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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HQ/TA114
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 31 October 2013
Application Deadline: 21 November 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM)
UT/UTD UNITAID International drug purchase facility
UNITAID's mission is to increase access to medicines, diagnostics and preventative items used in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in developing countries. UNITAID's novel approach is to utilize market interventions to improve public health. In so doing, UNITAID aims to promote healthy dynamic market conditions whereby manufacturers have incentives to invest and innovate, while at the same time supply quality public health products at affordable prices and in acceptable formulations that enable the maximum number of people to access them. By working through markets, UNITAID's interventions impact not only those countries receiving direct UNITAID support, but also other countries and organisations that can benefit from UNITAID's global price reductions, improvements in product quality, and innovation. In all cases, UNITAID seeks to find innovative, cost-effective and sustainable market solutions to public health problems.
Description of duties:
In this role, the Technical Officer will:

1. Provide technical support to draft, update, implement, monitor, and evaluate UNITAID's Strategy;

2. Develop, implement and coordinate editorial and technical communications processes for the Market Dynamics Unit, ensuring all reports, presentations and other technical communications materials emanating from the team undergo robust copy and technical editing prior to dissemination. Incumbent will be responsible for determining the required level of internal versus external support needed to finalize a variety of technical products. Incumbent will recruit, orient and supervise external copy and technical editors and ascertain the quality and completeness of their services. As agreed with the Coordinator, Market Dynamics and Manager, Market Dynamics, the incumbent herself/himself will perform copy and technical editing on documents considered to require focused or rapid review;

3. In collaboration with others on the Market Dynamics team, develop systems to record and access market data and intelligence gathered from the medicines, diagnostics, and preventives landscapes, including work to conceptualize and implement a web-based platform that provides access to the continuously updated, dynamic elements of the landscapes. Incumbent will oversee the recruitment of required external technical services and subsequent orientation and oversight of service providers. Incumbent will project manage the development and implementation of the web-based platform within the Market Dynamics team, ensuring team consensus on key elements of design and functionality, and lead periodic reviews to ensure its continued optimization vis--vis the needs of UNITAID and its stakeholders;

4. Provide strategic, technical, and workflow oversight of UNITAID's weekly publication "The Market Share", including coordination and oversight of external consultants providing literature review and layout services. Incumbent will be responsible for ensuring suitability of all news and research items covered in the publication, and will coordinate with Market Dynamics Unit technical staff to confirm appropriateness of coverage;

5. Draft and deliver reports, presentations, briefing notes, and other materials for the UNITAID Executive Board, Strategy and Policy Committee, and Proposal Review Committee; and contribute to development of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication;

6. Lead annual process to update both internal and external documentation related to the UNITAID Call process, including (i) Call for letter of intent (LOI) and proposal guidelines and submission templates and (ii) LOI and proposal screening tools;

7. Serve as the Market Dynamics Unit's primary liaison to the UNITAID Communications Unit in order to maximize the reach and impact of Market Dynamics Unit publications and ensure the consistency of the Unit's publications with UNITAID external relations strategy and standards;

8. Contribute as needed to UNITAID Executive Office initiatives requiring Market Dynamics-related technical input and support;

9. Perform any other activities required by the Manager, Market Dynamics and Coordinator, Market Dynamics.
Advanced university degree in public health or communication.

University degree in journalism, writing, or humanities-related discipline. Certificate or degree in web design.
- Extensive technical background in global public health, with at least some professional experience working specifically in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong planning, organizational, and project management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a small team to deliver high impact results.
- Strong interpersonal skills, tact, discretion and mature judgment.
- Strong knowledge of how to apply market approaches to improve public health.

WHO Competencies
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Moving forward in a changing environment
3. Producing results
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Knowing and managing yourself.
At least 7 years of experience in public health, with at least some of this in global health. Experience with HIV, tuberculosis, or malaria pharmaceuticals or diagnostics in resource-limited settings. Experience with technical/scientific writing and technical editing as a primary job responsibility. Experience coordinating and/or managing technical/scientific writers and/or editors.

Experience in the private sector pharmaceutical/diagnostics industry or private sector consultancy firm. Experience in the United Nations system.
Expert knowledge of English required, intermediate knowledge of French would be an asset.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only. As a WHO staff member assigned solely and exclusively to support UNITAID, selected staff will have no right of reassignment or transfer outside of UNITAID either during or at the end of his/her appointment, including pursuant to WHO Staff Rule 1050. (This does not apply to WHO fixed-term staff members reassigned from a non-Partnership position).

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67'483 at single rate
USD 72'467 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.

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