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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No:HQ/16/NMH/TA312
Title: Technical Officer
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract: 1 year
Date:6 December 2016
Application Deadline:27 December 2016
(20 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:New York, United States of America
Organization unit:HQ/NMH Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (HQ/NMH) /
HQ/NMA NMH ADGO Office of the Assistant DG (HQ/NMA)
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The aim of the Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health cluster (NMH) is to provide leadership and direction for global, regional and national efforts to promote health and to prevent and control major non-communicable conditions, including non-communicable diseases, mental health conditions, malnutrition, disabilities, violence and injuries.
Primary objectives include:
- advocating for health promotion and disease prevention and control;
- promoting health, especially for poor and disadvantaged populations;
- slowing down and reversing the adverse trends in the common non-communicable conditions, including the key non-communicable diseases (cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases) and their risk factors (tobacco alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity), as well as mental health, nutrition, violence and injury prevention.
The main objective of the WHO Office at the United Nations (WUN) is to improve, on behalf of all WHO, its engagement with the UN system to better position health in the debates and decisions of UN intergovernmental bodies, to anchor health in the global development agenda and contribute to a coherent and effective UN system at global, regional and country levels.
The WUN office supports WHO leadership in health-related humanitarian efforts, including as the Health Cluster Lead, and promotes alliances and interagency approaches to address health issues, and promotes the Universal Health Coverage agenda.
To achieve the above-mentioned objectives, WUN office directly interacts with all key decision making bodies at UN HQ and pertinent political, economic, social, humanitarian and development groups; the WUN office also liaises with the WHO Regional Director's offices that support the effective delivery of the UN mandate at country level and facilitate WHO's involvement in the Regional United Nations Development Group (UNDG) teams. The main objective of the WUN office is to improve, on behalf of all WHO, its engagement with the UN system to better position health in the debates and decisions of UN intergovernmental bodies, to anchor health in the global development agenda and contribute to a coherent and effective UN system at global, regional and country levels. The WUN office supports WHO leadership in health-related humanitarian efforts, including as the Health Cluster Lead, and promotes alliances and interagency approaches to address health issues, and promotes the Universal Health Coverage agenda.
To achieve the above-mentioned objectives, WUN office directly interacts with all key decision making bodies at UN HQ and pertinent political, economic, social, humanitarian and development groups; the WUN office also liaises with the WHO Regional Director's offices that support the effective delivery of the UN mandate at country level and facilitate WHO's involvement in the Regional United Nations Development Group (UNDG) teams.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the position:
WHO is committed to working with Member States to ensure that the UN development system operates effectively and efficiently to deliver on its mandate to support countries achieve better health and sustainable development. The WHO reform process impelled the Organization to maximize convergence with the UN system to deliver effectively and efficiently on the UN mandate.
WHO's relationships with the UN system were set out in a document to the World Health Assembly (WHA 65/39), which identified four priorities:
i) ensuring the place of health in the deliberations and decisions of UN inter-governmental bodies;
ii) creating and sustaining effective networks and coalitions with the main health-related UN agencies, based on shared agendas for substantive work;
iii) strengthening WHO's effectiveness and leadership role in health as part of the UN humanitarian system; and
iv) supporting Member States as part of effective UN Country and Regional Teams.
The Technical Officer will promote the position and interests of WHO within the UN and with other stakeholders, with special focus on NCDs. The incumbent will ensure involvement, cooperation, coordination and follow up on the implementation of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development. The incumbent develops and maintains good working relations with counterparts in the UN Secretariat, UN Funds and Programmes, Specialized agencies, offices and other UN entities based in New York as necessary. S/he attends on behalf of WHO inter-governmental and other meetings of the UN system, NGOs and other organizations as required. The Technical Officer will be reporting to the Executive Director of WHO Office at the UN, while day-to-day guidance and instructions will be provided by the Deputy Executive Director.
The Technical Officer will work in the WHO Office at the United Nations, New York to assist with taking forward pertinent health issues, with special focus on all matters related to the NMH cluster, including the noncommunicable disease agenda, as well as mental health, nutrition, substance abuse, disabilities, road safety and violence and injury prevention.
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, and overall guidance of the Deputy Executive Director, the Technical Officer will engage in technical discussions and inter-governmental negotiations, as well as liaise with UN partners to promote WHO's leadership and coordination role in these areas, its position and interest; identify and share joint approaches for taking the NCD agenda forward, work towards international goals aimed at prevention and control of NCDs, and support implementation of the health targets contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Technical Officer will provide input and support for reports prepared by the WHO to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), ECOSOC and General Assembly, and contribute to the UN system wide collaboration and multi sectoral partnership for the prevention and control of NCDs, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the"WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs.
Summary of assigned duties:
1) Promote WHO policies, positions and interests with various New York-based stakeholders, including through the active participation in relevant conferences and meetings, with special focus on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).
2) Liaise with counterparts in Permanent Missions, UN agencies, funds and programmes, as well as foundations and other partners on the implementation of the commitments included in the 2011 UNGA Political Declaration on NCDs and the 2014 UNGA Outcome Document on NCDs, as well as on the preparatory process leading towards the third UNGA High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2018.
3) Follow-up on the implementation of the programmes of workision of tasks, as per agreement between WHO and UN partners, and explore new opportunities for further collaboration with UN partners in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2011 and 2014 UNGA outcome documents on NCDs, the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020, as well as broader issues that relate to the social and environmental determinants of health.
4) Provide guidance to other agencies of the UN system on WHO's leadership and coordination role in accelerating progress towards the NCD-related targets in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Act as focal point for WHO NMH staff, provide needed support and assistance as required for events taking place in New York.
5) Promote and support the development of relevant networks, alliances, and multi-stakeholder partnerships needed to successfully accelerate the inclusion of NCDs in national Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) responses.
