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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/FT450
Title: Senior Technical Officer (Cancer & Chronic Respiratory Diseases)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years duration (*please see under additional information below)
Date: 12 November 2013
Application Deadline: 13 November 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
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.

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 guidance of relevant supervisors, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities and achieve the following objectives:

A. Core responsibilities in assisting Member States in relation to noncommunicable diseases and life course issues linked to cancer and respiratory diseases as part of country efforts to strengthen heatlh systems include:

(i) dialogue with and advice to policy makers on health evidence-based, effective and equitable policies, measures and strategies. Advise and guide on responsibilities in health systems and involvement of stakeholders with clear lines of accountability and transparency;

(ii) develop and implement innovative approaches, adapted to regional/country needs, in the technical areas;

(iii) technical assistance with the development of mechanisms, instruments and tools (such as national health strategies and policies, monitoring and evaluation, performance assessment and performance management and approaches to enhance effectiveness of stakeholder involvement) as well as the estimation of the required resources (human, financial, infrastructure and technological) and knowledge (i.e. through research, evaluation, performance measurement and knowledge management) to build understanding and capacity for improving and assessing issues relating to cancer and respiratory disease issues (i.e. leading policy development and coordination, transforming information into intelligence and applying this to the development and assessment of health policies and strategies; mobilizing its legal and regulatory powers to attain health system goals, recommending that the health system is designed to adapt to changing needs and exerting influence across other sectors than health and advocating for better health), and

(iv) advocacy knowledge transmission and advice for the enhancement of the capacities and skills of health ministries in carrying out their function particularly in areas related to cancer and respiratory diseases

B. Core responsibilities in providing intellectual and technical leadership and guidance in directing the development of health issues in the field of cancer and respiratory diseases include:

(i) acting as the WHO EURO content expert and focal point for cancer and respiratory diseases issues;

(ii) ensuring technical quality and competence in the area of cancer and respiratory disease and to be responsible for the overall timeliness and quality of all programme deliverables of both country and inter country work plans;

(iii) developing regional plans to implement global and regional strategies in the area of cancer and respiratory disease prevention and harnessing European and other experience and knowledge (e.g. including influencing other sectors to incorporate health concerns in their policies and enhance effectiveness of donor and other stakeholder involvement), documenting gaps therein for the definition of the research agenda on the subject matter;

(iv) ensuring consistency and cohesiveness with the WHO guidelines, approaches and messages, contributing to the WHO normative function;

(v) coordinating international activities with relevant organizations and partners in the technical area;

(vi) managing and synthesizing related knowledge to build the evidence base for dissemination to Member States as required;

(viiI) producing authoritative and relevant policy papers and briefs on the subject matter;

(viii) documenting and rendering explicit the pros and cons of various policy options applicable to cancer and respiratory diseases in terms of their implications and their impact on the level and distribution of health, responsiveness, and financial protection based on country experiences;

(ix) supporting Divisional efforts to implement follow-up of the commitments taken through Declarations at the various Ministerial Conferences on Non communicable Disease conditions;

(x) when relevant, provide technical support and direct advice on technical information and data on the area of cancer and respiratory diseases; data analysis and preparation of reports to facilitate information sharing, decision-making and response. Liaise with relevant experts to ensure broadest dissemination of WHO guidance and policies to the international community and general public.
Advanced University degree in medicine, public health or related areas directly relevant to cancer and/or chronic respiratory disease.

Doctorate or additional post-graduate qualification in a relevant field.
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) Ensuring the effective use of resources - Establishes measures to monitor resources and progress of activities as planned. Monitors costs and seeks to use the most cost-effective methods. Identifies, organizes and effectively manages the financial and human resources needed to achieve results. Identifies priorities and defines realistic objectives and timelines.

2) Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
- Positions WHO as a leader in the cancer and chronic respiratory diease fields. Demonstrates authority and credibility in dealings with others.

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) Building & promoting Partnerships across the Organization - 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.

5) Communicating in a credible and effective 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.

At least ten years working experience in NCDs including at least 5 years at international level, attaining senior managerial rank, and including three to five years of practical experience in implementing or advising on key domains of cancer and chronic respiratory disease.
Experience of advising on such technical issues in lower and middle income countries.

Experience working with, or in, other multi and bilateral development agencies active in the health sector.

A very good command of English and knowledge 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.

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 80,734 at single rate
USD 86,904 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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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.

Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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