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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/NMH/TA48
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P2
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 12 May 2014
Application Deadline: 2 June 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Kobe, Japan
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HIS Health Systems and Innovation (HQ/HIS)
HQ/WKC WHO Centre for Health Development (Kobe, Japan)
The WHO Centre for Health Development, also known as the WHO Kobe Centre (WKC), conducts research on the consequences of 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 on key drivers of health outcomes. Current WKC priorities and major foci for research are: (1) Urban health; and (2) 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:
The incumbent will:
1. assist in developing and synthesizing case studies and policy options on/for multisectoral interventions by local governments in urban settings to address identified health inequities, with an emphasis on advancing Universal Health Coverage and responding to special needs of ageing populations;
2. coordinate the revision of a WHO publication on approaches to intersectoral action for health;
3. conduct literature reviews, and review existing evidence related to urban health equity issues with a specific focus on interventions/stakeholders to address health inequalities in urban settings, such as urban planning;
4. compile, review and analyze information from interventions developed by cities, including those on urban planning, from cooperative projects with WKC and with WHO;
5. assist in conducting secondary data analysis on urban health outcomes and determinants using available datasets, related to broader intersectoral actions;
6. prepare technical reports, briefings and presentation for internal and external audiences;
7. perform other related duties as required and appropriate.
Essential: University degree* in social science, public health or related subject.

Desirable: Master's degree in social science, public health or related subject.

* For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
- Ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research;
- Expertise in literature review and basic biostatistics;
- Familiarity with concepts related to health, health equity, urban health, social and other determinants of health, Universal Health Coverage, governance and public administration, and noncommunicable diseases;
- Expertise in organizing and managing evidence/information/research dissemination;
- Ability to produce technical and scientific reports, and produce visual presentations;
- Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines; and
- Ability to function effectively in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural team, and to build collaborative relationships across different sectoral audiences. Strong IT literacy, including working knowledge of one reference managing software (e.g. EndNote).
WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
2. Producing results, and
3. Moving forward in a changing environment.
Essential: At least 2 years experience conducting research in the area of public health. Experience in publication of research findings.
Desirable: Experience in WHO and familiarity with the United Nations system would be an asset. Experience in the area of urban health, health equity, social/other determinants of health, and urban planning/public administration.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Expert knowledge of Japanese. Expert knowledge of another WHO official language.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same grade level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$46,819 at single rate
US$49,916 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 131.6 % 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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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.

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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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