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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/FT434
Title: Technical Officer (IHR)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year (1) See Additional Information below
Date: 16 October 2013
Application Deadline: 17 November 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DCE Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment (EU/DCE)
International Health Regulations (IHR)
The objective of the IHR Coordination Programme as part of the Preparedness and Response Area of Work within the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment is to strengthen the capacity of the Regional Office and to ensure provision of adequate technical support to Member States for the implementation process of IHR. This includes ensuring necessary links to and synergies within the Preparedness and Response Area of Work and other areas and sectors relevant to the revised IHR approach.

Purpose of the post:
The implementation process of the International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR) requires continuous support from WHO. The need for strategic coordination both regional and inter-sectoral has increased and become more specific after the capacity development milestone of 15 June 2012 has passed. The number of European Member States, which demanded support from WHO/EURO, increased again for the next biennium 2014/15 up to 22, which makes this area the second most demanded in DCE. The post provides the WHO/EURO response to this increasing need.
Description of duties:
Under the overall supervision of the IHR Area Coordinator the incumbent will
  • Facilitate the IHR implementation process in the WHO European Region and the consolidated response to Member States requests from the Regional Office;
  • Coordinate work with the relevant divisions and headquarters' clusters to maximize impact of WHO's country work better tailoring WHO products to country and region-specific features and issues;
  • Maintain close contact with the IHR National Focal Points and Country Offices in order to identify country specific needs;
  • Develop, review and contribute to the development of training and information materials relevant for different target audiences and appropriate for the regional context, including the organization of expert workshops;
  • Provide technical support to Member States in the development of national IHR implementation programmes and in assessing capacities;
  • Coordinate IHR related activities within WHO/EURO in order to create a corporate approach for strengthening national IHR core capacities;
  • Raise awareness of IHR within the organisation and in the Region;
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation strategies for IHR in the WHO/EURO Region;
  • Provide analyses and relevant information to Member States and the executive management.
Essential: University degree in public health or social sciences.
Desirable: Masters degree in Public Health.
Functional skills and knowledge:
  • Knowledge of the operations of WHO and understanding of IHR implementation process.
  • Very good computer skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.

Competencies:see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Communicating in a credible and effective way: Effective internal and external communication is essential for the coordinating purpose of the post. Excellent communication skills both written and oral.
  2. Producing results: Continuous requests and expectations from Member States require visible and useful results of the Regional Office in that field which will be facilitated by the post. Ability to develop innovative approaches and solutions.
  3. Fostering integration and teamwork: The IHR coordination team needs to establish links and synergies to various counterparts both within the Work Area and the Regional Office. Ability to function effectively in a team setting in a cross-cultural environment.
  4. Building and promoting partnership across the organisation and beyond: Continuous coordination with other relevant partners in WHO headquarters and experts from Member States is essential for the post. Tact, diplomacy and ability to motivate partners and work effectively with governments and other organisations. Ability to interact effectively with a large range of stakeholders and partners both within and outside WHO.
Essential:At least five years working experience in a health policy related field, and at least two years international experience.
Desirable: Working experience in public or governmental institutions.
Essential: Excellent knowledge of English with very good drafting skills and good knowledge of one other official WHO and/or EURO language.
Desirable: Knowledge of Russian.
Additional Information:
(1) Extension of appointment is subject to:
- satisfactory performance,
- continued need for the function, and
- availability of funds.

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Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56,091 at single rate
USD 60,091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 79.9 % 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.

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