UN World Health Organisation (WHO) Career Jobs – Senior Project Officer

Organisation: World Health
Organisation (WHO)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: AFRO Regional
Advisor for Tobacco Control
Vacancy Notice No:
Salary:  Annual salary: (Net of tax) USD 67611 at
single rate and / or USD 72605 with primary dependants           
Grade: P5
About WHO:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating
authority for health within the United Nations (UN) system. It is responsible for
providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research
agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy
options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing
health trends.
About Tobacco Programme:
The objectives of the tobacco control programme in WHO is to reduce the
global burden of disease and death caused by tobacco, thereby protecting
present and future generations from the devastating health, social,
environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to
tobacco smoke. This is accomplished through providing global policy leadership;
encouraging mobilization at all levels of society; and promoting full
implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).
The tobacco control programme in AFRO seeks to influence national and
international efforts to achieve tobacco control policies that are pro-public
health, and also to increase the ability of Member States to manage the
opportunities related to implementation of the WHO FCTC. The World Health
Organization is the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to
implement sustainable tobacco control capacity building, and to work with
Member States in the Region to promote tobacco-control oriented policy change.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the broad guidance and direct supervision of the AFRO Regional
Advisor for Tobacco Control, the incumbent provides effective and cooperative
leadership, expertise, and advice to a select group of Member States in the
  • Offers strategic assistance and leadership
    to Phase II of the African Tobacco Control Project, as funded by the Bill
    & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Works in liaison with relevant Member
    States in the Region to advance tobacco control policy change, in
    accordance with the deliverables of the Project.
  • Builds credibility, identifies
    opportunities and creates linkages between AFRO, Member States in the
    Region and external partners to lay the foundation for secondments,
    technical and human resources exchanges aimed at increasing tobacco
    control capacity in the Region.
  • Identifies, pursues and coordinates
    resources mobilization opportunities to continue the work, functions and
    technical capacity building support at country-level.
  • Offers expertise and technical leadership
    and direction, as agreed with the Africa Capacity Building Foundation
    (ACBF), to ensure smooth cooperation and partnership with the Centre for
    Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA).
  • Makes sure that work plans and budgets for
    the Project are prepared in a timely manner and are up to date.
  • Coordinates the preparation of technical
    and financial reports to BMGF as per the grant agreement.
  • Models an Organizational image of creative
    planning and robust performance assessment.
  • Perform any other appropriate duties and
    functions, as required by the AFRO Regional Advisor for Tobacco Control.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    WHO job opportunity should possess an advanced degree in public health,
    administration or policy or other relevant field in tobacco control.
  • Additional training or diploma in business
    administration or management or relevant hands-on experience.
  • At least ten years’ experience in
    high-level public health programmatic policy and management at national
    and international levels, including experience at the international level
    in a governmental, academic or international organization or institution.
    Working experience in the African Region.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience
    in multi-partner project management.
  • Proven ability to manage and implement
    complex programmes in developing countries, preferably in resource-limited
  • Excellent track record in national or
    international health planning and promoting consensus. Ability to
    communicate and write in a clear and concise manner.
  • Possess the ability to establish and
    maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural,
    multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity,
    including gender balance.
  • Proven ability to work across disciplines.
  • Tact, discretion and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and
    on a results oriented basis.
  • Ability to develop innovative approaches
    and solutions.
  • Computer literacy skills are required
  • Proven experience in implementing
    multi-country, large scale public health programmes in developing
    countries, using best practices and building partnerships.
  • Significant experience working
  • Some experience in non-communicable
    disease prevention, preferably focused on tobacco control.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the WHO FCTC,
    related instruments, implementation and institutions.
  • Past exposure and experience in WHO, with
    a broad understanding of the Organization’s mandate and work in the field
    of tobacco control.
  • Excellent track record in consensus
    building and enlisting cooperation.
  • Possess the ability to persuasively
    communicate scientific and policy issues at various occasions (e.g.,
    meetings with governments, policy makers, press conferences, seminars and
  • Confidence, innovativeness and strong
    organizational skills with capacity to handle stress while working on
    multiple tasks simultaneously. Strong interpersonal skills; enjoys working
    collaboratively with others from a range of disciplines and cultures.
Languages: Excellent
knowledge of English or French with good working knowledge of the other
How to Apply:
All candidates who so desire to join the United Nations World Health
Organisation (WHO) by sending their online applications to enable WHO to store
their personal profiles in a permanent database. Visit WHO’s e-Recruitment
website below and follow the instructions for online application procedures.
NB: 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.
Deadline: 27th
October 2014

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