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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/PEC/FT147
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 25 March 2014
Application Deadline: 15 April 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/PAS Polio Access Support Unit
The overall objectives of the Polio Eradication Initiative are to lead the global eradication efforts of national governments and the global polio eradication partnership to interrupt the transmission of poliovirus worldwide, certify eradication, eventually stop the use of oral poliovirus vaccine, and help establish the legacy of the polio eradication initiative. The immediate strategic objective is to implement WHO's polio emergency plans and coordinate those of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partnership in support of national emergency eradication efforts in polio-infected countries and areas.
Description of duties:
Objective 1:
Systematically collect data and information, monitor trends, conduct analysis on the current security and socio-political situation in specific target areas, develop and disseminate clear information.
In target areas, collect information through the identification and engagement of specialists, institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and map the key leadership figures, networks of influencers as well as spoilers, and coordinate validation of information collected.
Maintain close links with the leadership and staff of NGOs that are assisting the programme in information gathering and analysis with regards to securing access to children in areas with unvaccinated children. Establish monitoring capacity and system to keep abreast of key political and security trends and disseminate information to decision makers.
Provide analysis and recommendations to support field operations, security planning, strategic communication, and decision making at all levels of the organization, and within the GPEI partnership.

Objective 2:
Work with country and regional teams and partners to develop advocacy plans to complement the political and security analysis and recommendations.
Develop area-specific advocacy plans to help access unvaccinated children in high-risk areas and in infected countries.
Update and maintain the area-specific advocacy plans for use and review by all partners through common platforms - Sharepoint site.
Develop materials/and quarterly presentations on the outcomes and challenges in each specific area, and share with relevant oversight bodies.
Engage with partners and country teams to fine tune the advocacy plans periodically and track progress in implementation towards securing access to unvaccinated children in specific high-risk areas.

Objective 3:
Provide support for high-level advocacy necessary to fully implement polio eradication strategies in the key priority countries.
Support political advocacy strategies targeting the leaders of the polio affected countries (national, provincial) and designed to secure specific commitments to enhance programme implementation, and reach unvaccinated children.
Support high-level multi-agency advocacy efforts with key GPEI partners, Governments, UN agencies, and NGO partners to reach unvaccinated children in infected areas.
Develop key advocacy messages and briefing notes for WHO leadership, and share appropriate materials with partners.
Identify advocacy opportunities in collaboration with partners and develop strategies for exploitation.
Sustain active support of the Office of the UN Secretary-General, UN agencies, key government leaders, and leaders of multilateral organizations such as the African Union, the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Objective 4:
Provide support to the Strategy Support and Coordination (SSC) unit and regional teams in developing area-specific operational tactics and strategies to vaccinate children in areas of conflict, insecurity and difficult access.
Support development of operational strategies and options based on analysis of the local security and political situation in inaccessible and high threat settings.
Support staff working on Islamic advocacy, and country-specific demand generation strategies to secure access to children for polio immunizations.
Assist in identifying relevant third parties, NGOs or other organizations that can help implement eradication activities and/or transmit relevant messages inside communities with unvaccinated children.
Support the Polio Access Support (PAS) strategic communications team members and the External Communications staff by providing relevant socio-political and security analysis.
Advanced university degree (i.e. Masters level) in political science, international public health, international relations and diplomacy, international law, communications/journalism or other related field.

Professional certification in a related field.
Extensive knowledge of international relations, political science, International law and diplomacy, communications, security analysis, conflict analysis, media, UN system, international organizations, NGOs.
Demonstrated advocacy planning and implementation skills.
Political and conflict dynamics analysis skills.
Understanding of humanitarian and public health plannin and operations in conflict settings.
Demonstrated skills in drafting briefing notes and documents for decision makers.
Team player.
Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, and networking skills.
Integrity, tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information and contacts.
Ability to support colleagues to work towards common goals.
Ability to work under tight deadlines and under pressure.
Excellent writing and oral presentation skills.
High level of judgment, responsibility and initiative.
Computer literacy.

WHO Competencies:
1. Moving forward in a changing environment
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way.
Extensive (7 years) experience in working on national and international political advocacy in the fields of international relations, communications/journalism or international humanitarian affairs, including:
(a) at least 5 years' experience in analysis of conflict dynamics and/or complex emergencies and developing appropriate strategies;
(b) at least 5 years' experience in writing high-level and sensitive briefing documents and plans;
(c) at least 5 years' experience in the development and implementation of advocacy initiatives, especially with multi-agency input.
(d) at least 5 years' experience in working with and influencing key decision-makers at all levels through advocacy efforts.
Experience in collaborations with partnerships, private-public entities, multilateral organizations.

Experience in WHO, the UN system and/or the humanitarian sector.
Experience in or with the polio eradication initiative a substantial asset.
Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of French or Arabic.
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 67611 at single rate
USD 72605 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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