World Health Organization
The objective of the WHO Nepal Country Office is to implement the Country Cooperation Strategy by supporting the Nepal Government in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national health policies, strategies and plans and developing and managing WHO's technical cooperation programmes at the country level. WHO provides guidance and technical support in organizing the humanitarian health response and in revitalizing…
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The objective of the WHO Nepal Country Office is to implement the Country Cooperation Strategy by (1) supporting the Nepal Government in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national health policies, strategies and plans and by (2) developing and managing WHOs’ technical cooperation programs at the country level. Nepal, with the promulgation of its new constitution in 2015, became a federal state with three governance levels (the federal, the provincial, and the local). Each level has its mandated responsibility to ensure the health of the population. Given the evolving management and implementation structures at different governance levels, there is a need for WHO to respond and support these structures at national and sub-national levels to improve equity and quality of health services, reorganization and management of health care delivery, human resources, information systems and monitoring of situations, risks and trends, supplies chain management, health risk monitoring and disease surveillance systems. Such interventions are required for measurement and accountability and to facilitate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the targets in the WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13). Specifically, as the state moves towards a more federalized set-up, WHO will support the country in aligning the erstwhile centralized health system structure – especially with respect to health information management – with the new devolved but integrated structures at the three levels of governance. WHO also provides guidance and technical support in organizing the humanitarian health response following emergencies and in revitalizing the capacity of the health sector to rebuild and recover from emergencies in appropriate and sustainable ways. In the inter-emergency period the objectives are to increase the capacity and self-reliance of Nepal to reduce risk, prevent and prepare for disasters, to mitigate adverse health consequences, and to create synergy between emergency risk management and sustainable development through appropriate capacity building and co-ordination mechanism and partnerships. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) supports the MoHP to direct and co-ordinate the rapid provision of life-saving emergency health interventions at scale in the aftermath of multi-hazard disasters and subsequently assists in the rapid recovery of the health system in collaboration with national and international partners. Thereupon it provides technical support to the MoH and partners to enhance health sector emergency risk management through risk reduction or mitigation; preparedness and response readiness to build a health system that is resilient to multi-hazard disasters including public health emergencies. All these require a robust emergency health information management system that is seamlessly linked with and leverages the legacy routine health information systems for effective management of preparedness, response and recovery interventions.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Under the overall strategic guidance and direct supervision of the WHO Representative and the technical guidance of the Team Leads of WHO Country Office for Nepal, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
Essential: •University degree in Health Informatics or Public Health or Business / Health Administration with a Masters degree in any of the above disciplines or in Epidemiology or Global / International Health from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: •Postgraduate degree in life sciences and health statistics or data analytics or information management, Training in humanitarian / health sector response in emergencies would be desirable.
Essential: •At least seven years relevant experience in the areas of health analytics, health informatics operations, digital health applications in surveillance / epidemiology, monitoring and evaluation. Demonstrated exposure at international level.
Desirable: •Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Experience in developing countries. Experience in formulation, planning, management and reporting on projects in any area related to health informatics.
•Core competencies in data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting for surveillance, epidemiologic, operational and health systems performance monitoring objectives with experience in providing technical assistance in these areas in both normalcy and during multi-hazard and public health emergencies. •Demonstrated ability in planning, organization and management of health information systems and digital health solutions, and capability to relate to and clearly articulate and advocate for health information systems strengthening concepts and operations at various levels of the health system, taking account of the health needs, political and technical constraints and resource limitations.•Strong working experience in Health Information, Management Information, Hospital Information systems using DHSI2 and other open source information architecture and solutions, implementing data and information standards and inter-operability frameworks at the national and international levels in normal times and during emergencies. •Strong knowledge of public health informatics theories, principles, concepts, and standards; especially health information exchange standards for interoperability of subsystems and experience with Open HIE framework. •Proven skills and strong experience in enhancing organization, management and monitoring and evaluation of health programme / project interventions using digital solutions in normal times and during emergencies. •Ability to work with senior government and partner agency officials at national and international levels and capacity to adapt to multicultural environments with effective interpersonal skills.•Ability to work under pressure especially during emergencies and excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.•Technical Expertise; Overall attitude at work, in accordance with the required mandatory competencies.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
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 74,913 (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 1854 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.