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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HSE/FT90
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 21 February 2014
Application Deadline: 14 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HSE Health Security and Environment (HQ/HSE) /
HQ/GCR Global Capacities, Alert and Response (HQ/GCR)
Within WHO Programme Budget Category 5 "Preparedness, Surveillance and Response" and under the Programme area "Alert and Response Capacities", the objectives of the department of Global Capacities, Alert and Response are to support national IHR capacity assessment, development and maintenance as well as to ensure further development and maintenance of an effective international system that is able to continuously assess the global context of public health risks (global risk assessment) and is prepared to respond rapidly to unexpected, internationally-spreading events and to contain specific public health threats. The objectives of the unit Programme are to support Regional Offices in building and maintaining priority International Health Regulations (IHR) capacities identified by countries, i.e. national surveillance; laboratory and biorisk management and capacities for ports, airports and ground crossing; to monitor the progress of national IHR implementation and to provide an expert approach to capacity building and learning.
Description of duties:
Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:
1. To proactively drive the monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the implementation of the IHR (2005) through the development of standard approaches, guidance and tools to support, through Regional and Country Offices, the development and effective implementation of IHR (2005) core capacities in Member States.
2. To lead a range of activities in the area of monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of IHR (2005) by providing authoritative expertise and advising countries, through WHO Regional and Country Offices, for the development and the costing of core capacities required by the IHR (2005), 3. To support the assessment, planning and costing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of IHR core capacity building.
4. To spearhead and/or oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the performance of national capacity; the enhancement for planning, management, best practices to facilitate the implementation of IHR (2005); as well as furthering information-sharing on a world-wide basis and promote effective multisectoral collaboration.
5. To lead the elaboration of processes to critically monitor and evaluate performance and results, as well as demonstrated value of capacities building recommending further activities, including but not limited to departmental strategic planning in monitoring and evaluation; encouraging information-sharing on lessons learnt in a proactive manner.
6. To manage, guide and motivate the staff assigned to the Monitoring and Assessment of National Capacities team, including but not limited to overseeing the development and continuous adaptation of strategies; facilitating the implementation of best practices; collaborating to the development of work plans and budgets, including risk management and the optimization of the use of financial and human resources.
7. To promote multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting approaches and activities to facilitate full participation within and outside GCR and with key partners on all aspects of the successful implementation monitoring and evaluation of capacities in line with IHR (2005) requirement.
8. To perform other related responsibilities, including replacing and/or back-stopping for others within and outside the team.
Advanced university degree in biology, or medicine, or veterinary science plus an advanced university degree in public health.

Masters degree in law, social or political sciences.
Sound knowledge of the role of international organizations in PH emergencies, WHO rules and regulations as related to the subject matter.
Good capacities in negotiating, writing, communicating.
Good interpersonal skills.
Tact, discretion and diplomacy.
Formal or self-training in the use of standard office software.

Training in Oracle-based or other ERP systems.

WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
2. Creating an empowering and motivating environment,
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources,
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond, and
5. Promoting innovation and organizational learning.
At least 10 years' experience in health-related work, in a developing country or in health-related international development work, including at least 2 years' experience with either the development or the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) at national or international level.

Experience in UN or international organizations.
Experience in managing public health emergencies.
Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

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.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80887 at single rate
USD 87069 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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