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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/12/FT486
Title: National Professional Officer, Nutrition and Food safety (ONLY nationals of TJK are eligible)
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year (with possibility of renewal, project funded position)
Date: 17 December 2012
Application Deadline: 7 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Organization unit: EUCO Operations in Countries (EU_ACO) /
EU_TJK WHO Country Office, Tajikistan (EU_TJK)
Division on Non-communicable Diseases and Health Promotion
To collaborate in activities and provide technical support to the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan in the area of food safety and nutrition within the overall framework of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement (BCA) between the WHO Regional office for Europe and the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan and in line with the WHO European Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Policy 2007-2012 and the draft Nutrition and Food Safety Strategy for Tajikistan 2013-2020.

The WHO Country Office supports the Member State to shape its health policy in line with WHO's principles and values and advocates for an integrated approach to health development. By means of a single, unified and functionally integrated country representation, WHO facilitates the implementation of the BCA with the Member State and its corresponding country workplan. WHO helps the country to improve its health system and provides technical support as necessary.

The WHO country office administers, consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to maximise WHO impact. The Country Office also has a representational, fund-raising and resource steering function, as needed.

Description of duties:
- Provide support in the implementation of nutrition and food safety activities within the overall framework of the BCA between the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan;
- Support the Ministry of Health in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating national work plans related to food safety and nutrition;
- Provide technical support and facilitate the establishment of a national nutrition surveillance system in adults and children in Tajikistan with a special focus on the ages 0-5;
- Provide technical support in assessing infant and young child nutrition feeding practices and programmes, through discussions with local stakeholders and experts as well as working in the promotion of appropriate diets during pregnancy, breastfeeding and timely and appropriate complementary feeding;
- Provide technical support in developing a holistic food safety system with a farm-to-fork perspective
- Provide technical support in strengthening surveillance of foodborne disease and monitoring of microbiological and chemical contamination in the food chain;
- Assist in the development of school nutrition and food safety policies and programmes, for instance through the implementation of the nutrition-friendly schools initiative;
- Assist in nutrition and food safety policy analysis, in the analysis of food consumption and dietary intake data;
- Provide technical support in developing information, communication and educational materials to promote food safety and healthy diet, and providing training of educators and communicators, including the development of food based dietary guidelines and the use of WHO 5 keys to safer food as a basis;
- Assist in the design and implementation of public health nutrition and food safety programmes in collaboration with the Ministry of Health counterparts and local stakeholders.
- Facilitate Tajikistan's participation in Codex Alimentarius work.
- Promote awareness-raising of antimicrobial resistance from a food safety perspective.
University degree in medicine, public health, nutritional sciences, food sciences or veterinary medicine or equivalent professional qualification with a specialisation on nutrition or food safety.

Public health training or Masters in Public Health.

Knowledge and skills of food safety, foodborne diseases, zoonoses, nutrition, nutritional status evaluation and nutrition/diet-related diseases.


1. Communicating in a credible and effective way:
The incumbent speaks and writes clearly and conveys the principles of a multisectoral and integrated strategy on food safety and nutrition policy and programme in a structured and credible way that is recognisant of the communication style and needs of the intended audience. The incumbent also encourages others to share their views; takes time to understand and consider these views and ensures communication of appropriate messages to other unit staff. Informs key contacts, including the Head of Country Office, Ministry and Regional office counterparts and others of critical issues.

2. Producing results:
The incumbent initiates actions, monitors progress towards achievement of planned objectives and takes responsibility for own work. The incumbent demonstrates a systematic and efficient approach to work that yields high-quality results and has the ability to identify priorities and adapt them to realistic objectives and timelines.

3. Fostering integration and teamwork:
The incumbent is expected to work closely with colleagues in relevant programmes within the WHO Tajikistan, the Regional Office for Europe, other WHO country offices and HQ. The incumbent must possess good skills in developing and nurturing collaboration with the Ministry of Health, other relevant governmental departments as well as local counterparts and partners. Promotes information sharing, ensuring that all concerned are aware of specific situations, problems and needs with a view to achieve results and meet objectives.

4.Knowing and managing yourself:
The incumbent manages to remain productive under work pressure. The incumbent possesses good organizational and coordination skills and seeks feedback to improve skills, knowledge and performance.

5. Ensuring the effective use of resources:
The incumbent will have to develop sustainable data collection systems and produce information, education and communication materials involving several stakeholders and will therefore have to carefully plan and optimize the resources needed. The incumbent is able to establish measures to monitor resources and progress of activities as planned as well as to promptly reallocate resources and align priorities in response to unexpected events.

Other Skills:
Competent in computer use including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software and the use of database and statistical software.
3 years or more experience in nutrition, food safety and/or public health at the national level.

Desirable: Experience in conducting nutritional or food safety surveys/assessments and developing communication materials on nutrition and food safety.

A very good command of English and Russian (both spoken and written)

Knowledge of the local language.
Additional Information:
The first year is probationary and extension of the contract is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

WHO has an online recruitment system. Therefore, ONLY applications submitted on-line at will be accepted.

All on-line applications are automatically acknowledged. If you do not receive an e-mail within 24 hours
confirming receipt of your application, you should verify your on-line profile. In case of repeated difficulties, contact by e-mail indicating the vacancy title and number in the subject line.

This is a National Professional Officer position - therefore, applications from nationals of TAJIKISTAN will be accepted. Please REFRAIN from applying if you are not a national of Tajikistan.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a written test and/or presentation prior to interview.
WHO does not cover any expenses related to participation in tests and/or interviews. Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Similar posts could be filled using this vacancy notice.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
22.860 USD at single rate

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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