The main objective of the WUN office is to improve, on behalf of all WHO, its engagement with the UN system to better position health in the debates and decisions of UN intergovernmental bodies, to anchor health in the global development agenda and contribute to a coherent and effective UN system at global, regional and country levels. The WUN office supports WHO leadership in health-related humanitarian efforts, including as the Health Cluster Lead, and promotes alliances and interagency approaches to address health issues. To achieve these objectives, WUN office directly interacts with all key decision making bodies at the UNHQ and pertinent political, economic, social, humanitarian and development groups. The WUN office liaises with the WHO Regional Director's offices that support the effective delivery of the UN mandate at country level and facilitates WHO's involvement in the Regional United Nations Development Group (UNDG) teams.
Within delegated authority, the Technical Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
1. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to health issues in New York, in particular as they affect the heath mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
2. Supports and provides input to the promotion of WHO policies, positions and interests with various New York-based stakeholders, including through the active participation in relevant conferences and meetings. Provides feedback and guidance, as well as exchanges information with counterparts, stakeholders and partners on WHO's health leadership and coordination role.
3. Monitors, observes, interacts, and networks with other sectors of the UN intergovernmental groups, UN organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and Member States' missions on coordination and policy matters related to health initiatives.
4. Undertakes outreach activities; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities to reinforce the visibility of the WHO and promote WHO position. 5. Participates and represents WHO in UN processes. Reports on activities; meetings, events, negotiations taking place in New York, provides needed intelligence and lobbies to include health related references in resolutions and other official documents.
6. Contributes to the drafting and preparation of official documents, speeches and talking points, briefing notes, press releases and statements.
7. Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
8. Provides substantive support to high-level, consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
9. Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the office.
10. Performs other related duties as required.
Essential: First level university degree in international relations, public health, social sciences or related fields.
Desirable: Advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in one of the above mentioned areas or related field.
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