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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/FWC/FT335
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 9 August 2013
Application Deadline: 30 August 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/GER Gender, Equity and Human Rights (HQ/GER)
The mainstreaming of Gender, Equity and Human Rights in the work of WHO would offer WHO Programmes at all levels of the Organization: A coherent and powerful assembly of these core values of the Organization, and alignment of WHO's work on these values with other UN Organizations (in particular UN Women and the HR Council), Funds and Programmes, building on their experience; The incorporation of core components of Gender, Equity and Human Rights in WHO work in all policies, programmes, measurement of impact and research; The creation and enhancement of a corporate attitude, behaviour and practice that is unifying, across fields of expertise and organizational levels, and speaking with one voice to the outside world; An engagement in a collective effort geared to generate greater impact of individual programmes; A comprehensive and combined set of principles, standards, methods and tools conducive to increased literacy of WHO staff on these values and skills to incorporate them in strategic planning. The GER Team catalyzes, supports and coordinates this institutional mainstreaming at all levels of WHO.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the GER Team Leader and in collaboration with other GER staff, as well as with other WHO staff involved in GER mainstreaming, the incumbent will focus on supporting equity-related tasks and is assigned to:
- Provide leadership in conceptualizing and understanding human rights and human rights-based approaches as a cross-cutting theme, along with gender and human rights in health.
- Develop mainstreaming tools as an integral component of WHO strategic planning.
- Provide support to HQ and regional offices through the development of regional focal points and their networking.
- Strengthen the capacity of WHO staff to devise and implement information systems to monitor progress and pitfalls in the incorporation of gender, equity and human rights in their area of work.
- Work closely with other clusters and regions to gather and analyze relevant data.
- Provide technical support to clusters and regional offices to enable them to produce evidence-based publications, normative guidelines and technical tools.
- Support and lead resource mobilization for GER mainstreaming.
- Manage and lead project coordination of GER mainstreaming projects. This will include developing and managing the budget and work plan of the GER team, in collaboration with other team members.
- Devising common terminology, methods, tools and promotional approaches to mainstream GER.
- Support and enable clusters and regional offices to integrate GER in policy, strategic planning, programing and monitoring.
- Collect and apply best practices in mainstreaming GER and align with relevant other UN agencies, such as the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Human Rights mainstreaming agencies.
- Contribute in the development of a research agenda on the conceptual and operational aspects of GER mainstreaming, and stimulate the interest of research groups to contribute to the generation of this knowledge.

Advanced university degree in law; or first university degree in law with advanced degree in other relevant area.

Training in public health.
Broad expertise in Human Rights, combined with essential knowledge of Gender and Equity. Experience in public health programming, policy and practice, including evaluation, research and strategic planning. Good knowledge of public health and mainstreaming. Proven ability to conduct human-rights based approaches and analysis in a public health context. Capacity to administer projects and build partnerships as demonstrated in previous work experience. A strong understanding of human rights-based approaches, and an understanding of gender and equity, to public health and development applied in relation to specific situations and challenges. Knowledge of public health issues and its human rights implications. Demonstrated understanding of public health programming, country-level programming and planning processes. Ability to draft technical guidance and communications materials in English (speeches, press documents, country strategies, comments to draft legislation). Ability to lead and facilitate technical discussions and stimulate the work with relevant partners in the areas of human rights and public health programming. Excellent analytical skills, including ability to assess standards of evidence and extract key findings. Capacity to plan, produce, manage, and evaluate programming, human rights and legal documents. Strong ability to analyze, differentiate and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data and experiential reports. Strong ability to manage people, time and projects, including work plans and budgets. Ability to engage collaboratively with colleagues and external partners. Good negotiation, advocacy and interpersonal skills. Ability to contribute to the effective use of organizational resources. Demonstrated ability to work independently, deliver outstanding results, work under pressure and meet deadlines. Serious judgment, discretion, and ability to maintain confidentiality while responding to politically sensitive and controversial situations.
WHO competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Fostering integration and teamwork
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way
5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
At least 7 years of international experience in an area relevant to the position; this includes at least 4 years' experience working with non-governmental leading health research and policy work related to human rights or in a comparable environment and function, and some years' experience in the field, at the country-level in at least one developing country.

Experience in the areas of Gender and Equity, experience with working with developing countries, UN organizations or agencies, other similar institutions or foundations in support to developing countries; field experience in conducting health project and/or programmes in developing countries. Country-level experience in applying human rights based approaches.
Expert knowledge of English.
Intermediate knowledge of another WHO 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.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,483 at single rate
USD 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 and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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