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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HSE/FT125
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 13 March 2014
Application Deadline: 3 April 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HSE Health Security and Environment (HQ/HSE) /
HQ/HEA HSE ADGO Office of the Assistant DG (HQ/HEA)
The Health Security (HSE) cluster envisions a world where the collective vulnerability to public health risks is effectively managed at the national and international levels, through global cooperation, transparency, and accountability between countries. The public health risks on which the cluster focuses are natural, accidental, or deliberate exposures to infectious disease agents in humans, animals, and insect vectors. WHO's Member States have adopted the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) as a public health convention "to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease in ways that commensurate with and restricted to public health risks, and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade". Under the IHR (2005) WHO Member States commit themselves to develop core capacities to prevent, detect and respond to public health events, and charge WHO to develop mechanisms to prepare for and contain the international spread of such events should they occur. The IHR (2005) serves as the core framework within which the cluster works with Member States and partners.
Description of duties:
1. Develop professional and strategic relationships with experts from the technical units at WHO headquarters (HQ), regional offices (RO) and country offices (CO) in order to stay informed of developing projects and funding needs within and to receive regular information updates on progress and activities relevant to donors.
2. Work with technical units at all levels of the Organization to facilitate the development of proposals and technical reports for donors based on inputs received from HQ, RO and CO teams, in particular the Cluster effort in articulating the project impact and benefits that are relevant to the donors and partners with key messages from the External Relations team.
3. Develop and maintain relationships with donors to keep them informed about the Cluster's work in health security and take part in advocating strategic partnerships with multisectoral partners and donors for global health security.
4. Regularly obtain in-depth information about their latest policy and regulations, style of proposals and reports, specific funding categories, etc. and manage the donors' expectations.
5. Collaborate with other clusters, regional offices and country offices to foster a comprehensive, consistent approach to donor interactions and to ensure the fulfilment of the terms of contribution agreements.
6. Disseminate information to other clusters and ROs on standard policies and procedures for grant management, and serve as a reference point for other clusters and offices in this regard for certain donors.
7. Develop resource mobilization correspondence, presentations and briefing notes.
8. Prepare donor meetings and finalize donor agreements in collaboration with the donor and other WHO offices.
A first level university degree in international or public relations, social sciences or communications.*

Advanced university degree (Master's degree) in international development or business administration.
Extensive knowledge of international organizations.

* (For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220)
Ability to independently manage multiple projects concurrently and work with high-level stakeholders with discretion in a politically sensitive environment.
Excellent analytical, financial, management and evaluation skills.
Demonstrated abilities to conduct research, collect and analyse data and present results in a clear and concise manner while maintaining objectives related to advocacy.
Outstanding communication skills with knowledge of writing styles and language for diverse audiences.

WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Moving forward in a changing environment
5. Knowing and managing yourself.
At least 5 years' relevant work experience at national and international level in international relations, external relations or resource mobilization of which at least 3 years in fundraising from the public/private sector and development of budget planning and financial reports.
Experience in communications and project management at national and international level and in writing donor reports.
Relevant work experience in an international organization or non-governmental organization (NGO).

Experience in the UN system, WHO, an international or governmental organization.
Demonstrated working experience in a multi-cultural environment related to aspects of public health.
Experience with technical subject matter including: global alert and response, pandemic and epidemic
preparedness and response activities, meningitis, food safety and International Health Regulations.
Experience working and maintaining relationships with high-level representatives from governments and the private sector.
Demonstrated experience at regional and/or country levels.
Expert knowledge of English.

Expert 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 56198 at single rate
USD 60205 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

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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