Advisor, Health Systems and Services at WHO, Paramaribo, Suriname

Deadline: 10 January 2019

World Health Organization (WHO) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Advisor, Health Systems and Services in Paramaribo, Suriname. The duration of this post is 2 years.

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The Advisor, Health Systems and Services is responsible to strengthen health systems based on Primary Health Care, supporting universal health coverage.

The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Advisor, Health Systems and Services will perform the following functions:

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  • Advise and collaborate on the development, implementation, and evaluation of technical cooperation programs in the areas of health governance, health policy and systems development, health services organization and management supporting universal health coverage.
  • Promote and support the establishment of policies, norms and standards for the design, organization and functional programming and operation of health systems based on primary health care, supporting universal health coverage, integrated health services networks including hospital and other health facilities and services, and public health infrastructure and services.
  • Provide technical cooperation for the development of health services, with emphasis on primary health care supporting universal health coverage, and the structure and operation of local health systems that provide a setting for the joint participation of the public sector social security systems, the private sector, and government agencies.
  • Support the governance and development of social protection systems and other institutional and nongovernmental sectors, in the context of national health policies and plans, as part of the development and strengthening of the steering role of the sector and health care systems.
  • Collaborate in the organization and management of health systems and services, and their units with an emphasis on the reorganization and reorientation of the health sector and central and local health systems.
  • Contribute to the development, planning, and training of Human Resources in Health aimed at increasing the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of the workforce, and organizes, conducts, or facilitates capacity-building activities.
  • Provide advice and technical support to every component related to quality of care and the health services infrastructure (nursing, drugs, and medicine, support and logistic services, diagnostic and therapeutic, health information system including vital statistics and medical record) and priority programs based on family and community approach.
  • Coordinate the development of projects in the areas of oral health, ocular health, rehabilitation, essential medicines and health technologies, emergency healthcare services, and emergency and disaster preparedness.
  • Disseminate up-to-date knowledge and findings in the various areas of specialization; advise on the introduction and transfer of experiences and technologies through capacity-building processes and inter-country collaboration.
  • Support the development and consolidation of the information system to assist in the decision-making processes and provide the necessary information on the health situation and trends in order to contribute to the consolidation of the strategic administration processes and the effective and efficient management of health services.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • A university degree in 1 of the health, social or management sciences with a master’s degree in public health, health systems and services administration or management from a recognized university.
  • 9 years of combined national and international experience in areas related to health systems development, health services delivery, extension of health care services to underserved populations/areas, and developing strategies to overcome barriers to accessing health care services.
  • Experience should also include management of health care services at either the facility or systems levels.
  • Very good knowledge of English, with a working knowledge of Spanish.
  • Knowledge of Dutch would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WHO.

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