Project Officer @ WHO

Project Officer – (1702346)
Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract duration: One year
Job Posting: Aug 23, 2017, 11:23:07 AM
Closing Date: Sep 13, 2017, 9:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Uganda-Kampala
Organization: AF/NCD Non Communicable Diseases
Schedule: Full-time
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMETo provide technical support in strengthening and implementing effective tobacco control interventions and comprehensive implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The WHO 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.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES–> Build capacity on various areas of economics of tobacco and taxation to government officials, academia, civil society and WHO country office staff in selected countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Kenya, Rwanda and Togo) in the Region.–> Provide technical assistance on tobacco economics and taxation issues to government officials including Ministry of Finance technocrats and Ministry of Health officials from selected countries in the Region, regional and sub-regional intergovernmental organizations including the EAC and the UEMOA.–> Advocate and promote partnership to strengthen South-to-South cooperation in the area of tobacco taxation including health and economic cost studies. This will include working with the Tobacco Control Economics team at the WHO HQ in Geneva.–> Provide technical expertise in the process of engagement with Ministries of Finance.–> Provide regular progress reports on the tobacco tax related technical issues and activities.Perform any other related duties, as required
EducationEssential: Advanced University Degree in economics or public finance.
Desirable: Training in tobacco control would be an asset
ExperienceEssential: At least 7 years of experience teaching or working in the area of economics of tobacco. Knowledge and experience in tobacco taxes, their administration and application; and working on tax policies in government or academia.
Desirable: Experience in working in countries in Africa is an assetExperience in teaching or working in the area of health economics and tobacco control
Skills–> Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to work effectively in a team–> Ability to motivate, guide and develop capacities at national levelAbility to carry out advocacy and communicate tobacco control messages.
WHO CompetenciesTeamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Use of Language SkillsEssential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.
REMUNERATIONWHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 70,647 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1595 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

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