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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/TASR13
Title: Technical Officer/Research Fellow (Research Agenda for the EU on Health Economic Evaluation)
Grade: P1
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  Initially one year's duration (*please see below)
Date: 15 March 2013
Application Deadline: 6 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Brussels, Belgium
Organization unit: EU Europe (EU) /
EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO)
WHO Representation to the European Union, Brussels
WHO's presence in Brussels aims to contribute to further advance and enrich the WHO strategic partnership with the EU. The WHO Brussels office's roles are mainly (but not exclusively) to:

- Monitor EU-related policies, strategies, initiatives, programs and interventions and disseminate related information within WHO;

- Facilitate working relations between WHO experts and EU institutions staff and through this help shape up the health related Brussels debates;

- Identify opportunities for improving the cooperation at the global, regional and country levels;

- Defend, maintain and enhance the WHO corporate image, work and reputation in the EU context and ensure the visibility of WHO's work and products;

- Promote WHO health priorities and policies towards EU institutions and Brussels-based stakeholders.

All these activities are done within the framework of the EU role in global health and health-related dimension of its external and internal policies.
Description of duties:
Under the direction and guidance of the Chief Scientist the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

1) Analyses of the context, existing knowledge, and definitions relevant to Health Economic Evaluation (HEE) research in Europe.

2) Review and analyze the published HEE (cost-effectiveness, cost-utility and/or cost-benefit analysis) studies in selected therapeutic fields with particular attention to diseases responsible in the European Union for the highest burden as measured by Disability Adapted Life Years (DALYs) including studies addressing preventive interventions and strategies.

3) Collect information on HEE case studies on interventions and actions undertaken at national and local levels and reported in the grey literature with the support of countries, academia and research groups .

4) Analyse possible reasons for the observed scarcity of research through an expert review based on the results gathered under items 1-3 above.

5) Contribute to wide dissemination of the results of the review mentioned under item 4 above through scientific publications, a synthesis report for policy makers and other suitable tools.

6) Prepare all relevant reports for the EC as required by the contribution agreement between WHO and the EC for the Research Agenda for the EU on Health Economic Evaluation (RAHEE) study also in collaboration with other WHO units as required.

7) Assumes additional duties and functions as assigned by the supervisor.
Essential: University degree in public health, health economics, epidemiology, statistics or social sciences from a recognized university.

Desirable: Knowledge of global health and interrelationships between health and EU Policies.

Proven capacity to undertake a literature search and review, collect and marshal data and apply other research methods. Track record in drafting research findings and/or reports for publication.

Other Skills : Excellent computer skills in writing including Powerpoint presentations.

Competencies required:

1) Producing results - The incumbent must ensure the full implementation of the technical analysis activities in a timely fashion. Capacity to ensure the quality of the results by making use of the best information and/or internal and external expertise will be required. Particular attention will have to be put on the deadlines for the submission of reports to the European Commission.

2) Fostering integration and teamwork - Because of the nature of the project, the incumbent will work closely with experts within and outside the WHO as well as with other team members in the WHO Office to the European Union (WEU).

3) Communicating in a credible and effective way - The incumbent must communicate with different partners within the EU, academic institutions and with individual experts for the implementation of the project. This will require solid communication . He/she will also be asked to present the project plan and its results to the scientific community in the appropriate settings (conferences, working groups).

4) Moving forward in a changing environment - The incumbent will have to address new research methods and be able to identify promptly innovations which may improve the quality of the research results.

5) Promoting WHO's position in health leadership -
Essential: At least one year's experience in an international environment working on health related research projects.

Desirable: Specific experience on health economics and health economics methods.

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and knowledge of another WHO and/or EURO official language at intermediate level (ie Russian, French, German, Chinese, Arabic or Spanish).

Desirable: Knowledge of French and other European languages would be an asset.

Additional Information:
Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a written test and/or presentation.

Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Similar posts could be filled using this vacancy notice.

* Extension of appointments are subject to a)satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function and c) availability of funds.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 37,202 at single rate
USD 39,439 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 61.9 % 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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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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