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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/DGO/TA27
Title: Programme Officer
Grade: P2
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 11 March 2013
Application Deadline: 1 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/DGO Director-General's Office (HQ/DGO) /
HQ/DGD Offices under the Director-General (HQ/DGD)
HQ/CSF Secretariat, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (HQ/CSF)
The Convention Secretariat is established by the World Health Assembly in response to a request by the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). Within the context of implementing the WHO FCTC the Secretariat supports Parties in fulfilling their obligations under the Convention, providing the necessary support to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO FCTC and translating into programme activities the decisions of the Conference.
Description of duties:
Provide technical assistance, with concentration on legal matters, in the work of the Convention Secretariat. Participate in legal reviews, providing support to intergovernmental processes and bodies and in the development of treaty implementation tools and the analysis of treaty implementation.
Specific tasks will include:
- Review legal literature related to the workplan of the Secretariat, participate in the preparation of technical reviews and reports and provide information on existing international agreements and arrangements in relation to the elaboration of specific guidelines and reports, develop and update a database on respective legal information.
-Summarize Parties' and Observers' input during intergovernmental and expert meetings and consultations, take technical notes and prepare summaries, assist in preparing working papers, liaise with delegations and assist in follow up as necessary.
-Provide technical assistance, with particular focus on legal matters, to the work for preparing entry into force of the Protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products.
- Assist representatives of the Parties, through workshops and as requested, on legal aspects of different convention instruments.
-Systematically analyse relevant information contained in Parties' implementation reports and assist in preparing feedback and cross-country reviews.
- Participate in organizing seminars and trainings and preparing publications, as well as in liaising with treaty secretariats and international organizations on treaty and legal matters.
- Assist on protocol and procedural matters requiring legal knowledge and review, such as concerning the rules of procedure, credentials, formal communication with Parties etc.
- Perform other related duties as requested.
Essential: Degree* in law (advanced degree will be preferable).
Desirable: Emphasis on international law, public law or health law.
Good knowledge of international legal instruments, competence in health legislation, familiarity with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, good analytical and writing skills. Knowledge of convention law, and proven skills of working in an intergovernmental environment will be important assets. Knowledge of international legal instruments, good understanding of intergovernmental processes, general knowledge in international health cooperation, good IT and database skills. Good communication skills, ability to work within and contribute to a team.
WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
2. Producing results, and
3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
Essential: At least three years of relevant experience, preferably with concentration on international and multilateral matters and/or health.
Desirable: Focus on treaty matters; experience in international organizations or national government.
Excellent knowledge of English required. Knowledge of another WHO official language would be desirable.
Additional Information:
* For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.

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.

As a WHO staff member assigned solely and exclusively to support CSF, selected staff will have no right of reassignment or transfer outside CSF either during or at the end of his/her appointment, including pursuant to WHO Staff Rule 1050. (This does not apply to WHO fixed-term staff members reassigned from a non-Partnership position).
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$46,730 at single rate
US$49,821 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.

A written test may be used as a form of screening

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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