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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/14/PHE/FT102
Title: Coordinator
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 26 February 2014
Application Deadline: 19 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health
To promote a healthier environment, intensify primary prevention and influence public policies in
all sectors so as to address the root causes of environmental threats to health. To develop and
implement headquarters functions and to support WHO regional and country offices in working
with countries towards implementation of interventions on major environmental risk factors
associated with a significant burden of disease. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WSH) Unit contributes to reducing the burden of disease associated with water, sanitation and hygiene. It focuses on: water-borne disease; vector-borne diseases associated with water resource management; WSH-risks in emergencies and disasters; disease transmission in health care; and on cholera and epidemic diarrhoeal disease. The Unit advances the evidence base to support policy making and decision-taking; monitors progress against international development targets; supports global and regional conventions and policy
processes on WSH; develops and maintains normative 'guidelines' and supports their
implementation; and provides tools and assessments on disease prevention and control.
Description of duties:
- Lead and manage Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants (PHE) Water Sanitation Hygiene and Health (WSH) activities and initiatives and strengthen WHO delivery capacity at all levels.
- Develop and implement WSH work plans advocating professional excellence and efficiency, rigorously monitoring and assessing performance, anticipating challenges and seeking their solution.
- Collaborate with the Department Director and Coordinators in the development of the Department's overall strategic planning and management.
- Create external and internal networks to mobilize technical, human and financial resources in health and environment and to respond to emerging issues.
- Build new and expand existing partnerships and networks to bridge environment and health interests and facilitate the pursuit of policies and interventions that benefit health and environmental objectives.
- Provide technical leadership in the formulation of evidence-based interventions and policy recommendations.
- Identify opportunities for WHO to advance the global public health response in the unit's thematic areas.
- Represent WHO at inter-agency, international and national meetings, providing recognized authoritative advice to governments and other external partners on the implementation of interventions to reduce the environmental disease burden, with programmes that are aligned with and enhance Regional Office (RO) strategies and Country Office (CO) programmes.
First-level university degree in health sciences or environmental/sanitary engineering. Post-graduate
degree in environmental management, public health or a related discipline.
Management and leadership training.
Technical excellence in relation to water, sanitation, hygiene and health. Proven managerial skills to
develop, coordinate and implement the work of a complex unit. Strategic planning abilities.
Excellent managerial expertise, organization skills and ability to lead and motivate staff, networks of centres of excellence and other partners. Good negotiation, representation and
advocacy skills.
1. Producing results
2. Fostering integration and teamwork
3. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
At least 10 year's experience working in environmental health on both technical and policy issues, with a substantive focus on water, sanitation, hygiene and health. Minimum five years' experience at the international level in leadership/management role, as demonstrated by coordinating inter-agency
initiatives or international partnerships/networks in the environmental health arena, supervisory functions, and responsibility for budget. Experience in developing and developed countries.
Proven track record in resource mobilization. Demonstrated technical experience in water and
sanitation-related guideline development and monitoring. Proven experience in developing
guidance documents and research in water, sanitation, hygiene and health as demonstrated by
publications record. Experience in implementing WHO policies and programmes.
Expert knowledge of English.

Working knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
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$ 80 887 at single rate
US$ 87 069 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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