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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/HSE/FT460
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 4 December 2012
Application Deadline: 26 December 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The mission of the Department of Public Health and Environment (PHE) is to improve health by
preventing and reducing environmental hazards. Within PHE, the Unit on Evidence and Policy on
Environmental Health (EPE) aims to assess the health implications of environmental risk factors,
and includes a team specifically aiming to provide international leadership in assessing health implications of climate change; define and support effective policy responses; raise awareness and
support capacity development among Member States and other actors; and ensure that the
programme contributes to a comprehensive approach to promoting health within the context of
sustainable development. WHO's work on climate change is mandated and guided by a World
Health Assembly Resolution (61.19), and a workplan approved by the WHO Executive Board in its
124th session.
Description of duties:
- Develop and implement a partnership and outreach strategy to ensure that health is appropriately represented in climate change decision making, resource allocation and outreach activities within and outside the United Nations system.
- Monitor and contribute to the negotiations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and other relevant mechanisms, to ensure that health issues are appropriately represented.
- Coordinate WHO's activities to monitor its Global Carbon Footprint, and contribute to the development of WHO environmental management policy and objectives.
- Act as focal point for the collaboration with UNEP on climate change related activities under the relevant Issue Management Groups.
- Liaise with Member States, donors, WHO regional and country offices, and programmes, in order to identify and develop opportunities to mobilize resources to support implementation of health adaptation to climate change.
* Essential:
First level university degree in environmental management, economics, public policy, social science or related field.
Master's degree in environmental management and development studies, or equivalent qualification
in other public health or environmental fields.

*WHO staff please see e-manual lll.4.1, para 220.
*1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
*2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Producing results
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources

Substantial knowledge and experience in international negotiations on climate change, sustainable development and health, on WHO's role within the international response to climate change, and on improving WHO's environmental performance. Excellent interpersonal, and collaborative skills. Ability to build and sustain collaborative relationships with other partners, within and outside WHO.
* Essential:
A minimum of five years' postgraduate experience of working on health and climate change and/or
risk reduction, with a minimum of five years at international level. Experience of international
environmental negotiations, development of partnerships, monitoring and evaluation of
environmental performance.
Substantial experience of working in collaboration with other UN organizations, non-governmental organizations, and national ministries, including in developing countries; Comprehensive knowledge of the World Health Organization, and effective working relationships with the WHO regional and country offices.
Excellent knowledge of English with a working knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
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.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This vacancy is published in English only.
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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WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
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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