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Public Health officer, West Bank – harmonized Reproductive Health Registry (hRHR)

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Public Health officer WB – harmonized Reproductive Health Registry (hRHR)

Objectives of the programme

The Palestinian Authority is establishing the Palestinian National Institute of Public Health (PNIPH). The World Health Organization (WHO) has been given the task of setting up the PNIPH, in close cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Palestinian universities, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and other stakeholders. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is funding the project.

The aim is to establish the PNIPH as a semi-autonomous legal entity under the umbrella of the Palestinian Authority, fully accountable for its professional and technical responsibilities, budget, and staff. The Institute will have a governing board with representatives from key stakeholders and will be able to speak out and publish reports and commentaries on health issues.

The PNIPH project has submitted a proposal to the Norwegian government to support the implementation of the harmonized Reproductive Health Registry (hRHR) in Palestine by financing the infrastructure, software and the needed training.  The aim of the hRHR is to adapt a comprehensive evidence-based mother and child health registry in Palestinian and to implement it into the health services.


Organizational Context

Under the supervision of the Project Manager the incumbent will be responsible for the specified assigned duties described below in collaboration with the rest of the project team including the hRHR team leader in the WB.


The incumbent will be based at WHO/ PNIPH office in the West Bank, but will have extensive contact with WHO office in Jerusalem and Gaza, as well with other concerned stakeholders to carry out the functions.


Purpose of the Post

To support the implementation of the harmonized Reproductive Health Registry in the West Bank and to support utilisation of health data.


Description of duties

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

-          Contribute to the description and the needs assessments  to establish the hRHR in West Bank

-          Participate with the hRHR team to develop the overall work plan of the hRHR in Palestine

-          Follow  up on the implementation of the work plan in close collaboration with different partners and stakeholders  

-          Report to PNIPH / hRHR team on regular bases about the progress of the implementation

-          Conduct  training and follow up on the logistics and the organization of training activities

-          Conduct supervisory visits as planned

-          Monitor the progress against the expected results and outcomes

-          Coordinate with other partners as needed

-          Support the utilization of data and provide feedback to stakeholders

-          Support the implementation of the related communication plan

-          Support the implementation of the research activity in relevance to the hRHR

-          Other tasks as needed


Recruitment Profile



-          Health back ground with Master’s Degree in public health or epidemiology or health related fields



-          Good experience in Maternal and Child Health services  




-          Producing results

-          Fostering integration & team work

-          Creating an empowering and motivating environment

-          Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond

-          Communicating in a credible and effective manner


Functional Skills and Knowledge

-          Knowledge of public health including epidemiology, health registries, health data analysis and research

-          Knowledge of health database assessment, development and improvement

-          Ability to evaluate and interpret public health data

-          Ability to development of new projects and to initiate research

-          Excellent drafting skills


Other skills (e.g. IT):

-          MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

-          Preferably also statistical programmes like STATA, SPSS, R or other





-          At least 5 years of work experience combined at national level in the field of public health

-          Extensive experience in working with national or other large-scale health registries and databases

-          Experience in analysing, interpreting and presenting public health data



Only Palestinian Nationals are eligible to apply



Fluency in English and Arabic


Duty station, type and duration of contract:

Duty station is Ramallah with some travel to Gaza & Jerusalem. SSA contract for 12months with possibility of extension.


Candidates meeting the above requirements are invited to submit their CV with covering letter (both in English) by October 1, 2014 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.