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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: SEA_WRO/ROST3/2014
Title: Roster - Temporary National Professional Officer (Grade level: NO.A / NO.B / NO.C) Closing date extended to 01 September 2014
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  1 to 24 months, renewable
Date: 27 August 2014
Application Deadline: 1 September 2014 Selection in Progress
Duty Station:  Multiple duty stations, various
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
Multiple duty stations anywhere in India
Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO:
All the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region (SEAR) share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

The seven point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; (iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

WHO - SEAR is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, including India's population of 1.2 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both the aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India:
Within the framework of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy, the mission of WCO-India is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.

Purpose of the Position:
WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India (GoI) and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), to actively support the development and implementation of national health policies, strategies and plans to tackle health challenges in the Country. In order to ensure effective implementation of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy, it is essential to strengthen WCO-India administrative capacity and ensure administrative coherence and consistency across various WCO programmes by providing strategic and operational support.

Administrative areas to which applications are invited:

Code No. 1
Category: Human Resources
Sub-categories: Human Resources Management-Recruitment and selection, administration of entitlements, administration of staff and non-staff contracts and providing advice to staff and consultants on HR issues; Staff Development & Learning; Legal and any other HR related work.

Code No. 2
Category Administration and Finance
Sub-categories: Financial Management, Procurement of Supplies and inventory, Project administration, Planning and any other related work
Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of WHO Representative to India (WR), and direct supervision of Administrative Officer, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

1. Serves as administrative focal point in assisting WR in his/her work with the Governing Bodies at all levels (WHA, Regional Committee related activities and similar) including effective and timely communications with the Government on these matters.

2. Provides background information on policies, decisions and resolution of WHO Governing Bodies in support to implementation of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India.

3. Provides administrative and logistical support in organization and conduct of related meetings as required and maintains required records and notes.

4. Assists in implementing WCO's transition strategy from present practice of providing WHO's direct services to the GoI as per CCS objectives with emphasis of NPSP, TB projects.

5. Participates in WCO-India management team meeting(s) in his/her area of responsibility to ensure effective integration of HR aspects in broader administrative/management work of WCO.

6. Undertakes missions to field offices to resolve issues and guide all WCO projects and programmes as required by the supervisor.

7. Assists in development of guidelines and ensures implementation of current policies and procedures.

8. Contributes and assists in WCO-India planning, monitoring and evaluation exercise as necessary.

9. Contributes to briefing, guiding, orientation and training of technical and administrative staff, field consultants, SSA holders and support staff of WCO-India on the use of GSM, adherence to guidelines and check lists, WHO governing documentation, contractual instruments, planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation systems to ensure effective and efficient implementation of work.

10. Supports information brokering/exchange function of the WCO India through contribution to the health information repository at the WCO by collation analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.

11. Undertakes any other tasks/duties as assigned by supervisors.
Essential: University Degree in business/public administration or related field.

Desirable: Post Graduate Degree in business/public administration or related field
Functional Skills and Knowledge:

The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.

Good understanding of country's needs and priorities, of issues and policies. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas. Knowledge of the administrative functioning of government institutions and related departments/agencies, and of the other partners in India would be an asset.

Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.

Modern management skills (planning and evaluation, etc).Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports.

Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications, especially Excel computer skills for making high quality data analysis and presentations.
Two to five years of professional experience in the field of administration and finance or human resources.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Hindi.
Additional Information:
National professional officers are nationals of the country (India) in which they are to serve, are recruited locally and are not subject to assignment to any official station outside the home country. Only Indian Nationals should apply.

Applicants should mention the code of the technical area stated under Purpose of Position above as per the interest and/or specialization when submitting the application. One applicant may apply for more than one technical area.

Monthly salary: (Net of tax)
Range from INR 110,000 to 213,300 at single rate

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: 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.

Selection in Progress

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