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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/NMH/FT443
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 13 August 2014
Application Deadline: 3 September 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/CPM Chronic Diseases Prevention and Management
The Noncommunicable Diseases Management Department's main mission is to provide leadership and technical guidance for development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, plans and programmes for management of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) including palliative care, in collaboration with Member States and internal and external partners. The objective of the programme is to support a delivery of the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs including the strengthening of palliative care as a component of integrated treatment through the life course.
Description of duties:
1. Plan, coordinate,and provide technical assistance for the development and implementation of: (a) the integration of palliative care services into the structure and financing of national health care systems at all levels of care, of chronic life-threatening conditions, with an emphasis on primary care, and community- and home-based care, in the context of national health programmes; (b) policies for strengthening and expanding human resources, including education and training of health care professionals, in order to ensure adequate responses to palliative care needs, together with training of volunteers and education of the public.
2. Implement WHO published guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses, which include pain relief in palliative care.
3. In collaboration with relevant departments ensure that the appropriate essential medicines for optimal palliative care are available and affordable to those in need, in accordance with the essential medicines concept.
4. Provide technical support on all aspects of palliative care as part of comprehensive cancer control and other conditions programmes which require palliative care.
5. Monitor and evaluate the integration of palliative care into the continuum of care for people with life-threatening and incurable conditions.
6. Support the development and implementation of resource mobilization strategies to support palliative care.
7. Prepare technical reports, scientific papers and documents on the programme monitoring and evaluation.
8. Improve access to essential medicines on palliative care.
9. Establish partnerships and maintain effective communication and coordination with other relevant WHO programmes, as well as other UN agencies and partners engaged in activities in palliative care.
10. Perform other duties as required.
A first university degree in medicine, pharmacology, nursing or other related fields and an advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in health care, public health or equivalent.

Training in palliative care at primary health care level.
Broad-based knowledge of public health, in particular in palliative care including community- and home-based palliative care.
Good understanding of primary, secondary and tertiary health services for NCD management.
Skills in development, implementation and evaluation of national programmes on palliative care, particularly in resource-constrained settings.
Standard computer skills, including familiarity with office programmes (e.g. the Microsoft Office suite).

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
Considerable experience (at least 7 years) in the management of primary health care programmes, particularly palliative care including community- and home-based palliative care of which 3 years at the international level.

Relevant experience working with WHO, UN or international organizations.
Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of another UN official language.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67611 at single rate
USD 72605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 106.2 % 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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