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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/HQ/FT130
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 17 March 2014
Application Deadline: 7 April 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC)
HQ/RHR Reproductive Health and Research
The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) aims to promote and support an expanded global effort to enable people to protect their own health as it relates to sexuality and reproduction and to have access to and receive health services when needed. To achieve this, the Department advocates and promotes sound public health strategies, sets norms and standards, provides technical cooperation, and supports relevant research. RHR includes the UNDP/ UNFPA/ WHO/ World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating interdisciplinary research on sexual and reproductive health; for collaborating with countries in enhancing national capacities to conduct this research; for promoting the use of research results in policy-making and planning for sexual and reproductive health care; and for the setting of standards and guidelines, including ethical guidelines, in the field of sexual and reproductive health research. More information about HRP can be found at
Description of duties:
1. Support the development, approval, initiation, implementation and monitoring of HRP research projects, and management of the overall work plan, including work on partnerships and global initiatives related to reproductive health and development, working closely with the Team Coordinator and other team members.
2. Conduct systematic reviews and research synthesis activities relating to the area of work.
3. Contribute to the development of evidence-based guidelines in the area of work, including preparation of materials for assessment of evidence in accordance with the WHO Handbook for Guideline Development.
4. Contribute to knowledge translation activities, such as strategic frameworks for implementation of evidence-based guidelines.
5. Prepare technical reports for donors on grants, working in collaboration with, the Team Coordinator, other team members, and the External Relations Officer (Fundraising), RHR.
6. Contribute to advocacy and communications activities relating to the work of the team. Liaise on an on-going basis with RHR communications and advocacy staff to ensure that the work of the team is appropriately reflected on the RHR web site, in newsletters, and through other information channels.
7. Contribute to operational planning and reporting and monitoring of the work plan for the Team as required for WHO and HRP, working closely with other team members and Team Coordinator.
8. Other tasks as required by the Team Coordinator and Director.
First level degree in one of the following fields: public health, women's studies, gender and development, social or political sciences, health sciences (for example, medical or nursing).*

Advanced degree in one of the above fields.

* (For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220)
Knowledge of sexual and reproductive health.
Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
Familiarity with adolescents' and youth sexual and reproductive health issues.
Proven skills in qualitative research methods and data collection.
Computer literacy.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Fostering integration and teamwork.
At least 5 years of relevant work experience, some of which should be in a) public health and b) sexual and reproductive health research. Field experience in conducting health research in developing countries.

Experience in UN organizations or agencies, other similar institutions or foundations in support to developing countries.
Expert knowledge of English.

Other(s) WHO official language(s).
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

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.

Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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