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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HSE/FT27
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 23 January 2013
Application Deadline: 13 February 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/WSH Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Under Strategic Objective 8, the Department of Public Health and Environment (PHE) aims to address the environmental determinants of health in a comprehensive way, working through the health sector and with other relevant sectors.
The objective of the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health (WSH) Unit is to support Member States by providing a normative framework for drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene, to provide leadership in the global monitoring of access to drinking-water and sanitation (MDG7, together with UNICEF by implementing the Joint Monitoring Programme), and in the promotion and implementation of effective actions to reduce the burden of water-, sanitation- and hygiene-related disease. In performing these essential functions, WSH is guided by World Health Assembly Resolution 64/24 of May 2011 and by the UN Resolutions on the Human Right to Safe Drinking-water and Basic Sanitation.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of Coordinator WSH, the incumbent will be responsible for all technical aspects of the global monitoring of progress towards the MDG water/sanitation target and act as Focal Point within the unit for other relevant international monitoring activities, pre- and post-2015.
The incumbent will supervise external experts and institutions from whom technical tasks have been commissioned and be responsible for the quality control of their products.
The incumbent should ensure close coordination with the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-water (GLAAS), which is a UN-Water activity implemented by PHE/WSH.
The incumbent will have some degree of autonomy to manage the required activities in the context of the unit's approved work plan and the work plan of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme.
He/she will be guided by the strategic policies and procedures laid down for the operation of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) through the JMP Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) and JMP Technical Task Forces, and to consider recommendations of the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), guidance from the UN Human Rights Council pertaining to the Right to Safe Drinking-water and Basic Sanitation and other global inter-governmental policy frameworks.
He/she will be responsible for convening the JMP/GLAAS Strategic Advisory Group at least once a year and for the preparation of all relevant documents.
He/she will also follow up on the recommendations made by JMP task forces and propose the creation of new task forces with clear TORs to the JMP team, as deemed necessary.
The incumbent will engage on technical issues directly with UNICEF counterparts, staff at WHO regional and country offices, and staff of other organizations in the UN system engaged in monitoring activities. Appropriate contacts with WHO collaborating centres, NGOs in official relations, bilateral donors, regional development banks and a range of other external partners will be maintained, in close consultation with Coordinator WSH, to ensure continuity of funding and operational activities.

Summary of assigned duties, as a member of the WHO/UNICEF JMP team:
- Prepare, implement and report on the JMP plan of work, ensuring timely delivery of services and products in relation to monitoring access and quality of drinking-water, access to basic sanitation, wastewater management and hygiene practices. A main focus is the timely publication of JMP progress reports and thematic reports.
- Maintain the partnership with UNICEF on monitoring of progress towards MDG Target 7C on water and sanitation, and the development of a post-2015 monitoring framework.
- Support the focal point role of the team leader for monitoring, for collaboration with UNSGAB and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, and for work on the five-year drive for sanitation.
- Build and foster partnerships and collaboration with other UN and external partners in support of other relevant monitoring activities.
- Ensure the effective functioning of the JMP/GLAAS Strategic Advisory Group and its subsidiary Task Forces, and implement and periodically report on progress in Task Force recommendations.
- Contribute to the development and dissemination of authoritative guidelines on monitoring methods and procedures to guide global, regional and national activities, with a view to developing country capacities for improved national monitoring and reconciliation of national datasets.
- Coordinate and plan joint activities with the WHO-led UN-Water GLAAS programme, and with WHO regional and country offices, ensuring maximum synergies and optimal harmonization.
- Support strategic efforts to enhance the coordination and harmonization of monitoring efforts at the national level, with a focus on creating an enabling policy and institutional framework .
- In close collaboration with Coordinator WSH, support the mobilization of resources for the continuation and expansion of monitoring activities.
- Engage with press and media personnel, jointly with UNICEF colleagues, to promote and advocate the work of the JMP.
- Other duties, as required.
Advanced degree or equivalent degree from a recognized university, in public or environmental health, or sanitary or environmental engineering, with special reference to drinking-water and sanitation.

Additional post-graduate training in public health or drinking-water and sanitation; training in development studies and governance issues.
Demonstrated ability to conceive, oversee and manage projects and produce results.
Excellent negotiating skills and communication and reporting capacity.
Excellent writing skills, including ability to formulate project proposals.
Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings and excellent interpersonal skills.
Familiarity with WHO structure, procedures and policy framework.

Other Skills:
Familiarity with technical (water/sanitation sectoral) data collection.

WHO competencies:
Producing results
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Moving forward in a changing environment
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Ensuring the effective use of resources
A minimum of 7 years of relevant, progressive work experience at national and international level in drinking-water and sanitation, with at least 5 years of international experience in low -or middle- income countries (including direct experience in at least two of the following technical areas: monitoring drinking-water supply and sanitation performance; national planning and implementation in the water and sanitation sector; low-cost drinking-water and sanitation technologies; drinking-water regulation, quality control and surveillance).
At an international level, experience in project preparation, reporting, organization/participation in international events (congresses, workshops, seminars) with a focus on the abore-mentioned technical areas.
Experience in coordination of international initiatives and of multi-agency initiatives.

Proven experience in mobilizing donor funding and reporting on donor-supported products in a timely manner.
Excellent knowledge of English or French and working knowledge of the other. Working knowledge of another UN language 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.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 674803 at single rate
USD 72467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % 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.

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