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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/ERM/FT202
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Date: 21 May 2013
Application Deadline: 11 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/ERM Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response (HQ/ERM) /
HQ/PPE Policy, Practice and Evaluation (HQ/PPE)
The Policy, Practice & Evaluation Unit (PPE) is responsible for following up on relevant reports and policies of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and its subsidiary bodies, International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and other humanitarian agencies, for ensuring that these are taken into account in WHO policies, and for ensuring that health policies and considerations are appropriately integrated into the interagency policy documents and procedures. The unit needs to be well represented at all relevant meetings, keep abreast of relevant issues, and ensure that WHO contributes effectively to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) processes. Building and maintaining productive relationships with partners are essential to achieving this.
Description of duties:
1. Ensures on-going liaison with IASC bodies, ISDR, Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs (ECHA) Secretariat, UN partners and other humanitarian interagency bodies.
2. Serves as WHO focal point for the IASC Secretariat, with responsibility for vetting and communicating relevant IASC positions to the appropriate unit within WHO, ensuring WHO input to and representation within the relevant IASC processes.
3. Serves as focal point for the department of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response (ERM) for activities related to ISDR including the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction.
4. Monitors developments, meetings, policy proposals which are relevant to WHO and ERM and ensures that staff are alerted and represented at meetings, as appropriate.
5. Assists PPE's work to ensure that all relevant IASC and ISDR policies are incorporated in the work of the department, of WHO in general, and of the regional offices and the Global Health Cluster (GHC).
6. Solicits input of WHO staff from outside ERM in policy development or evaluation work, relevant GHC activities, and/or IASC and ISDR positions as needed, and ensures strategic issues related to emergency risk management and humanitarian action are incorporated into the documents of the relevant interagency bodies.
7. Keeps IASC partners and other entities informed about WHO's strategies for preparedness, response and recovery, and ensures WHO's positions are explained and taken into account in decision making by partners and Stakeholders.
8. Participates in the work of IASC working group and subsidiary bodies where appropriate.
9. Assists in the preparation, monitoring and reporting on activities of ISDR including the Thematic Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction for Health and ensures effective follow-up to decisions made.
10. Follows and reports on the work of collaborating centers.
11. Prepares a weekly briefing on IASC, ISDR, UN and interagency related issues and prepares a monthly progress report.
12. Contributes to the quarterly PPE report.
13. Maintains and populates the ERM Sharepoint on interagency issues.
14. Prepares and coordinates briefings for Assistant Director General (ADG)/Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration cluster (PEC), Director ERM and Coordinator PPE on inter-agency issues and events.
15. Assists Coordinator PPE in analysing and providing advice on humanitarian policy developments and policy papers.
16. Performs other related duties as required.
Essential: University degree* in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, political sciences, development management, international relations or health.
Desirable: Additional Master's degree in either social sciences, political sciences, development management, international relations or health.
Excellent communication skills and proven writing skills. Capacity to collaborate and coordinate across multiple agencies for a common purpose. Ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments. Proven experience of the UN and IASC system, especially in the area of humanitarian policy and best practice. Strong organizational skills. Proven team player. 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 5 years' progressive experience in interacting in a credible and bridge-building manner with senior management officials both within WHO and with inter-agency humanitarian partners.
Desirable: Experience in an inter-agency humanitarian and/or partnerships context. Knowledge of the UN, ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) and the IASC.
Expert knowledge of English required, knowledge of French desirable.
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.

* For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.

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$56,091 at single rate
US$60,091 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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