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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/GMG/TA59
Title: Staff Development Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 28 May 2013
Application Deadline: 18 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
Within the Department of Human Resources (HRD), the Global Learning and Performance team (PML) aims at improving the management of the performance of WHO staff and at aligning staff development and learning with the strategic priorities and objectives of the Organization. This objective is pursued with a view to improving WHO's overall programme delivery.
Description of duties:
1. Under the supervision of the team leader, the incumbent assesses and analyses learning and development needs in WHO, using a competency-based approach and taking into consideration the programme priorities, the organizational needs, and the WHO reform agenda.
2. Based on analysis, the incumbent will develop, implement, deliver and evaluate the impact of a broad range of learning, training and development activities appropriate to the needs of a global Organization.
3. Contribute to developing the capacity of the staff development function at WHO, at headquarters, regional offices and countries.
4. Provide advice to Managers on building the competence of their staff.
5. Lead the GSM training programme and change management initiative. In the context of the GSM programme, the Staff Development Officer will:
- Identify staff training and education needs, in collaboration with functional teams (HR, Finance, Travel, Procurement, Programmes), thus ensuring appropriate training and education is developed and provided during the GSM upgrade project and beyond. He/she will personally develop and deliver training/education and/or obtain external resources as necessary;
- Develop tools (e.g. UPK), documents, presentations and other means of communication appropriate to target audiences at each phase of the GSM programme;
- Facilitate communication between project staff and the potential end-users of the systems throughout the phases of the project;
- Monitor the pulse of the Organization to learn how staff are coping with and accepting GSM-related changes, identifying outstanding issues and "lessons learned" and providing recommendations for assuring a smooth, successful project implementation.
Essential: Advanced level university degree in Human Resources management, business or public administration or related field.
Thorough knowledge and understanding of learning, change management and organization development principles, practices and techniques; proven ability to apply these principles and techniques; ability to analyse problems, develop an understanding of issues/needs, articulate complex issues and develop technically sound solutions; ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a multi-cultural environment, both orally and in writing; work on own initiative as well as a member of team (including virtual teams); interact positively with staff at all organizational levels; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgement, tact, integrity and discretion. Knowledge of the functioning of WHO and the UN system. Sound knowledge of standard office software and the ability to learn new applications through self-studies or with only minimal guidance. Familiarity with GSM or other ERP system.
WHO Competencies:
1. Promoting innovation and organizational learning,
2. Creating an empowering and motivating environment,
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources,
4. Producing results, and
5. Setting an example.
Essential: A minimum of 7 years of experience in the staff development and learning function, of which at least 3 at the international level.
Desirable: Experience in financial management and administration. Experience in the UN system/WHO environment.
Expert knowledge of English required. An intermediate knowledge of French is desirable.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same grade 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)
US$67,483 at single rate
US$72,467 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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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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