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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/HSE/TA123
Title: Technical Officer (2 positions)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 30 November 2012
Application Deadline: 21 December 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HSE Health Security and Environment (HQ/HSE) /
HQ/GCR Global Capacities, Alert and Response (HQ/GCR)
HQ/ARO Global Alert and Response Operations
The objectives of the Department of Global Capacities, Alert and Response are to ensure that Member States and WHO have in place the core capacities required under IHR for detection, assessment, information and response to events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern. This includes providing advice for communication and support to the interpretation and application of the Regulations, monitoring their implementation, supporting the development of policies, guidelines, training and tools for national core capacity building and ensuring the maintenance by WHO of a global system for detection, assessment, information and response. The objectives of the Alert and Response Operations (ARO) Unit are to develop and maintain a global capacity to detect, verify and rapidly assess public health risks posed by epidemics and to coordinate technical response and operational mechanisms including IT systems, logistics and technical support to control such threats.
Description of duties:
Contribute to the Risk Assessment and Decision Support program of work.
Provide technical input to outbreak detection, identification and risk assessment activities associated with all Epidemic Alert and Verification functions of the program.
Provide technical support to the management of acute public health events by working across teams, departments and different levels of WHO.
Coordinate with national and international organizations responsible for responding to the deliberate use of biological or chemical materials to improve national / international capacities to respond.
Develop, refine and test internal WHO procedures for the management of deliberate risks involving chemical or biological materials.
Implement the Executive Board resolution EB 130(3) and the Strategy for Mass Gatherings, lead WHO's support to Mass Gathering planners, and act as a Secretariat for the Interdepartmental Group on Mass Gatherings.
Provide technical support for resource mobilization, in support of the GCR programme management office.
Perform other related duties as required.

First University degree in biology (preferably microbiology) or chemistry.*

Post-graduate, doctorate or other advanced degrees in public health / science and technology policy or innovation management.

* (For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220)
Excellent interpersonal, negotiating, communication and consultative skills.
Proven ability to work under pressure in critical situations.
Solid scientific publication track record.
Computer literacy.
Excellent knowledge of Windows 95/98/2K/ME/XP/Vista and Apple platforms and Microsoft office software.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
4. Moving forward in a changing environment.
At least five years of experience developing and managing programs related to risk reduction and risk management in the field of health and security, including communicable disease prevention and control, policy analysis and/or development.
Extensive knowledge of WHO Outbreak Alert and Response operational processes.
In-depth knowledge of safety and security aspect in WHO operations.
In-depth knowledge of the IHR (2005) and of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).
Experience in working within the disarmament/ non-proliferation field.
Experience in working with mass gathering organizers.

Knowledge of biological international (legal) instruments and organizations, as well as a deep understanding of the functioning of national and international security and emergency systems.
Knowledge of public health implications of infectious diseases and epidemic-prone diseases in particular.
Knowledge of the process for the production of academic publications and funding proposals in the health security field.
Knowledge of the methods and practices of the UN system.
Familiarity with working abroad at international level.
Excellent knowledge of English and French is 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)
USD 56091 at single rate
USD 60091 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

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

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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