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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/PHE/FT12
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 9 January 2013
Application Deadline: 30 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The objective of the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health (WSH) unit is to support Member States
with normative functions related to drinking-water and sanitation and the implementation of
effective actions to increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation as the principal means to
prevent water-, sanitation- and hygiene-related diseases. The vision of the unit is to attain, through
primary prevention, the highest possible reduction in the burden of sanitation and water-associated
diseases for all peoples. Safe use of wastewater is a component of the integrated WSH strategy on
Water Quality and Health.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will work in the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit under the first level
supervision of Coordinator WSH. Main tasks in the context of safe use of wastewater, excreta and
grey water in agriculture and aquaculture, and of safe recreational waters include:
1. Serve as the focal point for the SDC/IWMI/WHO project on resource recovery and safe re-use and represent WHO in the projects management team.
2. Manage the periodic updating of the WHO Guidelines on the Safe use of Wastewater, Excreta and Grey Water in Agriculture and Aquaculture and the WHO Guidelines for Safe Recreational Waters, the web publication of the updates and the translation of the Guidelines and their updates into the official languages.
3. Contribute to the development of the concept of Sanitation Safety Plans in collaboration with international partners (UN-Water, IWA (International Water Association), IWMI (International Water Management Institute)), with a view to producing a manual for the formulation of such plans.
4. Support the collection of information on health outcomes related to the use of wastewater and develop research protocols to address information gaps.
5. Provide inputs to the development and implementation of a capacity building component to assist member states in the creation of effective, public-health-based policy frameworks and institutional arrangements.
6. Liaise with the Regional Offices and relevant collaborating centres on the regular review and update of the WHO programme of activities in these areas.
7. Contribute to resource mobilization efforts for technical cooperation, capacity building and normative functions in the areas of safe use of wastewater,excreta and grey water and of safe recreational waters.
8. Any other tasks as may be deemed necessary under the WSH mandate on water quality and health.
* Essential:
University degree in environmental health,environmental engineering or public health biology.
University degree in environmental management, sanitary engineering, agricultural development, or
studies in health and development.
*1. Producing results
*2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
*3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Moving forward in a changing environment
Strong planning, organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to work effectively
with internal or external partners and counterparts. Demonstrated capacity to seek continual
improvement in the services, systems and own knowledge. Initiative and ability to work
independently. Knowledge of the intersectoral dimensions of public health and "nexus" strategies to
engage other sectors in public health.
* Essential:
At least five years' experience in public health, water management and assessment of the health
impacts of development.
Experience in collecting data from governmental institutions and in preparing international reports.
Experience in creating web portals and developing web pages. Experience in designing research protocols. Some international experience, preferably in a developing country.
Excellent knowledge of English.
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 appointments), 2. External candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
$56 091 at single rate
$60 091 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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