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Technical Officer (Nutrition & Obesity)

Copenhagen (Denmark)

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe is to support Member States in: (i) developing and sustaining their 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 for public health.The Division of Non-Communicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-Course (DNP) aims to improve health during all stages of life by addressing the social, environmental, behavioural and biological determinants of chronic diseases. DNP achieves this aim by applying the principles and practice of health promotion as well as integrating the prevention, control and management of disease in order to: (a) assist countries in the European Region to design, establish and run effective health and intersectoral programmes that are able to tackle the burden of chronic diseases and conditions, particularly focusing on: noncommunicable diseases (cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases) as well as related conditions and risk factors (harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs, tobacco use, overweight and obesity, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity); mental health and neuro-degenerative disorders; violence and injuries; (b) assist countries to promote health across the life course, particularly focusing on: child and adolescent health; sexual and reproductive health, including making pregnancy safer, women's health and rights; healthy ageing; (c) maintain regional integrated surveillance systems and assisting countries in developing disease and risk factor surveillance systems, to determine and monitor burden of disease, risks factors and health determinants, and to propose relevant applied research projects, health interventions and partnerships to tackle the acute and long-term health impact of those diseases and risk factors. Within this context, the objective of the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity programme is to contribute to the promotion of healthy nutrition and healthy enhancing physical activity in Europe and to the prevention of obesity and the mitigation of its negative impacts; to ensure that Member States and other relevant stakeholders are equipped with best available data, evidence and guidance in designing, strengthening and implementing policies in the field of nutrition, physical activity and obesity and in monitoring the progress; to assist Member-States in the implementation of the European Food and Nutrition Policy Action Plan 2015-2020, recommendations and on the accomplishment of the commitments under Health 2020. Description of duties: The incumbent will be required to perform the following duties:1. Provide technical support regarding the implementation and monitoring of the new European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020, namely on the preparation of a framework for implementation and a core set of indicators for impact evaluation.2. Prepare a set of scientific papers and policy briefings in relationship with nutrition and obesity policies to serve as background to the FNAP implementation and monitoring process as well as to feed into the global process of the program of work of the Ending Childhood Obesity Commission, the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the UN Decade of Nutrition.3. To organize virtual and physical consultation meetings for the implementation of the FNAP involving member states and other stakeholders.4. To support country field testing and implementation of the WHO European Region single nutrient profiling model and front of pack labelling initiatives.5. To contribute to the update the NCD Integrated Information System - area of nutrition, physical activity and obesity, database in the area of nutrition policies.6. To support the fine-tuning of the set of indicators of the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: University degree in nutrition related areas, public health or other relevant area.Desirable: Postgraduate diploma in nutrition, public health, public administration, international law, international relations or public policies.NB: WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. Skills: Functional skills and knowledge required - - Basic knowledge of nutrition, physical activity and health, obesity prevention, nutrition, public health nutrition, nutrition policy in Europe.- Good understanding of the promotion of healthy lifestyles through population, high risk and harm reduction interventions.- Analytical and writing skills to prepare a variety of documents and briefing materials.- Proficiency in communicating fluently in English (spoken and written).- Excellent organizational capacity, problem-solving oriented, ability to keep high productivity and meet deadlines working in a challenging environment.- Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.- Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software and the use of database and statistical software.- Knowledge of Russian will be an asset.Other Skills:Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software and the use of database and statistical software.Competencies required:1) Knowing and managing yourself - The incumbent will work under pressure in order to deliver policy analysis in the field of nutrition in a short period of time. 2) Producing results - The incumbent will be expected to deliver by the deadline a series of nutrition policy analysis products. Organizational and coordination skills. 3) Ensuring the effective use of resources - The incumbent will have to manage a wealth of information sources at the same time managing wisely existing resources to perform the different analysis. 4) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences - The attainment of the goals of the tasks the incumbent will be linked to his/hers capacity to interact and network with different groups and other departments. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.5) Communicating in a credible and effective way - The incumbent will have to be able to communicate in a written and oral form in the field of nutrition policies. Analytical and writing skills to prepare a variety of documents and briefing materials. Good communication skills, both oral and written. Experience: Essential: A minimum of 2 years' experience in nutrition policy and programmes, including policy analysis at the international level.Desirable: Experience in Public Health Nutrition and/or public policies research. Languages: Essential: A very good command of the English language.Desirable: Knowledge of any other WHO EURO official languages. Knowledge of Russian will be an asset. Additional Information: * Any extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.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.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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.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 [NB: to be adjusted to the standard VN for posts in the general service category]. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO:http://www.who.int Click on: . to learn more about WHO's operations http://icsc.un.org Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date Post Adjustment: 51.6 % 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. 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. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2015-09-26

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