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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HSS/TA117
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 8 November 2013
Application Deadline: 29 November 2013 Selection in Progress
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The Alliance HPSR is an international collaboration based within the Health Systems and
Innovation Cluster of WHO/HQ that aims to promote the generation and use of health policy and
systems research as a means to improve developing country health systems. The objectives of the
Alliance HPSR are to:
- stimulate the generation and synthesis of policy-relevant health systems knowledge, encompassing evidence, tools and methods;
- promote the dissemination and use of HPSR knowledge to improve the performance of health systems;
- facilitate the development of capacity for the generation, dissemination and use of HPSR knowledge among researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders.
Description of duties:
The Technical Officer will:
- Coordinate the Alliance HPSR efforts in advocating for the field of HPSR through the production of relevant documents and reports;
- Assist the team with the dissemination and application of actions proposed in the WHO Strategy on Health Policy and Systems Research;
- Support the Manager of the Implementation Research Programme in processing the Calls for Proposals and monitoring studies;
- Contribute to the design and dissemination of identified HPSR studies, including publications in peer-review journals.
University Degree in a field relevant to public health with focus either on global health or
international health.
Higher degree in public health, or higher medical degree, is preferable.
Broad knowledge of health systems in low- and middle-income countries. Good conceptual and
practical understanding of health systems frameworks and their applicability to developing
countries. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to work autonomously. High motivation.Excellent
communication and interpersonal skills.


1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Fostering integration and teamworkpetencies:

At least five years of relevant experience. Experience of research and work in the field of HPSR in developing countries. Experience in writing and submitting articles for publication in peer reviewed journals.
Experience in using mixed methods to analyze and design policy-making is an asset.
Expert knowledge of English.
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 56 091 at single rate
USD 60 091 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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Selection in Progress

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