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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/07/SDE/FT1052
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 1 October 2007
Application Deadline: 29 October 2007 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
1. To strengthen the capacity of WHO and its Member States to integrate a human rights-based approach to health.
2. To advance the right to health in international law and international development processes.
3. Advocate for health-related human rights.
Description of duties:
Under the direction of the Health and Human Rights Adviser, the main responsibilities of the incumbent are as follows:
1. To support efforts to ensure that WHO policies and programmes are consistent with, and reinforce, international human rights law;
2. To advocate for health on the international human rights agenda, including in the work the UN human rights treaty monitoring bodies;
3. To develop and disseminate norms, standards, guidelines and good practice compilations on human rights based approaches to public health;
4. To ensure coherence and consistency across WHO on health and human rights issues by liaising closely with Regional Offices, Country Offices and relevant technical departments at Headquarters;
5. To liaise with and build networks with key partners on health and human rights, such as other UN agencies, research institutions and NGOs, including supporting implementation of a joint work programme between WHO and OHCHR;
6. To build capacity within the WHO secretariat, Ministries of Health and other relevant stakeholders on heath-related human rights.

Essential: Advanced university degree in international law, human rights, development or international relations;
Desirable: Additional degree in public health.
1. Broad and systematic knowledge of a range of issues, including human rights, health and development issues, and international law;
2. Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills;
3. Good writing and communication skills;
4. Good interpersonal and presentation skills;
Essential: At least 5 years of professional experience in relevant field.
Desirable: Professional experience in relation to human rights issues or health issues at national and/or international level. Working experience in the UN or regional human rights system.
Excellent spoken and written English or French. Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used as a form of screening.
This VN may also be used to fill other similar positions.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 51,395 at single rate
US$ 55,060 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 68.6 % 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.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.


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