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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/PEC/FT475
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 14 December 2012
Application Deadline: 10 January 2013 Vacancy Notice Status in Review
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 Policy, Practice & Evaluation unit is responsible for translating relevant policies and best practices into appropriate standards and guidelines and facilitating their application at global, regional and country levels, including evaluation of their application and impact. This unit is also responsible for coordinating for the ERM department and for the Director on the development of WHO positions on relevant policy issues in the areas of both emergency risk management and humanitarian response. This unit formulates health emergency risk management and humanitarian health strategies and policies and the development of relevant technical methodologies and tools in collaboration with other WHO technical areas as well as the other health and multisectoral partners. Within the framework of the humanitarian reforms, WHO is the lead agency of the Health Cluster. The role of the Global Health Cluster (GHC) 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. WHO also convenes the thematic platform on disaster risk reduction for health in the context of the international Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (ISDR) system, including global platform on disaster risk reduction.
Description of duties:
- Identify gaps in guidelines and tools for the management of specific health issues in emergencies and for health in the context of emergency risk management.
- Ensure that existing global guidelines and tools are consistent with and reflective of evolving global policies and best practices (e.g. Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) policy, GHC best practice , ISDR positions) to the management of health issues in emergencies and to emergency risk management, and informed by best practices at country level and field level experience.
- Support WHO staff outside of the department in the development of relevant global guidelines and tools, and in their evaluation.
- Work with unit staff and regional office counterparts in the development, piloting, application and evaluation of global guidelines and tools for the management of specific health issues in emergencies and for emergencyrisk management.
- Backstop regional and country offices in their work on emergency risk management & humanitarian response, including the provision of technical input and expert review of donor-related proposals, reports and other communications.
- Participate in in-country evaluations, WHO and health cluster work in-country, and compiling of lessons learned in humanitarian action and emergency risk management.
- Assist regional and country offices in capacity building activities (e.g. training) to translate global policies and best practices into national activities and work, with a particular emphasis on countries in fragile circumstances and those affected by humanitarian emergencies.
- Participate in the work of the department to implement various activities of the GHC work plan.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
* Essential:
Post graduate degree in public health or public health-related discipline or management or health policy/planning.
Medical degree; degree or diploma in disaster management.
*1. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
*2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
*3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Producing results
- Excellent communication skills and proven writing skills.
- Capacity to collaborate and coordinate across multiple agencies to common purpose.
- Ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments.
- Substantial knowledge of the UN system, especially in the area of humanitarian policy and best practice.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Proven team player.
* Essential:
At least 7 years' broad public health experience in humanitarian emergencies, emergency risk
management, or related work; experience working in the context of the Global Health cluster (with
relevant understanding of Global Health Cluster work/policies). Proven experience in multi-stakeholder coordinated development of global guidelines and tools based on the identification of best practices.
Experience working in the context of the Global Health cluster (with relevant understanding of Global Health cluster work/policies). Experience working in the context of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. Substantial experience, including within WHO and/or other UN agencies and/or NGOs, in coordinating the development of global guidelines and tools for health in emergency risk management and humanitarian action.
Excellent knowledge of English with a working knowledge of French. Knowledge of other UN working languages an advantage.
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 appointment, 2. External candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 67 483 at single rate
US$ 72467 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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