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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/FOS/FT430
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post.
Date: 7 August 2014
Application Deadline: 28 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/RAM Risk Assessment and Management (HQ/RAM)
The overall objective of the Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses (FOS) is to lower the burden of foodborne disease, thereby strengthening health security and ensuring sustainable development of Member States. Within the department, the Risk Assessment and Management Unit (RAM) provides the scientific basis for measures along the entire food-chain to decrease foodborne health risks, and participates in capacity building activities to strengthen national and regional food safety systems, including for early detection and prevention of foodborne outbreaks. For this, the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN), a global network of national food safety authorities, is the global tool for Member States to have rapid access to information in case of food safety emergencies as well as exchange non-emergency information on food safety. INFOSAN is managed jointly by FAO and WHO with the secretariat in WHO.
Description of duties:
- Monitor the INFOSAN network on a daily basis, liaising with INFOSAN members and other relevant internal and external stakeholders for assessment and verification of information as required and answering incoming questions or redirect them as appropriate.
- Administer the INFOSAN Community Website by compiling and synthesizing incoming data from INFOSAN members and coordinating outgoing information during international food safety events.
- Conduct internet-based information searches on emerging food safety threats and compile background documentation at the outset of food safety events.
- Maintain and update a database of the INFOSAN membership in collaboration with WHO Regional and Country Offices and national food safety authorities.
- Maintain and develop the IT infrastructure (INFOSAN community web platform) and develop training materials for use by INFOSAN members.
- Contribute to the capacity building of INFOSAN members through the development of communication and training material and the organisation of workshops.
- Contribute, as part of the INFOSAN Management Group, to work plan and strategic development and to enhance collaboration between WHO and FAO.
- Contribute to the monitoring and implementation of the work plan and the reporting of INFOSAN activities, in particular lead the development of (bi) annual activity reports.
- Contribute to the promotion of INFOSAN and the expansion of its membership, including enhanced collaboration among various national authorities in a country, and to the strengthening of linkages with other networks.
- Represent the INFOSAN secretariat at internal and external meetings.
- Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.
A first university degree in in public health, food science, biomedical science or epidemiology.

For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.)

Advanced university degree and post-graduate training in public health, epidemiology, outbreak management or a related area.
An excellent understanding of international food safety issues and the challenges in managing them. An understanding of the role of WHO and FAO in food safety. Applied epidemiological skills (i.e. ability to manipulate raw epidemiological data, and interpret/report on data during food safety events). Excellent knowledge in the use of the MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Excellent English writing skills.


1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way
At least 5 years of work experience at the national and international levels combined in foodborne outbreak investigation and response. Experience in working with multiple stakeholders and coming to consensus. Experience in working with web-based knowledge networks. Experience in working in a team environment during public health emergency response activities.

Experience working with national and international agencies active in the field of food safety and/or public health. Experience in WHO or other UN agencies. Practical experience with the INFOSAN network.
Expert knowledge of English.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56,198 at single rate
USD 60,205 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.

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