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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/POL/TA121
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 22 November 2012
Application Deadline: 13 December 2012 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The objective of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is to interrupt the transmission of wild poliovirus globally by coordinating the Polio Eradication Partnership and the eradication efforts of national governments. Within the Polio Research and Operations department, the Program Monitoring and Operations Unit (PMO) includes functions in two broad areas. The first covers intelligence work needed for real-time programme performance monitoring: overall data management, including monitoring of surveillance and immunization activities, laboratory network management, as well as certification and containment work. The second main PMO function is to provide cross-agency coordination of major emergency functions in the areas of logistics and vaccine supply, security guidance, deployment of human resources, and support to priority country teams with training, staff performance and accountability processes. The objectives of the Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian (ERM) 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 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 and country offices, and to health cluster partners in the context of acute onset disasters/crises and of 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.
Description of duties:
Manage the unit's work in respect of the identification, training, management and deployment of short and long-term human resources for health in support of polio eradication and humanitarian emergencies and activities, as well as emergency risk management work; collaborate with relevant ERM units and other WHO/Geneva departments/clusters for this purpose (esp. Global Capacities, Alert and Response, Health Security and the Environment, GCR/HSE).
- Develop, manage and update a roster of internal and external health, technical, and administrative support staff from WHO headquarters, regional and country offices, other UN organizations/agencies, emergency services of Member States, Global Health Cluster (GHC)partners, non-GHC partners and other appropriate organizations to facilitate the rapid identification and deployment of potential secondees and candidates.
- Work with regional and country offices to identify surge needs for polio eradication in priority countries.
- Collaborate with the US Center of Disease Control (CDC) to recruit, train and deploy Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) consultants and conduct evaluations and impact assessment.
- Develop, manage and update a roster of potential external professional health, technical, and administrative experts for rapid deployment for polio eradication activities and humanitarian emergencies.
- Assist WHO regional and country offices and the Global Health Cluster on relevant HR issues in the context of acute and protracted humanitarian emergencies and country office contingency plans.
- Assist in developing strategies to address challenges in establishing and maintaining an effective rapid HR deployment capacity for health.
- Work with appropriate WHO's Human Resources department and other relevant departments/units (incl. Health and Medical Services, HMS) to resolve specific administrative and/or operational matters associated with this HR surge capacity.
- Develop guidelines and procedures for effective and rapid screening and assessment of candidates for rapid deployment.
- Provide regular reporting on WHO human resources surge capacity activities, including relevant support if/when needed to regional and country offices and Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (PEC) enabling units for resource mobilization.
-Undertake other duties as assigned.
Essential: University degree* in relevant area or equivalent academic management/administration qualification. (* For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.)
Desirable: Relevant post-graduate degree (e.g. business administration); training in human resource management; training in humanitarian response.
Excellent organizational, planning and analytical skills, complemented by the ability to work independently and produce results under pressure, as well as to multi-task and meet simultaneous demands. Knowledge of human resources management practices in a multicultural environment, HR planning, and implementation of HR policies, rules and regulations, selection and recruitment in emergency situations.
- Capacity to work with multiple teams and agencies for a common purpose.
- Knowledge of the WHO, UN and humanitarian systems and processes.
- Proven team player.
- Proven capacity to deliver on deadlines during periods of intense stress and activity;
- Demonstrated capacity to organize, monitor and synthesize information quickly and concisely.
- Tact, discretion and excellent interpersonal and communications skills with solid writing and editing experience and ability. Knowledge of office software applications as well as relevant logistics and/or database software.
WHO Competencies:
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, and
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way.
Essential: At least 5 years of relevant experience in business administration and management.
Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO and/or UN agencies; relevant experience in interagency collaboration; relevant experience in the context of humanitarian emergencies and/or polio eradication activities. Experience in human resources surge capacity activities including rapid HR deployment into humanitarian emergencies or outbreak response activities.
Excellent knowledge of English or French with a working knowledge of the other, required.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

This vacancy is published in English only.

Priority to be given to internal candidates
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$56,091 at single rate
US$60,091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 99.4 % 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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