TECHNICAL OFFICER - NUTRITION (SEARO/13/TA6)

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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: SEARO/13/TA6
 
Title: Technical Officer - Nutrition
 
Grade: P5
 
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
 
Duration of contract:  Two Years
 
Date: 13 September 2013
 
Application Deadline: 4 October 2013 Selection in Progress
 
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
 
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
Through the health though the life course approach, WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) to help India better address the changing epidemiological situation and social determinants of health, develop multisectoral approaches and interventions and improve health services in nutrition, reproductive, maternal and newborn, child and adolescent health and healthy ageing in the move towards Universal Health Coverage.

Through policy and technical support at national and state level, the activities of the WHO Country Office more specifically aim at:
(i) The development and implementation of national health policies, strategies and intervention and the adaptation to the country context of WHO policies, strategies, guidelines, SOP and the normative work;
(ii) The development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems and mechanisms;
(iii) The development of research and operational research in relevant areas;
(iv) The building up of national capacity for both policy and operational work.
(v) The strengthening of India's role in global health.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO

All the Member States of WHO South East Asia 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 seven-point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; (iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.

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 South -East Asia Region of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, with India's population of 1.2 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems as well as of the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India

Within the framework of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy, the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.

Purpose of the Position:

Contribute to implementation of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India by providing support to the work of the WHO Country Office for India in the area of health through the life course and non-communicable diseases by promoting evidence-based strategies and interventions in the area of Nutrition and further develop mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies on health outcomes and the move towards Universal Health Coverage.
Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the direct supervision of the Coordinator, Health Programmes, with a view to help achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial workplans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India (2012-2017), the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

1. Provide technical support in the area of nutrition to the WHO Country Office and the development and implementation of the relevant work plans under the WHO-GOI collaborative programme and support the monitoring and evaluation of related activities.

2. Contribute to the development of a WCO-India country specific strategy in the area of nutrition , with a view to promoting mutlisectoral approaches to health issues and ensure a greater consistency of various interventions developed under specific programs

3. Lead the development of evidence-based WCO's knowledge in the area of nutrition. Contribute to the compilation and analyses of existing evidence and data and to the preparation and conduct of selected key research and studies on food and nutrition issues and related policies and interventions in the move towards Universal Health Coverage. Help build up knowledge on the social determinants of malnutrition, obesity and other nutrition issues. Contribute the evaluation of the health and social impact of food and nutrition policies and activities and to the development of evaluation tools.

4. With a view to support evidence based decision making, help the GOI further develop systems and mechanisms for the monitoring of the situation and the evaluation of policies, strategies and interventions in the area of food and nutrition. Help ensure the availability at both the Union and the State levels of relevant and reliable evidence data and information on nutrition related issues and needs, policies, strategies and interventions. Help further develop sustainable initiatives for evidence base policy dialogue on nutrition and related matters among national authorities, national stakeholders and between them and international experts.

5. Facilitate the formulation and adoption of relevant policies, strategies and interventions, promote initiatives and support the adaptation, transposition and implementation of international norms and standards related to food and nutrition.

6. Help identify key gaps and needs in the nutrition area and help build up the capacity of key stakeholders. Provide technical support to the implementation of national plans and key activities in the area of nutrition.

7. Support the strengthening of India's role in global health in nutrition matters, including by promoting various models of collaboration and transfer of know-how (South-South collaboration, BRICS collaboration, others)

8. Contribute to the relevant external relationships, representation, communication and advocacy work of the WCO. Provide coordination, drafting support and technical input for WCO publications on the development of nutrition policy, donor proposals, events, and other work including dissemination/sharing of its experience in relevant national and international contexts.

9. Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.

10. Prepare administrative and technical reports and undertake any other duties as assigned by supervisors.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: Advanced University Degree in Health, Public Health or Social sciences.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree (Master or PhD) in related areas like Nutrition, health policy, social sciences or other related matters.
Skills:
The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.

Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to nutrition with good understanding of
country's needs and priorities, of issues and policies in various aspects of nutrition, of main stakeholders and actors involved in this area. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas.

Good knowledge of the international situation and policies in the area of food and nutrition and in the strategies and programmes of various international agencies. Good understanding of administrative functioning of government institutions and related departments/agencies.

Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. Public health leadership skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and colleagues in a team setting at national and international levels, to share information and data and make oral and written presentations on technical issues. Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.
Modern management skills (performance measurement, team management, planning and evaluation, etc). Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports.

Knowledge of WHO/UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.

Competencies:

 Building and Promoting Partnerships across the organization
 Producing results
 Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
 Moving forward in a changing environment
 Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications, especially Excel computer skills for making high quality data analysis and technical presentations.
Experience:
Essential: At least ten years of experience in the development and implementation of policies and programmes at national/international level in the field of nutrition.
Desirable: Working experience with WHO or other UN agencies. Experience in providing policy advice or/and technical assistance and/or in building up national capacity.
Languages:
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80,734 at single rate
USD 86, 904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 38.9 % 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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All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

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.

Selection in Progress

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