Technical Officer (HRH Policy and Standards)

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : In line with the WHO Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030, the Health Workforce (HWF) Department's main objective is to ensure that all people have equitable access to an adequately trained, skilled and supportive health workforce, in order to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being. A related priority goal is to improve the development, education, training and retention of the health workforce in least developed countries and Small Island Developing States. Description of duties: Under the guidance and supervision of the Coordinator the position of Technical Officer supports the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Policy and Standards unit of the HWF Department in leading on the legal, normative, technical, and accountability framework resulting from resolution WHA 63.16 on the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The incumbent also provides support to other policy, normative and standards activities, and the development and implementation of technical assistance at the global and country level. The Technical Officer will provide expertise in support of global and country efforts to strengthen the implementation of the WHO Code of Practice and the development of human resources for health. The incumbent functions as a team member within the Department covering legal, normative, labour market and workforce issues. The incumbent will dedicate approximately 60% of his/her time on legal, normative and technical work with the balance supporting activities with other units (e.g. Health Labour Market, Data, Evidence and Statistics and the High-Level Commission) to ensure important linkages across the Department. He/she will collaborate with other WHO Departments, regional offices, WHO country offices and external partners as appropriate.The incumbent will:- Provide advice and guidance to the Department's legal (i.e. governance and human rights), normative and technical work on the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, including Member State implementation, policy guidance, technical summaries and progress reporting through its governing bodies to Member States. - Provide advice and guidance to the Department's implementation of projects and programmes with earmarked funding towards the realization of the WHO Code of Practice; including technical and financial reporting to donors. - Provide legal (i.e. governance and human rights), normative and technical support to the implementation and continuous monitoring of other World Health Assembly resolutions on the health workforce; including Secretariat reporting through its governing bodies to Member States. - Provide legal (i.e. governance and human rights), normative and technical support to the implementation of the Global Strategy on HRH: Workforce 2030, including the advancement of an intersectoral agenda as determined in the Sustainable Development Goals. - Provide legal (i.e. governance and human rights), normative and technical support to the implementation of the High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth.- Provide legal (i.e. governance and human rights), normative and technical support to Member States in response to their requests, including the formulation, implementation, assessment, and monitoring and evaluation of national HRH policy, strategy, and programmes on international labour mobility and compliance with the WHO Code of Practice. - Identify and develop new analysis, evidence-based technical briefs and policy options on legal (i.e. governance and human rights), and normative guidance, including: normative employment, labour and human rights law with regards to community based practitioners, stigma and discrimination, professional ethics and social accountability. - Identify and develop new analysis, evidence-based technical briefs and policy options to inform Member States, global health initiatives, development partners and other relevant stakeholders in support of the global strategy and the attainment of universal health coverage.- Support the unit in enhancing capacity across regions and countries on HRH governance and human rights frameworks. - Support the Coordinator in his/her engagement in policy dialogue; leading collaboration with international organizations engaged on the WHO Code of Practice.- Support the Coordinator in collaborations with WHO technical programmes and other agencies on governance and human rights frameworks. - Support the Coordinator in progress towards the strategic objectives and milestones in the Programme Budget 2016-2017. - Build and promote strong partnerships with the relevant stakeholders in the HRH Network. - Engage in resource mobilization activities in support of the work on health workforce development. - Other duties as assigned by the Coordinator and/or Director, HWF. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential:Advanced university degree in public health, health policy, international law or related field.Desirable:Advanced university degree in global health law. Skills: Essential: In-depth knowledge of the WHO Global Code of Practice, health workforce development and health systems strengthening. Experience with national and global normative and policy processes in the health sector. Ability to produce high-quality technical documents on various issues of health systems and health workforce development. Ability to communicate clearly, taking into consideration a working environment which is multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and international. Excellent interpersonal and analytical skills.WHO Competencies: 1. Communicating in a credible and effective way2. Producing results3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond4. Moving forward in a changing environment5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Experience: Essential:At least 7 years of progressive experience, in a national and international context, working in the area of health workforce development with an emphasis on the international mobility of health personnel, global health law and health systems issues, including policy development at the national and global levels.Desirable: Previous experience working with Member States and development partners at country level. Languages: Essential:Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French. Additional Information: This vacancy is published in English only.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.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.WHO'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. 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 date Post Adjustment: 83 % 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. 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: 2016-03-07

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