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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/15/PEC/TASR88
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 26 November 2015
Application Deadline: 17 December 2015 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/PEC Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (HQ/PEC) /
HQ/ENB Enabling functions in support of PEC cluster (HQ/ENB)
The overall objectives of the Polio Eradication Initiative are to lead the global eradication effort of national governments and the Polio Eradication Partnership to interrupt the transmission of poliovirus worldwide, certify eradication and, eventually, stop the use of oral poliovirus vaccine and mainstream the polio eradication infrastructure.
Description of duties:
Reporting to the Technical officer (Budget and Finance) of the Programm Operations and Cluster Management/Polio (PCM/POL) team, the Technical Officer will:
1. Prepare, consolidate and finalize grant proposals for global and regional activities to core and new donors based on inputs received from country, regional and HQ colleagues.
2. Draft, consolidate and finalize technical reports on global and regional activities for timely submission to donors, based on inputs received from country and/or regional offices and in collaboration with HQ technical focal points.
3. Under the guidance of the Programme Officer, POL support the Polio Programme Area Network (PAN) with focus on the mid-term and end of biennium reports especially through report writing and consolidating input from WHO regions and HQ for the global report. Participate in PAN meetings as scheduled.
4. Manage and monitor reporting and other deadlines for all polio contributions received at the global, regional and country level through established reporting modules and in consultation with External Relations Team. Participate in award management meetings and review status of deadlines with the team.
5. Monitor and maintain accurate reporting inputs and updates in WHO's Global Management System (GSM).
6. Write standard donor correspondence for the submission or reports or proposals, no-cost extensions and other grant-management related issues.
7. Any other duties as assigned by the first or second level supervisor.
A first University degree in journalism, business, management, communications, humanities, or related field.*
Advanced degree in journalism, business, management, communications, humanities or related field.
*For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.
Ability to work as part of a team, multitask, prioritize and work to tight deadlines. Ability to follow up for input on a timely basis while maintaining good working relationships with colleagues. Knowledge of WHO administrative systems would be an asset.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications particularly MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Knowing and managing yourself
4. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
5. Fostering integration and teamwork
At least five years' international or national work experience in writing and editing including two years with the UN. Demonstrated grant proposal/report-writing skills in the English language in previous work experience. Experience in maintaining systems to plan and organize deadlines and working to meet them. Experience in working to meet tight deadlines and working on several reports/proposals simultaneously. Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Work experience with ERP systems.
Expert knowledge of English
Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of other UN language.
Additional Information:
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WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.
This vacancy is published in English only.
Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$56766 at single rate
US$60813 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 86 % 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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