Technical Officer

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI) advances global health through the prevention of violence, injury, vision and hearing loss; the management of NCDs; and the improvement of the quality of life for people with disability. The objectives of the Unintentional Injury Prevention team are to: ·monitor progress during the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020);·support activities to attain SDG target 3.6 of halving the number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020;·provide technical support to Member States to increase the proportion of countries with good road safety laws as requested by UN General Assembly resolutions; ·build capacity in regions and countries to implement the recommendations of the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention and related WHA resolutions; ·provide global leadership and foster partnerships in the area of road safety through the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration. Description of duties: The incumbent is a specialist in the epidemiology of road traffic injuries and will provide support for the development of regular global status reports on road safety. These data are used to assess the impact of the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) and target 3.6 of the SDGs. The individual works with independence but will work closely with other members of the UIP team as well as other staff in NVI and the cluster, Regional Advisors and Regional Data Coordinators. Outside WHO, the incumbent will have contact with National Data Coordinators from Health and Transport Ministries as well as local government officials and representatives, other international and nongovernmental organizations and agencies, individual experts, and WHO Collaborating centres.Assigned Duties:1. Modify, as required, the methodology, questionnaires and related data collection tools for future global status reports on road safety.2. Train key staff including Regional Data Coordinators, National Data Coordinator and legal review team.3. Liaise closely with Regional Data Coordinators and National Data Coordinators to validate data and information gathered.4. Collaborate with UIP statistician on the development of the database(s), macros, analysis and modelling for the global status reports.5. Collaborate with UIP statistician on the analysis of global and regional data and the development of main messages for the main report and regional factsheets.6. Collaborate with legal review team to assess and interpret country level legislation.7. Draft text and manage production of the global status report and related advocacy material such as summaries, infographics, visual data, regional factsheets, etc.8. Support development of global and regional advocacy material.9. Respond to media requests as needed.10. Participate and assist in other road safety activities within NVI as required.Perform all other related duties as assigned REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: A first university degree in epidemiology or related field.*For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220. Desirable: Masters in Epidemiology or related field. Additional training in road safety and/or in injury prevention. Skills: - Proven ability to coordinate, plan and implement projects and activities with minimum supervision but work equally well as part of a team.- Proven ability to write clear strategic health-related documents in English.- Knowledge of international road safety policies and practices.- Confidence to interact and operate with partners at a regional and global level. - Knowledge of survey development and application. WHO Competencies:Communicating in a credible and effective wayFostering integration and teamworkProducing resultsBuilding and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyondRespecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Experience: Essential: At least 5 years of related experience at a national or international level in collecting, analysing and reporting injury related results. Experience in programme evaluation. Desirable: Work experience in a low- or middle-income country. Familiarity with the UN system, in general, and the WHO system, in particular. 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 date 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. 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. 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: 84.9 % 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: 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-3, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2016-06-22

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