National Professional Officer, Maternal & Perinatal Health
Abuja, Nigeria
6d ago


TheWorld Health Organization's Department of Reproductive Health and Research(RHR) includes the UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme ofResearch, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP).

  • HRP isthe main instrument within the United Nations system for identifying researchpriorities on sexual and reproductive health and rights;
  • for promoting,conducting, evaluating and coordinating related interdisciplinary research; forcollaborating with countries to build national capacity to conduct research;
  • and for promoting the use of research results in policy making and sexual andreproductive health programmes. The Department draws on research and globalexpertise to set norms and standards and develop global guidelines on sexualand reproductive health and rights.

    The incumbent will collaborate with staff of related HQ Departments, WHOCountry Office staff, and WHO Regional Office staff to provide advice and toplan, integrate, and coordinate work on specific project(s).

    The incumbent will also liaise with staff ofpartner agencies, such as UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UNAIDS and the World Bank,as well as with research institutions, non-

    governmental organizations, andgovernment stakeholders. The incumbent will represent WHO in meetings asneeded, and participate in relevant activities, related to sexual andreproductive health.

    The demands on theincumbent will be multiple and frequently changing. The position calls for political sensitivity,as the agendas are complex and not clearly aligned.

    Support the development, approval, initiation,implementation and monitoring of WHO / RHR research project on the establishmentand management of a nationwide electronic maternal and perinatal database tosupport the WHO Quality, Equity, and Dignity (QED) Project in Nigeria, workingclosely with the project lead and coordinators in 60 collaboratinginstitutions, WHO / RHR and WHO Country Office team members and the TeamCoordinators.

    Carry out site visits of prospective and on-going HRP researchprojects.

    Provide technical support to collaboratinginstitutions obtain required local approvals, including ethics approvals orexemptions as needed.

    Organize a national stakeholders’ meeting forofficial launching of the electronic data platform.

    Support project implementation throughtechnical assistance to collaborating institutions (including but not limitedto training, site visits and resolution of queries)

    Prepare technical reports for donors on grantimplemented, working in collaboration with WHO Country Office team members, theTeam Coordinators, and Project Managers (WHO / RHR).

    Contribute to advocacy and communicationsactivities relating to the implementation of the project. Liaise on an on-goingbasis with Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria and WHO advocacy staff andCountry Project Lead to ensure that there is country buy-

    in for the project andthat the work is appropriately reflected on the designated web site(s),newsletters, and other information channels.

    Draft research protocol(s) to evaluate thequality of care around the time of childbirth in the network of 60 hospitals.

    Contribute to operational planning andreporting for the teams as required for WHO Country Office, Nigeria and WHO / RHRworking closely with other team members and Project managers.

    Carry out site visits of prospective andon-going WHO / RHR research projects.

    Support the Federal Ministry ofHealth to implement the Maternal and perinatal death surveillance response(MPDSR)

    Contribute to the quality of careimprovement implementation in selected WHO learning Sites

    Carry out other tasks as required by the WHOCountry Office Team Coordinator, Project Managers (WHO / RHR), and WHORepresentative, Nigeria.

    Respecting and promoting individual andcultural differences,

    Producing results

  • Auniversity degree in one of the following fields : public health, epidemiology,women's studies, gender and development, social or political sciences;
  • orhealth sciences (medical or nursing) with advanced training or experience inone of the above fields.

    Desirable : EXPERIENCE

    Essential :

    Atleast 5 years' work experience in sexual and reproductive health research or arelated health field.

    Knowledge of maternal, perinatal, sexual andreproductive health. Research, analytical and programme management skills, asevidenced by experience in conducting or coordinating multicentre projects in alow-resource setting.

    Desirable :

    Experiencein UN organizations or agencies, other similar institutions or foundations insupport to developing countries; field experience in conducting health researchin developing countries.


    Proficiency in the use ofhealth information management softwares.

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