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Mental Health Officer – Brain Health (Mental Health Department)

Switzerland

Opportunity Deadline

26/12/2023

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Job Description

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Switzerland
  • Country: Geneva, Switzerland
  • No of vacancies: N/A
  • Salary: N/A 
  • Organization: WHO
  • Gender: Both 
  • Deadline: 2023-12-26

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

In the area of brain health:

    • Provide technical input to the work program.
    • Participate, as requested, in in-country activities concerning promotion, prevention, care, management, data and research.
    • Provide technical input in the development, testing and/or dissemination of WHO and inter-agency normative guidance and tools.
    • Support WHO senior staff in the implementation of relevant public health programmes with Member States, UN agencies and Non-State Actors and support WHO’s efforts to advocate for the area.
    • Conduct research and promote the implementation of a research agenda.
    • Collect and analyze data on MNS conditions and their consequences, and on promotion, prevention and care, and prepare and disseminate data-based information.
    • Participate in the capacity building.
    • Exchange information with counterparts in technical departments at HQ and in Regional and Country Offices, and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) on the implementation of relevant policies and strategies.
    • Support, if requested, WHO’s response to mental health in emergencies.
    • Contribute to the monitoring of work plans and budgets including resource mobilization for the work programme and follow-up on the implementation of planned activities.
    • Review and follow up on contractual engagements with partners and institutions. Perform all other related duties as assigned.
    • Specific duties (Two or three Specific duties could be added if required for the specific assignment in a specific region or area of work)
    • Provide technical assistance for the development of normative tools for brain health and neurological disorders across the life course.
    • Provide support to countries in the implementation of global action plans on epilepsy and other neurological disorders.
    • Provide support to countries in the implementation of the global action plan on public health response to dementia.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: A first-level university degree relevant to mental health or brain health (e.g., public health, psychology, psychiatry, neurology/neurosciences, medicine, mental health/psychiatric nursing, mental health/psychiatric social work, occupational therapy, health economics, and epidemiology)
Desirable: Advanced university degree relevant to mental health or brain health (e.g., specialization in public mental health, clinical or counselling psychology, psychiatry, neurology/neurosciences, mental health/psychiatric nursing, mental health/psychiatric social work, psychiatric or neuro-epidemiology)

Experience

Essential: At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in mental health or brain health or alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviours focusing on services, promotion, prevention or research and data. One year demonstrated exposure at the international level.
Desirable: First-hand working experience at the country level in mental health or brain health or alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviours in low- or middle-income countries.

Skills

    • Proven knowledge of technical aspects in the field of speciality (knowledge of epidemiology, policies, systems, and interventions [including treatments, promotion, and preventive activities] for MNS conditions, mental health and human rights).
    • Knowledge of country-level situations with regard to mental health or brain health or alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviours with a good understanding of country needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO’s policies, practices, and guidelines and in the related areas.
    • Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, and make conclusions and recommendations.
    • Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned programs and activities.
    • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
    • Public speaking techniques.

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