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19 Mar 2019

National Professional Officer, Environmental Health – (1901329)

Grade: NO-A
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract duration: 12 months

Job Posting: Mar 15, 2019, 10:10:37 AM
Closing Date: Apr 5, 2019, 10:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Serbia-Pristina
Organization: EU_KOS WHO Office, Pristina
Schedule: Full-time

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All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the General Programme of Work. The 13th General Programme of Work defines the mission of WHO as one to promote health, to keep the world safe, and to protect the vulnerable. The GPW calls for heightened accountability, prioritising impact and outcome at country level, and to improve the lives of three billion people, through universal health coverage, through addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations.

WHO’s mandate revolves around six core functions:
(i) providing leadership on global health matters;
(ii) shaping the health research agenda;
(iii) setting norms and standards;
(iv) articulating evidence-based policy options;
(v) providing technical support to countries; and
(vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.

The Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being (PCR) leads the implementation of the Health 2020 – the European policy framework supporting action across government and society for health and well-being and the implementation of the roadmap on the SDGs. It supports national and sub-national health policy development in countries and provides strategic and technical leadership on governance for health and health equity, in particular on the social determinants of health, gender, human rights and vulnerabilities. The PCR Division is responsible for the coordination of the implementation of Goal 3 on health and health targets in other Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The coordination of the Healthy Cities as well as other Healthy Settings networks (Small Countries Initiative, Regions for Health Network) also falls under the responsibilities of the division. The Division leads and coordinates the work of the European Interagency Platform for Working Together for Better Health and Well-being for All, established in December 2016 in Paris and the UN issue-based coalition on health and development. Other important programmatic and technical areas include Migration and health, Environment and health process, Living and Working Environment, Water and Climate, Environment and Health Impact Assessment. The objective of WHO’s presence in countries, territories and areas is to develop a two-way collaboration between the Secretariat and national relevant stakeholders; of supporting their efforts of achieving national health goals; of ensuring the attainment of universal health coverage and of contributing to global and regional public health action when and where required. WHO provides guidance and technical support in organizing the humanitarian health response and in revitalizing the capacity of the health sector to rebuild and recover from emergencies in appropriate and sustainable ways.
To support the WHO field office in Pristina with the implementation of activities related to Public Health with a special focus on Environment and Health and environmental risk factors.
Key duties:
1. Monitor and provide regular up-to-date situation analysis in all public health related and wider health and social sector developments, participate in needs assessment of public health situation when needed
2. Collects, analyzes and operationalizes information related to environment and health as relevant;
3. Support the implementation of WHO activities with a special focus on using the Health 2020 framework and approaches and GPW13 as well as Agenda 2030. This includes providing technical support to the local institutions for inter-sectorial action on implementation of the activities related to environment and health, including but not limited to the ongoing activities in the frame of the WHO-UNDP-UNV project and in accordance with Biennial Workplan ;
4. Support coordination between national, subnational and international actors on the Environmental Health Project implementation ;
5. Assist in coordination and implementation of WHO public health programmes and especially those related to environmental health and non-communicable diseases in close cooperation with local counterparts, key international stakeholders and related technical units in WHO Regional Office for Europe and WHO Headquarters;
6. Support coordination, promotion and advocacy, by sharing experience and best practice on Environmental Health.
7. Assist in organizing public health training programmes, workshops and seminars and represent WHO in different coordinating committees/public health working groups (especially for environmental health and non-communicable diseases) and act as a resource person for these;
8. Provides monthly, 6-months and yearly reports related to environment and health as relevant in timely manner and according to project requirements;
9. Recommend sound and feasible solutions for problems and constraints encountered during the implementation of WHO activities;
10. Represent WHO among relevant stakeholders in the area of environmental health and non-communicable diseases , under the supervision of the Liaison Officer/Head of Office;
11. Recommend potential sources of additional funding and prepare draft project proposals in line with WHO’s overall policy and objectives;
12. Perform other related duties as assigned by the Liaison Officer/Head of Office.
Essential: University degree (Bachelor’s level) in medicine, public health, environmental health, social or political sciences or economics.
Desirable: Master’s degree in one of the above disciplines or post-graduate training in public health, environmental health or other relevant areas.
Essential: At least one year of national professional experience in project management in the field of public health, environmental health, health systems or international development.
Desirable: Experience delivering policy advice and/or technical support at country level. Relevant experience within WHO, international organizations or in the UN system.
Knowledge of public health, particularly environmental health policies, strategies. Sound understanding of challenges and opportunities on environmental health in Kosovo and the targeted interventions; good knowledge of country context and its health and environment system; ability in working effectively with government officials and agencies responsible for environmental health, civil society, community-based organizations and other networks in the country including international organizations; knowledge and ability to implement Environmental Health interventions and related advocacy efforts and products; knowledge of the WHO, UN agencies and other international organizations’ mandates and operations.
WHO Competencies
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Producing results
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Albanian. Intermediate knowledge of Serbian.

Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at EUR 26,098 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.
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: 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.
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This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

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