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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HIS/TA75
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 23 June 2014
Application Deadline: 14 July 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HIS Health Systems and Innovation (HQ/HIS) /
HQ/HWA - Global Health Workforce Alliance (HQ/HWA)
The Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) has its vision that 'all people, everywhere, have access to a skilled, motivated and supported health worker within a robust health system'. GHWA aims to advocate and catalyse global and country actions to resolve the global Human Resources for Health (HRH) crisis. The aim is to carry forward the Kampala Declaration and the Agenda for Global Action and implement the Recife Political Declaration as endorsed by the Executive Board in 2014. In order to facilitate in addressing the HRH crisis globally, one of the key functions of the Alliance is to make intense follow-up of the implementation of defined policies and strategies; interaction and communication with the partners and members as well as participation in the meetings and fora at county, regional and global levels to sustained engagement and continuous dialogue on HRH policy challenges; take follow-up actions on the Board and Secretariat decisions, and document the progress on the implementation of Kampala Declaration and the Agenda for Global Action.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will:
1. Provide technical advice on the strategic direction of the human resources for health agenda on the basis of analysis of macro-trends and HRH-specific evidence and information; and, within this, provide technical support to the multi-agency GHWA working groups developing a global HRH strategy in 2014;
2. Synchronize adjustments in the strategic direction of the GHWA Secretariat workplan in light of emerging new elements in the global HRH agenda and strategy;
3. Promote the implementation of flagship initiatives of the GHWA Secretariat, such as the monitoring and accountability of HRH commitments announced at the Third Global Forum;
4. Plan and implement the development of scientific analyses and technical reports, inclusive of the Department for International Development (DFID) funded report on cost-effectiveness of community health workers;
5. Oversee the European Commission funded project on health workforce migration;
6. Lead the development of technical proposals and liaise with counterparts in development partners and donor agencies to ensure mobilization of technical and financial resources in support of the GHWA Secretariat operational priorities;
7. Manage the follow-up activities to the Third Global Forum on HRH, including the development of a conference report;
8. Represent GHWA in external fora, as delegated by the Executive Director and/or concerned supervisor(s); and,
9. Undertake any other duties, as required.
Essential: An advanced degree in medicine or an advanced university degree (Masters) in another health profession such as social sciences, public or business administration, or in another field related to the profile of the position.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree in health planning, health policy or health financing.
- Knowledge of public health issues and health system development along with familiarity of global health workforce related issues and challenges;
- Demonstrated professionalism;
- Planning and Organizing: Demonstrated ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; ability to foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; and, ability to identify priority activities and adjust them as required;
- Demonstrated skills for networking, including the ability to establish working relationships with people of different cultural backgrounds;
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively including proven ability to write and edit high quality technical materials and professional reports, preparing technical presentations, and ability to use electronic media;
- Proven ability to maintain high performance levels in ambiguous and changing situations, including good political awareness.
- Computer literacy in MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Project software or related planning tools.

WHO Competencies:
1. Fostering integration and teamwork,
2. Producing results,
3. Knowing and managing yourself,
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources, and
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond.
Essential: At least 10 years of combined relevant professional experience at the national/international level.
Desirable: Experience working within the UN system would be highly desirable.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English (including excellent drafting skills).
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French or another UN 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$80,887 at single rate
US$87,069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 105.5 % 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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