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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/12/FT336
Title: Technical Officer (Tobacco Free Initiative)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 27 August 2012
Application Deadline: 8 October 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Beijing, China
Organization unit: WP_CHN China (WP_CHN) /
WP_CN4 Director, Building Healthy Communities & Populations (WP_CN4)
Tobacco Free Initiative
To facilitate and coordinate the implementation of activities related to the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use (Bloomberg Initiative) projects as part of WHO country plan for tobacco control in China, by providing technical assistance in the implementation of national plans on tobacco control and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). To develop, review and monitor the Bloomberg grants, and to facilitate the promotion and advance measures of second-hand smoke-free policies, smoke-free events, comprehensive bans on tobacco product advertising and promotion, strengthened cigarette pack health warnings, economics research on tobacco use-related health care costs, increased tobacco taxes and effective cessation interventions in China.
Description of duties:
1. To provide country-level coordination, management and technical support to the government using
opportunities provided by the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use and address related
tobacco control issues by accelerating the implementation of the WHO FCTC, including ratification of

2. To assist the government in strengthening, implementing and evaluating national tobacco
control action plans, evidence-based policies and/or legislation and programmes consistent with the
WHO FCTC, including scaling up the best buy and good buy
(M - Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies
P - Protect people from tobacco smoke
O - Offer help to quit tobacco use
W - Warn about the dangers of tobacco
E - Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
R - Raise taxes on tobacco) MPOWER measures for reducing
tobacco use as a practical, cost effective way to forward the Framework Convention on the ground;

3. Support the government and other qualified entities to apply for grants under the Bloomberg
Initiative, monitor the implementation of these grants and ensure that the key findings,
recommendations and insights arising from these grants are incorporated into national, regional and
global tobacco control policy development;

4. Assist the government in linking tobacco control to the political commitments on noncommunicable
diseases prevention and control, health systems reform in China and other relevant initiatives for
health and development;

5. Ensure integration of tobacco control in other relevant and priority areas of work of WHO in China
i.e. child health, tuberculosis control, health systems strengthening, among others;

6. To assist in building the capacity for country-level monitoring, evaluation and research in
coordination with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation and other
Bloomberg Partners towards preparation and use of surveillance reports (e.g. Global Adult Tobacco
Survey (GATS), Global Tobacco Control Report (GTCR) and the Global Youth Tobacco Survey
(GYTS) as well as other relevant researches and to disseminate and use this for policy and
decision-making; and

7. To submit reports periodically as required on regional/country-level progress and impact indicators
for the Bloomberg Initiative Project and the WHO FCTC.
Postgraduate degree in public health or social science, law or economics is essential. Specialized training in health policy development is desirable.
Sound knowledge and experience in providing policy and programme directions. Skills and relevant experience in capacity-building, programme planning, implementation/management, monitoring/evaluation and proposal writing. Knowledge of the WHO FCTC and expertise in evidence-based public health approaches to prevent and control tobacco use. Experience and proficiency in networking with nongovernment organizations, multisectoral groups and civil society partners, including tobacco control advocates. Basic computer skills, including standard package of WHO office programmes. Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills by working harmoniously as a member of a team, adapting to diverse educational, socio-political and cultural backgrounds and maintaining a high standard of personal conduct.

1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
2. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
3. Producing results
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way
5. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Seven years work experience in public health with at least 5 years of experience at senior level on tobacco control, public health policy development, health economics and/or NCD prevention and
control is essential. Knowledge of tobacco control principles and good practices is desirable.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD67 483 at single rate
USD72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 61 % 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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