OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The department of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) is responsible for global leadership, coordination, guidance and technical support to reduce premature mortality and morbidity from NCDs, burden of sensory impairments and oral health through prevention and integrated service delivery, treatment, surveillance, rehabilitation, monitoring and research. The Department also lead WHO's work on disability. The department provides overall coordination and brings together the work on NCD prevention, control and rehabilitation from across the departments and from the three levels of the organization. It coordinates reports to the WHO and UN governing bodies and is the main interlocutor on NCDs. The department assist and support regions and countries in their efforts to provide a country-centered, concerted and coordinated action to strengthen health systems to respond to NCDs, oral diseases and sensory impairment. The department also ensure linkages between primary and secondary prevention using technical packages and harnessing innovation and use of technology including Be Healthy Be Mobile.In such a context, the Oral Health Programme within MND Unit is currently implementing a three-year roadmap (2019-2021) in collaboration with WHO Collaborating Centres, academic partners and non-state actors, comprising a mix of normative work and practical support to countries over a set of priority activities aligned with the Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW13) as follows: 1) Developing a Global Oral Health Report describing burden, challenges and priority actions to renew global commitment to improve oral health; 2) Ensuring oral health integration into other cross-cutting initiatives from different WHO programmes, including the Global Competency Framework for UHC and the UHC Intervention Compendium; 3). Supporting Member States in the implementation of the Minamata Convention on mercury as part of a broader environmental agenda; 4) Developing, as part of the joint WHO-ITU BeHe@lthy-BeMobile initiative, an mOralHealth programme in promoting the use of digital technologies and 5) Strengthening oral health information systems and integrated public health programmes surveillance in countries.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Technical Officer will assist the Oral Health Programme in the following priority areas of work under the overall supervision of the Dental Officer:
1. Contribute to the drafting of WHO policies, action plan and technical guidance document on oral health.
2. Support the finalization, dissemination and promotion of the global oral health report towards Member States and external partners.
3. Contribute to the management, monitoring and implementation of the WHO project on accelerating the phase down in use of dental amalgam at global level and in specific countries.
4. Support the development of a set of cost-effective interventions on oral health as part of the Universal Health Coverage repository.
5. Participate in building capacity and providing technical assistance to countries to implement population-based strategies related to reducing high sugar intake, tobacco control, harmful use of alcohol and affordability of fluoride toothpaste.
6. Support and monitor the implementation of mOralHealth programme using digital technologies to contribute to better prevention and control of oral diseases in countries.
7. Assist in the development of a new set of oral health indicators for integration into existing NCD survey tools and pilot in countries.
8. Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Essential: A first university degree (Bachelor's level) in Health or Public/Global health.
Desirable: An advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in Public/Global Health, Health Systems Management or related field.
Essential: At least two years of progressively responsible experience working in the area of global health. Demonstrated exposure at the international level.
Desirable: Relevant experience within WHO, the United Nations or other international organizations. Experience in low and middle-income countries and in the field of oral health.
Demonstrated knowledge of public health in health policies, health systems and preventive population-based strategies.Ability to communicate and engage with experts and stakeholders from different fields, including policy-makers, researchers, partners and the civil society.Strong analytical, organizational and report writing skills.Project management knowledge and skills.Able to coordinate, plan and implement projects and activities with minimum supervision but work equally well as part of a team.
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Moving forward in a changing environment
- Knowing and managing yourself
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of any other UN language.
WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 48,805 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3636 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.
- This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
- Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
- A written test may be used as a form of screening.
- 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 will require individual review.
- Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
- Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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- WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
- 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 women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
- *For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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