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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/PEC/FT419
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 26 October 2012
Application Deadline: 16 November 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/PEC Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (HQ/PEC) /
HQ/ERM Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response (HQ/ERM)
The objectives of the Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response (EMR) department are to reduce the health consequences of emergencies,disasters, crises and conflicts and minimize their social and economic impact. Within ERM, the Surge & Crisis Support SCS) unit is responsible for facilitating institutional readiness and business continuity planning in the context of emergency risk management and providing appropriate and timely support to regional offices, country offices and health cluster partners in the context of acute onset disasters/crises and protracted emergencies. This unit also contributes to ERM's work on humanitarian health strategies and policies. Within the framework of the humanitarian reforms, WHO is the lead agency of the Health Cluster. The role of the Global Health Cluster is to develop, through a collaborative effort with all cluster partners, global guidance, standards, tools and resources to inform, enhance and facilitate the implementation of the cluster at the country level as well as to improve surge capacity, access to trained technical expertise and material stockpiles to enhance its operability. In this context, the primary responsibilities of the SCS unit are to manage the department's work to ensure institutional readiness for health action in humanitarian crises globally and to support regional offices and health cluster partners in acute and protracted emergencies through the rapid deployment of technical, financial, logistical and material support asrequired.
Description of duties:
1. Under the supervision of ADG/Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (PEC), Director/ERM and Coordinator/SCT, coordinate the
development of WHO's Emergency Readiness Framework in collaboration in relevant WHO HQ
departments, regional offices and country offices, in order to complement the roll-out, institutionalization and operationalization of WHO's Emergency Response Framework (ERF).
2. Develop, and update regularly, the ERM Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and contribute to overall HQ Business Continuity Planning, in collaboration with relevant PEC and ERM units and other HQ departments/clusters for this purpose (esp.Global Capacities, Alert and Response (GCR)/Health Security & Environment (HSE)).
3. Develop, test regularly and update the Emergency Support Team (EST) operational manual in collaboration with PEC and HSE units as
well as DCO and other relevant departments. The EST provides technical back-up and operational support to WHO country offices (WCOs) to fulfil WHO's critical functions in acute Grade 2 and 3
emergencies as described in WHO's Emergency Response Framework (ERF).
4. Develop standard WHO Country Office (WCO), Regional Office and Headquarters' readiness checklists, and provide back-up support to region offices in implementation and monitoring.
5. Backstop regional offices to build WCO readiness, particularly in priority countries through emergency management training, simulations and desktop exercises, and to develop country office contingency plans.
6. Coordinate the implementation of annual WHO-wide simulations and regular HQ desktop exercises to test the ERF.
7. Manage relevant aspects of the Organization-wide standard operating procedures for humanitarian action and response in all levels of emergencies, collaborating closely with relevant clusters and departments.
8. Assist the Coordinator in fulfilling the SCT unit's mandate and undertake other duties as assigned.
* Essential:
Post-graduate university degree in public health, disaster or emergency management, humanitarian assistance, or related areas.
Training in disaster management, contingency planning, business continuity planning, and simulation exercise development and management.
*1. Producing results
*2. Ensuring the effective use of resources
*3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way

- Capacity to negotiate across multiple teams and agencies to common purpose. - Ability to
work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments. - Knowledge of the UN and
humanitarian systems and processes, including UN reform, IASC processes and the Cluster
Approach. - Knowledge of international humanitarian architecture and leading issues in
humanitarian health. - Proven team player. - Proven capacity to lead and deliver on deadlines
during periods of intense stress and activity. -Demonstrated capacity to organize, monitor and
synthesize information quickly and concisely. - Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
with solid writing and editing experience and ability. - Strong strategic thinking, with the ability to
quickly comprehend strategic and tactical objectives and to formulate plans to address
* Essential:
At least 7 years of relevant experience at national and international levels in emergency readiness
and response work, including at least 3 years in relevant international position(s). Humanitarian
response experience in settings of acute onset disasters/crises and protracted emergencies. Relevant experience in interagency collaboration. Proven experience in readiness and response in the field or at global level, business continuity planning, country level contingency and operational planning, exercise planning and implementation.
Relevant work experience in WHO and/or UN sister agencies; experience working in relevant
nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations and the Health Cluster. Proven experience and a
successful track record in business continuity planning in the context of emergencies.
Excellent knowledge of English with a good working knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
This vacancy is published in English only.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
$ 67 483 at single rate
$ 72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 97.7 % 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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