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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/DGD/FT480
Title: Web Development Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 13 December 2012
Application Deadline: 3 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/DGD Offices under the Director-General (HQ/DGD) /
HQ/DCO Department of Communications (HQ/DCO)
The Department of Communications (DCO) objectives are to: ensure timely production and dissemination of high quality public information on longstanding and emerging public health issues through various platforms (print, web, broadcast, social media etc) and in multiple languages;
- define and promote a consistent corporate identity for WHO internally and externally;
- create a 21st century "culture of communications" at WHO by strengthening capacity at every level;
- contribute to managing WHO's reputation by monitoring public opinion and concerns, and responding to them strategically; and lead the strategic communications response to epidemics and pandemics, public health emergencies and for the health aspects of humanitarian crises.
Description of duties:
Reporting to the Online Communications Coordinator, the incumbent ensures the smooth functioning of the web publishing systems, including new features, elements and upgrades. As such, s/he has regular contact with those managing the hardware as well as with colleagues in the team. S/he also has contacts at different levels throughout the Organization, including regional and country offices to ascertain needs and propose solutions.

Assigned Duties:
- lead the technical direction of the Online Communications Team publishing tools, and ensure they are optimal for WHO's web publishing needs;
- act as technical liaison with ITT to explore opportunities for integration of systems, provide input to the overall hosting architecture for web publishing and the web site, and identify joint projects;
- in collaboration with the Online communications Coordinator and ITT, promote the harmonization of public web development projects by ensuring that the WHO content management system, along with the web hosting architecture and services provided by ITT, continue to meet the evolving needs of the Organization;
- advise on the technical feasibility of new projects, and propose technical solutions that integrate with the existing web publishing environment;
- coordinate and manage the work of consultants and partners (internal and external) collaborating in projects that are improving or adding new features to our web environment
- train partners and WHO regional collaborators in the technical area through both formal and informal training programs, in order to provide them with more autonomy and enable them to contribute to common development projects;
- Plan and report to the Online Communications Coordinator the needed budgets for the future technical projects and hosting architecture/infrastructure changes;
- act as technical liaison with developers/programmers in the Organization and from external companies, and act as technical focal point for other groups such as WHO Press, statisticians and mappers who use advanced technologies to present content on the WHO web site;
- identify areas that need new or revised technical policy and/or guidelines, and contribute to drafting technical policies and guidelines;
- act as a backup resource for publishing content to the WHO site and carry out other web-related duties as required by the Online Communications Coordinator.
- set, maintain and enforce coding standards and code review processes for maintaining and developing templates and elements in the WHO content management system;
- periodically review and if necessary, re-engineer existing templates and element sets to improve performance efficiency and maintenance load;
- build new, or add to existing templates and elements based on specifications written by colleagues in the Team;
- develop client-side coding standards for the web site (HTML, CSS) and be overall responsible for all client side and template code (HTML, Perl etc);
- troubleshoot and fix technical bugs relating to the content management system;
- document all new and existing templates and elements;
- ensure the appropriate version of the content management system is in use.
- maintain and develop 'add on' tools that impact the WHO content management system, such as health topic and country publishing systems, keyword applications and generic databases that use the CMS interface as an output to who.int;
- establish and document a set of processes, protocols and tools for building generic software applications for the public web site;
- using XML, SOAP, XSLT and other technologies, import data from existing data sets in the Organization for display on the web site;
- keep abreast of, and evaluate new trends in web technologies and tools for potential use at WHO.
University degree in computer science or closely related discipline. *For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
Ability to work well in a team. Pro-active. Thorough knowledge of the application development life cycle and an interest in trends in web development

WHO Competencies:
1. Knowing and managing yourself
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources

Other Skills (e.g. IT)
Thorough knowledge of the latest standards in Perl, HTML, DHTML, CSS, Mason, XML, XSLT, SOAP, SQL, PostgreSQL and/or MS SQL 2000; Programming skills under Linux and Windows; Knowledge of data modeling and data architecture techniques.
Minimum 5 years experience in the area of web technical and application development, of which at least 3 years experience working on large, multilingual, publically-facing web sites in the UN system or in other multinational organizations. Proven experience developing corporate web sites using Bricolage content management system. Demonstrable experience developing web sites in a
decentralized publishing environment (with many internal users).
Knowledge of content management systems other than Bricolage. Experience working with external web development consultants who are often working remotely.
Excellent knowledge of English required. Working knowledge of French or another WHO official language would be an asset.
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)
USD 56091 at single rate
USD 60091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 100.2 % 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: www.who.int/employment. 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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