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Technical Officer (Climate Change and Health)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Suva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: Closed


Pacific Climate Change and the Environment (PCE) unit in the Division of Pacific Technical Support (DPS) was established in April 2019 to provide support to Pacific island countries and areas (PICs) in the programme area of climate change, the environment and health (CCE). CCE is one of the thematic priorities of the For the Future - with the vision for a region well prepared to face a changing climate and environment, in which the health sector will emerge as a strong force for preserving the planet.The objectives of the Pacific Climate Change and Environment (PCE) is to increase the capacity of Member States in the Pacific in climate and environmental health risk assessment and management; enhance the health sector leadership on primary prevention interventions to reduce the effect of climate change on health and to reduce the effect of environmental and occupational hazards to health through multi-sectoral cooperation and inter-country cooperation in managing climate change, environmental and occupational determinants of health.For the Future focuses on four pillars, namely:advocacy to raise the profile of the climate change, environment and health priority and to articulate the health co-benefits of actions and policies from non-health sectors;building resilience into health systems to withstand the impacts of climate change and environmental threats;monitoring the impact of climate change and the environment on health to provide timely, accurate and strategic information to inform decision-making, guide advocacy, drive action and track the impacts and successes of interventions; andapplying a climate change and environment lens to WHO work.


Under the direct supervision of team coordinator PCE, the incumbent will perform the following functions:Provide technical and scientific input to the work program of Climate Change, the Environment, and Health (CCE) and support the technical and scientific implementation of the CCE thematic priority in For the Future;Assist PCE in the coordination of the technical and scientific aspects of the CC&H projects in PICs including developing/updating national health adaptation plans, the consideration of health or health co-benefits in the climate change national adaptation plans including health co-benefits, climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessments, in collaboration with national counterparts and technical staff in DPS and with the relevant WHO country offices;Coordinate with the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environment and Health in the Western Pacific Region in strengthening the technical and scientific evidence and tools to provide timely, accurate and strategic information on climate change on health and the adaptation interventions;Implement the Pacific Islands Action Plan on Climate Change and Health and report their progress and achievements at the Pacific Health Ministers Meetings and other relevant meetings; andPerform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.



Essential: University Degree (Bachelors or above) from a university recognized in the International Association of Universities' Worldwide Database of Higher Education Institutions, Systems and Credentials (WHED) in a field relevant to environmental health, public health, health systems, climate change, environmental science, environmental engineering or other related disciplines.
Desirable: Advanced university degree in climate change or environmental science or engineering is considered advantageous.


Essential: At least 5 years of working experience at the national and exposure at the international levels in the field of climate change, environmental health or environmental science, of which at least two years' experience in technical and scientific works on climate change, the environment, and health at national and international settings; experience of working with low- and middle-income countries.
Desirable: Scientific and technical work experience with Pacific island countries in the fields of climate change and health, environmental health especially in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities, climate-sensitive diseases, and interventions in building climate resilient healthcare facilities.


Proven skills in the areas of strategic planning, organizational and project management skills; Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of health implications of climate change and the environment;Ability to adapt and manage deliverables and resources and to think and act quickly, sometimes under pressure, yet remain effective;Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to give technical advice and guidance taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders and partners;Ability to promote best practices, advise on improvements, independently perform research, and apply information from a broad range of sources;Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to influence, negotiate, advocate, motivate, resolve conflict, and adapt relevant leadership styles to a variety of situations; andAbility to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse education and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


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 64,121 (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 2479 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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