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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/FT374
Title: Technical Officer, Noncommunicable Diseases
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years duration (*please see below)
Date: 9 September 2013
Application Deadline: 12 October 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit: EU Europe (EU) /
EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO)
Division of Noncommunicable Diseases & Life Course (DNP)
Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO:

All the Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation. The mission of the Organization is to act as the directing and coordinating authority on international health work, towards the objective of the attainment of all peoples of the highest possible level of health as a fundamental right.

In WHO's Twelfth General Programme of Work (2014-2019) (adopted in resolution WHA 65(9)). The technical work of the Organization is categorized under five headings: (1) Communicable Diseases; (2) Noncommunicable Diseases; (3) Health through the Life Course; (4) Health Systems and (5) Strengthening surveillance and response.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of countries and their health situations requires a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both European as well as national and sub-national levels. It also require due sensitivity to the needs of disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. Reducing inequalities in health and promoting better governance for health and the strategic objective of the WHO European Regional Policy for Health known as Health 2020.

Mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe and Objective of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Life Course:

The Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Life Course aims to improve health during all stages of life by addressing the social, environmental, behavioural and biological determinants of noncommunicable diseases. The Division achieves this aim by applying the principles and practice of health promotion as well as integrating the prevention, control and management of disease in order to:

(a) assist countries in the Region to design, establish and run effective health and intersectoral programmes that are able to tackle the burden of noncommunicable diseases and conditions, particularly focusing on:

(i) noncommunicable diseases (cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases) as well as related conditions and risk factors (harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs, tobacco use, overweight and obesity, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity);
(ii) mental health and neuro-degenerative disorders;
(iii) violence and injuries.

(b) assist countries to promote health across the life course, particularly focusing on:

(i) child and adolescent health;
(ii) sexual and reproductive health, including making pregnancy safer, women's health and rights;
(iii) healthy ageing.

(c) maintain regional integrated surveillance systems and assisting countries in developing disease and risk factor surveillance systems, to determine and monitor burden of disease, risks factors and health determinants, and to propose relevant applied research projects, health interventions and partnerships to tackle the acute and long-term health impact of those diseases and risk factors.
Description of duties:
Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Director, Noncommunicable Diseases and Life Course and in close collaboration with relevant Programme Managers the incumbent will have the following responsibilities -

1. Review the data sources and data sets needed to regularly monitor and report on progress in the European NCD Action Plan (2012-2016), as well as Health 2020 and the Global Monitoring Framework.

2. Develop and coordinate a community of practice of internal and external experts to develop an instrument for monitoring and reporting on this Plan.

3. Contribute to the organization of, and write the reports on, a set of internal and external meetings that are intended to set targets, baselines and project plans for the priority action areas and interventions in the NCD Action Plan.

4. Deliver policy briefs and advice to countries approved with internal and external consensus, using standard WHO methodologies.

5. Manage a roster of consultants, including briefing and training, commissioning, overseeing and evaluating their work.

6. Manage the process of Biennial Collaborative Agreements (BCAs) in NCD in all countries.
Advanced University degree in health, social sciences or related fields.
In depth knowledge of political, social and health systems of countries in the European Region would be an asset. Knowledge of the WHO and UN system would be an asset

Other Skills:
Knowledge of standard text, spreadsheet and presentation software applications required.

Competencies required:

1) Communicating in an effective and credible way - Excellent writing ability, as reflected in a history of high quality and concise technical reports. Excellent presentation skills, as reflected in a history of high quality technical and policy related presentations in international fora.

2) Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond - Ability to work collaboratively with team members and counterparts inside and outside the Organization to achieve results. Encourages cooperation and builds rapport among fellow team members at all levels. Actively encourages people from different parts of the Organization to work together.

3) Producing results - Ability to produce high-quality results and workable solutions that meet client needs. Acts appropriately without prompting and makes things happen; handles problems effectively.

4) Creating an empowering and motivating environment - Ability to provide staff with clear direction and support in meeting objectives. Provides staff with regular feedback, recognizes good performance and addresses performance issues. Motivates staff to achieve individual and team goals.

5) Communicating in a credible and effective way - Excellent writing ability, as reflected in high quality and concise technical reports. Excellent presentation skills, as reflected in a history of high quality technical and policy related presentations in international fora.
At least seven years hands-on working experience in the area of noncommunicable diseases at national and international levels.
A very good command of English and working knowledge (intermediate level) of another WHO and/or EURO official language.

Knowledge of other WHO Europe official languages.
Additional Information:
* Any extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

A written test may be used as a screening tool. Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.

Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,483 at single rate
USD 72,467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 76.4 % 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.

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