|The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.|
| Vacancy Notice No: EURO/12/FT204 |
Title: Technical Officer, Social Determinants of Health and Equity (VEN)
Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Duration of contract: One year - limited duration, project-funded(1) see Additional Information below
|Date: 6 June 2012 |
Application Deadline: 10 July 2012
(15 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station: Venice, Italy
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/PCR Policy, X-cutting Programmes, RD's Special Projects (EU/PCR)
Social Determinants of Health and Equity (Venice Office)
| OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : |
As stated in the WHO Constitution, the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, and political belief, economic or social condition. Evidence presented to the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and more recently, by the European Review of the Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, clearly shows that processes and conditions that systematically prohibit or restrict population groups from economic, social, political, and cultural inclusion are strongly associated with inequities in health status and access to health services, including health promotion and prevention services.
The Memorandum of Agreement between WHO/EURO and the Italian Ministry of Health, regarding the establishment of the Venice Office, states both its mission and areas of activities. Specifically it states:
"The Venice Office shall, within its field of competence, help the Member States at national, regional and local level in implementing health investment strategies which places the promotion of health at the centre of human, social and economic development.
In operational terms the Venice Office performs two major functions:
(a) The monitoring, review and systematisation of the increasing new research findings on the determinants (social and economic) of population health;
(b) The provision of services, technical assistance to, and cooperation with, Member States to enhance their capacity (at national and sub-national level) to act upon the evidence of the social and economic determinants of health. This will better enable Member States to invest for health and position the promotion of health at the centre of their development agenda".
This area of work has become increasingly important given also the adoption of the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health (2011), the WHA Resolution 62.14 and the ongoing work in WHO/EURO on the new European Health Policy Framework - Health 2020 and is an integral part of the PCR unit's technical deliverables and mandate.
| Description of duties: |
Purpose of the Post:
As a core staff member of the Policy and Cross-Cutting Programmes and Regional Director's Special Projects unit - based in the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development ("Venice Office"), the incumbent will advise and provide technical support to European Member States on strengthening their national and sub-national health systems and overall governance capacity to promote population health by addressing the social determinants of health. Strengthened capacity in the WHO European Member States is needed to develop and implement policies, strategies and investments to address the cause and effect of the social and economic determinants of health and health inequities as part of a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities.
Provide direct technical assistance to Ministries of Health in line with BCA agreements, analyze, strengthen and monitor health and broader government policies, systems and programmes to mitigate against widening social inequities in health, including but not limited to: (a) facilitate in-country policy dialogues and reviews based on European and international evidence for strengthening stewardship function with respect to mitigating against social inequities in health, in close collaboration with the Public Health team and other technical units in EURO, (b) provide technical expertise to countries (at national and sub-national levels) in utilizing Equity Focused Health Impact Assessment (EfHIA) tools and monitoring techniques for use in lower-, middle-, and high-income countries; and (c) design and implement capacity building events to support more coherent and systematic targeting and review of policies and programs in reduction of social inequities in health in higher, middle and lower income countries.
Contribute to the translation of findings of the WHO Commission of Social Determinants of Health and implementation of the WHA Resolution on SDH/ Equity relevant to countries within EURO region including but not limited to: (a) analyze final report of Priority Public Health Conditions Knowledge Network (PPHCKN), the European Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide Review and related Task Group reports and identify implications for practice for countries within the EURO region; (b) facilitate in-country policy dialogues, reviews and capacity building events for strengthening priority public health programs and service delivery with respect to mitigating against social inequities in health, in close collaboration with other technical units in EURO; (c) deliver training and in-house capacity building, for mainstreaming consideration of SDH/ Equity into programmes and strategies of the Regional Office, and (d) follow up support including monitoring and evaluation.
Manage and implement Work Package 4 (Policy guidance on health inequalities and the social determinants of health) from the joint EC and WHO/EURO project " "WHO Review of Social Determinants and the Health Divide - 2011 52 01", with emphasis on ensuring that deliverables are submitted in a timely manner; contributing to statutory technical narrative reports with respect to Work Package 4, as well as being the point of contact with technical focal points within the EC and EU Member States for technical issues as well as for reporting purposes with respect to Work Package 4.
Support supervisors in developing EURO responses on social determinants of health and equity. Provide technical inputs to the new European Health Policy Framework - Health 2020 policy process with respect to the priority public health conditions and health equity.
Perform other related duties as required.
| Education: |
Essential: University degree in social sciences, humanities and post-graduate degree in public health, social development or public policy with specialization in health equity and social determinants of health.
Desirable: Ph.D. in social sciences or in public health.
| Skills: |
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Competencies: see WHO Global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/competencies/en/
| Experience: |
Essential: At least seven years of experience (of which at least 2 years at the international level) in the field of population health policy. At least three years experience in support of policy analysis and development in the area of health equity and social determinants at national and international levels, complemented by in-depth experience in providing direct technical assistance to Member States to address the social determinants of health and health equity, specifically in the areas of intersectoral action and public health programme development in countries.
Desirable: Three to five years of experience in WHO/UN or development assistance organizations in the above field and/or in project management and field-work activities to support institutional strengthening in the areas of health and development. Three to five years' experience working with countries within the WHO European region.
| Languages: |
Essential: Excellent knowledge of English with a working knowledge of another WHO official language -and/or EURO official language (French, German or Russian).
Desirable: Working knowledge of Italian.
| Additional Information: |
(1) Any extension of appointment is subject to:
WHO has an on-line recruitment system, therefore ONLY applications submitted on-line at www.who.int/employment/en will be accepted.
All on-line applications are automatically acknowledged. If you do not receive an e-mail within 24 hours confirming receipt of your application, you should verify your on-line profile. In case of repeated difficulties, contact by e-mail HrsRecruitment@euro.who.int indicating the vacancy title and number in the subject line.
A written test may be used as a screening tool. Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.
|Annual salary: (Net of tax) |
USD 67 483 at entry step at single rate
USD 72 467 at entry step with primary dependants
|Post Adjustment: 53.5 % 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.|
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