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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/12/FT367
Title: Technical Officer, Mental Health
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 20 September 2012
Application Deadline: 1 November 2012 Vacancy Notice Status in Review
Duty Station:  Suva, Fiji
Organization unit: WP_FJI Fiji (WP_FJI) /
WP_FJ4 Director, Building Healthy Communities & Populations (WP_FJ4)
The objectives of the mental health programme are to provide technical support to countries in their efforts to reduce problems related to mental and behavioural disorders; to promote mental health and facilitate the incorporation of mental health knowledge and understanding in general health care and social development; to promote modification of unhealthy behaviours and psychosocial aspects of health care and the improvement of quality of life; to develop, implement and evaluate programmes, research, training on public health control of mental and behavioural disorders, particularly at country level, in the areas of management and control of substance abuse, violence and injury prevention and disability and rehabilitation.
Description of duties:
Under the guidance and supervision of the Coordinator (Noncommunicable Diseases/Health Promotion (NCD/HPR)) and WHO Representative/Director (Pacific Technical Support Division), the incumbent will perform the following:

1. Provide technical support to Pacific Island countries and areas in the development and implementation of mental health and violence and injury prevention, including suicide prevention policies, strategies and plans with some particular focus on vulnerable population groups;

2. Collaborate with Member States to strengthen national technical capacity in developing plans and activities for mental health, violence and injury, including suicide prevention - this involves collaboration and advice on analysis of specific situations and identifying potential areas for WHO support and monitoring activities; provide technical direction to field staff and consultants;

3. Provide technical support for research and surveillance of mental and behavioural disorders, psychosocial factors, substance abuse, violence and injury, including suicide and issues of disability and rehabilitation;

4. Facilitate and maintain the activities of the Pacific Islands Mental Health Network (PIMHNet) which involves programme planning and implementation on a yearly basis, regular contacts with PIMHNet focal persons in countries, facilitation of network meetings and collaborate with the many partners of mental health within and outside the Region for the purpose of advocacy and mobilization of resources both human and financial for support of mental health activities;

5. Responsible for the provision and facilitation of other stakeholders for training and capacity building of mental health workforce in the Pacific through the PIMHNet and otherwise, which should involve both formal and on-the-job training;

6. Coordinate expert technical inputs to mental health work in countries including provision of administrative support for networking and reporting to regional and global requirements for mental health and violence and injury prevention, including suicide prevention;

7. Build and maintain effective working relationships with government agencies, donors and development partners to coordinate appropriate programmatic and resource mobilization activities; and

8. Perform other related duties as required.
University degree in the field of public health is essential. Postgraduate qualification in related fields of mental health is desirable.
1. Knowledge of mental health issues, challenges and requirements in limited resource environments, including experience with policy and strategy development processes;

2. Skills in management of mental and behavioural disorders;

3. Skills in analysis, planning, management of public health programmes with mental health specificity;

4. Knowledge of health systems in developing countries, such as in the Pacific, including service delivery, quality improvement, and monitoring and evaluation;

5. Negotiation and representational skills which allow coming to a common understanding of complex and often controversial issues;

6. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of professional and personal conduct.

Other Skills: Proficiency in standard MS Office software applications. Familiarity with database applications an advantage.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources
At least five years of work experience in mental health work, such as planning, education and training and management is essential. Experience working in developing countries and with international organizations, including the UN system would be an advantage.
Fluent in written and spoken English. A working knowledge of French is an advantage.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD56 091 at single rate
USD60 091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 41.4 % 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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