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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HSE/FT389
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 16 September 2013
Application Deadline: 7 October 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/EPE Evidence and Policy on Emerging EH Issues
The mission of the Department of Public Health and Environment (PHE) is to improve health by preventing and reducing environmental hazards. Within PHE, the Unit on Evidence and Policy on Environmental Health (EPE) aims to assess the health implications of environmental risk factors, and includes a team specifically aiming to provide international leadership in assessing health implications of climate change; define and support effective policy responses; raise awareness and support capacity development among Member States and other actors; and ensure that the programme contributes to a comprehensive approach to promoting health within the context of sustainable development. WHO's work on climate change is mandated and guided by a World Health Assembly Resolution (61.19), and a workplan approved by the WHO Executive Board in its 124th session.
Description of duties:
Develop and implement a strategy and action plan to guide WHO's support for programmatic and technical support to Member States on health adaptation to climate change, in consultation with relevant staff in HQ, regional and country offices.
Monitor and contribute to the negotiations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and other relevant policy, technical and financial support mechanisms, to develop opportunities to increase support for health and climate programming.
Develop technical guidance to meet identified gaps in capacity, including on integrating gender, poverty and other social determinants, into the design of programmes to protect health from climate change.
Provide project management support to regional and country offices, and coordinate technical and financial reporting to donors, for pilot projects on health adaptation to climate change.
Identify and develop opportunities to mobilize resources to support implementation of health adaptation to climate change.
University degree in a social science including a degree/specialization (ideally at master level) in international development.*

Studies or training in environmental and social determinants of health, in relation to developing countries.

* (For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220)
Substantial knowledge and experience in international development, capacity development, project management, climate change and health, and WHO's role in supporting Member States to respond to climate change.
Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
Ability to build and sustain collaborative relationships with other partners, within and outside WHO.
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Ensuring the effective use of resources
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 5 years professional experience of project management and capacity development in developing countries, of which at least 3 years working on climate change and health at the international level.

Substantial experience of working in collaboration with other UN organizations, non-governmental organizations and national ministries, including in developing countries.
Comprehensive knowledge of the World Health Organization, and effective working relationships with the WHO regional and country offices.
Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

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.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56091 at single rate
USD 60091 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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WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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