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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HAA/TA31
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 2 April 2014
Application Deadline: 23 April 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Kobe, Japan
Organization unit:
HQ/WKC -- WHO Centre for Health Development (Kobe)
The WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre, WKC) conducts research on health in development with a focus on how social, economic, and environmental change and its implications for health policies. The Centre, established in 1995, supports technical cooperation, capacity building and the exchange of information on science and best practices with a focus on urbanization as a key driver of health outcomes, as well as on innovation for ageing populations.The Urban Health team builds on a decade long focus within the Centre on studying the impacts of urbanization on health and health equity, and providing WHO Member States with evidence and tools to support decision-making. Within the Urban Health team there are five major sub-areas of research:
(i) health metrics;
(ii) healthy ageing and urbanization;
(iii) intersectoral action for health;
(iv) healthy urban planning; and
(v) emergency management.

While these are distinct areas of work, they are closely interlinked and the team works to maximise the synergies between the different areas.
Description of duties:
1. Coordinate the process for publication of the second WHO-UN HABITAT joint report:
a. develop a time frame and workplan for the writing and publishing process for the joint report with a targeted publication date of October 2015;
b. develop terms of reference for key stakeholders, including the selection of a technical writer, and ensure the timely contribution of technical content to the report;
c. liaise with relevant partners for the report and organize meetings of the steering committee when necessary;
d. ensure the timely publication and high quality of content of the joint report in coordination with key WKC partners;

2. Support the development of Urban HEART ver 2.0:
a. document and synthesize comments and critiques of the current version of Urban HEART from experts, local and national policy-makers, and international agencies;
b. support the technical and production process of the new version of Urban HEART including writing the new version, following up on contractual processes etc.;
c. conduct applied research to collect and synthesize potential indicators for integration in Urban HEART 2.0;
d. provide technical assistance to cities and countries that choose to use or scale up Urban HEART in their contexts;

3. Support the process of piloting and developing a WHO tool for monitoring age-friendliness of cities:
a. follow up with cities that are piloting the current version of the monitoring tool and document their feedback, and comments from other stakeholders;
b. support the technical and production process of the monitoring tool including writing the new version, liaising with key stakeholders etc.;

4. Other relevant duties as necessary and appropriate.

Main achievements include:
1. Publication of second joint WHO-UN HABITAT report in 2015;
2. Updated version of WHO's Urban HEART (ver 2.0);
3. New WHO Tool for monitoring age-friendliness of cities.
University first level degree in social science, public health or related subject. *For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.

An advanced-level degree in any of the above-mentioned fields of studies.
- Familiarity with concepts and debates related to health equity, social determinants of health approaches, universal health coverage and primary health care.
- Excellent communication, organizational and networking skills.
- Strong research and problem-solving skills including ability to plan own work and manage priorities.
- Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills and knowledge of health system, and equity-related measurement approaches.
- Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines.
- Ability to function effectively in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural team.
- Expertise in organizing and managing evidence/information/research dissemination.
- Ability to produce technical and scientific reports, and produce visual presentations.
- Strong IT literacy, including proficiency in one data analysis software (Stata, SPSS,SAS or equivalent).

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Moving forward in a changing environment.
At least five years of experience in public health or related field, of which at least two years should be at the international level. Experience in training and working with national and local government officials. Experience in conducting public health or related research. Experience in writing scientific or technical reports.

Previous experience with WHO and familiarity with the United Nations system. Experience/knowledge with/of low and middle income country contexts for health systems. Experience in publication of research findings.
Expert knowledge of English is required. Expert knowledge of Japanese and another official UN language would be an asset.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. 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 56'198 at single rate
USD 60'205 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 97.3 % 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.

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