6) Support WUN work on coordination and implementation of the WHO mental health action plan 2013-2020, the 2011-2020 decade of action on road safety, the WHO global disability action plan 2012-2021 and the 2016-2025 decade of action on nutrition, and assist with inter-agency collaboration and outreach to NGOs on the implementation of these plans.
7) Participate and represent WHO in the UN processes on violence prevention, especially the role of the health system to address interpersonal, in particular against women and girls, and against children, road safety and narcotics and drug control.
8) Assist in the facilitation of WUN coordination efforts with New York-based UN entities, as well as foundations and other partners on projects following the comprehensive implementation plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition.
9) Collaborate in the coordination of work related to urban health, including the Habitat III conference preparations in New York.
10) Support resource mobilization efforts for activities across the cluster.
11) Contribute to, engage and advocate the work of WUN office as strategic unit to promote WHO's goals and its role within the UN family by ensuring effective and consistent implementation of WUN external and internal communications strategy towards more coherent, more analytical, proactive, forward thinking, actionable sharing of information and intelligence with both internal and external stakeholders. This includes contribution to building up a WUN common information management system/repository for ensuring institutional memory and strategic oversight.
12) Perform other work-related duties as assigned by supervisors.
First university degree in international relations, public health, social sciences or related fields.
Advanced university degree in a related field.
*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.
- Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
- Actively engages in conversation with the key players in a multicultural environment both within and outside the organization, using tact and diplomacy in dealing with politically sensitive situations.
- Sound understanding of the UN development agenda, within the health context.
- Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities and skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive settings.
- Demonstrated ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key political and technical issues.
- Excellent skills in spoken and written English, especially in writing reports and briefings.
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Producing results
5. Fostering integration and teamwork
A minimum of five years of combined national and international experience working in public health programmes or international relations context, involving multi-sectorial/multiagency environment, including health and non-health stakeholders.
Experience in or with one or more UN agencies with special focus on public health or NCDs.
Expert knowldege of English.
Intermediate knowledge of another WHO language.
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:64.9 % 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
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
WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
Consultancy - Design of Guidance Note on Indigenous Women, New York (International Consultant)
Closing date: 2017-05-18
CONSULTANCY - DESIGN OF GUIDANCE NOTE ON INDIGENOUS WOMEN
Advertised on behalf of :United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Location :New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :18-May-17
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :English Spanish
Duration of Initial Contract :90 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 Months
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The six programmatic priorities of UN Women's Strategic Plan (SP, 2014-2017): participation in decision-making at all levels, economic empowerment, ending violence, peace and security and humanitarian action, governance and national planning, setting of global norms, and policies and standards on gender equality and women's empowerment are vital catalysts for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the agreed outcomes of the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).
The period 2015 and beyond will mark a watershed in UN Women's programming for indigenous women, particularly within the context of the pathway provided through the WCIP outcomes and the implementation framework afforded by UNDRIP. Actions taken and priorities of indigenous women are also reflected in the 20 year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and in UN Women's advocacy efforts on the inclusion of a transformative standalone goal on gender equality as presented to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development.
The organization is seeking to hire a consultant to assist in the design of an organizational Guidance Note (GN) on indigenous women. The production of this GN will be in fulfillment of a specific recommendation of the May 2014 (13th) Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which calls on UN Women 'to finalize a road map with actions and outcomes for indigenous women and girls'.
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women Strategic Plan, 2014-2017, Second Regular Session 2013.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Constitutional and Access to Justice Advisor at UN Women and in close consultation with Management and Staff, including at Country level, the consultant will undertake a review and analysis of existing Policies on Indigenous Peoples within the UN system, recommendations of UN human rights treaty bodies, the United Nations Development Group Guidelines on Indigenous Issues, the Alta Outcome Document, the WCIP Outcome Document, UN Women Programme Documents and other relevant documents and frameworks, to inform the design of a GN in support of UN Women's programming for and with indigenous women.
- An Inception Report detailing the methodology, conceptual framework, outline, interview schedule and roadmap for completion of the GN: 25 May 2015;
- First Draft of the GN:15 July 2015;
- Final Draft of the GN: 14 August 2015.
Timeframe and payment:
- The assignment will last over a period of 90 days over a three month period and is New York based consultancy;
- Installments will be made on the satisfactory receipt of each deliverable.
Core Values and Guiding Principles
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling UN Women values and ethical standards;
- Demonstrates commitment to UN Women's mission and vision;
- Able to work effectively within a team;
- Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability;
- Able to multi-task and juggle competing demands;
- Can assess and prioritize work needs quickly; and
- Able to relate to external partners, including other international organizations and agencies, NGOs, grassroots community groups, etc.
- Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;
- Ability to produce well-written reports and organizational tools, demonstrating analytical ability and communication skills; and
- Knowledge of indigenous issues and frameworks affecting the entitlements of indigenous peoples broadly and of indigenous women specifically.
Required Skills and Experience
- Minimum: Masters level degree in Law, International Relations, History, Political Science, Gender or relevant field and/or equivalent practical experience.
- At least 10 years of working experience, including proven experience integrating and/or researching gender equality and indigenous peoples rights and issues particularly within the context of UN Women's mandate;
- Sound knowledge of international standards on human rights, women's rights and related instruments;
- Previous international experience, academic or professional, of working on gender and indigenous issues;
- Experience with UN Intergovernmental processes including those which impact on the rights of indigenous women;
- Familiarity with local level structures in multiple contexts; and
- Experience working with multi-stakeholder organizations: governments, indigenous women's CSOs, and the UN/ multilateral/bilateral institutions.
- Fluency in oral and written English and Spanish are mandatory;
- Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.