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Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/CO/13/FT07
Title: Technical Officer (Tobacco Free initiative)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Post of limited duration for one year
Date: 17 May 2013
Application Deadline: 16 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Jakarta, Indonesia
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_INO WR Office, Indonesia (SE_INO)
The objectives of the Programme are to take forward the prevention of NCD agenda by: (i) providing strategic leadership, engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed; (ii) shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge; (iii) setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation; (iv) articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options, including providing vision for scaling up proven interventions; (v) providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and (vi) monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends. The purpose of the programme is to support delivery of the WHO Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs and the Comprehensive Global Monitoring Framework, and the Voluntary Global Targets for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, and to support Member States in the technical implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The programme should have the principle of health equity at its heart and be an advocate for a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach for the prevention of NCDs as well as Health in All Policies and the role of health services and systems being structured in a way that promotes health.
Description of duties:
1. Provides country-level coordination, management and technical support to the Government using opportunities provided by the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use and address related tobacco control issues by accelerating the ratification and implementation of the WHO FCTC and its protocols;

2. Supports the Government in strengthening, implementing and evaluating national tobacco control action plans, evidence-based policies and/or legislation and programmes consistent with the WHO FCTC, including scaling up the best buy and good buy MPOWER measures for reducing tobacco use as a practical, cost effective way to forward the WHO Framework Convention on the ground;

3. Develops and implements mechanisms to facilitate the Government and other qualified entities in applying for grants under the Bloomberg Initiative; monitors the implementation of these grants; and ensures that the key findings, recommendations and insights arising from these grants are incorporated into national, regional and global tobacco control policy development;

4. Assists the Government in linking tobacco control to the political commitments on noncommunicable diseases prevention and control and any health legislation or systems reform in Indonesia and other relevant initiatives for health and development;

5. Ensures integration of tobacco control in other relevant and priority areas of work of WHO in Indonesia (e.g., child health, tuberculosis control, health systems strengthening, among others);

6. Assesses leading practices and research and identifies innovative approaches to building capacity for country-level monitoring, evaluation and research in coordination with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation and other Bloomberg Partners, Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), Global Tobacco Control Report (GTCR) and the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) as well as other relevant researches and to disseminate and use this for policy and decision-making; and

7. Submits reports periodically as required on regional/country-level progress and impact indicators for the Bloomberg Initiative and the WHO FCTC.

8. Any other tobacco control activities, as required by the WR Indonesia.
Advanced degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., public health, management, economics, political science)
Sound knowledge and experience in providing policy and programme directions. Skills and relevant experience in capacity-building, programme planning, implementation/management, monitoring/evaluation and proposal writing. Knowledge of the WHO FCTC and technical expertise in evidence-based public health approaches to prevent and control tobacco use. Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills by working harmoniously as a member of a team, adapting to diverse educational, socio-political and cultural backgrounds and maintaining a high standard of personal conduct.


1. Producing results
2. Ensuring the effective use of resources
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the
organization and beyond

Other Skills (e.g. IT):

Basic computer skills, including standard package of WHO office programmes

Seven years work experience in public health with increasing level of responsibility, with at least 5 years of experience in tobacco control, public health policy development, health economics or NCD prevention and control. At least one year of experience in tobacco control. Experience working with governments and in networking with nongovernmental organizations, multisectoral groups and civil society partners. Experience working with donors, including managing reporting processes, budget oversight and implementation targets and deadlines.


Experience developing and implementing tobacco control programmes. Experience in the South East Asian Region. Experience in a developing country with a high burden of tobacco-related illness.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 67,483 at single rate
US$ 72,467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 47.6 % 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

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Vacancy Filled

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