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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/12/TASR29
Title: Technical Officer (Environmental Health)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 9 July 2012
Application Deadline: 1 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Organization unit: WP_LAO Lao People's Democratic Republic (WP_LAO) /
WP_LA4 Director, Building Healthy Communities & Populations (WP_LA4)
Environmental Health
To strengthen national capabilities for the improvement of environmental health in the Lao People's Democratic Republic; to respond to the expressed needs of the country and communities and to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with environmental hazards; and to increase the population's access to improved environmental health services through appropriate and efficient use of resources.
Description of duties:
1. Collaborates and liaises with the Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries and authorities in the Lao People's Democratic Republic in the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects in all areas of the environmental health programme, including climate change and health, air quality, environmental health impact assessment, water and sanitation, waste, chemical safety, healthy settings and healthy public policy initiatives;

2. Identifies needs, promotes and facilitates, applied studies on social, technical, managerial and economic aspects of environmental health; promotes and identifies priority projects; formulates project proposals including cost estimates for funding; and prepares progress and donor reports;

3. Collects, analyses, and disseminates information on all aspects of environmental health, including institutional and human resource development, appropriate technology, hygiene education, community involvement, gender issues in environmental health, etc. and prepare status reports and sector profiles;

4. Develops innovative approaches for capacity building based on continuous review and monitoring of environmental health situation and on environmental health research results in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, and based on ongoing review of data and information on environmental health service coverage/issues;

5. Collaborates with relevant national officials, other United Nations agencies, multilateral and bilateral agencies, and nongovernmental organizations to improve the effectiveness of resource utilization; and

6. Performs other duties as required.
University degree in public health or environment-related science or engineering, from a recognized university is essential. Postgraduate degree in public health or environment-related science or engineering, from a recognized university is desirable.
Broad knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in environmental management and environmental health; ability to plan, develop, implement and promote environmental health-related activities, projects and plans. Good communication skills. Competent use of basic office computer software. Working knowledge in the use of database, spreadsheets and statistical programme. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

1. Moving forward in a changing environment
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Producing results
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Minimum five years of experience in work involving planning, implementing, administering and research/training in environmental health at international level is essential. Working experience in developing countries highly desirable.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English. Working knowledge of Laotian is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is a re-issuance. Previous applicants need not re-apply.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD56 091 at single rate
USD60 091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 43.3 % 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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