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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/FWC/FT170
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 7 April 2014
Application Deadline: 28 April 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/RHR - Reproductive Health and Research (HQ/RHR)
MPA Maternal Perinatal Health, Prevent Unsafe Abortion
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 ncludes the NDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/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 The Maternal and Perinatal Health and Preventing Unsafe Abortion team (MPA) within RHR operates by bringing together, in a comprehensive and coherent manner, the department's work in the areas of Maternal and perinatal health, prevention of unsafe abortion, and pre-conception/pre-pregnancy contraception/family planning, reproductive tract and sexually transmitted infections, infertility, and women's health. In view of the interdisciplinary nature of its work, the team collaborates extensively with other WHO Departments, WHO Regional and Country Offices, and numerous external partners, international partnerships and civil society.
Description of duties:
1. Support the development, approval, initiation, implementation and monitoring of HRP research projects in the area of maternal and perinatal health and preventing unsafe abortion, working closely with Principal Investigators in collaborating institutions, team members and the Team Coordinator. Carry out site visits of prospective and on-going HRP research projects.
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. Lead knowledge translation activities for the Team, such as strategic frameworks for implementation of evidence based guidelines and the development of evidence briefs.
5. Prepare technical reports for donors on grants implemented by the team and annual technical reports of the Team working in collaboration with team members, the Team Coordinator, and 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, newsletters, and other information channels.
7. Contribute to operational planning and reporting for the Team as required for WHO and HRP, working closely with other team members and the Team Coordinator.
8. Other tasks as required by the Team Coordinator and Director, RHR.
First university degree in one of the following fields: public health, women's studies, gender and development, social or political sciences; or first university degree in health sciences (medical or nursing), with advanced training or experience in one of the above fields.
An advanced level degree or documented experience in one of the above-mentioned subjects.
Knowledge of sexual and reproductive health. Strong writing and communications skills. Documented record of peer-review publication relating to maternal and perinatal health and preventing unsafe abortion especially on knowledge translation for key research findings and evidence-based recommendations. Proficiency with main word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software packages.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
At least 5 years' of research experience in sexual and reproductive health or a related health field. Experience in the use of reference management, systematic review/meta-analysis and project management software.
Experience in UN organizations or agencies, other similar institutions or foundations in providing support to developing countries; field experience in conducting health research in developing countries.
Expert knowledge of English.
Intermediate knowledge of French. Expert knowledge of another WHO official language.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$56 198 at single rate
US$60 205 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.

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