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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/ERM/FT113
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 28 March 2013
Application Deadline: 25 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/ERM Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response (HQ/ERM) /
HQ/SCT Surge and Crisis Support Team (HQ/SCT)
The objectives of the Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response (ERM) department are to reduce the health consequences of emergencies, disasters, crises and conflicts and minimize their social and economic impact. Within ERM, the Surge & Crisis Support (SCT) unit is responsible for facilitating institutional readiness and business continuity planning in the context of emergency risk management and providing appropriate and timely support to regional offices, country offices and health cluster partners in the context of acute onset disasters/crises and protracted emergencies. This unit also contributes to ERM's work on humanitarian health strategies and policies. Within the framework of the humanitarian reforms, WHO is the lead agency of the Health Cluster. The role of the Global Health Cluster (GHC) is to develop, through a collaborative effort with all cluster partners, global guidance, standards, tools and resources to inform, enhance and facilitate the implementation of the cluster at the country level as well as to improve surge capacity, access to trained technical expertise and material stockpiles to enhance its operability. In this context, the primary responsibilities of the SCT unit are to manage the department's work to ensure institutional readiness for health action in humanitarian crises globally and to support regional offices and Health Cluster partners in acute and protracted emergencies through the rapid deployment of technical, financial, logistical and material support as required.
Description of duties:
1. Provide technical support to WHO regional and country offices and country-level health clusters in their work on risk and needs assessments and development of strategies and action plans for humanitarian response and early recovery/transition in protracted emergencies, as well as providing technical input and expert review of donor-related proposals, reports and other communications; collaborate with relevant Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (PEC) units and other departments/clusters for this purpose.
2. Provide technical support to regional and country offices and the PEC cluster enabling units for strategic resource mobilization for protracted humanitarian emergencies.
3. Represent and promote the position of WHO at relevant meetings of GHC/other fora, and related events.
4. Play a crucial role in assisting regional and country offices in capacity building activities (e.g. training) to translate global policies, best practices and guidance into national activities and work, with a particular emphasis on countries in fragile circumstances and those affected by humanitarian emergencies.
5. Assume a crucial role in the unit's work to ensure all relevant Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) policies and practices are shared with and, where appropriate, incorporated in the work of regional offices.
6. Propose and establish mechanisms to enhance the active participation of WHO staff outside of the department and PEC cluster in strategic and technical work related to protracted emergencies.
7. Participate in the work of the department to implement various activities of the GHC work-plan.
8. Assist in activities to ensure WHO/Geneva readiness; maintain relevant aspects of the Organization-wide Emergency Standard Operating Procedures.
9. Participate in HQ surge roster to deploy to acute emergencies, as required.
10. Assist in the institution-wide identification, training and management of WHO/GHC surge teams, including their deployment within 72 hours as required in level 3 (and potentially level 2) emergencies.
11. Provide back-up operations support to regional and country offices, as part of the Emergency Support Team in acute emergencies; collaborate with relevant ERM units and other WHO/Geneva departments/clusters for this purpose (esp. Health Security and Environment/Global Capacities, Alert and Response (HSE/GCR)).
12. Perform other duties as assigned, particularly with respect to other relevant inter-agency processes.
Essential: Post-graduate degree in public health or public health-related discipline or management or health policy/planning.
Desirable: Degree or diploma in disaster assessments and management; training and/or experience as a Health Cluster coordinator.
Excellent communication skills and proven writing skills and editing experience. Capacity to collaborate and coordinate across multiple departments and agencies to a common purpose. Ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments. Substantial knowledge of the UN system, especially in the area of humanitarian policy, including UN reform, IASC processes and the Global Health Cluster approach. Strong organizational skills. Proven team player. Proven capacity to lead and deliver on deadlines during periods of intense stress and activity. Demonstrated capacity to organize, monitor and synthesize information quickly and concisely. Strong strategic thinking, with the ability to quickly comprehend strategic and tactical objectives and to formulate plans to address challenges/risks. Knowledge of office software applications.
WHO Competencies:
1. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences,
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond,
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
4. Fostering integration and teamwork, and
5. Producing results.
Essential: At least 10 years experience in the development and implementation of health policies in the context of humanitarian emergencies, including field experience in public health needs assessments and risk analyses in acute-onset, protracted emergencies/fragile states, and in developing response and early recovery strategies and action plans. Work experience with Global Health Cluster policies, roles, processes; experience in inter-agency coordination.
Desirable: Experience, including within WHO and/or other UN agencies, in coordinating the development of global strategies and guidelines and tools for health in humanitarian action; experience with IASC processes; relevant experience with NGOs and/or humanitarian organizations.
Expert knowledge of English required. Intermediate knowledge of French desirable. Knowledge of other WHO working languages an advantage.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), and 2. External candidates.

Other similar positions at the same grade level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80,734 at single rate
US$86,904 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

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