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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/12/FT382
Title: Technical Officer, Strategic Relations with Countries
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 28 September 2012
Application Deadline: 20 October 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/RDO Office of Regional Director (EU/RDO)
EU/CCC Corporate Relations & Corporate Communications
Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO:

All the Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

The seven point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; (iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe and Objective of the Country Relations and Communication Team in Regional Director's Office (CCC-RDO):

The mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe is to support Member States in: (i) developing and sustaining their own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.

The Country Relations and Communication Team (CCC) in RD's Office advises the Regional Director and the Regional Office on its strategy for relations and cooperation with Member States. It is responsible for the in-house coordination of country work, as well as the planning and administration of Biennial Collaborative Agreements. The CCC advises the Regional Office on its country strategy. CCC facilitates supports and contributes to the coordination of all activities undertaken by the technical units within the countries and works closely with the PAR team to ensure development of strategic partnerships at country level to the benefit of the WHO country offices and the Member States.

CCC also ensures the implementation of the communication strategy and facilitates supports and contributes to the coordination of communication activities around the Regional Director and her Office as well as activities undertaken by the WHO country offices and assists the various technical units in delivering appropriate communication as expected from the communication strategy. It is also responsible for the development, smooth functioning and continuity of the EURO internal and external web sites.

The Strategic Relations withCountries Team (CCC-SRC) forms part of the CCC. The Mission of the Strategic Relations with Countries Team is to provide strategic guidance to the Regional Office under the policy direction of the Regional Director and in line with the Organization's corporate priorities and to ensure in-house coordination of country-specific work. Moreover SRC helps to coordinate and manage effective collaboration with Member States, with and without WHO country representation, in line with the new EURO Country Strategy.

The objectives of SRC are:
a) to facilitate, support and contribute to the coordination of all country activities undertaken by the technical units;
b) to support the WHO Regional Office for Europe in strengthening WHO EURO's existing relations with Member States by liaising regularly with the ministries of health directly or through country offices,
c) to assist WHO Regional Office with the preparation and management of major special policy and technical events in the countries as required;
d) to ensure the quality and impact of the work of WHO EURO in the countries by being responsible for development of country workplans (in coordination with HCOs) and contributing information that will help to monitor, evaluate and adjust WHO's technical work in and with countries;
e) to ensure the development and support the implementation of the country cooperation strategies.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Executive Manager, Country Relations and Communication, the incumbent, in effectively liaising between the technical divisions, geographically dispersed offices (GDOs) and country offices:

1. Facilitates the coordination of the overall planning and strategic direction of the country work undertaken by the Regional Office through the development and regular monitoring of Biennial Collaborative Agreements ( BCAs), Collaborating Centres Country Cooperation Strategies (CCS) and other relevant instruments;

2. Aims at optimizing the delivery of country work by liaising between country offices and technical programmes as well as other entities in the Regional Office crucial for an effective programme execution;

3. Shares strategic information generated at Regional Office level with Country Offices thereby allowing Heads of Country Offices to position themselves in assisting ministries to translate these strategies into targeted action;

4. Supports and facilitates the COs and HCOs in particular in following up on issues within the Regional Office.

5. Plays a lead role in the collation, analysis and synthesis of health intelligence from countries and ensure regular reporting to the Regional Director, Director of Programme Management and Executive Committee on key issues or situations of critical importance, to provide regular information to programmes in Regional Office and to provide input to possible solutions on how to address these issues;

6. Prepares appropriate briefing material for the Regional Director and Executive Management for visits to countries and for official visits of ministers to WHO Regional Office for Europe.

University degree in either health related areas or political sciences, social sciences, and related areas.

Master degree in public health and/or international relations

Competencies required:

1) Fostering integration and teamwork - Able to work in a team, exchange views and ideas and share information with colleagues. Works well in teams, exchanging views and opinions, sharing information

2) Producing results - Effectively plans for oneself and delivers on time. Shares relevant information so others can effectively plan, produce quality work and deliver on time. While seeking guidance from and working under the supervision of the head of unit, work proactively and be driven by results.

3) Moving forward in a changing environment - Open to new ideas and new working methods, adapts positively to change, exchange views and opinions with colleagues. Able to work independently while understanding his/her limits

4) Communicating in a credible and effective way - Listens to others, expresses oneself clearly, produces clear and short written documents, share information.

Other Skills:
Microsoft Office package. Excellent command of internet and ability to find information on the web. Excellent command of word-processor and spreadsheet applications.

At least 5 years of relevant experience of which at least 1 year is at the international level.

Experience within a UN organization.
A very good command of the English language and a working knowledge of at least one other WHO EURO official language (German, Russian and French).

Knowledge of other European languages.

Additional Information:
A written test may be used as a screening tool. Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.

Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Similar posts could be filled using this vacancy notice.

* Extension of appointments are subject to a)satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function and c) availability of funds.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56.091 at single rate
USD 60,091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 63.3 % 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.

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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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