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Vacancy Notice No:EURO/17/FT18
Title: Policy Adviser - Kyrgyzstan
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract: 1 year (* see under additional information)
Date:9 January 2017
Application Deadline:5 February 2017
(26 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Organization unit:EU Europe (EU) /
EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO)
WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan / DSP - Division of Health Systems and Public Health

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe is to support Member States in: (i) developing and sustaining nationally owned health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating for public health.
The objective of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health (DSP) is to assist Member States, including Kyrgyzstan, to design, establish and promote comprehensive public health and health systems policies; to enable countries to benefit from international experience in transforming their health systems and public health services stressing quality, accessibility and efficient use of resources. The Division contributes to the implementation of the European Health Policy Health 2020; the European Action Plan on strengthening Public Health capacities and services; National Health Policies, Plans and Strategies; and the knowledge base in the broad thematic areas of health systems governance, financing, organization, service delivery and resource generation, in collaboration with other relevant international, regional, national and non-governmental partners.
The WHO Country Office supports the Member State to shape its health policy in line with WHO's principles and values and advocates for an integrated approach to health development. By means of a single, unified and functionally integrated country representation, WHO facilitates the implementation of the BCA with the Member State and its corresponding country work plan. WHO helps the country to improve its health system and provides technical support as necessary. The WHO country office administers, consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to maximize WHO impact. The Country Office also has a representational, fund-raising and resource steering function, as needed.
The initiative draws on WHO's convening role at all levels, institutional capacity and experience, as well as country presence to support Kyrgyzstan in the day to day follow-up and process management of the policy dialogue. The incumbent in this post will contribute to Divisional objectives and will play an integrative role between the WHO Regional Office including its technical divisions/programmes and the Country Office in Kyrgyzstan with the aim of channeling technical support to the right place at the right time and facilitating national policy dialogue in Kyrgyzstan.

Description of duties:
The incumbent will provide policy advice, technical support and guidance to the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan and other key stakeholders to achieve the four objectives listed below by carrying out the following tasks:
Objective I: Supporting the development and implementation of robust national health policies, strategies and plans (NHPSP) as well as UHC oriented strategies/policies;
Assigned duties:
- facilitate the establishment or/and functioning of mechanisms to capture population's health needs and expectations (for example: national health assemblies, political consultations, media reviews, focus groups, surveys, etc.), and regularly update results for the annual reviews;
- facilitate the organization of regular bottom-up participatory mechanisms for assessing strengths and weaknesses of the situation, and formulating strategic recommendations related to the various health and health system components, as well as facilitate the priority setting process;
- oversee to ensure the costing and budgeting of NHPSP on an annual basis and for the medium term budgetary planning, including health financing situation analysis, macroeconomic analysis, identification of potential resources and costing of different scenarios;
- facilitate the discussion between Ministry of Finance, Economy, Government Office and Health, as well Parliament Committee (when relevant) regarding health system and financing reforms and the budgeting of health policies in the macroeconomic and fiscal environment;
- facilitate the inclusion of health system and other experts and partners on health policy discussions;
- oversee and ensure the translation of the NHPSP into measurable operational plans, (at programme and/or sub-national levels and for specific health systems areas, such as health financing), and the establishment of mechanisms allowing for proper monitoring of their implementation;
- oversee the production of regular implementation reports as essential components of the annual reviews, as well the establishment of mechanisms for taking corrective measures;
- facilitate the development (consensus) on a monitoring and evaluation framework for the NHPSP agreeable for all stakeholders, and the development of mechanisms to effectively monitor on a regular basis its indicators (including annual reviews preparation and inter-country peer-reviews). This includes for instance ensuring that key indicators for Sustainable Development Goals are included in the monitoring and evaluation framework, as well as tracking resource flows to support and promote national accountability towards their achievement.
Objective II: Strengthening the capacity of national stakeholders for an effective structured health policy dialogue; .
Assigned duties:
- Support and facilitate the design of the country health policy dialogue process, its schedule and its agreed mechanisms (for example, assist in the organization of round tables or other mechanisms for dialogue, in the provision of public information on health policy matters, or in the organization of annual reviews, at the critical stages of the national planning cycle);
- Work with governments and national stakeholders on the production of strategic intelligence on the policy environment (stakeholders' positions and interests, their capacities for meaningful sector policy dialogue) and on a regular policy assessment for the annual reviews.
- Analyse institutional set-up in the health sector (and beyond according to needs) and develop strategies to ensure reform implementation;
- Conduct and/or coordinate regular capacity building for national stakeholders to ensure reform progress, as well on individual policy topics (e.g. governance practices, health financing, service delivery etc).
Objective III & IV: Increasing stakeholder support (both international and national) to result-oriented NHPSP and promoting a policy agenda of universal health coverage, health financing, people-centred primary care and health in all policies.
Assigned duties:
- Facilitate the development of the country health system transformation program, and the monitoring of its implementation;
- Facilitate the organization of the Joint assessment of National Strategies (JANS) or equivalent agreed mechanisms, and engage in related negotiations for advocacy purposes;
- Advocate for alignment of international partners with the NHPSP (thru principles and coordination mechanisms as SWAp), with the national planning and budgeting cycles, with the agreed country health policy dialogue mechanisms and schedules and with the established national monitoring mechanisms.
Perform other duties in the scope of the assignment as requested as integrated team member in WHO Country Office.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education:
Essential: MSc. degree in public health, in health policy, health management, health economics, policy analysis, public policy, or other relevant area of study;
Desirable: Doctoral degree in public health, in health policy, health management, health economics, policy analysis, public policy.
WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.

