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Vacancy Notice No:EURO/16/FT794
Title: Project Officer, Mental Health and Disability - Turkey
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract: 1 year (* see under additional information)
Date:13 December 2016
Application Deadline:13 January 2017
(30 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:Ankara, Turkey
Organization unit:EU Europe (EU) /
EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO)

The aim of this project is to contribute to the effort of government of Turkey to provide effective, accessible and efficient community based support services for persons with mental disabilities so as to enable their social inclusion. The term "mental disability" refers to both chronic and severe mental disorders and intellectual disabilities.
The project would do so by:
- assisting in the implementation of an integrated model of community based care services for people with mental disabilities;
- supporting evidence based policy making and planning of services for people with mental disabilities;
- developing and delivering training modules for a person-centered approach for enhancing a competent workforce;
- building upon the achievements of the earlier project "Promoting Services for People with Disabilities".

Description of duties:
To contribute to the implementation of the Project: Social Inclusion of Persons with Mental Disabilities by delivering the following tasks:
- Support the Project Officer in the preparation of a project work plan in line with objectives and targets of the project in close coordination with counterparts and partners;
- Support the monitoring of activities and delivery of various milestones, deadlines, etc.;
- Offer support for developing, updating and adapting relevant guidelines, training materials and tools, and in performing training needs assessments;
- Contribute to the organization of project training activities and support the development and update of specific advocacy and training materials for the project in coordination with relevant partners and Ministries;
- Draft written reports on progress and technical reports in line with project requirements within the given deadlines;
- Provide technical support to the national task force(s) for the coordination of project activities at country level and related committees and ensure effective coordination and collaboration among related institutions, local authorities and NGOs;
- Facilitate coordination with MoFSP and MoH for joint actions such as working groups, round-tables and meetings to facilitate implementation of priority programme areas at national and local levels;
- Provide support in the organization of meetings of project partners and NGOs on a regular basis and events to increase national awareness including visibility and media events whenever required;
- Facilitate advocacy and communication activities of the project based on communication and visibility plan of the project;
- Provide technical and organizational support for the study visits planned during the duration of the project with proper documentation and reporting of capacity building events;
- Support the organization of missions of WHO staff and experts, facilitating monitoring and following-up their recommendations;
- Perform other duties as required by the Project Manager for the successful implementation of the Project.


Essential: University degree in psychiatry, psychology, public health or social sciences.
Desirable: Post-graduate degree in a mental health related field.
WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.

- Demonstrated knowledge and skills in developing and implementing effective community based services for people with mental disabilities.
- Knowledge of international public mental health.
- Familiarity with the goals and procedures of international organizations (United Nations system, donors, major non-governmental organizations) and European Union-funded projects in other countries is desirable.
Competencies required:
1. Producing and delivering quality results: The incumbent has very clearly defined project deliverables and it is imperative to be results-oriented within the project framework and is able to deliver quality timely results. Takes full ownership of assigned tasks demonstrating a systematic and efficient approach to work that yields high-quality results and workable solutions to surmount critical challenges. Initiates actions and monitors progress towards achievement of planned objectives. Is action oriented and committed to achieving outcomes.
2. Moving forward in a changing environment: The incumbent welcomes, and actively seeks to apply, new ideas, approaches and working methods and technologies in order to improve own and/or team's work processes and results; demonstrates commitment to Organizational change initiatives.
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way: The incumbent will be charged with interacting with several partners and counterparts within and outside the WHO, communicating with counterparts, scientists and peers. In view of that, the capacity to communicate effectively is a necessary skill that will enable the production of high quality results as well as the consolidation of the WHO credibility and trustworthiness. Ensures that information is shared. Encourages others to share their views; takes time to understand and consider these views and ensures communication of appropriate messages to other unit staff. Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others; listens actively. Produces effective written communications.
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond: Develops and strengthens internal and external partnerships that can provide information, assistance and support to WHO. Identifies and uses synergies across the Organization and with external partners.
See WHO Global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/competencies/en/

Essential: At least 2 years national working experience in the fields of disability, social services and mental health dealing with multiple stakeholders, particularly national policy makers and NGOs in the field of mental health and intellectual disabilities.
Desirable: Experience working in an international context.

Essential: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English. Excellent knowledge of written and spoken Turkish.
Desirable: Knowledge of an official WHO/EURO language

Additional Information:
This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of TURKEY will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of TURKEY will not be considered. Please REFRAIN from applying if you are not a national of TURKEY.
(*) Extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.
Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.
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.
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.

Annual salary:(Net of tax)
145,320 New Turkish Lira at single rate
2,075 N.T. Lira pr.child/year up to max.6 children with primary dependants

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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