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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/FT523
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 25 November 2013
Application Deadline: 16 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The mission of the Department of Health Systems Governance and 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:
- 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;
- Ensure the generation and update of costing, cost-effectiveness, priority-setting and investment case analysis, and contribute to activities in other areas as requested;
- Supervise, direct and review the methods used by WHO contract consultants, officials and researchers in member states in the above areas;
- 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;
- Build new and expand existing partnerships in costing and cost-effectiveness analysis among the
research community, national counterparts and donor agencies;
- Lead the writing of scientific publications, technical documents and reports related to the above issues;
- Represent WHO at international scientific fora and in regional and country consultations;
- 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;
- Review, assess and update WHO-CHOICE generalized cost effectiveness results;
- Develop estimates of the benefits and costs of scenarios involving the implementation of key strategic health interventions in selected countries.
Advanced university degree in an academic field relevant to the position (with focus on economic evaluation or a related field).
Training in epidemiological modeling. PhD level degree in the abovementioned relevant academic field.
Knowledge of cost-effectiveness, costing and investment case analysis. Knowledge of how to apply these tools in formulating advice for national counterparts.
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Knowing and managing yourself
5. Moving forward in a changing environment
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 modeling); 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.
Experience within UN or other international organizations.
Expert knowledge of English.
Intermediate knowledge of other WHO official language.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.

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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