Deadline: 5 December 2021
World Health Organization (WHO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Unit Chief, Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health in Washington, D.C., United States. The duration of this post is 2 years.
The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.
Key Job Responsibilities
The Unit Chief, Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health will perform the following functions:
- Provide technical, policy and strategic advice and programmatic direction for the development of the Organization’s technical cooperation strategies at the regional and subregional levels to address climate change and environmental determinants of health, and to determine national environmental health agendas aimed at reducing health vulnerability.
- Lead and define the establishment of objectives, strategies, plans, and budget of the Climate and Environmental Determinants of Health (CE) Unit to implement the PAHO Agenda for the Americas on Health, Environment, and Climate Change 2021-2030 collaborate with other Departments for planning, implementing, monitoring and resourcing of work plans related to climate change and environmental determinants, consistent with country needs and the Organization’s overall Strategic Plan coordinate and integrate delivery of technical support to country offices in order to develop strategies, norms, standards and guidelines and build capacity to reduce health vulnerability to climate change.
- Lead and provide guidance to advocate and support implementation measures to prevent health impacts of climate change provide leadership to enhance the health and climate co-benefits, and oversee the development of technical work on evidence and tools promote policy interventions for better governance for health and development among Member States.
- Provide guidance to operationalize One Health policies and measures in Member States to address health threats at the human-animal-environment interface.
- Provide programmatic and policy advice to senior officials in the Organization and Member States on climate change and determinants plan and guide the development, implementation and monitoring of the Organization’s mandates on air quality, environmental epidemiology, toxicology, environmental determinants, climate change, and water, sanitation and hygiene, in coordination with internal offices and other partners, including inter-programmatic strategies.
Applicants must have:
- Bachelor’s Degree in environmental health, climate change, biological sciences, sanitary engineering or other health discipline, and Master’s Degree in public health, sustainable development, or any other field related to the functions of the post from a recognized University.
- PhD Degree on any of the areas of responsibility of the position would be an asset.
- 13 year’s combined national and international progressively responsible experience working in a broad range of sustainable development and environmental health programs.
- Experience should include at least 5 year’s working in areas related to environmental health, climate change and health, and/or toxicology, indoor and outdoor air, epidemiology, water and sanitation and hygiene, and chemical, biological, and physical environments.
- Experience in the development, implementation of and fundraising for environmental health and development projects, preferably in an international organization would be an asset.
- Demonstrate ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word,
- Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Other IT skills and knowledge of other statistical software programs would be an asset.
- Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with working knowledge of the other language.
- Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, visit WHO.