic areas can better
integrate perspectives Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers health needs and responsive actions into their work;
iv. Strengthen strategic partnerships for work to improve the health of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers experiencing poverty and social exclusion, in particular with other agencies of the UN system, the European Commission, and select NGOs/EU-funded projects.
The goal of the MIG Programme is to provide technical assistance to Member States in their efforts to respond to situations related to the essential needs of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The MIG and health programme is implemented according to the values and principles of Health 2020, the European health policy framework supporting action across government and society for better health and well-being in the WHO European Region. It pays particular attention to measures for reducing health inequalities; improving governance for health through bringing together stakeholders within and outside the health sector to discuss migrants' and refugee health; and ensuring people-centred health systems. The MIG Health Programme aims at strengthening migrant and refugees sensitive services, and contributing to developing and improving policies, health systems and interventions to reduce significant challenges to the health system of recipient countries. One of the main aim of the MIG programme is to develop know how, expertise and capacity to be used by the European Region in regards of countries facing large migration, identification of needs and service gaps to be addressed, to provide specialised migrants health technical assistance to MSs, expand evidence and data collection on migrant health, to promote information sharing and communication on migrant health situation in the European Region and to support policy development to promote health system sensitiveness towards migrant health needs.
Description of duties:
- To liaise with the national counterparts, international organizations and NGOs involved in migration crises response to facilitate migrant health information gathering, analyzing, and monitoring of health data for further planning purposes;
- To assess health needs, define priorities and assist in preparation of action response plans for migrant health issues;
- To participate in work of coordination mechanism led by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and assist MoH in preparation and organization of coordination meetings and support further coordination among key stakeholders in area of health and migration;
- To provide support in organization of WHO missions related to refugee and migrant health and participate in meetings as requested. To serve as resource person to WHO technical experts and consultants;
- To perform regular site visits including asylum and transit centres and jointly with national authorities monitor the situation with winterization challenges and make regular updated reports and analysis to WR/ HCO, SRB and Coordinator, MIG.
- To provide inputs and participate in project proposals writing aiming to increase funding for WHO CO SRB activities related to refugee and migrant health.
Essential: University degree (BA or equivalent) in medicine, public health, social or political sciences.
Desirable: Master's degree or training in public health or health related science, EU affairs.
WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.
- Good understanding on national and international regulations related to protection of migrants and
- Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA).
- Sound analytical skills, complemented by understanding of specificities of work with vulnerable and marginalized populations.
- Good knowledge of donor agreements and reporting requirements.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, discretion and diplomacy.
- Excellent report writing capabilities.
- Computer literacy.
1) Producing results
2) Fostering integration and teamwork
3) Moving forward in a changing environment
4) Communicating in an credible and effective way
5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
See WHO Global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/competencies/en/
Essential: Minimum five years' experience in project coordination/implementation in international environment/organizations. Experience in working in settings of high vulnerability and/or in emergency situations.
Desirable: Experience in working with WHO or UN system.
Essential: Excellent (mother tongue/advanced) knowledge of English and Serbian.
This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA will not be considered.
(*) Extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.
Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.
Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.
Monthly salary:(Net of tax)
EUR 3,015 at single rate
EUR 57.25 pr child/month -up to max 6 children with primary dependants
This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
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