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Coordinator (Air Quality, Energy and Health)

Seoul (Korea (Republic of))

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Seoul (Korea (Republic of))
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Environment
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-07

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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

As a centre of technical and scientific excellence, the WHO Centre for Environment and Health in the Western Pacific Region (“the Centre”) based in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, will contribute to the development of healthier and safer environments and strengthened community resilience to climate and environmental change for health and health equity for all people of the WHO Western Pacific Region. The Centre's objectives are to (1) strengthen the scientific information and evidence for policy-making on existing and emerging climate and environmental determinants of health, including adapting global norms and standards and monitoring trends in the Region; (2) assist Member States in developing and implementing policies to protect and promote health and well-being by addressing climate and environmental determinants of health across sectors; and (3) support Member States in developing and strengthening technical capacities and programmes, working with partners and stakeholders, including vulnerable populations, contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Western Pacific Regional Framework for Action on Health and Environment on a Changing Planet and WHO Global Strategy on Health, Environment and Climate Change.

The Programme on Climate, Environment and Health of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO) aims to (i) effectively apply the Thirteenth General Programme of Work though development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WHO's programme of cooperation with Member States in the Region; (ii) efficiently implement the WHO collaborative programmes by promoting technical cooperation, stimulate interest and coordinate support towards health development, based on global and regional strategies and WHO guidelines; and (iii) provide advice on programme and managerial matters encountered in project execution and administrative support.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Under the supervision of the Head of Centre\:

(1) Analyse and synthesize scientific information and evidence to inform decision- and policy-making; provide, articulate and advocate policy options; collect data and monitor trends, promote innovation, research and shape research agenda to support Member States in the area of air quality, energy and health, in close collaboration with the Regional Office;

(2) Develop, implement and evaluate the Centre's programme and projects on air quality, energy and other issues related to air pollution and its health impact; provide advice and information on programme priorities, the status of implementation, and the associated resource needs; and mobilize resources for the Centre's programme;

(3) Collaborate with Member States, NGOs, international partner agencies, WHO country offices, WHO collaborating centres and other organizations in assessing regional situations and needs, defining priorities for WHO support, developing plans and projects, mobilizing resources for funding, and implementing and evaluating the plans and projects, in close collaboration with the Regional Office;

(4) Support and assist the Head of Centre to implement, facilitate, coordinate, manage, monitor and evaluate Centre's activities related to air quality, energy and health;

(5) Provide the necessary advice to Member States and the Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Health and Environment, as requested by the Head of Centre and in close collaboration with the Regional Office;

(6) Assist the Head of Centre in the submission of proposals, reports and other relevant implementation documents to the host country and other donors;

(7) Assist the Head of Centre in communicating with donors and relevant partners, including the Green Climate Fund, Global Environment Facility and development banks;

(8) Support regional and national activities in air quality, energy and health by\:

-Organizing and implementing regional and national training courses, workshops and consultations;

-Developing research proposals and evaluating their outcomes;

-Developing and disseminating promotional materials; and

-Providing technical advice to staff and consultants of WHO Regional Office and country offices.

(9) Undertake related duties as required, including but not limited to\:

-Represent WHO and/or WPRO at technical meetings related to the the above responsibility;

-Participate in and support interdivisional and interprogramme coordination and collaboration activities in WHO and the Centre; and

-Act for other WHO staff members when necessary to facilitate continuity of work.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential\: Postgraduate degree (master's level or higher) in public health, environmental science or engineering or related fields from a recognized university.


Desirable\: Doctoral degree in public health specialized in environmental health and/or epidemiology or related science field.

Experience

Essential\: At least ten years' experience in programme management, research, policy development and/or resource mobilization of which at least five years' relevant experience at international level on environment and health, air pollution and energy or in related fields.


Desirable\: Research experience in the field of air pollution and/or energy policy. Experience of working within WHO or other UN agencies.

Skills

-High-level of scientific and technical knowledge of principles, practices and policies in environmental health and specific knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in air quality management including outdoor and indoor, and linkage between energy policies and health; ability to plan, develop, implement and promote environmental health-related activities and projects;

- Ability to analyse and synthesize scientific information and evidence, including those from data monitoring and research to inform decision- and policy-making; experience and ability to provide, articulate and advocate policy options based on evidence;

- Experience in project management (planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation) and writing of progress reports particularly under tight schedule and deadlines;

- High-level of knowledge on the health impacts of air pollution and energy policy, including the transboundary air pollution and climate action;

- Knowledge and skills in the area of climate, environment and health, such as environmental burden of disease, health impact assessment, environment and health information system, air pollution, energy, climate change and health and other issues;

- Demonstrated ability to develop new projects and mobilize resources from the bilateral and multilateral donors in the area of health, environment and climate change as relevant to the programme;

- Excellent skills in written and oral communication;

- Knowledge of the WHO and United Nations (UN) system would be an asset, as would experience of working with other multi- and bilateral development agencies active in the environment and health sectors; and

- Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of professional and personal conduct. 

WHO Competencies

Teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Communication
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.

REMUNERATION

WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 87,108 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4530 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • 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 will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\://www.who.int/employment/en/. 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.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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