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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/CHP/FT299
Title: Senior Adviser
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 2 August 2013
Application Deadline: 8 August 2013 Vacancy declared unsuccessful
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/NMH Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (HQ/NMH)
HQ/MND Management of Noncommunicable Diseases
The objectives of the MND Programme (Management of Noncommunicable Diseases) are to take forward the agenda related to the equitable management of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) 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;
(v) providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and
(vi) monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.
The programme also supports the global agenda to improve eye health. The purpose of the programme is to support delivery of the Global 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. The programme also delivers the Global Action Plan for Prevention of Avoidable Blindness. The programme should have the principle of health equity at its heart and have a focus on strong and effective health systems to deliver universal coverage.
Description of duties:
1. Plans and coordinates work groups with internal and external partners in the conceptualization, design, development and evaluation of global cancer control strategies in order to address the global cancer problem and the development and implementation of national cancer control programmes;
2. Collaborates with internal and external partners in providing guidance and building capacity for the integration of early detection of cancer and palliative care in primary care settings in the context of management of NCDs;
3. Collaborates in the WHO-IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Joint Programme on Cancer Control, participating in the Steering Group, coordinating global assessment of national cancer control capacity, and participating in joint country missions, global and regional meetings in order to provide technical assistance on cancer control policies and programmes;
4. Coordinates the development and field-testing of evidence-based guidelines for early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care of priority cancer sites, such as breast cancer, following WHO standard methodology;
5. Plans, coordinates and provides technical assistance to countries for the development and implementation of policies and programmes for control of breast cancer in the context of national cancer control programmes;
6. Plans, coordinates and provides technical assistance for the development and implementation of palliative care policies and programmes in the context of national cancer control programmes;
7. Collaborates in the development and implementation of resource mobilization strategies to support cancer control;
8. Performs other duties as required.
Main achievements include preparation of annual work plans on cancer control activities and provision of technical and scientific leadership in planning, project development, implementation and evaluation for cancer control.
University degree in medicine and a post-graduate medical qualification in cancer.
Doctoral degree in the public health aspects of cancer.
Broad-based knowledge of public health, in particular on prevention and control of cancer. Good understanding of primary, secondary and tertiary health services for NCD management. Experience and skills in development, implementation and evaluation of national programmes on cancer control.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Moving forward in a changing environment
5. Fostering integration and teamwork
Considerable experience (at least 10 years) in planning and organizing public health programmes for cancer control, of which 5 years at the international level.
Experience in low and middle-income countries.
Expert knowledge of English is required.
Intermediate knowledge of another UN language.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates. A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80'629 at single rate
USD 86'791 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.

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