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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/09/HQ/NHD/FT582
Title: Scientist
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 8 October 2009
Application Deadline: 29 October 2009 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
NHD aims at building and implementing a science-based, comprehensive, integrated and action-oriented "Nutrition Agenda" at global, regional and country levels, that addresses the whole spectrum of nutrition problems. NHD provides Member States and the international community with Science-based norms, standards, recommendations and technical guidance. NHD provides operational and political support to Member States to build their capacity in identifying problems and best policy options, implementing the required nutrition interventions, monitoring progress and assessing impact. NHD acts globally and internationally to raise awareness and commitment, to build alliances, networks and partnerships in a human-rights and multi-stakeholder perspective, towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals. NHD comprises three units: GRS (Growth Assessment and Surveillance), MNM (Reduction of Micronutrient Malnutrition), and NPL (Country Focused Nutrition Policies and Programmes). NPL develops science-based norms and standards and provides guidance and support to regions and countries in developing and implementing their food and nutrition policies and programmes to address the double burden of nutritional diseases throughout the lifecourse. NPL includes the following areas of work: maternal, infant and young child nutrition; school-age and adolescent nutrition; nutrition in transition and obesity, as well as the overall work on developing and implementing intersectoral food and nutrition plans and policies.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Scientist responsible for the programme, the incumbent will undertake the following assigned duties in order to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Unit and also of the Department which include the development of science-based norms and standards and providing guidance and support to regions and countries in developing and implementing evidence-based food and nutrition policies and programmes to address the double burden of malnutrition throughout the life course:
1. Develop and update scientific advice on nutritional requirements and diet and health, in particular those related to macronutrients (i.e. fats and oils, carbohydrates, dietary fibre) including the preparation and running of expert consultations/meetings as well as undertaking various scientific updates for developing WHO guidelines.
2. Develop methodological updates of Food-Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDGs), including technical guidance for developing and implementing national and regional FBDGs, as required.
3. Strengthen WHO's role in providing scientific advice on nutrition to Member States and the international community including the Codex Alimentarius Commission and in undertaking risk/benefit analysis.
4. Collaborate with Regional Offices, Member States, Collaborating Centres, academic research centres, national institutes and other experts and authorities on the work related to nutritional requirements, diet and health and nutrition-based dietary standards.
Expected main achievements include development of scientific manual on FBDGs, undertaking of scientific work on issues related to developing nutrition-based dietary standards (i.e biomarker of effects, nutiriton profiling, etc.), undertaking of scientific update on issues related to diet and health, in particular those related to macronutrients.
Ph.D. in nutrition science or nutrition epidemiology.
Initiative, tact, a high sense of responsibility, and ability to communicate and collaborate harmoniously with people of varied national and cultural backgrounds, both within and outside WHO. Ability to work as part of a team. Excellent analytical and research skills. Good communication and writing skills. Knowledge of computer software, i.e. STATA, SPSS, Excel, Access, Reference Manager, Publisher.
WHO Competencies:
*1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
*2. Producing results
*3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Setting an example
At least 7 years experience in the area of nutrition science or nutrition epidemiology addressing diet and health.
Relevant experience in developing nutrition-based dietary standards and scientific advice and working experience at the international level. Also experience in performing systematic reviews. Sound knowledge of statistics and epidemiology.
Excellent knowledge of English. A working knowledge of French would be desirable.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only. A written test may be used for screening purposes.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$63,052 at single rate
US$67,709 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 78 % 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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