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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HSE/TA101
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 27 September 2013
Application Deadline: 18 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 role in monitoring and guiding the international research agenda on climate change and health, in consultation with relevant staff in HQ, regional and country offices.
Monitor and contribute to international initiatives on research, evidence, and economic assessment, to ensure appropriate representation of health and climate linkages, and develop opportunities to increase support for health and climate research.
Develop technical guidance for assessment of the effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness, of policies, strategies and measures to protect health from climate change.
Develop and implement a monitoring framework to track the progress of Member States in expanding coverage of health adaptation to climate change, in consultation with relevant staff in HQ, regional and country offices.
Identify and develop opportunities to mobilize resources to support implementation of health adaptation to climate change.
University degree in international development, public health or economics, or another field relevant for this position.*

Studies or training in health policy, and research methods on climate change and health.
University degree at an advanced degree level (at master level) in one of the above-mentioned fields.

* (For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220)
Substantial knowledge and experience in international development, or economic analysis, 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.
Computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Fostering integration and teamwork.
At least 5 years of work experience in health economic analysis related to developing countries, including experience in health economic analysis associated to climate change.
At least 3 years of experience at 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 and/or another UN official language.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

Priority will be given to internal 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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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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