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Vacancy Notice No:HQ/17/MSD/TA1
Title: Technical Officer (Mental Health)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract: 1 year
Date:5 January 2017
Application Deadline:26 January 2017
(20 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:HQ/MSD Mental Health and Substance Abuse (HQ/MSD) /
HQ/MER Evidence, Research, Action on Mental &Brain Disorders (HQ/MER)

The objectives of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD) are to reduce the burden associated with mental, neurological, and substance use disorders, and to promote mental health worldwide. The mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) aims to achieve significantly higher coverage of key interventions for preventing and managing priority mental, neurological and substance use disorders in low and middle income countries.

Description of duties:
Purpose of the Position:
To assist in supporting Member States in the implementation of the mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) and the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020.
Organizational context:
The incumbent will be working under the supervision of the Public Mental Health Adviser, in the team for Evidence, Research and Action on Mental and Brain Disorders (MER). The activities will largely be carried out for and within the mental health GAP Action Programme (mhGAP) and the WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020, and will need to be coordinated with other programmes in MER.
The incumbent will support the work programme on scalable psychological interventions and e-mental health informed by cognitive-behavioural therapeutic approaches. The incumbent will also be expected to interact closely with other specific programmes and departments at country, regional and HQ levels of the Organization, as well as with Member States and external partners such as international NGOs and donors.
Summary of assigned duties:
1. To provide technical input for the development, testing, and implementation of scalable psychological interventions in populations exposed to adversity settings, especially with reference to the Self-Help Plus package.
2. To provide technical support for the development, testing, and implementation of information technology (IT) assisted interventions, especially with reference to electronic and mobile application of the mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Intervention Guide 2.0.
3. To contribute to other programmatic activities of MER required by programmatic priorities.
4. Perform all other related duties as assigned.


A first level university degree in psychology or related science.
Advanced level university degree in clinical psychology.
Formal training in cognitive-behavioural therapy.
*For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
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.

1. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the development, testing and implementation of psychological interventions, e-mental health and the planning, delivery and evaluation of mental health services, including in the context of resource-constrained countries;
2. Demonstrated knowledge of and training skills in clinical decision-making tools;
3. Demonstrated skills in developing partnerships for mental health initiatives and;
4. Excellent communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
WHO competencies:
1. Producing results;
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way:
3. Fostering integration and teamwork:
4. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.

At least 5 years of experience in mental health services research or programme implementation, of which at least 1 year of experience working and living in low and middle income countries.
Experience in developing and testing psychological interventions.
Experience in training and supervising non-specialists in psychological interventions.
Experience with e-health as evidenced by scientific publications.

Expert knowledge of English.
Expert knowledge of French and/or intermediate knowledge of another WHO language.

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 date
WHOs 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.
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 qualified WHO staff from other duty stations are encouraged, as long as they have completed half of their standard duration of assignment (SDA) and have been in their current position for at least two years.

Annual salary:(Net of tax)
USD 57'379 at single rate
USD 61'470 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment:80 % 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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