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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/HSF/TA123
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  9 months
Date: 19 November 2013
Application Deadline: 3 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The mission of the Department of Health Systems Financing is to work with countries to foster the development of equitable, efficient and sustainable health financing systems, to be achieved through capacity building, development of tools, generation of information and policy support to countries. The contributions of the CEP Team (Costs, Effectiveness, Expenditure and Priority-Setting) towards this goal are:
1. Tracking the resources currently allocated to health by government, non-government (including households) and external sources through national health accounts and subaccounts;
2. Assessing sustainability, efficiency and equity of health spending;
3.Working with countries to apply strategies to set priorities for the use of the available and new health resources building on intervention and programme cost-effectiveness;
4.Estimating the resources required to finance, scale-up and sustain health interventions and to identify the resource gaps and constraints;
5. Identify the non-health impacts of ill health, including the social and economic burden and using this to advocate for more resources for health.
This position contributes to all of the above but is primarily associated with the third item on the list.
Description of duties:
1. Develop tools and guidelines for contextualised cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) of priority health conditions to the country level and work with WHO member states to apply them;
2. Ensure the generation and update of costing, cost-effectiveness, priority-setting and investment case analysis, and contribute to activities in other areas as requested;
3. Supervise, direct and review the methods used by WHO contract consultants, officials and researchers in member states in the above areas;
4. Build national capacity in using appropriate tools and methods to obtain information on costs, economic impact, and intervention effectiveness and its subsequent use for priority-setting;
5. Build new and expand existing partnerships in costing and cost-effectiveness analysis among the research community, national counterparts and donor agencies;
6. Lead the writing of scientific publications, technical documents and reports related to the above issues;
7. Represent WHO at international scientific fora and in regional and country consultations;
8. Actively engage in policy dialogue with technical and policy staff in ministries of health and ministries of finance in member states, in areas of technical expertise;
9. Review, assess and update WHO-CHOICE generalized cost effectiveness results; and
10. Develop estimates of the benefits and costs of scenarios involving the implementation of key strategic health interventions in selected countries.
Essential: Advanced university degree in an academic field relevant to the position (with focus on economic evaluation or a related field).
Desirable: Training in epidemiological modelling. PhD-level in the abovementioned relevant field.
Knowledge of cost-effectiveness, costing and investment case analysis. Knowledge of how to apply these tools in formulating advice for national counterparts.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results,
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
3. Fostering integration and teamwork,
4. Knowing and managing yourself, and
5. Moving forward in a changing environment.
Essential: At least 7 years' experience in areas directly related to economic evaluation, with costing, cost-effectiveness analysis and related fields (e.g. systematic reviews, survey design and epidemiological modelling); in particular, experience with the WHO-CHOICE approach and related tools required. Experience in providing technical support and building capacity in a variety of different developing countries settings.
Desirable: Experience within UN or other international organizations.
Expert knowledge of English required. Intermediate knowledge of another UN official language desirable.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same grade 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)
US$67,483 at single rate
US$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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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