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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/13/FT53
Title: Technical Officer (Food Safety & NCD)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 9 February 2013
Application Deadline: 2 March 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Suva, Fiji
Organization unit: WP_FJI Fiji (WP_FJI) /
WP_FJ4 Director, Building Healthy Communities & Populations (WP_FJ4)
Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion (NHP)
 For Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD):
o To help countries to prevent and control noncommunicable conditions - such as cardiovascular, chronic respiratory, cancer, diabetes, and their risk factors through comprehensive and multisectoral policies, plans, and programmes including population based and individual approaches, monitoring and reporting.
 For Health Promotion (HPR):
o To help countries to promote a sense of wellness and help correct unhealthy living habits through advocating for the healthy settings approach (city, school, workplace, etc.), supporting city-to-city learning, building regional technical networks and resource centres for Healthy Cities, strengthening training and national and city capacity for action and advancing national policy and programmes in healthy urbanization.
Food Safety (FOS)
 To contribute to the enhancement of food safety policies and practices, thereby reducing the health and socio-economic burdens resulting from food-borne illnesses and food contamination. This is achieved through helping member states strengthen their capacity to conduct surveillance, assess risk, institute laws and standards, and implement food safety activities.
Description of duties:
Within the context of the Pacific NCD Framework, the Western Pacific Regional Food Safety Strategy and the Framework for Action on Food Security in the Pacific, the incumbent will:
 Provide technical advice to Pacific Island Countries and areas on strengthening national food control systems;
 Provide technical assistance to Pacific Island Countries and areas on the development and implementation of regulatory and non-regulatory measures to address food safety and diet-related noncommunicable disease factors;
 Provide technical advice to Pacific Island Countries and areas on risk-based food inspection and enforcement, food safety emergency response plans and on food recall protocols;
 Within the context of "Healthy Islands" vision, contribute to the implementation of WHO's health promotion programmes in the Pacific with particular emphasis on food, nutrition and diet related interventions;
 Perform other related duties as required.
Masters degree in food nutrition and/or any health-related field.
 Knowledge of foodborne and noncommunicable disease risk factors and their prevention and control
 Comprehensive understanding of the multi-sectoral dimensions of food security and vulnerability
 Knowledge about national food control programme and skills in building capacity in national food control systems including implementation of regulatory and non-regulatory measures
 Knowledge about health and development issues and challenges in the Pacific
 Good understanding of international food legislation and agreements pertaining to food quality and safety and experience in facilitating public-private sector collaboration
 Experience and skills in providing in-country technical support and building capacity in national food control systems
 Proficient in standard MS Office software applications. Presentation skills.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Minimum of seven years experience in food quality and safety strengthening at the international level is essential. Work experience in the Pacific an advantage.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD67 483 at single rate
USD72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 41 % 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.

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