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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/NMH/FT479
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  9 months
Date: 13 December 2012
Application Deadline: 3 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Kobe, Japan
Organization unit:
The WHO Centre for Health Development (also known as the "WHO Kobe Centre" (WKC)) conducts research on the consequences of social, economic, and environmental change and its implications for health policies. The research focus is on urban settings and includes programmes on urban health metrics; urban health governance; emergency preparedness and urban health. The Centre, established in 1995, supports technical cooperation, capacity building and the exchange of information on science and best practices with a focus on urbanization as a key driver of health outcomes. The three main initiatives relating to urban health metrics are: 1. to work with city and national officials to translate evidence into action; 2. to develop a global observatory as a one-stop shop for data and knowledge on urban health; and 3. to develop methods and standards for measuring and monitoring urban health.
Description of duties:
A) Development of urban health metrics:
- Assist in the coordination of WKC's initiative to develop urban health metrics for action;
- Identify and conduct research and analysis on key areas or topics that will add to contemporary global knowledge on urban health metrics;
- Collaborate with appropriate experts on research and develop methods for creating composite health indicators for urban areas;
- Assist in the development and dissemination of guidelines for setting up local observatories for health and related determinants;
- Disseminate results of research through scientific papers, conferences, and websites with a focus on decision-makers as a target audience.
B) Conducting research on ageing and health:
- Develop a network of researchers in Japan on ageing and health;
- Develop and disseminatea tool for policy makers in Japan to assess and respond to health inequities among the older population harmonized with WHO's Urban HEART;
- Coordinate the development of a database on effective strategies and interventions for healthy ageing with a focus on Japan;
- Liaise with the City of Kobe government and researchers to support the city's effort to use appropriate metrics for informing policy and programmes;
- Assist in the development and pilotingof indicators for monitoring the age-friendliness of cities, globally.
C) Other duties:
- Liaise with other parts of WHO as well as with research networks in Japan, and globally;
- Other related duties may be performed as required and appropriate.
Essential: Advanced degree* or equivalent in social science, public health or related subject. (* For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.)
Desirable: PhD in public health degree, social science, public policy or related subject
- Expertise in concepts and debates on health equity, social determinants of health, ageing, and urbanization;
- Excellent research and problem-solving skills including ability to plan own work and manage priorities;
- Expertise in literature review and biostatistics;
- Expertise in organizing and managing evidence/information/research dissemination;
- Ability to produce technical and scientific reports, and produce visual presentations;
- Works well under pressure and deadlines;
- Strong organizational and networking skills;
- Ability to function effectively in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural team; and
- Strong IT literacy, including proficiency in at least one data analysis software (Stata, SPSS, SAS or equivalent).
WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
2. Producing results, and
3. Moving forward in a changing environment.
Essential: At least 5 years experience conducting research in the area of public health or related field of which at least two years at the international level. Experience in training and working with national and local government officials. Experience in conducting research on ageing and health, and urban health issues.
Desirable: Experience in WHO and familiarity with the United Nations system would be an asset. tExperience in publication of research findings would be an asset.
Excellent knowledge of English and Japanese required.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

This vacancy is published in English only.

The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), and 2. External candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$56,091 at single rate
US$60,091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 142.4 % 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 may be used as a form of screening

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