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Medical Officer

(1) Design, coordinate, manage and analyze policy-focused research, including on the practical application of abortion laws, policies, standards and guidelines at national level.

(3) Provide technicalguidance and supportfor RHR's work on human rights in the context of safe abortion, including supporting relevant work of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and providing briefings to UN treaty monitoring bodies.

(5) Advocate andengage with Member States, cosponsors, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners involved in this area of work. .Perform all other related duties as assigned.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMEThe World Health Organization's Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) includes the UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for identifying research priorities on sexual and reproductive health and rights; for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating related interdisciplinary research; for collaborating with countries to build national capacity to conduct research; and for promoting the use of research results in policy making and sexual and reproductive health programmes. The Department draws on research and global expertise to set norms and standards and develop global guidelines on sexual and reproductive health and rights. More information about HRP can be found at http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/hrp.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
(1) Design, coordinate, manage and analyze policy-focused research, including on the practical application of abortion laws, policies, standards and guidelines at national level.
(2) Manage the Global Abortion Policies Database, including evaluation of new information, assessment of sources, periodic updates and management of new web interface design.
(3) Provide technicalguidance and supportfor RHR's work on human rights in the context of safe abortion, including supporting relevant work of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and providing briefings to UN treaty monitoring bodies.
(4) Provide technical support for: development, capacity building, and implementation of WHO normative tools related to safe abortion to strengthen sexual and reproductive health policies and programmes; service provider training and professional development; and other activities focused on achieving country-level impacts on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
(5) Advocate andengage with Member States, cosponsors, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners involved in this area of work. .Perform all other related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
EducationEssential: An advanced university degree (masters level or above) in medicine with specialization in obstetrics and gynaecology.Desirable: Juris Doctor or similar law degree or advanced university degree relating to human rights.
ExperienceEssential: At least 7 years' of professional experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights, including at the international level, with a focus on safe abortion. Demonstrated experience in managing law and policy data.Desirable: Knowledge of the UN system. Experience working with advocacy grass-roots players in the field of abortion.
SkillsExpert knowledge of safe abortion and its public health aspects.Strong research, analytical and scientific writing skills, as evidenced by a track record of recent publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the topic area.Demonstrated ability to understand and work on complex legal and policy matters related to SRHR in general and abortion in particular. Strong planning and organizational skills, demonstrated ability to manage converging priorities and deliver high-quality products under tight deadlines. Ability to present clearly in oral and written presentations.
WHO CompetenciesTeamworkRespecting and promoting individual and cultural differencesCommunicationProducing resultsMoving forward in a changing environment
Use of Language SkillsEssential: Expert knowledge of English.Desirable: Expert knowledge of Other UN language.
REMUNERATIONWHO 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 71,332 (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 4215 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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

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 will require individual review.

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WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/. 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.

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