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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/FT225
Title: Head, European Centre for Environment and Health (Bonn)
Grade: P6
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years* See Additional Information below
Date: 29 May 2013
Application Deadline: 26 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Bonn, Germany
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DCE Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment (EU/DCE)
Environment and Health
The programmes covered by WHO European Centre for Environment and Health (WHO/ECEH), being a part of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment include but are not limited to risks and hazards associated with the environment such as water and sanitation, urban environmental quality, including air quality, chemical safety, occupational health, or more complex such as global climate change. It also includes program on Environment and Health intelligence and forecasting.

The Centre's task is to strengthen health system capacity to detect and respond to health threats to national, regional and global health security, to support and collaborate with the Member States to provide technical expertise and capacity for further development and implementation of national policies and strategies that ensure implementation of effective evidence-based policies related to health implications of environment conditions through implementation of country and intercountry workplans related to relevant Strategic Objectives.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the post
To provide managerial oversight and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of activities of the European Centre for Environment and Health (WHO/ECEH) within the limits of the authority delegated by the Divisional Director and the Coordinator, Health and Environment. In addition, the post contributes to overall efforts to manage the WHO/ECEH work (pursuit of organizational objectives, ensure accountability, etc.) including material, human and financial resources; ensure effective supervision of work in the Office; ensure quality of technical support of the WHO/ECEH to Member States; and within the general framework of the WHO/EURO resources mobilization plan, he/she identifies opportunities for funding of WHO/ECEH programmes and supervises preparation of funding application documents.

Under the leadership, guidance and supervision of Divisional Director and Coordinator, Health and Environment, the Executive Manager, WHO/ECEH will have the following responsibilities:
  • Ensuring that all aspects of work in the Bonn Office are at highest standards and in accordance with WHO general rules and procedures;
  • Effectively managing human and financial resources available and assigned to WHO/ECEH;
  • Representing WHO/ECEH towards the host country, donors, partners and Member States;
  • Organizing, supervising and leading the WHO/ECEH towards achieving the relevant Strategic Objectives in accordance with the respective workplans and through the organizational arrangements set by the Divisional Director;
  • Coordinating the work of WHO/ECEH towards the achievement of the Division's and Organizations's Strategic Objectives and ensure high implementation;
  • Mobilizing resources to efficiently deliver services/products and to develop activities at country and intercountry level within the relevant Strategic Objective budget envelopes;
  • Providing technical support to Member States in strengthening national responses to environmental health challenges in accordance with their specific needs as defined in the Biennial Collaborative Agreements and supporting national implementation of decisions stemming from the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health and in line with WHO Governing Bodies.
Essential: Advanced university degree in Health or Social Sciences, Management or environmental sciences, or other areas related to the work of WHO/ECEH.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree or a combination of training and experience in Environment and Health.
Functional skills and knowledge: The Executive Manager, WHO/ECEH should be identified with the core values of the World Health Organisation, skillful in modern management methods (performance measurement, design and operation of modern management information systems, planning and evaluation, etc), and a proficient user of MS Office software.

Competencies:see WHO Global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/competencies/en/
  1. Producing results: Produces and delivers quality results. Is action oriented and committed to achieving outcomes.
  2. Fostering integration and teamwork: Develops and promotes effective relationships between team members to assure full use of the team competencies in the Unit work outputs. Able to promote innovative arrangements to maximize the effectiveness of his/her team in line with variations in workload.
  3. Ensuring the effective use of resources: Organizes and effectively manages the financial and human resources needed to achieve results within WHO strategic directions.
  4. Building and promoting. partnerships across the Organization: Builds and maintains mutually beneficial work relationships and alliances inside and outside the organization.
  5. Creating an empowering and motivating environment: Guides and motivates staff and teams towards meeting challenges and achieving objectives. Skilful in understanding the potential motivating factors of his/her staff to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.
  • More than ten years of progressively responsible experience of which at least 5 years in the field of Environment and Health at the international level and proven track record in implementation of health programmes and/or reforms and institutional restructuring.
  • Track record in positions that required strong leadership of highly-skilled professional teams in multidisciplinary tasks with precise goals.
  • At least five years of management of a team and budget of a comparable size to WHO/ECEH.
  • Documented scientific or policy development achievements directly related to environment and health and/or public health policy.
Desirable: Working experience within the World Health Organization or other UN agencies. Work in the field of international relations, strategic planning, managing change and team building. Working experience on environment and health in WHO European Region.
Essential: A very good command of the English language with good working knowledge of another official WHO language and/or WHO EURO official language.
Desirable: Knowledge of other European languages an asset.
Additional Information:
(*) Extension of appointment is subject to:
  • satisfactory performance,
  • continued need for the function, and;
  • availability of funds.
Similar positions may be filled using this vacancy notice.

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A written test may be part of the initial short-listing procedure which does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 95,394 at single rate
USD 103,204 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 47.5% % 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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