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Technical Officer (Gender, Equity and Human Rights)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Venice
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Banking and Finance
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
  • Closing Date: Closed


The Division of Country Health Policies and Systems (CPS) assists countries in the Region with the design and implementation of appropriate health policies and systems to strengthen universal health coverage. It works to strengthen data-driven, evidence-informed, contextually tailored health policy development and implementation at national, regional, and local levels, taking an inclusive approach across the life course. The Division advocates strengthening of public health leadership, focusing on implementing policies that are people-centred, promote health, prevent illness, and address the social and economic determinants of health while fostering leadership on equity, human rights, and gender mainstreaming in health. It focuses on building capacity for health systems innovation to enable the sustainable delivery of high-quality primary health and community services that are effectively linked to hospitals, mental health, public health, and social care services. To do so, CPS supports country efforts to facilitate access to leave nobody behind, to improve financial protection, to strengthen the health workforce, to increase access to affordable medicines and technologies, and to promote the uptake and implementation of digital technology. The WHO European Office for Investment in Health and Development (IHD) based in Venice is a center of excellence in the areas of health equity, gender, rights and social and economic determinants of health. It plays a key role in promoting investment for health and wellbeing, in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the European Programme of Work (EPW). The IHD Office develops metrics, evidence, tools, partnerships and advocates for people-focused investment in health equity, public goods for health and health systems. It supports Member States and partners to implement solutions where people's health and well-being are firmly at the center of fiscal and economic decision-making and policy development. At country level it works to strengthen awareness of the links between health, social and economic policies and the impact of social and health inequities on achieving inclusive growth, sustainable development and resilient health systems. Particular attention is given to inclusiveness and promotion of gender equality and human rights, in line with GPW13, EPW and WHO discussions with Member States. Implementation and support at country level is facilitated through direct country technical assistance and the coordination of scientific research, multi-country policy networks, innovation pilot sites, learning exchange and capacity building at local, regional, national and sub-regional levels. The Venice Office acts a focal point and technical lead on the implementation of the WHO Roadmap on gender equality, human rights. The Venice office also provides backstopping to HQ on the evidence, best practices and impact of nondiscriminatory, healthy fiscal and economic policies as inputs to UN and WHO Multilateral Partnership, priority initiatives and fora. 2023-2030


To provide technical leadership on human rights, violence against women and gender to countries in developing policies, strategies and frameworks that are gender responsive and human rights based. To oversee and support the development and uptake of evidence, tools, and advocacy efforts to a) capacity building of WHO staff and technical counterparts, and b) facilitate and monitor advances in the implementation of the GRE WHO Roadmap. Under the guidance of the Senior adviser on gender and human rights, the incumbent carries out the following core responsibilities and tasks:

  • Act as WHO lead expert on health human rights and on gender-based violence.
  • Design and carry out multi-country capacity building and know-how exchanges in the form of various events such as visits, meetings, seminars, conferences, etc. aimed at strengthening human rights based approaches and the health systems response to violence against women.
  • Provide advice to Member States on specific issues where human rights, including gender equality, need special attention across the work of WHO, such as sexual and reproductive rights, patients' rights, the health rights of migrants, the human rights aspects of violence against women and the trafficking of human beings, right to health of minorities such as LGBTIQ. This would include producing clear and authoritative written materials such as policy briefings, presentations, and synthesis reports.
  • Strengthening advocacy and partnership building efforts including developing and maintaining networks of knowledge sharing inside WHO and across Member States.
  • Key partnerships include UN agencies and IBC Gender, EIGE and other EU players, Global Campus on Human Rights and national bodies and collaborating centers.
  • Facilitate and monitor the development and implementation of the EURO Action Plan of the WHOGRE Roadmap across technical programmes and country offices. This would include building capacity and strengthening networks of focal points, share knowledge and produce evidence and tools on gender, human rights and health equity, and be the EURO focal point in the GRE Global network as required by the Senior Adviser.
  • Represent the WHO European Office for IHD at regional meetings and events, specifically to present evidence and best practices to policymakers.
  • Perform any other duties within the technical area of responsibility as assigned by the supervisors.



Essential: University degree (Master's level) in Public Policy, Political &Social Sciences, Law or Public Health.
Desirable: Postgraduate degreein any of the above.


Essential: At least 7 years of professional experience in the field of human rights,gender and violence against women. Demonstrated experience in capacity building in countries and internationally.Demonstrated experience of Project Management of health-relatedprojects/initiatives.
Desirable: Relevant work experience in the WHO or the UN, or in developmentassistance organizations in the areas of human rights, violence against womenand gender. Experience in working with countries within the WHO European region


  • Excellent knowledge of the current trends, evidence and policies on gender based and human rights approaches to health, with a deep knowledge of health systems response to violence against women.
  • Strong written and presentation skills including a proven ability to understand and translate complex conceptual frameworks and evidence on human rights and health into understandable language for a broad audience of multi-sectoral policymakers.
  • Broad knowledge of European countries' priorities and challenges in gender, equity and rights at national, sub-national and Pan European levels. Knowledge of key stakeholders on gender and human rights at the European and international level.
  • Emotional intelligence: Ability to identify and manage one's own emotions, as well as helping others to do the same.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Russian, French, German.


WHO 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 77,326 (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 2165 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.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.
      The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its staff. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States (

    ) are strongly encouraged to apply.
      Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to

  • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
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  • WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.
  • The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65 years. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.
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