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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/14/FT120
Title: Senior Advisor (WEU Brussels)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years (1) See Additional Information below
Date: 12 March 2014
Application Deadline: 22 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Brussels, Belgium
Organization unit: EU/RDC Regional Director Corporate Functions (EU/RDC) /
EU/PAR Strategic Partnerships (EU/PAR)
WHO Office to the European Union
WHO's presence in Brussels aims to contribute to further advance and enrich the WHO strategic partnership with the EU. The WHO Brussels office's roles are mainly (but not exclusively) to:
  • monitor EU-related policies, strategies, initiatives, programs and interventions and disseminate related information within WHO;
  • facilitate working relations between WHO experts and EU institutions staff and through this help shape up the health related Brussels debates;
  • identify opportunities for improving the cooperation at the global, regional and country levels;
  • defend, maintain and enhance the WHO corporate image, work and reputation in the EU context and ensure the visibility of WHO's work and products;
  • promote WHO health priorities and policies towards EU institutions and Brussels-based stakeholders.
All these activities are done within the framework of the EU role in global health and health-related dimension of its external and internal policies.

Purpose of the position
Within the WHO office at the European Union, this post aims at strengthening and expanding the work and collaboration between WHO and the European Union Institutions with particular emphasis on DG-SANCO, External Action Service and European Parliament, as well as supporting WHO offices at the global, Regional and Country levels in the development and support of their activities in partnership with the European Union. The incumbent, under the guidance of the Chief Scientist and the head of WEU Office, ensures proper WHO representation at EU and other health stakeholders platforms and events, contributes to policy dialogues and technical work by providing WHO technical and policy inputs as well as promotes partnership and collaboration. He/she also contributes to the UN Brussels team activities on health with emphasis on communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of Chief Scientist WEU, the incumbent:
  1. Represents and Acts on behalf of the Head of WEU when required;
  2. Leads the relevant WEU activities with European institutions and other relevant stakeholders on communicable and non communicable diseases;
  3. Presents and promotes WHO policies and programmes in relations with European Union Institutions (particularly with the DG-SANCO, External Action Service and European Parliament);
  4. Monitors, analyses and reports on the policies, programmes and positions of the European Institutions legislation of the European Institutions relevant for global health agenda;
  5. Leads collaboration with the network of permanent representation offices present in Brussels to ensure dialogue and promote and advocate on WHO policies and programmes;
  6. Supports participation in EU technical work in coordination with the regional office, on health, health system and health -related issues with emphasis on communicable and non-communicable diseases as well as TB and M/XDR-TB;
  7. Maintains close cooperation with WHO headquarters and Regional Offices with regard to on-going and potential cooperation with the European Institutions.
Essential: Advanced University degree in Medicine and/or Public Health or related field from a recognised university.
Desirable: Knowledge of global health and interrelationships between health and EU Policies.
Functional skills and knowledge
The incumbent needs to have strong networking and diplomatic skills. He/she should have a sound knowledge of EU, its structure and policy forming process.
Computer skills in writing including powerpoint presentations.

Competencies: see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership: The incumbent is competent to provide state of art technical inputs in health and health related issues at the European Union institutions in line with Health 2020 policy framework. H/she is resourceful and evidence-based oriented and promote WHO's leadership position in health in the context of EU policy formulation.
  2. Communicating in a credible and effective way: The incumbent needs to communicate with policy and decision makers of EU partner institutions in an effective way, possessing strong written and oral communication skills, including competency in public speaking as well as strong diplomatic and negotiating skills.
  3. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization: The incumbent has the capacity to maintain and expand WHO network with the stakeholders involved in the EU work. He/she is competent to liaise effectively with different levels of WHO and diverse divisions and programmes across the Organization. The incumbent seeks to understand and promotes synergies between the work produced in WHO and the work of external partners to improve organisational success.
  4. Driving WHO to a successful future: The incumbent demonstrates an excellent understanding of the complex interrelations of factors within EU and beyond which impact on international public health in order to implement WHO policies.
  5. Moving forward in a changing environment: The incumbent need to adapt to an evolving EU context (e.g. the Lisbon Treaty application, new EU Budget 2014-2020, among others) as well as within the UN Brussels Team constantly evolving context (food crisis-economic crisis-climate change,etc.).
Essential: Minimum ten years of experience in the Public Health sector and in building partnerships, including at least 5 years at international level.
Desirable: Considerable experience of public health in both Europe and other WHO Regions including developing countries.
Essential: A very good command of the English language and knowledge of another WHO official language and/or EURO official language.
Desirable: Knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
(1) Extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

WHO has an on-line recruitment system, therefore ONLY applications submitted on-line at will be accepted.

All on-line applications are automatically acknowledged. If you do not receive an e-mail within 24 hours confirming receipt of your application, you should verify your on-line profile. In case of repeated difficulties, contact by e-mail indicating the vacancy title and number in the subject line.

A written test may be used as a screening tool. Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80887 at single rate
USD 87069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 66.2 % 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.

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