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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/IER/TA43
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 23 April 2013
Application Deadline: 14 May 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The Department of Ethics and Social Determinants of Health embeds the principles of universality, fairness, justice and dignity into programmes and policies across WHO and fosters effective global and intergovernmental action for health based on these principles. It provides guidance to Member States and policy-makers on how to integrate ethics and social determinants of health into policy.

The Unit of Social Determinants of Health (SDH) works towards institutional mainstreaming and policy coherence in the areas of health equity and social determinants of health, by ensuring collaborative work with WHO departments and relevant international organizations to design strategies and possible collective action to address social determinants of health and health equity. It also provides technical support to Member States in implementing focused programming on intersectoral action in health in all policies as well as on mainstreaming a social determinants of health approach to priority public health conditions (PPHC).
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Coordinator, Social Determinants of Health, the incumbent will assist the team in:
1. The Capacity Building Initiative on Social Determinants of Health, including the preparation of a meeting of interested parties, the meeting itself and its immediate follow-up.
2. The mainstreaming of the social determinants approach vis--vis health systems and public health programmes.
3. The country work on social determinants of health including the linkages with the UN Platform and the preparation of the discussions on the subject during the Global meeting of WHO Head of Country Offices in November 2013.
4. The preparation of technical documents for the governing bodies and other relevant discussions, as required.
5. Various Social Determinants of Health initiatives including resource mobilizations and advocacy.
A post-graduate level degree in Public Health, Social or Political Sciences.*

Additional training in management and leadership in Public Health.

* (For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220)
1. Excellent analytical and writing skills. Demonstrated capacities in writing and preparing strategic reports, concepts and briefing notes.
2. Excellent programme management and partnership skills.
3. Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects whist maintaining high quality.
4. Ability to take initiative, a high sense of responsibility, courtesy, tact and ability to establish and maintain harmonious and effective working relations in an international environment with colleagues within and outside WHO of different national and cultural backgrounds.
5. In-depth knowledge and experience in translating the commitments of Member States to address Social Determinants of Health and health equity into action; and in particular, assisting Member States in the implementation of the Rio Political Declaration and the outcomes of the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health.
Demonstrated knowledge and use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc).

WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.
A minimum of 5 years of experience relevant to the position, including proven experience on writing public health and WHO documents, reports and briefings.
Minimum of 3 years of experience working in public health that involve diverse actors including the UN and WHO.
Understanding of WHO policies, strategies and activities related to health equity and the Social Determinants of Health.
Experience in capacity building in public health and social deterrminants of health from a School of Public Health perspective.

Experience in partnership building of academic institutions, in particular in the field of health equity and the social determinants of health.
Expert knowledge of English or French is required, with an intermediate knowledge of the other language desirable.
Additional Information:
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.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56091 at single rate
USD 60091 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 and interviews 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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