Technical Officer

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The strategic objective of the Global Malaria Programme is to support Member States to adopt WHO's malaria-related technical recommendations, and to advance implementation of the new Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030. The Programme's core roles are to: I) Address key malaria control and elimination strategic questions; II) Set, communicate & disseminate evidence-based normative guidance, policy advice and implementation guidance to support country action; III) Coordinate WHO capacity building & technical support to Member States, jointly with Regions, Inter-country Support Teams (ISTs) and Countries; IV) Help countries develop and implement robust surveillance systems to generate quality data and use that data to achieve greater impact; V) Keep an independent score of global progress in malaria control and elimination, including drug & insecticide resistance. The Programme Support and Management Unit was established to support the Director and the Department in resource mobilization, grant management, donor reporting, finance and procurement, advocacy and external relations and project management. Description of duties: Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, Global Malaria Programme, the incumbent will work closely with the Director, Global Malaria Programme, technical unit coordinators, and regional advisors for malaria. The incumbent will:- lead external relations, advocacy and communications activities for the department and ensure that the department's goals and priorities are well articulated to key internal and external audiences;- oversee the development of a communications and advocacy strategy to roll out the new Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030, and to generate support and awareness of the department's recently refreshed priorities, goals and work plan;- lead planning for major report launches and corporate events, ministerial conferences, and other high-profile policy events, coordinating closely with key partners, and contributing to reports as chapter author or reviewer;- be responsible for drafting and editing briefings, statements, advocacy materials, and report chapters and will help to quality-assure the department's overall technical output;- oversee content development for the malaria website and newsletter;- manage a small team comprised of a web content officer and an information management officer (vacant as of yet), and will provide guidance to project-based advocacy and communications staff in the department and in regions;- represent WHO on the Roll Back Malaria Advocacy Working group, and other similar groups, and work closely with malaria stakeholders, donors, and advocacy groups on events, reports, and messaging;- coordinate WHO's activities for World Malaria Day every year, working closely with the Department of Communications, regional offices, and the Roll Back Malaria partnership;- advocate for WHO by identifying opportunities, establishing frameworks for interaction and help to strengthen internal communications within WHO malaria teams at the three levels of the Organization. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.Essential:Master's degree in social sciences, international relations, journalism, communications or a related field.Desirable:Training or degree in public health, or an advanced degree in global health, social sciences or international relations. Skills: Strong communications skills, including demonstrated writing and editing ability, complemented by an ability to understand complex technical issues in the field of public health. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, complemented by the ability to produce results under tight deadlines and pressure. Sound analytical skills, tact, discretion and mature judgment. The ability to work independently and to promote consensus.Other skills:Computer literacy with emphasis on desktop publishing and work processing software, and knowledge of web techniques. Excellent written and presentation skills.Mandatory WHO competencies:1. Technical Expertise2. Overall attitude at work3. Creating an empowering and motivating environmentOther WHO competencies identified for success in this role:1. Communicating in a credible and effective way2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences3. Producing results4. Moving forward in a changing environment5. Fostering integration and teamwork Experience: Essential:At least 7 years' experience in external relations, advocacy, communications or public information at an international organization or in the international non-profit sector. At least 3 years' work experience in global health, complemented by experience in event management and technical writing.Desirable:Experience within WHO or another UN agency; familiarity with WHO communications policies; experience in managing or supporting large multi-stakeholder and inter-governmental events. Languages: Essential:Expert knowledge of English.Desirable:Intermediate knowledge of French. Additional Information: Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: (to learn more about WHO's operations) Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by dateWHO's 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.This vacancy is published in English only.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. Post Adjustment: 91 % 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: 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
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2015-10-27

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