Technical Officer (Health Research & Development)

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The Department of Information, Evidence and Research (IER) is part of the Health Systems and Innovation (HIS) Cluster and aims to strengthen the availability, accessibility, quality, reliability and use of health information and public health research among Member States and health development partners. This should result in improved information for evidence-based decision-making resulting at all levels, allowing better health services content and quality, as well as targeting, in the context of universal health coverage. IER focuses on three of the six WHO core functions, including monitoring the health situation and assessing trends; shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge; and setting norms and standards, and promoting their implementation. In addition to the Director's office the department is composed on the following units: Mortality and Health Analysis (MHA), Health Data Standards and Informatics (DSI), Research, Ethics and Knowledge Management (REK) and Global Platform for Measurement for Accountability (GPM). The core functions of the REK unit are to strengthen evidence-informed policy making by enhancing public health research related to health systems and programme implementation. The focus is on strengthening of country health research systems, with a focus on translation of research evidence for decision-making and implementation research; global monitoring of research practices; exploring new ways of building evidence through systematic reviews and settings standards for guidelines and research within and outside of WHO. Description of duties: Under the direct supervision and overall guidance of the first level supervisor, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:1. Assist in setting up various stakeholders meetings or working groups to guide the establishment of the R&D Observatory, including drafting of concept notes meeting or working group objectives and terms of reference (TORs), identification of potential members and drafting of meeting reports, as relevant.2. Support the initiation and follow-up of other projects designed to enhance the functions of the R&D Observatory. This includes assisting in drafting of TORs and requests for proposals, identification of potential candidates, support in the screening and management of the contractual process.3. Provide support for maintaining the online portal of the R&D Observatory, as needed.4. Assist in maintaining the website up to date, e.g. by drafting web content and uploading documents. 5. Provide research assistance for various research projects related to the research or knowledge uptake functions of the team, e.g. by conducting literature reviews, data collection, preliminary analysis and developing summaries of findings in text and presentation format. 6. Perform other tasks related to the REK team work plan, as requested. 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:A first university degree* in public health, biomedical sciences, social sciences or other fields related to Health.* For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.Desirable:Training courses in research ethics or Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training. Skills: Knowledge and experience of health research, with some background of the social sciences. Knowledge of international ethics guidelines and current debates in research ethics. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, tact and a high degree of confidentiality and discretion. Good knowledge of MS Office application, and experience with managing web based tools.WHO Competencies:1. Fostering integration and teamwork2. Communicating in a credible and effective way3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences4. Moving forward in a changing environment5. Producing results Experience: Essential:At least one year of experience in the field of health and managing projects related to health, and the writing of proposals.Desirable:Experience in research and or public health ethics, working with ethics review committees. Languages: Essential:Expert knowledge of English and 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: 88.8 % 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. 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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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: P-1, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-11

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