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National Professional Officer (Family & Reproductive Health) – World Health Organization (WHO)

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National Professional Officer (Family & Reproductive Health) – World Health Organization (WHO), October 25 2022
Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)
Position: National Professional Officer (Family & Reproductive Health)
Grade: NO-C
Location: Addis Ababa
Job schedule: Full Time
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): One Year

Date of Announcement: Oct 25, 2022, 4:52:34 PM

Deadline: Nov 25, 2022, 1:59:00 AM

Job description



The unit works to improve the family and reproductive health (FRH) in general and that of infants, children. Adolescents and women in particular.  Its primary functions are to support the Ministry of Health to adopt and implement evidence-based norms and standards to realize the attainment of the highest state of family and reproductive health amongst Ethiopian people.



The FRH Unit is part of the Immunization, MNCAH (Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health Cluster.  The incumbent reports to the Cluster Lead under the overall guidance and leadership of the Head of WHO Office.  He/she serves as the focal point for FRH activities, liaising with counterparts in the WHO AFRO regional office and the HQ, and providing support to all relevant government departments and institutions in the planning and implementation of FRH programmes, advocating the integrated approach with the primary health care process.

He/she is expected to exercise initiative and innovation in managing and supporting the implementation of a broad range of activities. He/she is expected to exercise good judgment in the application of WHO policy guidelines and program objectives as approved through the resolutions of the World Health Assembly, and the Regional Committee, and as contained in various publication and project documents, WHO e-Manual, Staff Regulations and Rules and AFRO handbooks. The incumbent needs to build partnerships at different levels, working within and beyond the organization and across programs.

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Under the supervision of the Cluster Lead, the incumbent will perform the following functions:

  1. Lead, manage and coordinate all technical and administrative activities under the FRH unit including maternal, neonatal, adolescent, sexual and reporductive health
  2. Review and analyze family and reproductive health policies, strategies, programs and related legislation.
  3. Coordinate family and reproductive health care activities, including family planning (FP) activities.
  4. Assist and advise the national family and reproductive health programmes including family planning technical teams in the development of strategies for FRH
  5. Provide technical assistance in the development of operational plans and training tolls for FRH and facilitate the dissemination of FRH including family planning strategies, plans and relevant tools; works for gender-mainstreaming in health.
  6. Provide technical assistance for the implementation of FRH interventions
  7. Establish and coordinate effective partnerships with key stakeholders and donor agencies involved in FRH including family planning; collaborates with relevant programs like HIV, IMNCI, Malaria and other common diseases
  8. Assist in the promotion and implementation of operations research for FRH including family planning
  9. Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of FRH including family planning programs
  10. Perform any other duties as required for the success of the program


Required Qualifications

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University degree in Medicine, with post-graduate qualification/specialization in Obstetrics/Gynaecology or Paediatrics and Child Health.


Master’s degree in Public Health.



At least five 5 years of practical experience in planning, implementing, monitoring and supervision of family and reproductive health activities at national and/or sub-national level.


Prior clinical experience in family and reproductive health.  Experience working with international bilateral or multilateral organizations.



  • Technical expertise in public health
  • Competency in documentation of events and evaluation of programs
  • Ability to timely synthesize key components and working groups outputs, analysis of data and writing of reports.



1) Communicating in a credible and effective way

2) Fostering integration and teamwork

3) Moving forward in a changing environment

4) Ensuring the effective use of resources

5) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond


Essential: Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of French or another WHO official language would be an asset.


OTHER SKILLS (e.g. IT Skills)

Computer literacy in Microsoft Office packages, EPI Info, SPSS, data management packages, basic epidemiological statistical analysis



The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 31,147 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), and 30 days of annual leave.




  • 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • This is a National Position for Ethiopia.  Therefore, only applications from Ethiopians will be accepted.  Applicants who are not Ethiopians will not be considered.
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  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • *For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.



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