Reproductive Health Officer - WHO Rwanda

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Tel.: (+250) 280 300 507, Mobile (+250) 78 830 78 70

E-mail :

P.O. Box 1324, Kigali, Rwanda



Position Title:                              Reproductive Health Officer

Type of Appointment:                 SSA

Grade:                                           NOC-01


Major Office:                                AF

Duty Station:                                Kigali

Organization:                                AF_RWA Rwanda

Nature of Position:                       SSA


Effective Date:                               01 May 2019

Position Coting Start Date:

Position Costing End Date:         30th April 2020 (Renewable),


CCOG Level Supervisor:

First level Supervisor:                  BATARINGAYA, Dr Juliet Evelyn

Second Level Supervisor:


According to DHS 2015, Rwanda has a population of more than 11 million, adolescents and youth represent respectively 22% and youth 32% of the population. Fertility rate trends  reduced from  6.1% in 2005, 5.5% in 2007-8, 6% in 2010 and 4.2 % births per women in 2015 The contraceptive rate for any modern method (mCPR) increased from 10% in 2005, 27% in 2007-8, 45% in 2010 and 48% in 2018. The trend of contraceptive use among adolescents improved: from 3% in 2005, 24% in 2008, 33% in 2010 and 35% in 2015.  According to the same source, the unmet need for family planning among married women aged between 15-49 is of 19% up to now, whereas for adolescents it trended down from 22% in 2005 to 4% in 2015. Despite this improvement and the use of contraception among adolescents, the trend of teenage pregnancies went up, from 4.1% in 2005, 6.1% in 2010 and 7.3% in 2018. Most of the time these deaths are accompanied by avoid complications during pregnancy that may lead to maternal mortality.

According to 2016 Maternal Death Surveillance and Response report (MDSR), abortion represented the 3rd cause for maternal death (9%) after post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) which was 29%, puerperal sepsis 17%. Abortion and eclampsia each represented 9% of maternal deaths. With MDSR 2018, maternal deaths due to abortion are 7%.  However, the distribution of maternal deaths due to abortion by age group was not documented.

To mitigate this situation, the country has signed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and  is committed to achieve, by 2030, all the health related targets including  targets 3.1, 5.6 , and 3.7 to reduce maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births and to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and  rights.

To support  the country’s efforts to address the above gaps and to accelerate the attainment of the mentioned SDGs targets,  WHO will support the development, implementation of  strategies and guidelines aligned with the Global Strategy for Women Children and Adolescents’ health and effective  implementation of  Adolescent Health Flagship and the Maputo declaration article 14  2 © In addition WHO, the WHO, GPW13 recognize that access to SRHR can only be fully achieved through Universal Health Coverage (UHC), promote better health and well-being of all in needs. Within this context, WHO will support the country to reduce preventable maternal morbidity and mortality in particular from unsafe abortion.

* Purpose of the Position

Under the guidance of Technical Officer in Charge of Reproductive health and Human Rights, the position will contribute to support WHO/Country Office to address preventable maternal morbidity and mortality, through timely and effective implementation of WHO- Reproductive health and Human Rights services in order to accelerate the achievement of SDGs targets: 3.1, 5.6, and 3.7 by 2030:

Job Description

*Objectives of the programme and of the immediate strategic objective;

To contribute to accelerating the reduction of preventable maternal morbidity and mortality in Rwanda through the development, monitoring and implementation of the action plans to increase access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Human Rights services and strengthening capacity of health providers (pre and in services), gender focal points, school teachers, community Health Workers (CHW), community family, and  enhancing collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and National human Rights Commission for effective implementation of all components of SRHR..

* Organizational context (Describe the individual role of the incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization).

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the WHO Representative and the technical Officer in Charge of SRHR, the incumbent will provide expert leadership and capacity building of the national institutions for prevention and management of preventable maternal morbidity and mortality in particular from abortion. In Addition to the work with the MOH and other social ministries which sexual reproductive health in their attribution, the incumbent is expected to engage with a range of implementing partnders including UN agencies, non UN Organizations and others in order to increase access to reproductive health and rights services. If necessary,   he/she will also liaise with the Technical Unit in AFRO and in IST/Harare.

*Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; including main achievements expected).

The incumbent will provide continuous technical support to national institutions; specifically the incumbent’s work shall involve the following technical areas:

Development of capacities of national institutions at different levels and partnerships for mainstreaming SRHR with an emphasis on prevention and management of teenage pregnancy and abortion;
Development, adaptation and use of appropriate technical SRHR guidelines and tools (pre-services and in services);
Development and implementation of the national SRHR roadmap and innovation strategies;, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation and ensure linkage with UHC
Scaling up of Sexual and Reproductive (SR) interventions and building capacity of concerned ministries;
Monitoring/evaluation and
Collect, analyze information to document good practices in the area of Producing regularly report on SRHR in the country;
Conduct operation research to identify SR priorities and address implementation challenges in order to make a positive impact on populations through building stronger and more responsive systems ;
Strengthening partnership and collaboration with all involved stakeholders;
Represent WHO in SRHR / FP and gender technical working groups;
Perform other duties assigned by WR.
Recruitment Profile
Competencies: Generic

Describe the core, management or leadership competences required-See WHO competency model-list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones.

Produces and delivers quality results. Is action oriented and committed to achieving outcomes
Possess and applies specialist and detailed technical expertise
Ensuring effective use of resources
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Building partnerships across the organization and beyond
Producing results.
Functional knowledge and skills.

*Describing the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position

- Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to work effectively in a team;- Ability to motivate, guide and build capacities at national and sub-national levels of advocacy and communicating sexual and reproductive  message; -Ability to implement nutrition policy and action plan and to monitor and evaluate nutrition interventions;-Knowledge of establishing sexual and reproductive surveillance system in stable and emergency situation;- Ability to elaborate research proposal and organize sexual and reproductive health  assessments; - Strong ability to act strategically, to build and maintain solid networks of contacts, to work independently in a target and effective manner.

 Education Qualifications

* Essential

University degree in Medicine with postgraduate degree in Public Health or Epidemiology


Experience Qualifications

* Essential:

At least 5 years’ clinical services experience with experience in supporting reproductive health and maternal health programs, including work on preventing safe abortion.
Good knowledge of key multi-sectorial interventions to address sexual reproductive health and human rights;
Ability and experience to prepare and conduct trainings to address sexual reproductive health and human rights;
Experience in programme evaluation
Previous experience working for/with  WHO or other UN and non-Government organizations;
 * Skills, knowledge and Abilities

Ability to organize and facilitate training sessions to address Sexual reproductive health, prevention and management of abortion;
Ability to work in a multicultural environment and commitment to working as part of a multidisciplinary team
Ability to prepare and disseminate reports in time

Use of Languages and other skills

Excellent knowledge of English, the knowledge of French is an added value.

Other skills (e.g. IT)

Data management and computer skills in word processing and electronic communication technology.

Period of assignment:

From 1st May 2019 to 30th April 2020

How to apply:
All applications are required to pass through the following link:

Applicants are also requested to visit the mentioned link for deadline information.

The selected candidates should be contacted to provide certified documents. 

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