Job Title: Technical Officer Oral Health
Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/11/FT353
Title: Technical Officer Oral Health - position 324999
Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Duration of contract: Post of limited duration for one year
Date: 27 October 2011
Application Deadline: 8 December 2011
(9 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station: Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/DHP Division of Health Protection and Promotion (EM/DHP)
HLP Healthy Lifestyles Promotion
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The overall objective of the WHO Oral health promotion programme is to put emphasis on developing global policies in oral health promotion and oral disease prevention, coordinating more effectively with other priority programmes of disease prevention and health promotion and develop partnership with external partners for preventing diseases of the oral cavity as well as systemic diseases. Specific objectives include:
-Reducing the burden of oral disease and disability, especially in poor and marginalized populations.
-Promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing risk factors to oral health that arise from environmental, economic, social and behavioral causes.
-Developing oral health systems that equitably improve oral health outcomes, respond to people's legitimate demands, and are financially fair.
-Framing policies in oral health, based on integration of oral health into national and community health programmes, and promoting oral health as an effective dimension for development policy of society.
The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the RA/HLP and is expected to perform the duties and responsibilities of the post with a high degree of initiative and sound judgement. Official work assignments will be guided by the Regional Strategy on Oral health and its Framework for Plan of Action as well country work plans under the overall strategic direction of division of Health Protection and Promotion.
Purpose of the Post:
To provide technical support to the Member States in oral health promotion. Countries in the EM Region have shown a sharp increase in oral health indices over the last decade due to changes in the lifestyles. WHO technical support to Member States in EMR in oral health promotion, though, has been limited due to the fact that neither the RO and nor of the country office possess trained human resources specializing in oral health promotion. While almost 20% of the biennial budget for most of the Member States in EM Region is allocated to activities for oral health, the non-availability of staff at Regional Office leaves EMRO to support the Member States through short term consultants which not only puts a financial strain on the WHO budget but also the outcome also lacks long term vision and sustainability.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Advisor/HLP and general guidance of Director Health Protection and Promotion, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
Summary of assigned duties:
-Review the existing oral health programmes in different Member States in the EM Region and provide technical assistance to effective programme planning, policy development and implementation.
-Provide technical assistance to countries in accordance to the Regional Strategy and to draw on the ten key action areas recommended for oral health promotion in World Report on Oral Health 2003 and provide technical assistance in specific strategic tasks for the Region a way forward in oral health promotion.
-Perform gaps analysis and identification of needs for policy actions that would require substantial changes of existing oral health programmes and modification of prevailing practices at Regional and country levels.
-Design surveys, operational researches, and work with concerned nationals for implementing studies concerning oral health promotion
-Assist countries in conducting Decayed, Missed, Filled Teeth (DMFT ) surveys and updating the global databases
-Identify training needs, review, design and develop training plans and packages as well as assist in training,
-Perform comprehensive review of existing reporting system, documentation, familiarization with ongoing surveys, interventions, pilot initiatives, analysis of the findings and results of researches in collection of oral health data.
Essential: University Degree in dentistry
Desirable: Postgraduate qualification in public health
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
-Advanced knowledge, and established ability in surveillance, research, capacity building, coordination, project management, programme planning and development;
-Knowledge and technical expertise in oral health programmes, evidence-based public health approaches to prevent diseases of the oral cavity;
-Ability to think strategically and work under tight deadlines on a results-oriented basis;
-Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills by working harmoniously as a member of a team, adapting to diverse educational, socio-political and cultural backgrounds and maintaining a high standard of personal conduct.
Basic computer skills including ability to utilize the standard Microsoft Office programmes.
2)Ensuring effective use of resources
3)Communicating in a credible and effective way
Essential: At least five years experience in public health management with previous working experience in national oral health promotion programmes
Desirable: Previous working experience within the local context of public health practice in the region.
Excellent knowledge in English; knowledge of Arabic and/or French is an asset.
Duty Station: Cairo
Other entitlements will be determined based on the length of assignment.
Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.
Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$57358.00 at single rate
US$61470.00 with primary dependants Post Adjustment: 37.3 % 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.
How to Apply:
Application Deadline: 8 December 2011
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