Technical Officer (Climate Change and Health) at WHO, Brazzaville, Congo

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Deadline: 22 June 2019

World Health Organization (WHO) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Technical Officer (Climate Change and Health) in Brazzaville, Congo. The duration of this post is 2 years.

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The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Technical Officer will perform the following functions:

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  • Provide technical support for the planning and implementation of regional strategies, norms, standards and guidelines and build capacity to reduce health vulnerability to climate change, and promote health by aligning the health adaptation planning process to national health-related planning at all levels, taking stock of available information, and identifying and addressing capacity gaps and weaknesses to ensure full collaboration and efficient implementation of cross-cutting activities.
  • Support Member States by providing up-to-date information concerning mitigation and adaptation measures to cope with the implications of climate change on health-related strategies and policies.
  • Coordinate reviews of scientific evidence on the links between climate change and health, and develop a regional assessment on climate change impacts on human health, assessing vulnerability of human health to climate change, existing adaptation activities and available adaptive capacity, identifying and recommending adaptation measures for the development and implementation of national health adaptation programmes and a research agenda.
  • Proactively collaborate with counterparts at the national level to promote and enhance the development and implementation of comprehensive projects, programmes and plans to resolve/mitigate priority environmental health issues, in particular ensuring early warning systems for climate sensitive diseases are in place.
  • Actively engaged with the monitoring and evaluation of health adaptation projects and programmes implemented by governments and concerned stakeholders at the national, regional and global level to determine progress against implementation targets and plans, effectiveness and specific vulnerabilities and/or to propose remedial actions and innovative solutions to identified constraints.
  • Collaborate with governments and stakeholders and support regular reporting and the production of national, regional and global reports to share successes, lessons learnt and best practices as an authoritative reference to make policy decisions and resource allocations and to raise and increase awareness on the threats that climate change presents to human health.
  • Actively support the development and dissemination of appropriate information packages and guidelines to facilitate community-based behavioural change programmes related to climate change and human health.
  • Participate in the identification of national capacity gaps to improve existing procedures and introduce new practices and/or ideas among partners and key stakeholders; and support the planning and management of workshops, seminars and training to strengthen health staff and Member State skill-sets.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Advanced university degree in Environmental Health or Climate Change related sciences and a postgraduate degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or a related field.
  • At least 7 year’s practical experience in development and implementation of scientific and operational aspects of human health and climate change, of which, at least 3 years were at the international level.
  • Experience, ideally in developing countries, working with organizations and issues pertinent to climate change and human health projects, policies and/or monitoring, including with governmental bodies at regional and national level.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the principles and practices of protection of human health from climate change, particularly in risk management, climate change and health, environmental health, project management and research.
  • Proven ability to evaluate country needs for planning and promoting national health adaptation capabilities.
  • Demonstrated expertise supporting the planning, development and implementation of norms and standards related to climate change and health.
  • Excellent knowledge of English or French.

How to Apply

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Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WHO.