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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/13/TASR23
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 16 April 2013
Application Deadline: 7 May 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Manila, Philippines
Organization unit:
To support full implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in order to reduce tobacco use and protect people from second hand smoke exposure and thereby prevent and mitigate tobacco-related diseases and premature deaths.
Description of duties:
The Technical Officer (TFI) will provide regional-level coordination, management, and technical support for MPOWER (M - Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies
P - Protect people from tobacco smoke O - Offer help to quit tobacco use W - Warn about the dangers of tobacco E - Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship R - Raise taxes on tobacco) and WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) implementation as required, in collaboration with partner agencies, governments, media and other relevant tobacco control stakeholders. More specifically the Technical Officer is expected:
1. to provide coordination, programme management, technical assistance, training, communication, and other support:
a. to strengthen tobacco control capacity of the public sector, including the creation or strengthening of an effective national co-ordination mechanism and structure for tobacco control;
b. to assist Member States in designing, strengthening, implementing and evaluating national tobacco control action plans, evidence-based policies and/or legislation and programmes consistent with the WHO FCTC;
c. to foster the creation and/or strengthening of regional partnerships to design and implement tobacco control action plans, evidence-based policies and/or legislation and programmes indicated in the previous item;
d. to assist governments in scaling up tobacco control projects and providing technical support and contributing to increase the capacity of those organizations to effectively implement scaling up and expansion of projects;
e. to facilitate the implementation of World No Tobacco Day activities at regional and country level and other tobacco control activities in support of the WHO FCTC;
2. to report periodically as required on regional-level/country-level progress and impact indicators;
3. to provide technical assistance and other support to country focal points;
4. to organize the dissemination of outcomes and lessons learned from tobacco control work;
5. to provide regional-level support to partners (e.g. Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), Bloomberg Initiative, among others)
6. to perform other tobacco control relevant duties as required by the Regional Coordinator for the Tobacco Free Initiative and other appropriate WHO officers.
Postgraduate degree in public health, economics, business or public administration or related field from a recognized university is essential. Masters in Public Health with a concentration in health programme planning, management and evaluation, or relevant experience equivalent to a masters degree is desirable.
 Advanced knowledge, direct experience and established ability in capacity building, programme planning/development, implementation/management, monitoring and evaluation and grant writing.
 Knowledge of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and technical expertise in evidence-based public health approaches to prevent and control tobacco use. Experience and proficiency in working with Government and other partners in an effective and culturally competent manner. Familiarity with the UN system in general and the WHO system in particular is desirable.
 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
Seven to ten years' work experience in tobacco control, noncommunicable diseases (NCD) prevention, health promotion or related field with three years of international experience relevant to post is essential. Established track record in tobacco control programme management is desirable.
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: 59.1 % 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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