Technical Officer, Migration and Health
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Duty Station : Copenhagen, Denmark
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Vacancy Notice No:EURO/17/TASR4
Title: Technical Officer, Migration and Health
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract: 12 months (* see under additional information)
Date:10 January 2017
Application Deadline:31 January 2017
(20 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit:EU Europe (EU) /
EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO)
Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being / Migration and Health Programme
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
As stated in the WHO Constitution, the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, and political belief, economic or social condition. Evidence presented to the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health clearly shows that processes and conditions that systematically prohibit or restrict population groups from economic, social, political, and cultural inclusion are strongly associated with inequities in health status and access to health services.
Strengthening health systems and addressing underlying determinants of health to protect the right to health of vulnerable groups-especially migrants, and other populations experiencing poverty and social exclusion-is among the priorities of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. This topic was addressed by the WHA resolution 61.17 on the health of Migrants, in the new European Policy for Health (Health 2020) and the European Review of Social Determinants and Health Divide, by the SDG and the 2030 Agenda and reaffirmed during the 2016, 138 EB and during the 69th WHA. Against this background, the WHO Regional Director for Europe has called for the consolidation of existing work and the further development of a Migration and Health Programme (MIG).
The overall objective of the MIG Programme is to contribute to the promotion of awareness, political commitment and action relating to conditions that make Migrants, Refugees and Asylum seekers vulnerable to ill-health. and in particular the needs and expectations of vulnerable groups as the Migrants Refugees and Asylum seekers, and ethnic minorities, guided by the values and principles of the European Health2020 policy.
The specific objectives of the MIG Programme correspond to four areas work: (i) inter-country work, (ii), country work (iii)
cross-Regional Office work to strengthen WHO's capacity, and (iv) strategic partnerships:
i. At European level, provide evidence, resources (e.g., tools, guidance, norms and standards) and
inter-country activities and platforms to strengthen the capacity of Member States and other stakeholders to better understand and meet the health needs of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers and other populations experiencing poverty and social exclusion, and thereby also strengthen governmental capacity to fulfill its obligations to the right to health;
ii. Through WHO-MOH Biennial Collaborative Agreements/country workplans and other bilateral or multi-lateral arrangements, provide support to Ministries of Health for the implementation of policies and
programmes for the health of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers and other populations experiencing poverty and social exclusion;
iii. Within the Regional Office for Europe, provide support/input for how programmatic areas can better
integrate perspectives Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers health needs and responsive actions into their work;
iv. Strengthen strategic partnerships for work to improve the health of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers experiencing poverty and social exclusion, in particular with other agencies of the UN system, the European Commission, and select NGOs/EU-funded projects.
The goal of the MIG Programme is to provide technical assistance to Member States in their efforts to respond to situations related to the essential needs of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The MIG and health programme is implemented according to the values and principles of Health 2020, the European health policy framework supporting action across government and society for better health and well-being in the WHO European Region. It pays particular attention to measures for reducing health inequalities; improving governance for health through bringing together stakeholders within and outside the health sector to discuss migrants and refugee health; and ensuring people-centered health systems. The MIG Health Programme aims at strengthening migrant and refugees sensitive services, and contributing to developing and improving policies, health systems and interventions to reduce significant challenges to the health system of recipient countries. One of the main aim of the MIG programme is to develop know how, expertise and capacity to be used by the European Region in regards of countries facing large migration, identification of needs and service gaps to be addressed, to provide specialized migrants health technical assistance to MSs, expand evidence and data collection on migrant health, to promote information sharing and communication on migrant health situation in the European Region and to support policy development to promote health system sensitiveness towards migrant health needs.
Description of duties:
Under the leadership of and managerial guidance from Coordinator, Public Health and Migration programme, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities and achieve the following objectives:
- Conduct research work for follow-up and analysis of migration related health policies in the WHO European Region; compile inputs on policy, humanitarian, gender and economic aspects of governance for health and migration in order to inform policy discussion with health and non-health stakeholders;
- Produce draft technical documents, information products and reports and provide technical assistance in the organization of various activities, such as workshops, meetings and technical assistance missions, in support of policy development in countries of the WHO European Region;
- Provide country tailored technical assistance within the operational range of the Migration and Health area of work including the formulation, implementation and monitoring of WHO programme activities carried out in Member States. Draft progress reports and other technical communications (e.g. donor reports, annual reports, briefing notes);
- Support the Migration Health team in organizing and implementing the Migration Health Knowledge Hub activities including online training and organizing yearly summer school to improve the skills of professionals working on different health aspects of migration and facilitating access to a network of experts;
- Facilitate and participate in multi sectoral partnership dialogue with health and non-health institutional and non-institutional players in the WHO European Region in the area of health and migration, organize meetings, produce relevant documentation and reports and supply content for e-based information sharing platforms as required.
- Contribute to the design of innovative tools for strengthening country capacity to manage large influxes of migrants carrying out country health assessments, and organizing stakeholder meetings during countrys health system assessment in cases of large influx of migrants.
- Act as desk focal point for a number of countries to support and monitor the implementation of the WHO EURO Strategy and Action Plan on Health and Migration.
Essential: University degree in medicine or other relevant recognized health related degree.
Desirable: Advanced university degree in political science, international relations global health or public health.
WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.
- Is aligned with the core values of the World Health Organization.
- Has demonstrated knowledge of migration policies and Member States implementation measures.
- Has a good understanding of the public health and Health in All Policies approach to produce results able to address the sensitivity of migration.
- Is sensitive to cultural and socio-political realities of other countries.
- Has excellent computer literacy (MS Office). Knowledge of statistical packages and of literature reference databases would be an advantage.
1) Knowing and managing yourself: The incumbent will have to remain productive when under pressure for meeting precise deadlines. Good organizational and coordination skills are required.
2) Producing results: The incumbent will have to timely deliver products to support evidence-based policy recommendations for strengthening intersectoral response to migrants' health needs.
3) Fostering integration and teamwork: Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse professional and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
4) Communicating in a credible and effective way: The incumbent should be able to communicate clearly in written and oral from about health and migration and policy formulation. Presentation skills are particularly important. Good analytical skills are required to prepare a variety of documents and briefing material.
5) Moving forward in a changing environment: Migration patterns are unpredictable and related priorities in the Region are changing accordingly. The incumbent will have to be able to adapt readily and efficiently to changing priorities and demands.
See WHO Global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/competencies/en/
Essential: A minimum of 2 years relevant experience in health and migration work.
Desirable: Experience in health and migration work within the UN system and/or experience of work at international level within this technical area.
Essential: Excellent command (advanced level) of English.
Desirable: Knowledge (basic level) of any other WHO/Europe official languages (French, German or Russian) or further European languages.
(*) Extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.
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Monthly salary:(Net of tax)
USD 3,983.5 at single rate
USD 4,247 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment:42.8 % 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.
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