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Technical Officer (Evidence and Policy on Environmental Health)

Geneva (Switzerland)

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The mission of the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health (PHE) is to improve health by preventing and reducing environmental hazards. Within PHE, the Unit on Evidence and Policy on Environmental Health (EPE) aims to assess the health implications of environmental risk factors, and includes a team specifically aiming to provide international leadership in assessing health implications of climate change; define and support effective policy responses; raise awareness and support capacity development among Member States and other actors; and ensure that the programme contributes to a comprehensive approach to promoting health within the context of sustainable development. WHO's work on climate change is mandated and guided by a World Health Assembly Resolution (61.19), and a workplan approved by the WHO Executive Board in its 136th session. Description of duties: To contribute to the development and implementation of a strategy and action plan to guide WHO's role in monitoring and guiding the international research agenda on climate change and health, in consultation with relevant staff in HQ, regional and country offices. To monitor and contribute to international initiatives on research, evidence, and economic assessment, to ensure appropriate representation of health and climate linkages, and develop opportunities to increase support for health and climate research. To assist in developing technical guidance and tools for assessment of the effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness, of policies, strategies and measures to protect health from climate change. To implement and refine a monitoring framework to track the progress of Member States in implementing the public health response to climate change, in consultation with relevant staff in HQ, regional and country offices. To identify and develop opportunities to mobilize resources to support implementation of health adaptation to climate change. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential:University degree in public health, economics or international development, or university degree in a different field ideally including an advanced degree (at Masters level) in one of these fields.Desirable:Studies or training in health policy, and/or research methods on climate change and health.*For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220. Skills: - Demonstrated knowledge in public health, epidemiological or economic analysis, climate change and health, international development; - Familiar with supporting Member States in responding to climate change; - Excellent interpersonal, and collaborative skills, and ability to build and sustain collaborative relationships with other partners, within and outside WHO.- Excellent knowledge of spreadsheet and word-processing software. - Knowledge of database, statistical and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software an advantage.WHO Competencies:1. Producing results2. Communicating in a credible and effective way3. Fostering integration and teamwork4. Technical Expertise 5. Overall attitude at work Experience: Essential:5 years professional experience of conducting or managing research on environmental and social determinants of health in relation to developing countries, of which 3 years working on environmental health at the international level.Desirable:- Experience in developing technical guidance and tools for assessing effectiveness of health interventions;- Experience working at WHO or other UN organization;- Some experience of working in collaboration with other UN Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and national Ministries, including in developing countries. Languages: Expert knowledge of English is required. Intermediate knowledge of French is desirable. Additional Information: This vacancy is published in English only.Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO:http://www.who.int (To learn more about WHO's operations )http://icsc.un.org Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by dateWHO'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. 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.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. Post Adjustment: 89.5 % 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. 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: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2015-09-22

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