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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/IER/TA131
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 21 December 2012
Application Deadline: 11 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
MBD- Mortality and Burden of Disease
Based within the Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems, the Mortality and Burden of Disease unit collects and analyses information on causes of death with the main objective to derive national and global estimates of causes of death and burden of disease. The unit also provides support to WHO programs in deriving their estimates of specific diseases or disease burden. Other areas of the unit deal with life tables analyses and estimating risk factors. The production of the World Health Statistics, a yearly WHO publication which contains health and health-related indicators for 194 Member Statistics is coordinated by the same unit.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will manage the development of a minimal indicator and data set that WHO will recommend to countries. Second, the incumbent will contribute to maintaining the WHO Mortality Data base up to date. Lastly, the incumbent also collaborates with WHO Regional Offices in data provision and validation and provides advice and support to researchers in the understanding and interpretation of the data.

Assigned Duties:
1.Manage the organizational work on the development and finalization of a minimal indicator set, in the context of the Global Health Observatory and provide guidance to countries on the minimal indicator set.
2. Oversee the verification of cause-of-death statistics for inconsistencies. Applies routine validation programs to ensure data are coded using the standard ICD codes before uploading into the WHO Mortality Data Base.
3. Maintain contacts with WHO regional offices and individual countries to resolve data inconsistencies and advises them on proposed corrections to the data.
4. Analyse extracted historical data on cause of death for estimating cause-specific mortality by sex and age for the WHO Global Burden of Disease (GBD) report.
5. Assist WHO programmes and researchers in ensuring their understanding and interpretation of their use of the WHO Mortality Data Base.
First level university degree in statistics, epidemiology, economics, population studies or demography with a quantitative and public health content. *For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
Specialization in health statistics.
Strong track record of managing health indicators across all areas of health. Ability to take the lead in a project that requires interaction with all parts of the Organization. Experience in quantitative analyses of health-related data. Familiarity with data base management. Proficiency in programming in SAS, STATA or R statistical software package. Good communication skills and capacity for team work.
Minimum 5 years practical work experience in area of health statistics and health information systems, of which 3 years at the international level.
Experience with the UN and/or international and/or national statistics institutes an asset.
Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of French 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 will be given to internal Candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
$ 56091 at single rate
$ 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

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