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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/FT103
Title: Technical Officer, Occupational Health and Multiple Environmental Exposures and Risks
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years* See Additional Information below
Date: 21 March 2013
Application Deadline: 24 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Bonn, Germany
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DCE Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment (EU/DCE)
Environmental Health
The aim of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security, and Environment is (i) to assist countries in the Region to design, establish and run effective health programmes that are able to tackle the burden of communicable diseases in the country, including antimicrobial resistance, and to achieve regional elimination/eradication goals; (ii) to assist countries in developing disease surveillance systems, preparedness for, and response to public health emergencies, in line with the requirements of the International Health Regulations and specific country risks; (iii) to conduct routine health risk intelligence, risk assessment of reported events and, on request, to provide timely and effective support to countries of the European Region; (iv) to determine and monitor environmental risks to health as well as environmental determinants of health, and propose relevant research projects, health interventions and partnerships to tackle the acute and long-term health impact of environmental changes, including climate change; (v) to ensure, within EURO, the availability of state-of-the-art competency to provide high level technical support to Member States of the Region, in collaboration with Headquarters and in close partnership with relevant institutions of the Region; (v) to promote WHO leadership in communicable disease control, health security, and health and environment programmes, including through relevant research and use of WHO norms and standards.

In this context the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment, specifically aims to address the public health challenges posed by environmental determinants of health, water and air quality, climate change, transports, and the food chain. This work is conducted in close collaboration with the Division of Non- Communicable Diseases, the Division of Health Systems, and in partnership with all relevant partners and institutions, globally and in the European Region.

The European Centre for Environment and Health in Bonn offers technical support for effective evidence-based policies to support the Member States on matters relating to the health implications of environmental conditions across the European Region. It provides technical support to development and implementation of effective evidence-based policies related to health implications of environment conditions through implementation of country and intercountry workplans related to relevant Strategic Objectives.

Purpose of the Post:
To evaluate and prepare a policy-oriented synthesis of the scientific evidence in occupational health as well as for multiple environmental exposures and risks. To prepare assessment reports and tools for addressing occupational health risks and multiple environmental exposures and risks. To develop the tools for relevant multiple risk management actions, supporting national or regional decision and policy making. To develop occupational and environmental health compliance through the support and development of tools to enable the health sector's active participation under the framework of different international regulations. To coordinate the work of the sub regional professional occupational health networks and together with WHO HQ the network of the WHO Collaborating Centres for Occupational Health. To coordinate the update or development of relevant WHO Guidelines.
To prepare assessment reports and tools addressing occupational and environmental exposures and health risks. To provide technical support to the Member States in recognition, evaluation, communication and control of occupational and environmental health risks in the health systems framework. To co-ordinate and manage in particular the implementation of the Workers' Health: Global plan of Action.
Description of duties:
Under the guidance of the relevant supervisors, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities and achieve the following objectives:
  1. Core responsibilities in assisting Member States in relation to occupational and environmental health compliance as part of country efforts to strengthen health systems to conform to different international occupational health and environmental regulations.

    Provide technical assistance to Member States in developing capacities tto comply with regulations, standards and other requirements in relation to the health part of different environmental as well as occupational health and international regulations. Integrate occupational and environmental health concerns and compliance activities in order to allow the efficient participation of the health sector in avoiding conflicts, wasteful overlaps and gaps. Prepare reports and documents, and assist in other activities as required by the EER Programme Manager and Head of the Office.

  2. Core responsibilities related to projects management:

    Co-ordinate and manage implementation, organize and prepare reports, follow up on monitoring and evaluation activities of the WHO-coordinated projects on health aspects of occupational health and multiple environmental exposures and risks.
Essential: University degree at master level in medicine, environmental, occupational or public health sciences.
Desirable: Post-graduate degree in environmental, occupational or public health sciences.
Functional skills:
In-depth knowledge of occupational and environmental health risk assessment confirmed by relevant publications; good overview of environment and health issues in the European Region of WHO, familiarity with policy processes related to management of risks due to environmental determinants of health in the European Region confirmed by personal participation in these processes as expert or representative, ability to work in international policy and scientific settings proven by work history; ability to work closely and in harmony with government officials, national and international officials and members of the scientific and academic community proven by a record of participation in collegial advisory or decision making bodies.

Competencies: see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Producing results: Produces high quality results, takes responsibility for own work, demonstrates systematic and efficient approach to work.
  2. Moving forward in a changing environment: Is open to and proposes new approaches and ideas; recognizes opportunities for improvement and proposes workable solutions.
  3. Ensuring the effective use of resources: Identifies priorities and defines realistic objectives and timelines; takes account of changing circumstances.
  4. Communicating in a credible and effective way: Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others; listens actively; produces effective written communications. Ensures that information is shared. Demonstrated ability to present scientific information, oral and written, in a clear and credible way.
  5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: Demonstrates the ability to work constructively with people of all backgrounds and orientations. respects differences and ensures that all can contribute.
Essential: Minimum 7 years of work experience in public health or environmental health and/or occupational health, including three years active involvement in international projects or activities. Experience in networking/partnership related to public health or environmental health in an international setting.
Desirable: Experience in management of international project(s) related to environment and health. Proven work record of project formulation, implementation and evaluation
Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another WHO or WHO/EURO official language.
Desirable: Knowledge of other WHO official languages.

Additional Information:
(*) Extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

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A written test may be used as a screening tool. Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,483 at single rate
USD 72,467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 45.9 % 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.

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