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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HQ/ROST7
Title: Polio and Emergencies (PEC) Cluster - Data Management & GIS Roster
Grade: P level
Contract type: Rosters
Duration of contract:  Less than 1 year
Date: 7 July 2014
Application Deadline: 31 August 2014 Vacancy Notice Closed (automatic)
Duty Station:  Multiple duty stations, various
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/PEC Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (HQ/PEC)
The Polio and Emergencies (PEC) Cluster works to eradicate polio globally, coordinate and implement health responses to humanitarian emergencies, disasters, crises and conflicts and strengthen WHO's work in and with countries, with a special emphasis on fragile states and situations.

PEC leads WHO's technical assistance to countries by improving outcomes at the country level. The cluster houses the main Organization-wide elements of the WHO country support function, that aim at tailoring WHO country collaboration to the needs and capacities of all its Member States.

Within PEC, the Polio Operations and Research (POL) department leads the global effort to eradicate polio, a public-private partnership which has reduced the incidence of this disease by 99% over the past 20 years. With endemic polio beaten back to parts of just three countries, PEC/POL manages and coordinates the development of eradication strategies, provides policy guidance and coordinates operational, social and scientific research. Most importantly, PEC/POL provides key technical support to countries as they implement the immunization and surveillance activities to achieve a polio-free world.

WHO is responsible for preparedness, readiness and response in both humanitarian emergencies as the lead agency of the Health Cluster within the international humanitarian system, and to public health emergencies as the custodian of the International Health Regulations (2005). PEC's Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response (ERM) department coordinates and manages WHO's assets for health with the major focus on enhancing country effectiveness.
Description of duties:
In order for WHO to address recruitment needs in the areas of polio eradication and health related emergency response, a pool of profiles with a variety of skill sets and experience levels is essential. Potential needs not only include senior specialists but also junior professionals , volunteers and interns. The purpose of this Vacancy Notice is to solicit expressions of interest from individuals who wish to be considered for short duration assignments with WHO's PEC cluster and related counterparts. In addressing emerging requirements related to data management and GIS, applications to this vacancy notice will be reviewed for skills, qualifications and experience that match specific needs. While considering essential criteria for a specific situation, top applicants will be selectively contacted.

It is envisaged that future Vacancy Notices will be advertised for this same area of work and that applicants will need to re-apply in order to continue to be considered. In this way, WHO will receive updated feedback regarding applicant availability.

Data managers for the PEC cluster must have strong hands-on data management skills, be proactive and flexible, and work well under difficult conditions with people of different cultures. General types of responsibilities include:

- Data collection from multiple sources including cleaning, verifying and logging of data, data entry and data processing;
- Harmonization of data including content, structure, relational integrity, file location, backup and documentation;
- System maintenance including the development of database applications that facilitate functionality and usability of information systems;
- Creation of visual outputs in the form of maps, charts and reports;
- Perform other duties, as may be required.
University degree preferably with a focus on GIS or data management (considerations of applicants who are currently pursuing a university degree in a data management or GIS related area may be considered for internships or as volunteers). GIS or data management certification from a nationally or globally reputed organization would be an asset.
Capability to work independently and with high volumes of work and tight deadlines. Capacity to work with multiple clients and requests simultaneously and prioritize work. Ability to be innovative, solve problems and present solutions. Good knowledge of different mapping software and cartography techniques. Ability to use graphical software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop etc.) would be an advantage.
Normally two years of experience specializing in data management/GIS is required. Experience working in the field of public health desirable. Experience working for a UN agency an asset. Experience working in an emergency response setting may be advantageous.
Excellent knowledge of English or French is normally required. Knowledge of other official UN languages desirable.
Additional Information:
For more information about WHO's PEC Cluster, please consult the following website:

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

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
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.

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.

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