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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/14/FT310
Title: Team Leader (Food Safety)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 20 June 2014
Application Deadline: 11 July 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Manila, Philippines
Organization unit: WPRO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WP/RGO) /
WP/DSE Health Security and Emergencies (WP/DSE)
WP/FOS - Food Safety (WP/FOS)
To support countries in reducing health and social-economic impacts resulting from foodborne illness and food contamination through strengthening national food safety management systems and enhancing regional and international collaboration to ensure safe and healthy food.
Description of duties:
Provide leadership and articulate policy options on the development and strengthening of national food control systems that ensure food safety from farm to table;

Provide technical support and build capacities in strengthening food safety risk-based regulatory frameworks;

Provide technical support and build capacities for increasing the availability and use of data and information on foodborne disease and food contamination and the performance of controls throughout the food chain;

Promote the development and implementation of innovative community-based approaches for reducing foodborne public health risks, including zoonoses, and facilitate their integration into relevant national programmes;

Provide technical support and build capacities to detect, assess and manage food safety incidents and emergencies, including the establishment of mechanisms for cross-sectoral collaboration;

Establish and maintain partnerships for cooperative planning and implementation of regional and sub-regional food safety strategies and action plans;

Build networks of health leaders, food safety experts, epidemiologists, laboratory personnel and institutions willing to share their expertise and resources in support of (1) WHO's global and regional food safety strategies, (2) foodborne disease surveillance; and (3) to prepare for, respond to, and share information on food safety emergencies;

Provide technical support for enhancing country capacities to contribute actively to the development of international food safety standards, particularly through the work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, and to establish appropriate national food safety standards;

To collaborate and coordinate with relevant technical units in the Regional Office and in WHO Headquarters particularly on cross-cutting issues such as disease surveillance, emergency response, water safety, and nutrition, as well as chemical and radiation safety; and

Perform other related duties as may be required.
University degree in medicine, veterinary medicine, food science, agriculture, public health or a related field from a recognized university and postgraduate degree in an area of work relevant to food safety are essential. Doctorate degree in food science, agriculture or public health an advantage.
- Ability to establish collaborative working relations with other sectors involved in food safety, such as, agriculture, animal health, and environment.
- Strong diplomatic skills.
- Health planning at operational, sub-national, and national levels, with political and technical elements;
- Capacity building through multiple methods, including training, mentoring and example setting;
- Ability to establish harmonious working relationships as part of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and maintain a high standard of personal conduct;
- Ability to demonstrate gender equity and cultural appropriateness in the delivery of services to Member States.

1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Setting an example
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
5. Driving WHO to a successful future
Minimum of 10 years' experience in managing food safety and control related programmes, of which at least 4 years at senior level. Experience in working with developing countries in the field of food safety management an advantage.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80 887 at single rate
USD 87 069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 50.3 % 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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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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