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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/IER/TA71
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 30 June 2014
Application Deadline: 17 July 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Kobe, Japan
Organization unit:
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 Healthy Ageing. In response to global health trends and to assist countries in designing and implementing comprehensive programmes for UHC, the Innovation for Healthy Ageing team focuses on the challenges and opportunities related to rapidly ageing populations in many communities and countries worldwide. The focus is on advancing innovative technological and social solutions that are relevant to low resource environments. Innovations should be integrated with health delivery systems, be simple, affordable, acceptable and address the needs and preferences of elderly in different country contexts that contribute to the aims of UHC. Within the Innovation for Healthy Ageing team, there are currently two sub areas of research: a) Increasing the availability, access and use of assistive health technologies for elderly and b) increasing the evidence base for community based support and health systems to assist the elderly remain in their homes (i.e. social innovations).
Description of duties:
The incumbent will:
1. Conduct WKC research on specific innovations relevant to ageing populations, such as
a. increasing compliance and ease of use for medications,
b. use of mHealth-related technologies, and/or
c. specific assistive/medical devices.
Such research would include:
a. refine, plan and manage the research project to accomplish specific goals;
b. develop and engage with key partners to conduct multisectoral research on aspects of the product innovation cycle, including on parts of the health system;
c. conduct data collection, data synthesis and policy analysis;
d. draft policy briefs, technical guidance documents, scientific articles exposing findings and conclusion of the research.
2. Support the development of a framework for encouraging greater innovations in health technologies for ageing populations to guide multiple stakeholders. This includes:
a. synthesizing existing WHO information and tools relevant to different requirements for development, testing, financing, diffusion, and use of technological and social innovations in health;
b. assessing the needs from different stakeholders for priority information from WHO to support further innovation;
c. developing short guidance notes leading to an overall WHO framework to facilitate innovations.
3. Organize of technical sessions for WHO 2nd Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations:
a. identify and develop symposia, networking events and specific technical sessions;
b. identify, contact and manage presentation requirements for speakers and participants;
c. draft and ensure the timely publication and high quality of the meeting report;
d. contribute to the general organization of the Global Forum.
4. Support the process of piloting and developing a WKC web-based platform on innovation for ageing populations:
a. organize, articulate and structure the key constitutive elements of the platform;
b. coordinate the development of the platform;
c. curate and manage the day-to-day update of the platform.
5. Perform other relevant duties as necessary and appropriate.
Main achievements include:
1. WKC research publications and guidance for selected innovations for ageing populations.
2. Symposia and Networking event for WHO 2nd Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations.
3. WKC web-based Innovations for Ageing platform.
Essential: First university degree* in public health, health management, medical engineering or related subject.
*For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
Desirable: Advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in public health, health management, medical engineering or related subject. Training in gerontology or community based rehabilitation services.
1. Expertise in research design, including literature review and policy analysis.
2. Knowledge of health technologies (e.g., assistive or medical devices).
3. Familiarity with concepts related to ageing and health; health systems (including at community level) and UHC; assistive and medical devices; development and diffusion of social and technological innovations.
4. Familiarity with health systems in developing countries.
5. Excellent communication, organizational and networking skills.
6. Strong research and problem-solving skills including ability to plan own work and manage priorities.
7. Expertise in organizing and managing evidence/information/research dissemination.
8.Expertise in planning and organizing technical conference sessions.
9. Ability to produce technical and scientific reports, and produce visual presentations.
10. Works well under pressure and deadlines.
11. Ability to function effectively in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural team, and to build collaborative relationships across different sectoral audiences.
12. Strong IT literacy.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way, and
3. Moving forward in a changing environment.
Essential: At least 5 years' experience conducting research in the area of health technologies with relevance to ageing populations and public health or related field, of which at least two years should be at the international level. Experience in conducting public health or related research, and publication of research findings. Experience in working with different parts of the health system and with different stakeholders related to innovation development and diffusion. Experience in organizing and planning conference sessions.
Desirable: Experience in WHO and familiarity with the United Nations system would be an asset. Experience in organizing international symposiums and conferences.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Expert knowledge of Japanese and 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$56,198 at single rate
US$60,205 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 98 % 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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