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Technical Officer (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

Geneva (Switzerland)

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The objective of the Department for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health (PHE) is to address the environmental determinants of health in a comprehensive way, working through the health sector and with other relevant sectors. The Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health (WSH) is a major unit within PHE with diverse responsibilities, including water and sanitation monitoring and development of norms and guidelines. The objectives of the WSH programme are to: a) build capacity in countries, particularly within the health sector, for effective engagement in global, regional and national policy processes to address unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene and associated risks to health; b) strengthen the global evidence base on the health impacts of unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene, its sources and the effectiveness of interventions to address them; c) review the evidence base and produce normative guidance along with tools to aid with implementation; and d) monitor and report changes in exposure and health outcomes associated with policy measures taken to address the effects of unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. Description of duties: 1. As focal point on health care waste at WHO HQ to provide technical expertise and support, including development of guidelines, tools and training packages, for use at global, regional and national level. This includes contributing to global efforts on water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities as well as infection prevention and control work within the Service Delivery and Safety (SDS) Department including contributions to a waste strategy to accompany the injection safety initiative on single use syringes. In addition, support development of good practice documents on managing waste in other settings, such as in aircraft and ships. 2. In close collaboration with the Expanded Programme on Immunization unit within the Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB) department to develop guidelines on proper waste management for immunization related waste, particularly during mass campaign settings and in relation to vaccine vials targeted for recall.3. To contribute to the activities of the of the Immunization Systems Management Group to support polio eradication and the endgame strategy.4. Support WHO's work on monitoring Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities including implementation of core and expanded questions in national assessments, such as the Service Availability and Reliability Assessment, and reporting of coverage in periodic publications issued by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme.5. Within the emergency context, provide technical advice and field support on health care waste related issues for emergencies of global concern and outbreak prevention and response efforts. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: Advanced university degree in public or environmental health, environmental engineering or a closely allied field. Skills: Excellent project oversight, preparation, and management ability; excellent negotiating skills, excellent communication and reporting capacity, proposal preparation, familiarity with WHO recommended best practices and able to communicate technical information in a clear and credible manner. Ability to work independently, think critically and prioritize tasks. Demonstrated inter-personal (diplomacy, advocacy) skills. Experience of inter-institutional work (ideally inter-UN-entity and with Governments).WHO Competencies1. Producing results2. Communicating in a credible and effective way3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond4. Fostering integration and teamwork5. Technical Expertise6. Overall attitude at work7. Creating an empowering and motivating environment Experience: Essential: At least seven years' relevant, progressive experience working in environmental health (water, hygiene, sanitation and waste) in the context of developing countries, including substantive field experience with health care waste and health care waste disposal technologies. Extensive experience in project management, and in developing good practice documents.Desirable: Demonstrated experience in waste management for immunization related waste. Experience in conducting health care facility assessments and information technology tools to facilitate monitoring. Experience in responding to health care waste, as well as broader aspects of WASH, challenges in emergencies. Languages: Essential:Expert knowledge of English is required. Desirable:Intermediate knowledge of French. Working knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) is an added advantage. Additional Information: This vacancy is published in English only.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.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. 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 date Post Adjustment: 89.2 % 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. 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-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Environment
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-13

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