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This is a P-5 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 10 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 194,242 USD and 243,430 USD.

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The Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing supports a world where by 2030, every woman, newborn, child, adolescent and aging person in every setting realizes their rights to physical and mental health and well-being. This will be achieved by supporting WHO's General Programme of Work and universal health coverage for all. The department provides support to countries with a focus on high burden countries to ensure evidence-based policies and strategies are in place to achieve universal access to high quality health services for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and ageing (MNCAH&A), and increase coverage and quality of effective MNCAH&A interventions among pregnant women, newborns, children, adolescents, young adults and older people, and to create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies.


Initiates, designs and coordinates appropriate global strategies, approaches and interventions for the reduction of newborn mortality and promotion of newborn health.Develops guidance and tools for improved standards of teaching and management of newborn problems by health workers at all levels, and ensures their dissemination and implementation.Advises on policy to support the interventions. Develops methods for assessing capacity of local structures to deliver quality care through essential interventions; promotes the inclusion of newborn health in relevant WHO programmes dealing with issues related to maternal and newborn health (e.g. reproductive health, nutrition, adolescent health, HIV, health systems and other relevant programmes), ensuring harmonization across the continuum of care.Supports capacity development of regional advisors and national programme managers in effective programme planning and management, ensuring the use of available information and focused on increasing coverage of effective interventions for newborn health (using modelling tools as appropriate). Promotes quality standards and supports capacity development of health workers in first-and referral-level facilities to deliver quality, care during childbirth and in the immediate newborn period, at all levels of the health service. Develops innovative approaches and promotes mechanisms to improve the quality of care, including the use of perinatal death audits and service availability assessments to improve access to quality health services and care in the home.Promotes delivery of effective postnatal care including through home visitation , and supports regional and country staff to build capacity for implementation. Ensures that newborn health is included into national adaptations of IM(N)CI, and promotes an integrated approach to care of the small or sick newborn. Promotes collaboration among countries and institutions in the area of development and testing of effective delivery approaches technologies and tools; advises on health policies for improving newborn health in the context of the continuum of care; provides technical expertise in the area of policy, planning and programming. Facilitates a coherent and consistent approach to newborn health across the continuum of care and among WHO programmes.Supports Regional Offices to adopt evidence-based policies and provides authoritative advice to countries on newborn health strategies as part of the integrated approach to maternal, newborn and child health. Promotes collaboration within the department and with other WHO departments, other concerned agencies and organizations in developing countries (UN agencies, FIGO, IPA, ICM, NGOs and CBOs). Promotes consistent approaches to newborn health.Advocates and mobilizes resources for the activities of the Department.Achievement activities include: Through the Regional and Country Offices, supporting Member States in the provision of quality, integrated health services for the newborn in the context of the continuum of care. Facilitating continuous review and updating of technical guidance for development of national standards and integrated programme approaches for quality service delivery for newborns. Ensuring that the continuum of care and the highest technical standards are consistently reflected in WHO's work in this field.



Essential: Medical degree from a recognized university with specialization in paediatrics/neonatology. Desirable: Post-graduate degree in Public Health or epidemiology.


Essential: A minimum of ten years of experience in clinical practice of paediatrics and neonatology, experience in managing newborn or child health programmes, with at least 5 years professional experience of programme implementation and guidelines adaptation in developing countries. At least 10 peer-reviewed publications in the field of newborn and child health. Desirable: Experience in teaching and training. Experience in the design and evaluation of programme interventions. Experience in working with UN agencies.


Clinical knowledge in paediatrics with training in newborn care, knowledge of epidemiology of newborn health.Operations research and coordination of public health programmes; analytical abilities, good organizational skills and programme management; excellent writing skills;demonstrated ability to work in a team in a multicultural andmulti-disciplinary setting. Excellent interpersonal skills.Ability to present information clearly, bothorally and written.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of WHO language.


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 90,664 (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 5395 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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