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Vacancy Notice No:AFRO/16/TASR166
Title: Technical Officer (Maternal Health)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract: Twelve (12) months
Date:22 December 2016
Application Deadline:25 January 2017
(33 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:Freetown, Sierra Leone
Organization unit:AF_WSR AF West Sub-Region (AF_WSR) /
AF_SLE Sierra Leone (AF_SLE)

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 upskilling in midwifery skills and expansion of EmONC and referral services as part of the basic package of essential health services.

Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Technical Officer (Reproductive & Maternal Health), the Technical Officer, (Maternal Health) will:
1. Facilitate and support the adoption/adaption of WHO guidelines and tools as applicable, particularly with respect to quality of care as it relates to Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childhood birth, (IMPAC) postnatal and newborn care, and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)
2. Provide support to the Chief Nursing Officer in mobilizing and prioritizing resources for the Directorate, coordinating donor support, and providing technical assistance in planning, monitoring and reporting programme activities
3. Working closely with the RH team lead, provide support to district RH sister-in-charges and midwifery supervisors for the adaptation/adoption and implementation of maternal health guidelines, including maternal and perinatal death review guidelines and SOPs
4. In close coordination with the MoHS and sister UN Agencies support the RH team lead in capacity development efforts to initiate, expand and institutionalize MPDSR efforts at facility and community levels, complementing IDSR efforts which have integrated timely notification of maternal deaths; in particular support and mentor the district midwifery focal points to fulfil their JDs and TORs
5. Ensure that lessons learned from the MPDSR system are available and inform the larger quality of care processes and systems
6. In close collaboration with the RH team lead, coordinate the organization and facilitation of relevant training of facilitators and trainers for maternal and newborn health-related activities including but not limited to Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care, (EmoNC), Family Planning (FP). Provide technical support and revisions as necessary of nurse midwifery pre and in-service training materials
7. Collaborate in the facilitation and supervision of central and district level trainings, with a focus on follow on clinical mentorship, quality supportive supervision and facilitative corrective action; to ensure that trainings are more effective and result in sustained positive changes in knowledge, competencies, attitudes and practices
8. Liaise with other agencies and other partners to harmonize support for maternal and newborn health, prevention of teenage pregnancy, and scale up of adolescent friendly sexual and reproductive health and rights
9. Manage and prepare fortnightly technical and quarterly progress reports against agreed detailed work plan milestones. Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Essential: An advanced level University degree (Master's level or above) in nursing and midwifery 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 Midwifery
- 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.

Essential: At least 5 years' of experience in Clinical midwifery practice and/or tutoring
Desirable: Three years at the international level especially in low and middle-income countries. Experience working with nurse midwifery regulatory bodies, nurse midwifery training institutions as well as curriculum development would be an asset.

Excellent knowledge of english .

Additional Information:
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Annual salary:(Net of tax)
USD 57379 at single rate
USD 61470 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment:43.7 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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