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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/FT515
Title: National Professional Officer (Tobacco Free Initiative) - Position no. 173911
Grade: NO-C
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year (post of limited duration)
Date: 20 November 2013
Application Deadline: 11 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_EGY WHO Representative's Office, Egypt (EM_EGY)
Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH)/Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) encourages countries to adhere to its principles, and the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) programme supports them in their efforts to implement tobacco control measures based on its provisions.

The programme emphasizes the following components:
- Support public sector efforts to pass and enforce key laws and implement effective policies, in particular to tax cigarettes, prevent smuggling, change the image of tobacco, and protect workers from exposure to other people's smoke.
- Support advocates' efforts to educate communities about the harms of tobacco, and the potential and status of key programmes to help make the country smoke-free.
- Develop a rigorous system to monitor the status of global tobacco use and tobacco-free programmes, and track countries' progress in implementing key interventions.
- Refine and optimize tobacco control programmes and interventions.

Purpose of the Post:
The main objectives of the project are to reduce the global burden of disease and death caused by tobacco, thereby protecting present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke. This is accomplished through providing policy leadership; encouraging mobilization at all levels of society; and promoting the WHO FCTC.
Description of duties:
Organizational Context:
The Officer will work under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative (WR). He/She is expected to perform the duties and responsibilities of the post with a high degree of initiative and sound judgement. Official work assignments will be guided by the WHO regional and global plans and resolutions, in doing so the National Professional Officer (NPO) will work in full coordination with the Regional Office TFI unit.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
1. Provide coordination, programme management, technical assistance, training, communication, and other support to:
a. Strengthen tobacco control capacity of the public sector.
b. Assist the nationals in designing, strengthening, implementing and evaluating national tobacco control action plans, evidence-based policies and/or legislation and programmes consistent with the WHO FCTC.
c. Foster the creation and/or strengthening of national partnerships to design and implement tobacco control action plans, evidence-based policies and/or legislation and programmes indicated in the previous item.
d. Assist the government and other qualified entities to apply for grants, monitoring the implementation of these grants and ensuring that the key findings, recommendations and insights arising from these grants are incorporated into national tobacco control policy development, and, if necessary, by providing technical support and contributing to increase the capacity of those organizations to effectively implement their project when approved.
e. Facilitate the implementation of "World No Tobacco Day" activities at the national level and other tobacco control activities under the WHO FCTC.

2. Report periodically as required on country-level progress and impact indicators for the WHO FCTC.

3. Coordinate the work and provide leadership to country focal points.

4. Organize the dissemination of outcomes and lessons learnt across the country and at a broader context.

5. Provide national-level support to other partners in the WHO FCTC.
Medical degree from a recognized university with post graduate degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or a related field.
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way.
2. Producing results.
3. Fostering integration and teamwork.
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Knowledge, direct experience and established ability in capacity building, programme planning/development, implementation/management, monitoring/evaluation.
- Technical expertise in evidence-based public health approaches to prevent and control tobacco use.
- Capacity for providing effective leadership.
- Familiarity with the UN system in general as well as previous work experience within the local context of public health practice in the Region.

Other skills:
Computer skills.
Essential: 5 years of overall experience in public health and tobacco control.

Desirable: Experience in tobacco control programme management.
Fluency in English and Arabic.
Additional Information:

Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.

Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.

A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency-based approach.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
EGP 300,811 at single rate

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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