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20/03/2023

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Short Information:

  • Organization: WHO
  • Location: Multiple Location
  • Type: Full Time
  • Job Title: International Law and National Legislation
  • Close on: 22 Mar 2023

About Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is responsible for promoting health, preventing illness, and providing assistance and guidance to countries on health-related matters. It was established on April 7, 1948, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

WHO has a global mandate to provide leadership on public health issues, including the development of health policies, guidelines, and standards; the monitoring and assessment of health trends; and the coordination of international health responses. It also works to promote health equity and to address health inequities, including those related to social and economic factors.

WHO has six regional offices worldwide, including the Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), the Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO), the Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO), the Regional Office for Europe (EURO), the Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), and the Regional Office for Western Pacific (WPRO). WHO collaborates with other UN agencies, governments, non-governmental organizations, and other partners to achieve its goals.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO has played a crucial role in providing guidance and technical support to countries, coordinating the global response, and promoting research and development of vaccines and treatments.

About UN Jobs- International law and national legislation

In order to reinforce the current normative frameworks for IHR implementation, legal advice is to be given to the Working Group on Amendments to the IHR, including through an IHR Review Committee. IHR States Parties may also request legislative assistance from the IHR Review Committee.

The consultant will be in charge of developing legislation/policy writing workshops and webinar series, as well as mapping legislation specifically related to multisectoral coordination between the public health sector and other non-health sectors for health emergency preparedness and response at the local/communal level.

Deliverables:

Participate in the activities of the Working Group on Amendments to the IHR, especially with regard to the Review Committee on the IHR created by the Health Assembly decision WHA75 mentioned above (9).

  • 1.1 Deliverable If required by the Working Group and/or the IHR Review Committee, prepare, study, and reply to questions of a legal nature pertaining to proposed IHR amendments.
  • Delivery is anticipated in February or March 2023.

Output 2: Offer advice to nations on how to use their own laws to implement the IHR, including through legislative missions that IHR States Parties have requested and the testing of novel legislative techniques.

  • Deliverable 2.1: Conduct legislative missions to implement the IHR in national legislation while collaborating closely with regional and country offices.
  • Expected delivery date: May June 2023.
  • Deliverable 2.2: When requested, participate in the pilot testing of the updated/new advice and tools in other nations in cooperation with the appropriate ROs and COs.
  • Expected delivery date: April 2023.

Outcome 3: In two pilot countries, map the legislation, especially pertaining to multisectoral coordination between the public health sector and other non-health sectors for health emergency preparedness and response.

  • Deliverable 3.1 Request and review relevant documentation in advance of mapping for pilot countries.
    Expected delivery date: September – December 2023.
  • Deliverable 3.2 Draft reports on outcomes of mapping at the local level and impact on this reflects the respective legislation at the national, i.e. IHR implementation.
    Expected delivery date: September – December 2023.
  • Deliverable 3.3 Work closely with WHO regional, WHO country offices, and partners to conduct this mapping of legislation.
    Expected delivery date: March – December 2023.
  • Deliverable 3.4 Draft an article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal on the mapping of legislation specifically related to multisectoral coordination between the public health sector and other non-health sectors for health emergency preparedness and response at the local/communal level.
    Expected delivery date: July – December 2023.

Output 4: Provide guidance to two pilot nations in the WHO African region about the implementation of the summit’s decisions.

  • Deliverable 4.1 Develop and implement a legislation and/or policy writing workshop methodology related to multisectoral coordination for health emergency preparedness and the IHR (2005).
    Expected delivery date: March -September 2023.
  • Deliverable 4.2 Work closely with WHO regional, WHO country and partners to implement a legislation and/or policy writing workshop methodology related to multisectoral coordination for health emergency preparedness and the IHR (2005).
    Expected delivery date: March – December 2023.

UN Jobs- International law and national legislation Requirments

Education:

  • College degree in law (e.g., LL. B, J.D. or equivalent in non-Anglo-American educational systems).
  • Master’s degree in international or comparative law.

Experience:

  • a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience serving as legal counsel to public and/or private sector clients that are non-governmental, international, national, and regional organizations.
  • Proven experience in assessing, reviewing, drafting, and implementing local, national and/or international legislation.

Languages:

  • Expert knowledge in English.

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