Skills:
- Familiarity with WHO recommendations in the areas of public health, people-centered primary care and health financing policies for countries of the European Region.
- Proven ability and demonstrated experience in organizing capacity building and policy dialogue events in the health sector.
- Demonstrated ability to provide evidence-informed technical advice and guidance on key policy issues to multiple stakeholders and partners in countries by clearly communicate complex concepts and ideas.
- Demonstrated ability to analyse political contexts, devise political strategies and interact and negotiate accordingly with multiple interests.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with health ministries and with other key stakeholders at country level.
- Demonstrated ability to work with international partners in a harmonized and aligned manner.
Competencies required:
1) Producing results: Produces and delivers quality results. Is action oriented and committed to achieving results that meet client needs. Monitors own progress against objectives and takes any corrective actions necessary. Acts without being prompted and makes things happen; handles problems effectively, while takes full responsibility for own work.
2) Ensuring the effective use of resources: Identifies priorities in accordance with WHO's strategic directions. Develops and implements action plans, organizes the necessary resources and monitors outcomes.
3) Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization: Develops and strengthens internal and external partnerships that can provide information, assistance and support to WHO. Identifies and uses synergies across the Organization and with external partners. Works collaboratively with team members and colleagues to achieve results.
4) Promoting WHO's position in health leadership: Positions WHO as a leader in health issues. Gains support to WHO's mission. Coordinates, plans and communicates in a way that attracts support from intended audiences.
5) Creating an empowering and motivating environment: Promotes ownership and responsibility for desired outcomes at all levels.
See WHO Global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/competencies/en/

Experience:
Essential: Minimum 7 years of progressive relevant experience, including at least 2 years at international level, working in the areas of health policy or public health in organizations or in agencies responsible for supporting development and implementation of national health policies and building national and international consensus around them.
Desirable: Specific experience in one or more of the following areas is an asset:
- Transforming and improving the performance of public health organizations and primary health care services;
- Supporting implementation of health financing policies to move towards universal health coverage;
- Planning and managing multi-stakeholder participatory processes;
- Organizing and carrying out policy dialogues events;
- Experience developing and implementing capacity building programs for health policy makers;
- Experience of health system reform in post-conflict context.
- Demonstrated analytical experience or policy development work in the WHO European Region including in CIS countries in the areas of health system transformations, health systems assessments, public health, primary care, or health financing.
- Proven experience in supporting national agencies in national health policy planning, implementation, and monitoring including in low and middle-income countries.

Languages:
Essential: Excellent command of English.
Desirable: Excellent command of Russian.

Additional Information:
(*) 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.
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.
WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.
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Annual salary:(Net of tax)
USD 69,032 at single rate
USD 74,130 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment:21.9 % 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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